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May 9, 2011

Seems like we have been saying lots of goodbyes lately.  We have had 25 kids leave for adoption already this year!   Five more are matched and accepted, just waiting for final paperwork.   That will be 30 kids gone,  in less than six months.   We are hoping and praying that that number will grow significantly over the last six months of the year as well.   As we are saying goodbye and singing our  traditional goodbye song I often wonder why we are so “happy” to say goodbye, why we are “happy” to make ourselves cry,  why we are so “happy” to wave goodbye to the vehicle carrying our kids away – the kids  we have poured our lives into.  Our goal is a family for each of our kids. We are happy when that goal is reached,  but not always so happy to actually say goodbye I have to admit.  Then I turn around from waving at that vehicle leaving and see  the playground that those kids will likely never play on again (not for a long time anyway.)  But, on that playground  I can see the reason we are here, the reason we say goodbye.  There are the new kids running around,  quickly becoming loved CSC Kids and already wondering and asking when it will be their turn to be in that vehicle heading out the driveway.  When our goal for them will be attained.   Hmmmm. That is what CSC is all about,  loving these kids, then sending them away with a piece of our hearts…. and the most amazing thing is that giving away bits of our hearts to these kids has only served to make more room for more kids !   I love how that works.  This is not true just for us here in Cebu – I know that many of you who read our blogs have fallen in love with some or all of our kids, some of you are Foster Friends, some of you long time supporters.  Thank you for giving your hearts to our kids along with us.

We also see lots of hello’s and goodbyes for our kids…. recently I watched one of our new  kids say goodbye to loving grandparents who are too old and sickly to care for him, they love him enough to give him  the hope for a future that they know they cannot give him.   He had trouble understanding that fact on the day he said goodbye….but he will understand in the years to come.

We often get to  see  CSC “Kids”  who were adopted  years before come back to see us –  and  to look for birth family.   Hello’s and goodbyes.  That pretty much sums up our lives here.

For some reason a quotation by C.S. Lewis I had seen years ago popped into my mind recently – so I had to find it.   Love the internet.

“To love at all is to be vulnerable.  Love anything and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken.  If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give it to no one, not even an animal.   Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries;  avoid all entanglements;  lock it safely in the casket or coffin of your selfishness.    But, in that casket – safe, dark, motionless, airless…it will change.  It will not be broken.  It will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.”   C.S. Lewis

I guess I will keep on giving my heart to these kids…. and saying goodbye.

Here are just a few of the recent hello’s and goodbye’s we have had.

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