Everything to Me

This song has been out for quite some time now and I heard it again this week and no matter how hard I try I cannot listen to it without crying. There have been times when I just changed the station because I didn’t want to drive through town or pull up at work with tears and smeared make-up. The song was written by Mark Schultz, along with Cindy Morgan, about his biological mother who gave him up for adoption at birth.

My granddaughters’ daddy was adopted by a wonderful, loving couple. They ARE his mom and dad, no doubt. There have been a few times though that I have wondered if the girls may have inherited any traits or characteristics, such as their red hair, from those biological grandparents we don’t know. That will remain a mystery I’m sure.

To all of those who have been a part of either side of the adoption process, I greatly admire you. For all the couples who have taken a child and given them unconditional love, God bless you. For the biological parents who chose to give their child life, and not abort, God bless you. I know that was not an easy decision.

I must have felt your tears
When they took me from your arms
I'm sure I must have heard you say goodbye
Young and so afraid had you made a big mistake
Could an ocean even hold the tears you cried

But you had dreams for me
You wanted the best for me
And you made the only choice you could that night

You gave life to me
A brand new world to see
Like playing baseball in the yard with dad at night
Mom reading Goodnight Moon
And praying in my room
So if you worry if your choice was right
You gave me up but you gave everything to me

And if I saw you on the street
Would you know that it was me
And would your eyes be blue or green like mine
Would we share a warm embrace
Would you know me in your heart
Or would you smile and let me walk on by
Knowing you had dreams for me
You wanted the best for me
And I hope that you'd be proud of who I am

You gave life to me
A chance to find my dreams
And a chance to fall in love
You should have seen her shining face
On our wedding day
Oh is this the dream you had in mind
When you gave me up
You gave everything to me

And when I see you there
Watching from heaven's gates
Into your arms
I'm gonna run
And when you look in my eyes
You can see my whole life
See who I was
And who I've become

You gave life to me
A brand new world to see
Like playing baseball with my son late at night
And reading Goodnight Moon
And praying in his room
I'm so grateful that I have this life
When you gave me up you gave everything to me


Mrs.H said...

One of my co-workers has adopted a beautiful little boy whose birth mother chose first to give him life and then to give him a life with a family who wanted him desperately.

About that red hair: ours aren't adopted and we had to go back 4 generations to find a hint!

dhcoop said...

My son-in-law was adopted as an infant. Two years ago this Christmas, he found his birth mother. He had fluctuated over the years as to whether he wanted to or not, sometimes he hated her for giving him up and other times he wondered why. It turned out that she was forced to give him up by her parents, even though she was 18 years old. Their reunion was quite remarkable in that suddenly, this woman who had been missing her son for 35 years, not only found him, but got a beautiful daughter-in-law and two grandchildren to boot.

Over the years, she had written him letters and had kept them all in hopes they would find each other one day. As I write this, it brings tears to my eyes thinking about how difficult a life she had after being treated as she was and having her child taken away. But the joy is now they can spend the rest of their lives getting to know each other.