You serendipitously said, “ If you ever want to adopt another daughter, I am available.”
Here’s a portion of our reply to you….” I know you’re probably kidding about being adopted, but the more we thought about it, the more we talked and yes we do want to “adopt” you into our hearts. How that plays itself out in real life is totally up to you….I wouldn’t be surprised if you never write back, and I wouldn’t be surprised if you do.”
I’ve been writing a series of notes celebrating my children. I told you before I was finished, I wanted to write one for you too, here it is…
One of the highlights of this past year was crossing paths with you. I never dreamed that before the year was out, we would meet you in person. I told you after you left, but want to say it again, next to my wife and eldest daughter, , you probably know me better than any other person because you’ve read my blog and gotten to know the real me..
and still you accept me….wow.
I can’t tell you how empowering that has been. I think most of us long to be known and accepted for who they really are…you have given me that gift by your friendship.
Here are some other things I appreciate about you…
Your humility. It takes a lot of guts to admit when you’re struggling and could use some encouragement and direction. I believe in you young lady ;-)
You’re passion for helping hurting people.
You’re a giver..not an energy sucker. You meet some people in life, and all they do is suck you dry. You come along side them, you listen, you love them…and all they do is want more, more more. I think one of the things about you that has been exciting is to watch you fight and scrap your way through your brokenness…we pray for you regularly, you know that don’t you?
You are a great mommy! As we’ve read your letters, and watched you in person, I can see that you have a better handle on parenting than I did when I was your age.
You are an encourager. I so appreciated the time you told me to pick up the phone and call if ever I needed to talk with someone…didn’t matter what time it was. Just knowing that the offer was there, encouraged me…and the offer still stands, right?
We love you as one of our own :-) D and M