Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Lydia and Natalie

"The Girls", Lydia and Natalie, met when they were three. Lydia had been begging (and praying) for a little sister for a few months when we decided to go to Russia and find Natalie Grace. We didn't know "who" we were going to adopt. In fact, we went to Russia without a picture or a name......Natalie wasn't even the first child we were shown. When she walked into the room for our first meeting in a near beaten down old orphanage two hours from Moscow Russia, her hair was shaved and she was wearing overalls. She looked like a boy. I'll never forget, Natalie marched right over to Chappy and placed her tiny hand on his knee and grinned. Chappy was sold in that moment. We took Nat home with us almost a month later, and she and Lydia have been "best sisters" ever since. They have very different personalities, different likes and dislikes, and even different styles. What they both have in common, however, is the ability to giggle at absolutely anything.
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I often wonder what would have happened to Natalie if we had not adopted her. I also wonder what Lydia would be like today if she had missed out on the opportunity to be "big sister". God knew what He was doing when He called us to Russia through Lydia's three year old voice. I'm so glad we listened.
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A few days ago, Lydia asked me to sit down with her and write a song about Natalie. We did, and you can listen to it below. Natalie cries every time Lydia sings it. As you listen to the words that came from an eleven year old heart, be reminded that every adoption is a miracle:


















Here is Lydia's song, written for her sister:


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The Words:
My sister was left when she was just a little baby
Put away and forgotten, nobody even called her by name
Her head was shaved and she was told she would never be rescued
Every day of her life was always pretty much the same
Natalie, don't give up....You have value, you have worth
Your momma left you, girl, but God still has a plan.
Your sister's coming for you, and she's coming just as fast as she can!
On the other side of the earth there was another baby
A little girl with a space in her heart needing to be filled
When she was three years old she started begging for a little sister
Before you know it, the new fates of the girls had been sealed
Natalie, don't give up....You have value, you have worth
Your momma left you, girl, but God still has a plan
Your sister's coming for you, and she's coming just as fast as she can.
God uses the strangest things.....To save the lives of those He loves
Even little girls can be chosen from up above
Is there a little girl waiting on you to save her from despair?
Because I know you have to care.....
Natalie, don't give up....You have value you have worth
Your momma left you, girl, but God still has a plan
Your sister's coming for you, and she's coming just as fast as she can.


6 comments:

  1. WOW WOW WOW!!!! This is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!! I cried the whole way thru! You all are soooo inspiring and I pray that God uses me and my family as he uses yours everyday!

    Much Love!!!!
    Kristin
    www.adventuresofthethomasfamily.blogspot.com

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  2. Wow!! Is there anything that child cannot do? She has a beautiful voice and is even more beautiful inside with her heart full of inspiration. That song should be on EVERY adoption site possible. Between your family and quite a few others in blogworld, seeds are being planted constantly in my own heart to adopt someday. I even have my child picked out. I just need to get my finances straightened out and even more importantly, my husband on board. Keep up the good work Hollis family!!

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  3. Beautiful post, beautiful song. :) Thank you!

    My sister is one of the very best gifts in my life, too!

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  4. Simply beautiful! I love her heart.

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  5. BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL......I adopted our youngest daughter in hopes that my oldest daughter could have that kind of amazing bond that your girls seem to have. however, when we brought our youngest home and realized she had special needs and mentally might not be capable of having that bond with her sister I was a bit broken. But I just realized, really just this very moment realized that they have a bond like no other and although it's not what I had planned it is what GOD had planned. Thank you so much for this post. I really needed it.

    GOD bless you guys

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  6. What a precious heart Lydia has. The girls are blessed to have each other. God is so good!
    Christy

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