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Melissa Crabtree
11-08-2012, 11:51 PM
I am hosting a table tomorrow night at our Festival of Tables, a fun event where hosts decorate their tables however they'd like for a nice dinner, worship and a speaker. Anyway, I had no idea who would be at my table at first, then the Lord gave me the idea to fill it with for my disability ministry mamas (from our church ministry) as a treat to them and a beautiful girls night out. I just had a color scheme, but no theme attached to that. After putting together decor, I felt like the Lord gave me the theme "chosen" for my table. I made a plaque with "for such a time as this..." on it from the book of Esther. Then I made a small gift for each mama with the word "chosen" on it. I wrote this on the back (personalized for each mama and child), and I thought you all might use this encouragement today too, because it applies to each and every one of you!

Why “chosen?” Because just as Esther was chosen to save her people from destruction, you have been chosen for “such a time as this” as well! The Lord chose you to be the mama to this special child. He knew exactly what this little one would need and knew you would be the best one for the job. He also knew that he would teach you many things on your journey with Him, making you more like Him as you walked this challenging road. God knew you before the foundations of the world, and He knew this sweet one before he was beginning to grow. And you, Precious One, were chosen. Chosen to be the best mama this special child could have.

Hollie in SC
11-09-2012, 07:49 AM
:hcry: :kiss: Beautiful! Have an amazing time!

Mary FL
11-09-2012, 10:48 AM
Melissa, this is beautiful! I believe it was divinely inspired. Not only will you bless those Moms tomorrow, you've blessed the FIAR Moms here!

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AmyinWI
11-09-2012, 10:50 AM
I love it! What a blessing you will be to these "special" mamas!

JennyO
11-09-2012, 09:53 PM
Beautiful! Thank u!

Loralin
12-18-2012, 11:59 PM
Beautiful! Do you have any pictures? :D

Mary FL
01-01-2013, 11:30 AM
Beautiful! Do you have any pictures? :D

How did it go? We would love to hear how the moms were blessed by you!

Melissa Crabtree
01-01-2013, 12:23 PM
Actually it was really neat. I'm sorry I'm just answering! I didn't see it bumped back up to the top!

Pic of the moms. (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=4948569641492&set=pb.1516359676.-2207520000.1357060701&type=3&theater)
Table setting. (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=4947470254008&set=pb.1516359676.-2207520000.1357060701&type=3&theater)


As for the gift I gave them with the blessing I wrote above, the Lord truly used those words to encourage. As I was working on them, it occurred to me during the personalization step them that 3 or 4 of the moms weren't biological mothers to the child. One was a stepmom (who became so after the "child" was an adult even), one is a grandmother who adopted her drug addicted grandbaby, another was a missionary who adopted a baby dropped on their doorstep and assured by doctors in Belize that she would not live. Including myself (as an adoptive but not special needs mama), we were half the table!

For the stepmom who became so as her stepson was 25 or so, her husband told me she has her gift hanging by her kitchen sink and he often sees her tearing up as she reads it. Long, long story, but they recently all ended up in one home (the special needs adult, Gabe had been living with his grandmother who recently passed away) and have had some rough transition challenges. Her husband says that gift is the most encouraging thing she's ever read and is has directly affected her relationship with Gabe, how they interact purposefully and their future as a family. That in turn, has been really good for Gabe, his independence and becoming more accountable for his own actions. He was really, really babied by his grandmother and family dynamics were hard as Gabe's aunts and uncles didn't like seeing his challenged. His stepmom knew this was best, but it caused conflict when she required things of him. This has encouraged her do push through that, the aunts and uncles have seen the progress and are inadvertently giving their blessing as they see the positive changes she's made for Gabe.
Gabe is the big guy in the back. (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=3985010793123&set=pb.1516359676.-2207520000.1357060987&type=3&theater) :) He's a 36 year old 5 year old and brings us all MUCH laughter and joy!

The other two adoptive moms in tears said exactly (without hearing the other say it), "You'll never, never know how much his means to me. It's perfect." They have both brought it up again since then as well.

The other moms seem to enjoy the evening and the night, but the adoptive moms (who are 55, 62 and 75 interestingly enough) were the ones truly affected, I believe. That's my gift I've gotten in return.

Jodi B
01-01-2013, 03:20 PM
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How beautiful! I am copying and saving the note you gave to each one. :thumb: