Six months, three weeks and one day after meeting Tallula in Wuhan China, she uttered these words for the first time, unsolicited.
Adoption confounds that thing that comes so naturally between mothers and children: love. Love takes time. And patience. And lots and lots of grace. From both ends. Daily.
And love isn’t always guaranteed.
So when love descends, it is especially sweet.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. — 1 Corinthians 13:4-7