LISA AND JORDAN MOTHER/DAUGHTER
(originally posted June 29, 2011)
We gather together at this time to celebrate and seal the commitment between Lisa and Jordan Amos. Lisa, you come here today to celebrate your adopted daughter. We honor and bless this child who is placed into your care and keeping.
A gift from life itself, she came to you -- a special gift because you have chosen and have been chosen to receive Jordan. To you she has been given. In due seriousness, and with joy and keen anticipation, we mark the moment of this new commitment to each other. This child has come into your life and you have come into hers. May this union bring happiness, growth, and lasting good to both of you.
Jody to Jordan: With joy and blessings we recognize you as daughter in this family. Your mom wishes to express in our presence her love and commitment to you as a parent and she has invited us to share this time with you.
Jody to Lisa: What is the name of your daughter?
Lisa: Jordan Olivia Amos
Jody to Jordan: I say your name in the presence of all, Jordan Olivia Amos, and welcome you into your mom’s love. The two of you share the name Amos as a sign to all that you are mother and daughter.
Jody to Lisa: Lisa, do you take Jordan as your daughter?
Lisa: I do.
Jody to Jordan: Do you take Lisa as your mom?
Jordan gave a very emphatic, "YES, I DO!".
Lisa to Jordan: I take joy today in recommitting my life to yours. From the first day I laid eyes on you. I knew you were the one. So beautiful then and even more beautiful now. Side by side, step by step, may our journey together begin here, from this day forward.
What I have promised before, I gladly promise again: I promise to love you forever. To love all parts of you. To be open, honest and faithful to you. To nurture your spirit and support your dreams. To honor your thoughts and feelings. I promise to comfort and challenge you. In return, all I ask is that you never give up.
When you need strength, I will offer mine. When you need words of encouragement, I will listen and provide support. When you need solace and comfort, I will understand. I place you in my heart today, before all others.
Jody to Jordan: As a symbol of your awesome mom’s commitment to you, she would like to give you a necklace that represents her love for you. (This is where I explained each of the charms to J.)
Jody: With joy we greet you as mother and daughter.
To each of you in this new family we wish:
May each of you be a blessing to the other.
May your hours together be enriched by shared interests and pleasures.
May your home be a welcoming and safe place.
May you find strength and understanding in each other.
May you help one another to attain the best of which each of you is capable.
Let us pray.
We give thanks, O Spirit of God, for the blessing bestowed on this family in their commitment to each other. Confirm their joy by a lively sense of your presence with them, and give them calm strength and patient wisdom as they seek to love what is true and admirable, just and lovable and gracious, so that their lives may be a blessing to many. Amen.
***At the moment I'm reading these to J every morning while she's doing her strong sitting. She loves hearing them each day. :) More on the ceremony in previous post.