The Martins family overflows with a contagious joy. I had the honor of living life alongside them for one day, and that day happened to fall in the week before they had their final court date making them a family FOREVER! All four of these beautiful children were adopted out of foster care and their story is one that spills out redemption and beauty and heartbreak and glory and proof that love has the capacity to grow so much bigger than any of us could possibly imagine. Chelsea, the mama, has graciously shared her words here that she wrote for each of her children on the eve of their adoption... you will find them below the film.
"My dearest Poppy. I do believe I dreamed of you before I met you. I held your name tightly in my hands, it was as if God had whispered a little secret in my ear that bonded us before we ever met. Now I find myself breathless when I watch your kind soul free in our home. I have been witness to the gentleness in your hugs and the wisdom in your young words. Then I fill my lungs with a deep breath when I hear you call my name "mommy" and from my dream I awaken to find that it is my reality. You are mine and I am yours, forever.
My dearest Finn. You challenge the worlds every thought. You question, push and create. You are unlike anyone that has everlived. The power that your bold spirit holds can change this world. So always stand strong for the weak my love. Speak truth even when no ones ready to hear it. Love in a way that has never been done before. Do all these things to bring Glory to the Lord. But always come back home to hug your mothers neck even when I'm old, because you are my Finn Thomas no matter where you go.
My dearest Sage. Oh how I love you. I see Jesus in your green eyes. I feel him in your hugs and witness his goodness in your free love. As you grow into a man in this hard world, may your heart stay soft and your love be free. Thank you for teaching me how to be a mother as your learning to be a son. This I promise you, that I will never let you go. Today, tomorrow and forever more you are home.
My dearest Jonah. I am your mommy. My heart has longed for this day before I was brave enough to say it. My son, because of you our lives will never be the same. The Lord has used your little life to bring together our family. Many times I fell asleep on me knees beside your crib, my cheeks stained with tears, praying I would never have to let you go. So this is why I will always hug you a little too tight, cover your face with kisses or force you to snuggle. In my arms you belong."
"The way the Lord has used our normal lives to provide a safe home for eight foster children is beautiful. The way He has woven our family together through adoption and the redemption story He has given our four children in their young lives is so powerful. But you remove the Lord and this story looks a lot different. Underneath this redemption story is heartbreak, fear, trauma and darkness. The early years of our children's lives were meant to strip them of their innocence, callus their young hearts and rob them of their self-worth. The burden on a young couple of going from zero to four children should have been too much. But in the darkness is where the glory of our Lord shines so bright. To us family is freedom, it is a new song to sing!"
“It started when God said, “Light up the darkness!” and our lives filled up with light as we saw and understood God in the face of Christ, all bright and beautiful. If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us.” -2 Corinthians 4:5-8