the little things: one CNN report (catherine besk).

Oh friends, you are in for a treat today – because this is one BEAUTY of a story.  Cat is an old friend from Santa Cruz, and one of those people who should just be nominated as Grown-Up Prom Queen.  Because everyone not only likes her, but they love her …and I’d venture to guess that the feeling is mutual.  So read today how she’s loved others so very, very well, and get ready to be MOVED.  

In January 2010, an earthquake rocked Haiti, causing it to crumble. As I sat comfortably in my living room watching the CNN news reports on the devastation, something inside me shifted. Anderson Cooper was reporting on the orphan crisis, and it turned my world upside down. I got down on my knees and just bawled. When my husband came home from work that night I showed him, and we knew that we were not supposed to just feel bad about it, we were supposed to act. We didn’t quite know what that action would look like, but one day a dear friend sent us an e-mail with this short video attached. It was called “Lucy Lane’s Gotcha Day.” I had no idea what that meant.


If you only have 1 min, just watch from 3:10-4:10, but I really encourage you to watch the whole wonderful thing.

If you have now recovered from weeping, we can continue on together…

Watching a mother united with her daughter through adoption was one of the most beautiful things I had ever seen. I immediately filled out the pre-application, and when my husband walked in the door that night, all I needed was his signature. I am dangerous when he is at work. God had been working in both of our hearts to prepare us for this moment. We were saying, “YES!” to adoption, and we were scared out of our minds.

PEOPLE! This was not part of the plan! We already had two children. There are two of us. We have two hands. We thought we were done. I love my children, but I also love to be in control. Hahaha! I wanted to be in charge and keep our little world safe and predictable. There is nothing predictable about adoption. I would find myself on the kitchen floor just praying and repeating, “I surrender, I surrender, I surrender.” I knew that I could trust God, and we just kept leaning on Him and the truth of His promises.

When I had doubts along the way, or when I would feel myself start to panic, I would go back and watch the Lucy Lane video, and I would immediately be reminded of why we were doing this. All of the crazy paperwork and waiting wasn’t for nothing, it meant that there was a CHILD at the end of all of this.

If you watched the video then you heard that one of the songs is “Bless the Broken Road,” by Rascal Flatts. These lyrics have so much meaning for our family,

Every long lost dream led me to where you are
Others who broke my heart they were like Northern stars
Pointing me on my way into your loving arms
This much I know is true
That God blessed the broken road
That led me straight to you.

There was a lot of brokenness on the journey to our son. He experienced brokenness and loss, and so did we, but the heartache and pain led us straight to each other. We are so thankful for our journey. We are overwhelmed with love for our son. Be careful when you open your email today, it might contain some life-altering information.

10505214_10152620596506963_8425546485360460811_oCatherine is a teacher turned stay-at-home mom. She loves dancing and singing with her children and husband in the living room. Kenny is her teammate and best friend. Their oldest, Maizie, is preparing for the stage, but also focusing on being 8 and hilarious. Lucy is spirited, loyal, sensitive and really likes PINK (her blanket, not the singer), her family and watching movies. Matthew came to us through the miracle of adoption. He is determined, loving, and has such a big heart. The family is passionate about Jesus, loving others, fighting child trafficking, justice, music and adoption. Catherine blogs at “Because of Love,” about adoption, family life, orphan care, justice, and loving all people.  K, Cara again – because friends, these 721 words are just the tip of the iceberg.  Click here and here to read about the first part of their journey, with their son Cruz; and then click here to read further about Matthew, their second son, pictured above.  In the meantime, what can you say to encourage Catherine today?

6 thoughts on “the little things: one CNN report (catherine besk).

  1. Catherine…as both Cara’s mom and now, an adult adoptee, I share an insight gained a number of years ago: my birth parents loved me and gave me ‘birth’; my adoptive parents also love me and gave me ‘life’. Without all of them and our loving God, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. PTL!!

  2. What a beautiful story of hearing God’s voice and obeying it through every trial, every tear, every joy and smile!! I love this and I’m inspired to love orphans even more passionately! I also love your prayer, “I surrender,” so I’m gonna use it! 🙂 Blessings on you and your family.

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