Mom to Lexie from Aktau Kazakhstan, whom I adopted between May 20 thur July 20, 2007 (go to those posts if you'd like to read about my time in Kazakhstan.) Lexie is a funny, intelligent, outgoing and sensitive little girl and I couldn't be happier or more blessed to be her mommy.
Talk about make a parents day. Wednesday is Lexie's morning dance class so I drop her off at her Montessori pre-school around 11:00am. We try to slip in quietly as all the kids are diligently working at their different projects and all three teachers will be working with different kids. Either Lexie or I will say "shhhhh" just before we open then door and then giggle. So today as we were quietly making our way to the coat rack and Lexie walks by one of the teachers sitting in a child size chair when the teacher says "Good morning Lexie." Lexie couldn't resist and gives her a big hug. She says "oh thank you Lexie I needed that." Then other teacher sitting on the floor near by looks up and says "Our little ray of sunshine is here." That just melted my heart.
As I embark on this adventure to Aktau, Kazakhstan to adopt my first child, this painting of a Rose comes to mind. I've always loved how all the adult hands surround and protect the baby's hand but at the same time are open enough for the tiny fist to grow. That's how I see this whole adoption process. So many people with one child's best interest at heart. And with each person giving this child a hand she will bloom into the best person she can be. God has given me a wonderful gift by allowing me to help this child learn and grow. I'm so grateful to all the people who have supported me (and I hope will continue to support me) through this life challenging experience.