Nov 4, 201104:31 PMChina Mom
Counting my blessings
I love November. It’s such a humble month. We’re just coming off the sugar high of October and gearing up for December’s wild ride. November is like an afternoon by the fire, reflecting on everything we have and wrapping up in a blanket of blessings.
Maybe that’s why November is National Adoption Month – what better time for adoptive parents to think back and give thanks to everyone who helped them build their family? So in that spirit, I’d like to take a moment and thank those who made my dream come true:
Piper’s birth mother, whoever and wherever you are: Six years ago, you made the most difficult decision a mother can make – you literally walked away from your one-day-old baby girl. Thank you for your sacrifice. Your daughter is amazing and loved beyond measure.
Dillon International, our adoption agency: Forty years ago, you began an organization that has changed the lives and destinies of thousands of children and families around the world. Thank you for helping us be one of them. We will always consider you a part of our family because you helped build ours.
China: Yes, I’m grateful for China. They didn’t have to let us adopt one of their children, but they did. They could have let her grow up in an orphanage without a family or a future, but they chose to give her both. And in doing so, they turned one Oklahoma couple into a family of three – and for that, I am extremely grateful.
My daughter: My little miracle. There were days I thought she’d never be here – she really was a dream for many, many years. But after a long, emotional journey…the call from Dillon came and we saw that first photo of our daughter. And then, a few weeks later, we flew to China and within hours I was holding my baby girl.
And I’ve given thanks for her ever since. Not just in November.