Jan 04 2012

A Divine Appointment

You know what they say; how there are no coincidences in life, just divine appointments.

You’ve probably seen it too…those tearful goodbyes at airports.  You try not to stare, but you can’t help it.  Someone starts to cry and they’re hugging, before you know it,  the crying spreads…

Saw this yesterday as I headed home from taking a short vacation over the holidays.  It was a mom saying goodbye to her 7 year old daughter…she was putting her on a plane by herself.  I felt for her, because I figured the situation was like a lot of families deal with these days…a divorce…a single parent…with a visitation schedule and it was time for her daughter to go back to her Dad’s.  I know it all too well, my kids have been with their dad for 2 weeks now…it’s hard. 

It made me realize that you have so much power on your child’s emotions…really any one in your life…if we loose it in front of them, they loose it too, if we are strong, they will be too.  It was like a moment I filed in my head to remind me not to cry selfishly while my kids leave to go visit their Dad.

Turns out that little girl was on my plane.  Turns out I sat next to her.  This was not a coincidence, but a divine appointment.  Once I got situated I whispered to her, it’s going to be okay.  I’m a mom, and my kids go to see their Dad too.  The best thing that calmed her down right away, “want to play a game on my iPad?”

She stopped crying before the plane even took off.

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Jan 02 2012

The Least of These

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Every once in a while…you see one of those stories at the end of the news that leaves you in a pile of tears…the good kind…

Saw one of those last night.

About a little girl, tucked away behind the white walls of an orphanage in the Ukraine.   At 4 years old she was headed to an adult mental institution where she would live out her life with no hope for a family or an education. 

An American mother of 3 young girls saw her picture on a website…and she knew she had to rescue her.  The mom said, we just knew that she was saying…you’re my mom and you’re my dad…come and get me.”

So they did…They traveled 6,000 miles to save her…to give her a real life… one where she could go to school…get a job…to be loved.

After 32 days of living in the Ukraine… The Cox Family  brought little Mia home…introduced her to her 3 sisters, one of which was just like her…she had down syndrome too. 

For more information on how to adopt a child with Down Syndrome click here.

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