I am a new mom as of March 2016.
It’s amazing what a few short months with a brand new babe will teach you. My time no longer belongs to me, but to him. My food choices are no longer my own, but his. I find baby socks under my pillow (sometimes, we co-sleep) and spit-up on my hardwood floors. So, as I’m wrapped up in my new way of life, I’m definitely not thinking about orphans, right? Wrong. You bet I'm thinking of them. Let me tell you why.
Babies need a lot. It’s more than diaper changes and clearing up neck-roll rashes (although there’s a lot of that going on, too); they are so emotionally dependent on mom and dad. I’m not sure what I was thinking before I had him—did I think he would be void of emotion and personality? No, I don't think that's what it was. I guess I just wasn’t very inventive with his personality when I daydreamed of him before he made his grand entrance. He needs me to smile at him when he's looking up at me for a little affirmation. He needs his dad to excitedly scoop him up after a long day at work. He needs us to speak to him in silly little voices and read him Dr. Seuss. He needs to be held and rocked and tickled and patted.
I sincerely enjoy doing all of these things with him. I love him dearly, after all. He is my flesh and blood. So, when I think of kids who don’t have that person (mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, caregiver), my heart breaks. No one to read them bedtime stories? No one to flash them a smile when they are feeling lonely? No one to feed them a meal? No one to give them a bath?
Most orphans don’t have what my son has. But I believe they can. Adoption is on my radar more now than ever. Helping orphans in other countries through programs like the SOS Life Center feels so much more relevant and pressing. My respect for adoptive and foster parents has skyrocketed.
Everyone excitedly warned me that life would never be the same. My son has changed my world, so those folks were telling the truth. I hadn't imagined, however, that a deep desire to help another little life flourish would be birthed with him. Like I said, it's amazing what a few short months of being a momma will teach you.
I work for SOS International and we have a home for kids who have been orphaned and abandoned. We’ve seen the heartbreaking stories of precious kids left without anyone to care for them. The SOS Life Center is a home that provides love, education, family, and guidance into a new and hope-filled future for these kids. Will you join us in helping care for these little ones? Visit us at sosresponds.org/lifecenter to find out how you can help.
Hännah Johnston lives in Dallas, TX. She's the wife to Tim and the mama to Ezra. Hannah dabbles in all things creative—she's a graphic designer, hand-letterer, wannabe photographer, and writer. She works for SOS International, a non-profit whose mission to respond to cries for help is very close to her heart. Most importantly, she loves Jesus and wants to glorify Him in all she does. Take a look at some of her work at hannahsgotheart.com.