“Lori, your life could change forever. You have 15 minutes to decide.” I hung up the phone and looked at him, feeling both nervous and excited. I said, “His name is Cayden, and he’s 13-months old.” The answer was yes!
This is the story my mom tells every year. She says that families come together in all sorts of ways. As far back as I can remember, I have always known that Diakon is who brought our family together.
Normally for Mother’s Day, I make or buy something for my mom. But this year, I asked my mom to give me something – an interview with The World's Best Mother.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, The Great Lori Roth!
What is your favorite part of being a mom?
As moms, we pour out the song in our hearts. And in times when you need to be reminded, your children pour it back out to you.
When you were five years old, I said to you, “So many events had to occur to lead us to you. Doesn’t it seem almost impossible that all of these things actually fell into place?” You looked at me and said, “No. Not at all. Because at church we learned that God has the power to provide.” You reminded me that He did indeed provide the day we got the call from Diakon.
What did you feel on your first Mother’s Day?
Thankfulness. For years before you came along when I so longed for a family, I was wished a “Happy Mother’s Day” by well-meaning people at church or the store. It was wonderful to finally be able to simply respond with, “Thank you.”
When in my life were you most proud of me?
When you were 11 years old and my dad had just passed away, we were on a family vacation in Nashville. You paused on the street and asked, “Do I still have my $5 left?” I responded, “Yes. What do you want to buy?” You answered, “I want to go back and buy that homeless man an ice cream. Whatever flavor he wants!”
I kind of panicked thinking about you talking to a stranger. But in that moment of hesitation, you reminded me, “Mom, you always say that the best way to make yourself feel better is to help someone else.” I’m so proud that you have never stopped helping others.
My mom and I may not share DNA, but we both love playing games, doing puzzles, and giving to others. She likes to quote JFK (though I’m pretty sure he took this one from the Bible), “To whom much is given, much is expected.” Diakon has given me and my parents the ultimate gift – the gift of becoming a forever family. So we like to give back to Diakon.
We have raised money for Diakon in all sorts of fun ways. We did a carnival when I was two years old. We’ve held Texas Roadhouse fundraisers. And I’ve even sold yard signs. Not only did I learn that the ground is frozen in January, but I also learned that we were each given unique talents by God. Our job is to find out what they are, and then use them to serve others.
Today, I am asking you to serve others by making a gift to Diakon Child, Family & Community Ministries. Your contribution equips parents like mine with all sorts of training and tools. It also helps kids like me find their forever home. And you know what? There are a lot of kids like me in our community. They each deserve to be in a safe and loving family like mine. Will you please help them?
It’s easy to assume that someone else will step up, but when we’re talking about a kid never meeting their forever family – well, that’s just too great a risk.
Wishing you peace, love and lots of ice cream,
13 years old
PS: Flowers and macaroni necklaces are great. But you know what’s an even better Mother’s Day gift? Making a gift to Diakon Child, Family & Community Ministries in honor or memory of a special mom in your life.