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I am a wife, daughter, mother, bilingual teacher, poet, author, women's Bible study teacher, world traveler, orphan advocate, and an adoptive mother.  Our adoption journey has been filled with a lot of hurt and loss, along with even more hope, grace, and healing.  Through it we have experienced more of God than we ever bargained for and have watched Him miraculously redeem our story when we surrendered all the broken pieces to Him.


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Saturday, April 18, 2015

I celebrate you today


Happy 13th birthday to my little Colombian princess. Not a year goes by on this date that I don't stop to celebrate you and to wonder what you're actually doing and how your mother is celebrating with you. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you and pray for you. Taking the time to re-write our story has evoked more emotion in me than I knew still existed, and it has made me realize how much I still miss you. Your sweet voice still plays in my head. Juan David and I talk of you often. He will love and adore you forever (both of your brothers will), and I hope someday you will be able to reconnect with them. We still have your pictures up in several places at home, so know you will always be a part of all of us. I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to know you and love you because I know that has helped your brother attach well to our family since coming home two years ago. You would be so proud of the man he is becoming. I am grateful for the memories we made with both of you together. I love you, Sweetheart, and I always will. May your special day be blessed and full of life, for the lively little girl I remember you being. (Your brother is camping this weekend, but we will get a small cake to celebrate your birthday with him when he comes home.)

Happy 22nd birthday to Julian, too, earlier this week. We love you and miss you, but at least we are still in touch several times a week. You are your brother's hero, and I will make sure he always knows how much you did to help him come home to us.

(For the whole story, tune in to my other blog periodically, unexpectedtearsbook.blogspot.com .)

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