Greetings, SAFE mom!
My name is Cheri Johnson. I, too am a SAFE mom: a Step/Adoptive/Foster/or Every other kind of nonbiological mom.
I have five children all adopted from Russia in 1997 and 2000.
Five adopted children? Yes!
Worth it? Aaaabsolutely!
But many days I wanted to run away. Many days I screamed at my kids; screamed at myself; or screamed at God. I felt alone, misunderstood, and beaten down. Yet, God took the painful, confusing, and scary times and turned them into wholeness, beauty, and treasures.
Can I show you my pearls? They are lessons of God’s goodness, faithfulness, and purposes.
They started as a grain of pain cradled in the dark, hidden years of parenting young wounded souls. They grew until my heart felt so crowded and overwhelmed I thought I would suffocate. They were spewed out into the world with a gush of tears and a rend of spirit. But when I turned to examine what was produced I found beauty instead of ashes. Truth to replace lies. Softness where there had been hardness.
If you find yourself in a parenting situation that threatens to shred your heart with fear, failure, and fatigue, then this Mother of Pearls offers understanding, comfort, and hope. Hold tight, dear friends. By applying soothing nutrients to your soul, you too will one day display jewels of immeasurable value.