Thursday, July 1, 2010

"Mommy, you are NOT a superhero"

We are in the throes of superheroes at our house lately. Our almost four-year old (he rarely tells anyone he's three anymore) is a little  EXTREMELY obsessed.  He's quick to inform us that he has an "Ironman button" he can push at any time to become said superhero.  I don't have the faintest clue how he even knows who Ironman is since I don't even know who that is! And he graciously allows his little sister to borrow his superman/batman/spiderman pj's since she is, in his opinion, a neglected child who doesn't have superhero pj's of her own.  You know a girl has a big brother when she can recognize & say "Spiderman" at 20 months old! :)

Anyway, I recently was showing off some kind of cool trick for the kids and tried to liken myself to Ironman. Riley was NOT buying it. Which led to this statement: "Mommy, you are NOT a superhero." Which was also followed by "You don't even have a cape."

But he is right in so many ways.  I am not a superhero (even if I could find a cape).  I've been getting some very well-meaning, nice comments about our adoption lately but there's something I need to clear up. We aren't saving an orphan.  There's only one Savior I know of and that's Jesus. I'll leave all the saving to Him.  Here's the deal: I am a sinful, lowly servant of God who has been called to love a fellow sinful, lowly child of God.  God scooped me up and redeemed me when I was in the midst of living my mess of a life.  And He has told me to love on others not because I am any better than they are but because we are exactly alike!  Can I say that again, just for emphasis? I'm not adopting an orphan because I am better than he is (or than his people or his culture or his birth mother).  I am adopting an orphan because God adopted me and only because of His love in my life can I turn and love on another orphan.

All the superhero stuff going on in our house was making me think so I thought I'd share.  Plus I got to run all by myself this morning. It's amazing how much thinking I can do when I'm all by myself for thirty minutes! :)


  1. I love your children and I hope that Riley pushes that Ironman button sometime soon. Take a picture!

    It is so amazing to me the passion with which you do God's work. Prayers will continue to come your way.

    Oh, and by the way, I'm so very proud of you for running! I would say that we could run together when you come to Texas (YAY) but I have a feeling that we'll both have our hands full!

  2. i have to say i am proud of you for nice to be by yourself sometimes. i love how you explained this blog "thought"...

  3. you got 30 minutes to yourself...before VBS? Maybe I should start running.

  4. A. you're the and your blog's so fun to read, cause so many times I think, "yeah, that's right, me too!!"
    B. Thanks about the dresser, and I think the painting will be more of a living room addition
    C. just minutes after I wrote that blog, I got a birthday package from my sisters in the mail, and it was a nursery banner, with June and july written on it, and they're gonna send me more flags for it with each month :) Perfect!!
    Also... in honor of Africa I was thinking of braiding beads into my hair, one for each moth of waiting... what do you think? Does that make me crazy??

  5. Hey there!!! We are so excited to be getting started! Looks like you raced through the paperwork like I'm trying to do. I'm hoping I171H doesn't take forever but I guess we'll see! I'm in Texas and I don't know if they are going fast right now. ANYWAY!! Glad to be in touch now. :o) Angel

  6. Well, I agree with you that it doesn't take superhero powers to love a child, but you're still my hero for all the steps you have to take to get there, the paperwork, the waiting, the fundraising, the waiting, the trips to Africa without your kids, the waiting...and all with a smile on your face. I definitely admire you for that part of the journey!


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