Below is a poem I received from an adopted child who is now married and is truly making a difference in life. A huge advocate herself, she is fighting for a cure for cancer. If anyone can find a cure, Cydney has the determination and is constantly at work!
She wrote to me, "I love visiting your page and reading about your journey and your daughter. I am adopted and it is so special to me to view the experience through a mother's eyes. So, although we haven't met in person, I feel like I already know you...I'm grateful for you and the voice you give to the little girls who treasure mom's like you."
God Bless, Cydney
The Journey Home Stop my fellow wanderer
Stand still on your path
Look up…Do you see Him?
Look beside you…Do you see them?
You and I were chosen
Yes, I too felt lost sometimes.
Crossing a bridge of uncertainty
With the battle of doubt ahead
But we were not unarmed…
You and I were chosen
Stop my fellow warrior
Look at the bridge you are standing on…
And see that it is yourself
Held strong by their choice.
We were never lost
We were just on the journey home.
Thank you Cydney! I will keep this poem for Halle-Grace always...and I hope we get to meet you soon.
What's Miss Magic up to at 2 1/2? Halle-Grace's favorite word is "mine"! Everything belongs to her...in her sweet mind anyway! She is a complete HAM these days...more so than ever before. She has something new to amaze us with daily! SHE LOVES FLIP FLOPS! Poor thing will wear them til her toes have blisters! She has not a care in the world as long as she has her flip flops on and is "on the move". She is a complete "social butterfly"! She loves her friends, loves to learn, and loves to sing (Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Itzy Bitzy Spider, Jesus Loves Me, Happy Birthday..and more). A chorus teacher recently told us (after Miss Magic sang Happy Birthday to her son about a dozen times in a restaurant) "she can sing, she holds the pitch, etc". Well, of course, I think she can sing...but you all know her dad...haha....he has told everyone! He is so wrapped, it's really precious to see the two of them together! She is for sure A DADDY'S GIRL!
She is going to the potty very well. She loves taking dance/gymnastics and is quite the performer! I'm getting really excited about her dance recital in June. I'm sure she'll add some of her own special choreography :) She LOVES to play outside! She is incredibly friendly and outgoing...and SMART! Her vocabulary really surprises me (especially when you consider she didn't hear English until she was 9 1/2 months old)! She talks all the time (where does she get that?!) She knows all of her colors, her ABCs, can identify letter and numbers...and more! Above all, she is truly magical and the most precious gift we have ever received.We are incredibly blessed! I thank God for bringing us together as a forever family!!! Miss Magic has a winning personality!
We are so excited to be attending this year as a COMPLETE, FOREVER FAMILY!!!!
From the CAS website: Calling All Generous Hearts:
Orphans around the world are dreaming of a brighter future, wishing for a family to call their own and hoping that someone will reach out to them. In partnership with Carolina Adoption Services, You can answer that call, on April 17, 2010, by attending the Generous Hearts Gala. Through our ongoing efforts over 2,700 children have found their forever families and over a million dollars in donations have gone into overseas humanitarian aid to help the vulnerable children still in orphanages.
Click to visit the 2010 Gala page for more information about “Generous Hearts" and the auction items... http://www.carolinaadoption.org/2010/03/24/calling-all-generous-hearts/
These children depend on your donations of time, services and funding. The Generous Hearts Gala offers you a unique way to help. Through your attendance, sponsorship or donation orphaned children will have a chance of a better life and brighter future. Help change the world one child at a time by participating. 100% of the proceeds from the event will go toward happiness, health, and love.
As an Adoption Ally for the National Council for Adoption, I love the new website! It is fantastic!!! Check it out... http://www.adoptioncouncil.org/ the link is also posted in the top right hand column on my blog.
Mamaw Parker passed away on Thursday. I know she is having one more homecoming in heaven. We miss her so much but we know she is finally at peace and has started her eternity in heaven! I thank God for blessing us with mamaw...what a beautiful legacy.