I ran track for years. In the starting blocks, I would brace myself for the sound of the gun. Wednesday was my first day as the new Director of Tapestry, and it was almost as if I could hear the starting gun fire again. I have been waiting in the starting blocks for this day and I feel the same adrenaline rush, the same exuberance, and I said the same prayer “please God, let me stay upright!” as I did many years ago.
I’ve been connected to adoption since the day I was born. My parents were always open with me about my adoption, my birth parents, and answered any questions I had. However, it was not my intention when I was a young child to work in the field of adoption. In fact, if you had asked me, I would have told you I wanted to be a philanthropist. Well, that didn’t quite work out so I chose the next best thing — a career in social work.
My first job was with Child Protective Services. I was pulled towards permanency and fell into the role of preparing children for the next step in their journey, always praying that God would somehow equip me with the right words and that my heart would not become hardened to the harsh realities I encountered. Sometimes a child’s journey was heartbreaking; sometimes it was joyful. Either way, I knew I was where God wanted me to be and He was with each of us.
Each job I’ve had since has allowed me to see another point of view, learn a new approach, and see my passion to serve children and families grow. And with each job I have known that God is with me each step of the way, keeping me upright.
In the job I left before joining Tapestry I came face-to-face with the growing need for training and supporting adoptive and foster families. I saw firsthand their need for compassionate support that understands their challenges, and a team that cared deeply about their success. Many agencies understand this today but they often face constraints that leave them unable or too exhausted to respond effectively and long-term. I was blessed to work for an agency that ‘got it.’ I was equally blessed to become a part of Tapestry during this time, leading the teen adoptee discussion group. Tapestry’s Leadership Team gets it. Irving Bible Church gets it. The countless Tapestry volunteers that serve and support families get it too. And, as families enter the doors for training, conference, monthly support groups, or events, they get it.
In the coming days you may see me running. There is so much still that we want to do in order to more effectively support adoptive and foster families. But I hope that you will ‘catch me’ and stop me, introduce yourself, and let me know what you need. I am not running to beat a time or to cross a finish line. I will be running to serve well…to serve children and families well. And I know that as part of the Tapestry Team at Irving Bible Church, I am exactly where God wants me to be.