Everything You’ve Got


Photo by Paula Eve

A friend of mine who also adopted an older child wrote me today about a recent meltdown with her child. She shared a song with me I had not heard before by Francesca Battistelli called “Worth It.” I’ve included some of the lyrics below (you can see all the lyrics on Francesca’s website.

Several of the phrases in this song struck a chord with me regarding the kind of love an adoptive parent needs to have to help our children weather their storms.

At the same time, parents need encouragement and support from those who have walked or are walking through similar experiences. The title of Francesca’s song, also reminds me of something I’ve shared about our own journey called “Worth it All!”


Love’s not a feeling, love’s not convenient
But I know love will change your life
Love takes sacrifice, love cuts like a knife
Sometimes love will make you cry
Love’s not easy but it’s worth it

Love is a hunger, but love won’t leave you empty
See it’s a language of the heart
Love can steal your pride, but love won’t let you hide
It takes everything you’ve got
Love’s not easy but it’s worth it

–excerpt from Francesca Battistelli’s song “Worth It.”


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