We are framing this photo for Samuel, taken by Kyle LaMere in Ethiopia, September 2012. Under the photo will be Maya Angelou’s “Love Liberates” quote.
How beautifully she sums up the importance and love of the birth mother and family. How true love frees; it does not enslave.
Someone once said, “Children need two things: One is roots and the other is wings.” I know Samuel’s birth mother was strong enough to provide our son with wings. Now our prayer is that together we can provide him with roots.
Love Liberates, by Maya Angelou
“I am grateful to have been loved and to be loved now and to be able to love, because that liberates.
Love liberates. It doesn’t just hold—that’s ego.
Love liberates. It doesn’t bind.
Love says, I love you. I love you if you’re in China. I love you if you’re across town. I love you if you’re in Harlem. I love you.
I would like to be near you. I’d like to have your arms around me. I’d like to hear your voice in my ear. But that’s not possible now, so I love you. Go.'”