A Journey.Posted: July 24, 2012
Today marks a few special occasions.
It is my third anniversary of blogging. I never in a million years would have thought that I would have so much to say. Three years, 54o posts, and I can still come up with more. I am thinking I will probably never shut up, so stick around with me for the long haul, okay?
Today is my oldest daughters twentieth birthday. We took Mack and her boyfriend out for dinner, and frozen yogurt last night. It was a fun time. How on earth is it possible that I have a twenty year old kid? Just the sound of that makes me feel old, but there she is, and it is what it is. She is an official full-fledged adult now. God help me.
I heard from Mea’s biological sister via an email on Saturday. I have been taking some time to process this, I did email her back yesterday, but haven’t heard anything since then. Today in the PO Box there was a letter. With photos. A photo of her mom, her brother, her sister and her niece and nephew, all five of them together.
The letter was great. Filled my eyes with tears. Filled my heart with so much love, peace and a bit more understanding. Made me ever so thankful that I have gone through this journey into opening Mea’s adoption. That I took what was at best, a guess, a hunch, some hope, lots of advice, and turned it into this loving journey, of opening our family up to even more family. For now, we are going to keep things simple with letters and emails, but I do believe that someday, it will turn into something that is so much more.
I will leave you with this, the last part of the letter that was addressed to me and to my husband specifically, the rest of the letter was to all of us, and primarily Mea, so it is not mine to share.
“To Kelly and Husband-
Without people like you in the world, some children would not have a chance at a decent family, life or future. We love you guys for all that you have done, and are doing. Please keep in touch. We are not trying to intrude, but just the chance to have this type of communication means the world to us.”
This, my friends, is where the tears came from. We didn’t do anything special. We just wanted to grow our family. We knew that there were so many children that needed help in the foster care community, that after much research decided that this was the best way for us. This journey into parenthood by foster care adoption, has been so much more than just becoming a mom again.
So much more.