When Love Took ME In!!!

12 years ago today, illness we finalized the adoption of Shaoey in Changsha, health China… Just the day before I was handed the most incredible little almond eyed human being on the planet… hand chosen, hand picked by God to teach me so much about HIS love… HIS plan… HIS adoption of me! I told Shaoey tonight that I was so glad that she found me… She looked at me and smiled and said… “I didn’t find you, you found me!” the truth is… God had this planned before the beginning of time, and indeed this little bundle of a miracle was handed to me, to have and to hold… Thank You Shaoey for teaching me so much about everything, especially Him…


  • Congratulations on such a special day Mary Beth! Your book blessed me so much! I stayed up nearly a whole night reading it… once I started I had to finish it! I have been blessed by you and your family since I first heard SCC at Liberty U in 1989 (?). We have prayed for you and been inspired by so many songs which have become as precious as “life verses.” Thank you for sharing your growth so openly as you have so we may be touched to! We are still praying God will make a way for us to adopt (current theme is “Wait on the Lord”) and thank you for all you do to care for so many orphans and bring them to forever families. Thank you! Karin

  • Vickie

    Mary Beth, I hope you and your entire family know what an indelible mark you have left on this world. I am so blessed by the testimony of your lives; the good, the bad, the ugly, the whole beautiful mess that life is for us mere mortals. I look forward to witnessing the rewards you will reap in heaven one day. And I plan to give everyone of you a big hug! And for now I leave you with this virtual hug. Blessings! 🙂

  • Emily

    it’s been just over two years for our little family 🙂 such an incredible miracle happened when that sweet baby girl was placed in our arms. praise God for His infinite wisdeme and soveriegnty!!!

  • Hi Mary Beth – thanks for continuing to share; what a blessing. God is even using you and your story here on the southern tip of Africa 🙂 I emailed you a letter last night, but in case it got lost in cyber space, and in case you have minute now to read it, here’s a link: http://growyounginside.com/2012/03/16/a-letter-to-mary-beth-chapman-on-suffering/
    With love and thanks from South Africa,

  • Congratulations on celebrating such a special anniversary. How can it already be 12 years? Happy Gotcha Day!

  • Teresa

    Thank you for your testimony and for your book “Choosing to See”. After hearing you speak and reading your book my teenage daughter went on a student trip to MBHOH right after she graduated from High School last summer. That experience has rocked our world. We are now in the paperwork process (getting very close to completing our dossier, YAY!! :)) to adopt one of the special children she met last summer. We thought our family was complete until I saw a picture.
    Jeremiah 29:11

  • Patricia

    What a special day!
    I am always amazed how God uses people and situations in our lives in such marvelous ways. One example is how Shaoey and you became mom and daughter.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • maryann

    Happy 12-year anniversary!!
    Just finished your book, and am very grateful that you wrote it. Thank you for being so real. May the Lord continue to heal you. Thank you for helping others to choose to SEE.
    Much love!

  • Hutch

    Mary Beth,
    I just wanted to say thanks for the amazing blessing I received in reading your book. I laughed (river rafting trip)and cried (Maria, Hudson, etc…) my way through pretty much the entire book. Thank you for your courage, your vulnerability, and your honesty. God’s strength and love shines wonderfully through your words and I am blessed and honored to have had an opportunity to read them.

  • Jennifer

    I just read your book and it’s been such an encouragement. Partly because it shows me that what I’m feeling and going through is normal, and because I see that even through the pain, you have managed to go on, and to find some happiness in life. Right now that doesn’t seem possible, but I have to believe that healing will come some day.
    My son, Isaac, died 3 weeks ago from leukemia, 9 days before his 5th birthday. The pain is so unbelievable right now. It just seems wrong for life to go on without him. And I wonder how long it will be before I am not wailing all the time, before I can look at his picture and smile instead of collaspe in agony.
    I don’t understand why God allowed this to happen, but I know that his ways are perfect, and I know that there are people who will come to Christ through Isaac’s story. And maybe those people would have never softened their hearts towards him any other way. Isaac’s funeral is the first time we’ve been able to get my father-in-law into a church. We’ve talked to him about Jesus, but he never listens. After the funeral, he promised my husband that he would read the Bible. So we are praying that Isaac’s death would not be in vain. Just like I know that Maria’s death was not in vain. My own daughter, Emily, accepted Jesus after hearing about Maria. She probably would have anyway eventually growing up in a Christian home. But Maria holds a special place in our hearts because she made my daughter want to live with Jesus in heaven.

