Monday, March 31, 2014

Hello out there! I hope everyone is having a great day. It is a beautiful, sunny day here. I wanted to post something that I don't think is often thought about, and since a picture is worth a thousand words, here we go. If you look at the section that says View My Complete Profile, I added two pictures. One is of my husband and I with all eight of our grandchildren at the Abilene Zoo last summer. Our oldest son (my stepson) and his wife have two beautiful girls, our middle son and his wife have two handsome boys, and two beautiful girls, and our daughter and her husband have two beautiful girls! Grandkids are such a blessing, and so much fun. Now I want you to look at the other picture, it was from last Saturday. This picture only has six of our grandchildren, they are my son and daughters children. If I had not been born, then my son and daughter would not have been born, and six of my grandchildren would not have been born either. Adoption gives life to generations, so I'm not only thankful for my life, but for my children and my grandchildren's lives as well.

For to his angels he has given command about you, that they  guard you in all your ways. Upon their hands they shall bear you up lest you dash your foot against a stone. Psalms 91:11-12

We sing a beautiful hymn in church,  On eagles wings he will lift you up, bear you on the breath of dawn, make you to shine like the sun, and hold you, hold you in the palms of his hands.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

"Go and Get Her. We'll Figure it Out When You Get Home!"

Good Morning Out There, this post is going to be about the letters I wrote that were published. I received a comment last night on my 3rd post that you can't view the links to my letters unless you are a subscriber to the newspaper. If you do subscribe to the Standard Times and you want to read the letters just click on the link. For those of you who don't subscribe I will summarize what I wrote, and probably add more, definitely add more. (I added a lot more.)
I've always loved the stories about my adoption. When I was a little girl, my dad would tell me how they got the call sooner than they expected, and how they had to stop and buy diapers, bottles and clothes on the way to get me from the hospital. My mom, dad, big brother and my grandmother all drove from Stephenville, TX where my grandparents lived, to Ft. Worth, TX to pick me up! My dad would say that they picked me out special from all of the babies in the hospital, of course as I grew older I realized that part of the story was a very sweet addition. When I started asking more detailed questions, my mom said that my birth mother wasn't able to take care of me, and so she gave me to a family who could. My mom also told me that being adopted was special, and that I should always be thankful, and I am.
After I grew up and had a family of my own, my dad told me how they paid for my adoption.
I was born in the evening on December 30, 1963. My parents received a phone call on New Year's Eve morning that there was a baby girl ready for them. Not expecting the call quite so soon, they had to come up with the money so that they could bring me home. I need to give you a little history here so that you get the whole picture.
My dad was a science teacher in Sudan, TX. He also drove the school bus. Sudan is a very small town close to Lubbock, TX. My dad called the banker in Sudan to request a loan, and told him that he needed the money immediately. The banker asked if he had any collateral and Dad said, "Just my name." So the banker asked my dad why he needed the money and my dad told him that they were trying to adopt a baby girl and they were suppose to pick me up on January 2.
This is my favorite part-The banker said, "Well, go and get her, We'll figure it out when you get home." Isn't that awesome, I love it!  I also have an old, yellowed newspaper clipping from the Sudan newspaper telling all about the baby shower that the wonderful, gracious people gave my parents. The clipping says "Little Miss Sharla Kay, recently adopted daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Nelson, was the honoree at a shower on Saturday afternoon at the home of.....
Just writing about this makes me emotional, I've been so blessed. There is just no way to describe how thankful I am for my life. But what breaks my heart, is that you don't hear about adoption anymore, unless it's for an animal. We need to get the message out there that adoption is and should be the only other option. So many couples aren't able to have children, and want children.
Children are gifts from God, they are not a choice, they are a life. I will close this post with the last paragraph from my original letter.
When did we get so off track? How did the people in our country become so selfish that someone would design special pink tennis shoes for Wendy Davis so she could filibuster against life in the Texas Senate?
Please, God, help us bring back the people who will say, "Go and get her. We'll figure it out when you get home."

