Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

A year ago today I was mother to two beautiful children. One here in the US and another half a world away. Any adoptive mother can tell you that loving a child from such a distance can be excrusiating. We were anxious about the condition of Charli's eyes. New pictures and mother's instinct told me that something wasn't right. We tried to secure medical care from within China, but were told that her only chance of treatment was here in the US. With the adoption process stretching out ahead of us we were beginning to lose hope. Our baby was thousands of miles and reams of paperwork away. We wanted to help her, but our hands were tied.

Then, almost by surprise, in steps our dear dear friends at The Grace Children's Foundation. That Mother's Day I spoke with Nancy Robertson for the first time. She set in motion the events that brought Charli Grace to the US and to the treatment she needed so badly. Chad and I believe with all our hearts that it was just in time to save her sight.

I'm not going to tell the whole story today. (Our local paper is doing an article featuring Charli's journey in a few days. So, I'll leave the story telling up to the professionals.) However I want to take the time to thank Nancy and TGCF here on my blog.

They are in the process of helping two very special girls, both with needs even greater than Charli's. Please take the time to visit their website and consider donating to the cause. They do an amazing work with little fanfare.

Nancy and Brooks, we love you and hope you don't mind a little fanfare from your friends in Alabama.
Charli Grace was dedicated in church today...
along with 23 other babies. Yes, I got a little misty eyed. Then Conner started shouting from the audience, "Go Mommy and Daddy. You can do it!" That boy of mine always knows just what to say.

Everyone else is looking at the pastor, but Chad only has eyes for his Charli girl.

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