Staking My Claim

I know I have been absent. I have thought of writing this post 100 times, and yet I haven’t. Until today. Today is the day that I am claiming it.

Over the past year and half, I have felt like a snowball rolling down hill. Picking up crud along the way. I’ve been rolling FAST, too fast. I haven’t been able to enjoy the ride very much for worrying about getting THERE.

You see, since we have adopted Lilly, I have been playing catch up. Catch up on attachment, catch up on socialization, catch up on education, catch up in language development, catch up on speech, catch up on cleft surgeries, catch up on immunizations, catch up on bonding. CATCH UP, quick, we have to CATCH UP. Are you overwhelmed yet? Because I am.

I haven’t posted much about Lilly’s last surgery. The bone graft. Third surgery in a year. Just about everything that could have went wrong did. Even requiring a second surgery (which is the 4th surgery) in a year to fix a freak occurrence from the 3rd surgery. It’s A LOT.

Then, there is school. She does okay, but we aren’t caught up. We are working on that. Attachment. Its always been difficult. Just when I think I have it all figured out, some new things come rearing their ugly heads. And speech. She has made so much progress but still lacks in areas.

On top of all the catch up I have been dealing with, the death of my precious grandmother (who died unexpectedly on the day Lilly had the 3rd surgery), my oldest going to college, my middle going to high school, another adoption, etc. I could go on but I think you get the point. Not fun stuff.

Through all this, it finally occurred to me. LET IT GO. I don’t HAVE to play catch up anymore. EVERYTHING is not important right now. Right now, I need to love this girl where she is and stop trying to change her to fit the mold that I think she should fit. There is no way that I can catch up for 5 years of lost time over night. Why did I not realize that before? I only have to do what I HAVE to do. The rest will come in time.

Time opens every door.

I’m staking my claim. I will not worry anymore about getting this child ahead. I will love her where she is planted, and watch her bloom. I will love her the same if she NEVER gets caught up. I want to enjoy more and worry less. It feels good actually, like I just shed a very heavy coat. I will prioritiz,e and we will have small nibbles at life, in manageable pieces, not trying to eat the whole pie at one time.

I just have to love her where she is. That’s all. Its that simple.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. . . And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:4-13



Leslee Dockery

Leslee lives in North Carolina with her husband and three children, 19, 15, and 7. Her youngest daughter was adopted from China 2 years ago. They are currently getting ready to travel to adopt their fourth child, a 5-year-old boy from China. You are welcome to follow along on their blog. Leslee is passionate about older child adoption and glad to help anyone who has questions. “Walking in faith through our adoptions has been the hardest and most rewarding thing we have ever done.”

6 Responses to Staking My Claim

  • Maria says:

    Why do we feel we have to ‘catch up’ ? What are we catching up to? for?

    I love how you realized that you don’t have to catch up – I believe you can now really bond, adjust, care for and appreciate each persons needs, and adjust again!

    It’s the peace that surpasses all understanding and it’s so GOOD!
    I’m right there with you – letting it be simple and enjoying it.
    In my younger years I thought that 1 Corinthian verse was for couples, and weddings… recently learned it’s for LIFE! Thanks for posting it.

  • Cheri says:

    Wow, thanks for sharing that. I, too, need to just sit back and enjoy my children. How difficult we can make when we let “us” get in the way.

  • My daughter has been home three months and just finished her Occupational Therapy session. I can so relate and really needed this post right now. Thanks for sharing.

  • Shelley says:

    Beautiful and such a reminder that God’s priorities and perspective is FAR different than our own. Loving my children here today for just who they are right in this moment.

  • This is a truth we all need to be reminded of I think. The weight of parenting my adopted children sometimes feels like such pressure to fix everything, to catch up– I always thought of it as “parenting in double time.” I thank God for His beautifully kind and powerful peace that is our inheritance in Christ. How wonderful for you and your family to hear God’s voice calling you to “enter into His rest!” Bless you all!

  • Jerusha says:

    Thank you…this is so good. We have been home two months with our 15 month old son who is quite delayed in gross motor. I have felt that intense pressure to catch him up as quickly as possible. I am learning that I will miss the sweetness of each bite of pie if I cram the whole thing in at once! ;o) God bless you.

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