My Aunt Carolyn just added a comment to my most recent post, please read it. She was adopted in 1944, and her adoption story  needs to be out there also. My grandparents were 48 when they adopted her. 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Hello out there, I hope you are having a great day! It's beautiful here in San Angelo,  hopefully we will be blessed with rain soon. I'm not sure how often I should attach a post, I really don't know much about blogs at all. So you're probably thinking, then why did you start one.
 If you read my previous posts you noticed the links I attached to the letters I had published in the newspaper. When I feel really strong about something, the words just come to me. After my daughter read the letter I had written in July 2013, she told me that if I really wanted to get my message out there that I would have to use the social networking sites. I started saying that I was going to start a blog, and that made everyone laugh because I don't even have a facebook page. I have an older cell phone, and it does not have a texting keyboard, so it takes me forever to reply to a text, unless my response is ok, yes, no, etc. After my letter in January was published, my husband, kids, and some really close friends encouraged me to do more to get my pro-life message out there. That's where this blog  comes in, I'm just telling my story, trying to promote adoption as the life option, as the life choice.
 I wish I could explain how heavy the pro-life issue weighs on my heart, at least with this blog, even though I'm totally out of my element, I know I'm trying to do something. In my Catholic daily meditations book "the Word among us" the response today is from Psalm 95:  If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

On a lighter note, the Catholic radio station in San Angelo and the surrounding areas is 91.5, and it is a really informative station. If you aren't Catholic and have questions, the apologetics are on from 5:00p-7:00p Central Time and they answer all kinds of questions. There is great  programming all through out the day. My favorite, is when they sing The Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3:00pm.
I 'll close this post with a verse that always makes me think of the blessings of adoption.
"He gives the childless woman a family, making her a happy mother. Praise the Lord!" (Psalm 113:9)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Hello out there, I hope whoever reads this had a great day.

 Today is The Annunciation Of The Lord.   What a great thing to share on my blog.
 Luke 1:30-31 The angel went on to say to her: "Do not fear, Mary, You have found favor with God. You shall conceive and bear a son and give him the name Jesus."

I have written a couple of letters that were published in The Standard Times Newspaper. I will attach the links so that you can read them if you would like to.

The letter from July 4, 2013 was written after I read an article about people congratulating Wendy Davis after her filibuster so that late term abortions could continue. Needless to say, I was appalled.

The letter from January 16, 2014 was more about me turning 50, being nostalgic, and finding an old newspaper clipping about the baby shower the wonderful people of Sudan, TX gave my parents after I was adopted. I was also thinking about the horrible anniversary of Roe V Wade.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Hello out there, this is my 2nd post. I'm just learning about all this tech stuff, so hang in there for me (I'm not even on facebook).
 To the birth mothers out there that have chosen or are thinking about choosing adoption for their babies, thank you. Placing your baby up for adoption is a giving, selfless act. I pray that you will be given all the loving and emotional support you need to do this. I was adopted when I was three days old, and I will always be thankful that my birth mother gave me life by choosing adoption.
The Gladney Home in Ft. Worth, TX helps young women who want/need to put their baby up for adoption. I'll post a link to their website later tonight.
I've got to go now, my husband is reminding me that it is time to leave for Mass.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Hello out there, my name is Sharla and I was adopted at birth. I started this blog to help promote adoption as a life option. I was adopted from Ft. Worth, TX 50 years ago. I was blessed with wonderful parents, and a protective older brother. I've been happily married for almost 31 years now, and my husband, Jim, is an amazing man. When we got married I was blessed with a 6 year-old stepson, whom I love as my own. My husband and I were then blessed with two more children, a son and a daughter. We have eight grandchildren, six girls and two boys, all between the ages of 9 months and 8 years old!

This blog is going to be positive, full of life, and informational. I'm excited to get started. I will post links to pro-life web sites, talk about good books, and share stories about my crazy, wonderful life!