  • Laura comried

    Thank you so much for your book. After I finished it (I downloaded this morning) I went to you tube and watched interviews and listened to songs by Steven. What an inspiration your family is. Thank you for sharing that Christians lives aren’t “easy” just because we have the Lord, but because we have the Lord, He helps us day by day, minute by minute, when we couldn’t do it alone.

  • Myrna Jones

    Mary Beth,
    I started reading your book only a couple days ago and am not a fast reader but, I can’t put it down. Your strength and courage are an encouragment for life. I have been a fan of SCC for a long while and my heart broke when I heard about the accident. May God rain blessings down on you and your family.

  • My husband and I had identical twin boys born at 25 weeks in June. Our son Carter died at birth and his brother spent 130 days in the NICU. Our hearts are broken that we don’t get to see our son grow up, but we find hope in the fact that we will see him again one day. Someone recommended your book and I am glad I read it. Your book was a source of strength and encouragement. I appreciated your honesty so much. I liked that you were able to find joy in the midst of tragedy, but were also real with how devastating it is to lose a child.

  • I also wanted to say that we used “With Hope” for our son’s slideshow…what a beautiful song.


  • Evelyn Dowdle

    Mary Beth,

    I feel compelled to write you after having read your book.
    I am familiar with sudden death. My husband was killed in auto accident 44yrs ago. 5 years later God gave me another God loving husband. He is faithful.
    There are no words to express how my heart ached for you(mother) and sweet Will, yes, and for your entire family. I feel like I know your family and love them. Praise to our great God that all of you know the source of strength. Sometimes that does not ease the pain.
    Thank you for writing your story, I appreciate the laughter. If we can laugh we can make it with the Lords help. Thank you for bearing your very soul and for your honesty. We have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but the privilege of suffering for Him. Philippians 1:29.
    I Love you,
    Evelyn Dowdle

  • Sweet Mary Beth, I loved reading about March 17th this year for you! That very same day I received our First Son. The one I’ve been praying for for over 26 years. He married our first born daughter that very day your “Shaoey” brought joy to you and your family! We feel the same way!

  • Heather Hewitt

    Hi Mary Beth 🙂 What a beautiful post and a beautiful family you have here and in heaven! I just finished reading your book Choosing to See! I just wanted to personally thank you, Steven and your family for sharing your faith, hope, pain, humour, heart and JOY with the world through your novel and Steven’s music! I encourage everyone to pick up Mary Beth’s book read it and share it with family and friends! It’s a page turner. I know that it has been a blessing in my life & will be in others! Thank you once again. Love and prayers for you and your family’s cotinuing journey until the day you come face to face with beautiful Maria again! I attended one of Steven’s concerts in Toronto a number of years ago and LOVED it! Hope he returns to Ontario soon! Have a wonderful day! Happy Easter and many blessings!

  • 12 years is an impressive period. Congrats with this anniversary and further successes.

  • Maggie

    I remember learning of Maria’s death. Praying for your family. I just read your book. My youngest son was killed in a car accident January 24, 2009. His birthday is July 21. He was 19 ears 6 months and 3 days. I have been so undone and broken. I also got the Beauty Will Rise album. Questions says it all. Thank you to you and yoru husband.

  • Irene

    Mary Beth,
    I was sick yesterday and all I could do was lay on the sofa and read–so I read your book cover to cover and now I know why I had a “sick day.”
    I, too, lost a daughter but she was 30 when she went to heaven in 2004. I, too, have trusted that God knows what he’s doing but still struggle occasionally with the “why’s” of it all. I still miss her so much. It helped me a lot knowing you too have questions but that it’s OK to have questions as long as we also have faith and trust.
    Thank you, Mary Beth and God bless you and your lovely family!

  • anonymous

    A Capella SCC! http://youtu.be/bO58Ihp5qY4
    perhaps the sing off is next?

  • Elizabeth

    I had searched to find a site where I could write and tell you how your book really impacted me…a grandma. I cried several times throughout reading it…and could barely put it down. You have such a wonderful, gifted family who has been blessed and now are blessing others. I also wanted to say that I’m sooo sorry for your loss of Maria as well. Now through her going to Heaven to be with Jesus…she too is impacting so many lives here. Blessings!!!

  • Hi Mary Beth! It’s been a long time since I have visited blog world and I am slowly catching up on visiting all the sites I love. So glad I stopped by here! Such a precious moment! One that is also engraved on my heart as well. My daughter, Emma, who is 6 now is also from Changsha, China. She is truly a gift from God!


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