Particularly this week, as I took on adoption with some extremely difficult government employees, I've been grateful that I have been blessed with an inside look from which to advocate for children without a family. Even if it multiples the pain when others cannot understand. How can they? They have not walked this road.
I am grateful that my parents took the plunge when we barely knew anyone who had adopted, and certainly not from half way around the world. Knowing what we did then (precious little!), it was a jump of faith into the faraway unknown. God spoke to my Mother's heart that her family would never be the same again. He gave my Dad the wisdom to plan to bring us (my sister Heather and me) along, to a formerly communist country with unsafe drinking water....for that infamous "once in a life time field trip to a foreign country", LOL!
Loves the US passionately (okay, I admit! At times we've thrown around the thought of her holding high office)
Statue of Liberty
Has a special place in her heart for Russia
Emma & friend Nastya, Kostroma, Russia, December 2002
Eloise Emma at the Plaza Hotel, La Paz, Bolivia!
Now she's starting a new life in Tennessee as the daughter of cookie store owners (our parents, who would've thunk!!) and doing great (when she's not missing her favorite sister, of course):
I love you, Emma!!! You've changed my life forever.
More pictures and stories coming on Gotcha Day....