I'm writing this letter to tell you how very loved you are..although right now, more than ever, you know that. Because today for the first time in your life, you have a family. Every day for the past few weeks we've watched the love that is so obvious in your mommy and daddy's eyes, reflected back in yours, and it is so obvious you are where you were meant to be.
I'll never forget the first day I saw your beautiful little face. Who could have known that in just 6 months you would no longer be an orphan without hope, because of the generosity and determination of so many people to find you a family. This day is such a celebration for all those people- Barb and Nicole and Cathy, Cara and Sasha and Jenn and Lori, Elissa and Adam and Julie and Grammi Faith...the list goes on, because there were countless hearts who were linked to give you a home for Christmas.
We waited with anxious hearts to see who would claim you...just a few short weeks afterwards, your mommy sent me an email asking if I knew if you had a family.
Ok first of all, I have to say a BIG thank you to you for what you are doing for these girls, mostly because when I came to your blog and scrolled down to Kareen's picture, I felt overwhelmed and overcome with emotion when I saw her picture and I just felt like she might be mine! I had been looking at reeces' rainbow and had seen her but was also looking at a few other girls and couldn't figure out who was right. I had never planned on seriously considering any of this and something just pulled me to it over the last month. As I first started looking into this I wasn't "drawn" strongly to any child yet, until the day I saw Kareen's picture again on your blog......From that moment on, I haven't been able to stop thinking about her! And it actually terrified me! My husband and I have pondered and prayed and done lots of soul searching because we never anticipated doing something like this but for some reason, we just feel like she needs to be with our family! My youngest daughter has ds and is only one month younger than Kareen, so we will basically have twins! As of last night, and this morning, we are ready to commit to Kareen and are in the process of filling out the initial applications so we are just praying it all works out and mostly we are praying that she is still at the baby house and that they will allow her to stay there until we can get her. I really feel like all the prayers you were summoning found us, because we were not searching this out, it came to us! Then this morning as we were discussing finances, we started to get nervous and realize how much money we really have to come up with, and we don't know exactly how that is going to happen. Just when we had finished talking about it, I got on the computer to fill out some of the forms and saw your blog entry for today about how you are going to do more fundraising in feb. for these girls and their forever families and I just cried again! It was an answer to me that this is right and that the money will come!
So THANK YOU!
I will keep you posted and can't wait for when we can both make the announcement that Kareen's family has found her! Keep those prayers coming that it will all work out smoothly and in time for her to be saved from the institution. I don't want her to have to spend one day there! I really feel the prayers of strangers, or should I say "unknown friends" right now!
In the last few weeks we've watched you blossom from a shy little girl into a confident, happy, radiant daughter, and the transformation has been one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen.
Your mommy and I have talked about meeting you the next time they come to Oregon...because they just happen to vacation here at the coast all the time. Coincidence? I don't think so. Every time I think about that day I want to cry, little Kareen. Because if someone would have told me last December that I would actually meet you some day- I don't know if I would have believed them.
Because this is the stuff that fairy tales are made of. Better than that, this is a story written by God. And there's no better feeling in life than knowing your tiny plans are woven into the big and wonderful and beautiful plans of the Lord, and that your life really does make a difference. I'm so blessed to have had a very small part in your rescue, Mia Kareen. I know hundreds of other people feel the same. We've all been cheering you on, and our hearts have been bursting with happiness watching your mommy and daddy rescue you.
Mia Kareen Cox....welcome to the world.
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