I am an older man now; but the story of my life and the adoption process that I worked my way through is something that I would like to share. I was adopted along with four of my brothers & sisters in 1962. I was brought into a stable home at the age of 7, complete with a new sister that was 3 years older than I was and eventually a brother that was 10 years younger than me.
Prior to the adoption proceedings I was asked if I would like to be called something other than Richard. I declined for two reasons. To begin with, this is the name that I had known for nearly eight years of my life and being called Horatio, Calvin, or Thaddeus just didn’t feel right to me. And besides that, I was named after my biological father & mother and that was the ONLY remaining link that I had to my family. My dad’s name was Richard and my mother’s name was Lynn (Marilynn). I was named Lynn Richard Bush. Even at the age of seven my thought was that someday I would need that link to trace back to my heritage. My new parents ‘flipped’ the Lynn Richard and named me Richard Lynn. As it turned out, that was EXACTLY what I used to locate my original birth certificate in the State that I was born in. When I located it I realized that nothing had been redacted as is normal in adoption situations. Through that I found out that my dad was a ‘Piano Tuner’ by trade and that I was born ‘single’ (as opposed be being born married?). Oh, and one other thing about me, I have a very feeble sense of humor, kind of like my sense of direction when driving…..
In this generation, thousands of people from around the globe rely on Ancestry.com to solve their quest for answers. However when I began my journey, Ancestry.com had not been created. In fact, the world wide web & internet were unheard of. I am a registered guest on Ancestry.com now and could potentially hear from relatives that I didn’t know even exist because of my registration and linking this website to my profile.
I remained in that home for the next 10 years before launching out into life on my own. It was a rocky 10 years for a variety of reasons. Being separated from family members that I knew by name and that I had a relationship with and being placed into a home filled with total strangers was a huge hurdle. Being ripped away from everyone & everything that was familiar to me and ‘starting over’ isn’t easy. I had a ton of behavioral issues to deal with. Some of those issues stemmed from the fact that I didn’t get the guidance that is so vital to children in their formative years. There was absolutely no structure to my life, and I did what I wanted, when I wanted, and literally ran the streets of Chicago without any adult supervision. My adoptive parents had ‘no idea’ what they had just gotten themselves into. And my new sister, well let’s say it was a wake-up call for her as well. I used to kidding-ly tell my wife that my mothers first exclamation after I was born was “all THAT for THIS?”. That may have been what my new family thought as time went on. I recall one instance in particular where I was told that my parents may have to get rid of me and send me back to the orphanage. Quite often on a Sunday afternoon we would go to the country and visit my grandma & grandpa Hicklin and have lunch with them. They lived on a nice little farm south of Lacey, Iowa. I loved it out there because I had a lot of room to play & explore. The adults like to play cards and talk. They talked A LOT, and about a lot of different things. One of the main card games that I remember them playing was ROOK. There were also times that I would get to spend the weekend with them by myself. Too many years have passed for me to recall what the circumstances were at the time of this occurrence, but the conversation that I had with my grandma Faye will always be remembered. I cannot tell you the exact words she used, but I can tell you generally what she told me. While in the kitchen with grandma during one of those times, grandma very seriously told me that if I didn’t straighten up that they may have to send me back to the ‘home’. She said that my behavior was going to cause my mom (Barbara), who was her daughter, to have a nervous breakdown.
The story I have to tell is a success story, not a story of failure. It is a story of how an undisciplined, emotionally unstable young man found his way in life and followed it through. It is a story of how God stayed with me and didn’t pitch me onto the dung heap of life. He led me and guided me through the tough places of life and mercifully allowed me to see the day when I could once again be re-connected with every single person in my biological family at one point or another. And finally, toward the end of that journey, He brought me back together with the two people who meant the most to me from those early years. These were the two that I remember playing with as a child and the last two that I spent time with before leaving the orphanage to start a new life.
_______________________________________This linked video from CASTING CROWNS is my theme song (and ringback-tone for those that are my family & closest friends). The words of this song could not more accurately depict the Power of the Word of God more vividly. Click below and you will see what I mean….then read more below the embedded audio player.
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Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
Without question, the Word of God is the most important book in my life. The words within the pages of this book have totally transformed my life from someone who was lost & without hope, to a life filled with the confidence of knowing that my life had been totally changed by one simple decision in my life to follow Jesus. II Corinthians 5:17 sums it up when it states “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
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