Jamie describes herself as a wife, mother, and disciple of Jesus. She has learned that the role of “mother” is much more complex than she ever could have known before entering the world of foster care.
She wrote on her blog, “Nothing gets me smiling/crying/talking-loudly-with-wild-hand-gestures more than orphan care, mercy ministry, and missions.” She and her husband felt that it was their mission to become foster care parents.
Maybe you cannot relate to the little girl at all, and your eyes will have been opened to the reality that many foster children face every single day. Either way, Jamie sharing her experience and insight will leave you reflecting upon what the word “mother” really means.
Jamie watched with pride as her biological children welcomed the little girl into the home. They knew the drill of giving the foster child a tour of the home, sharing toys, offering snacks, and simply showing love toward the child.
It took 11 minutes for Jamie to realize how much this very young girl already “knew the drill” of being in a new home with a new “mommy.” It hit Jamie when the little girl said, “Look, mommy!” only 11 minutes into meeting Jamie for the first time.
It broke Jamie’s heart when she realized this two-year-old has not learned what “mommy” means because she already has had five “moms” in five months. Jamie wrote, “To this little girl, “mommy” meant the female adult of the house, the lady who reached something you couldn’t and refilled your juice.”
She continued by describing the kind of mothering she wished this little girl had. She said, “Mommy meant security. Mommy meant commitment. Mommy meant life-long love.”
She wrote, “I didn’t go up and say anything, but I was so happy to see her with her mom, sitting in a wagon, well dressed and smiling and happy and at the zoo.” It is rare that Jamie gets this type of closure with children she once fostered.
However, she explained in her blog that it is God’s “sacrificial love that ultimately compels me” to be a temporary mommy. Jamie and her family are an inspiration for what it looks like to love even when it requires great sacrifice of “getting too attached” and knowing that she cannot save the children from the pain that they have and will face in life: she focuses on what she can do for them.
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