partnering with those who
see HOPE 
in places others see only broken 

an unexpectedgift 

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           y second child was not conceived in my womb, she was birthed in my heart.
“We have a little girl who has come into care; she is 18 months old, but small for her age, and  delayed. I would say developmentally she is about nine months and she barely weighs 11 pounds. She is a fighter, but psychologically shattered and physically fragile. One brother was battered to death, the other, if he makes it, will have life-long brain damage. Based on how we found her, we have reason to believe she has not been out of her crib in six months. It's likely she is too shattered to be adoptable, but would you consider taking her, at least for now?"
When I said yes, I believed love would heal all wounds.
I had no idea what attachment disorder meant or how it would change my world. 
I know now, love doesn't heal all wounds, but it heals so very much. 

As a mom on the other side of six school suspensions, IEP

meetings and counseling ad nauseam, failing systems, piercing

eyes judging my parenting when my child melted down in the

grocery store or they learned she was the one who set the school on fire, I've walked in your shoes. As a mom who loved my daughter through bullying by her peers, fights with authority, depression, cutting, and suicide attempts, I know your pain. 

Wherever your journey of shaping a new story for your child may be, you likely have many doubts and fears. You also know frustration, aloneness, and despair to be frequent voices who often whisper, “why?" 

 

And, while searching for your answer you reflect on the many times all the links connected and the beauty of your child sent joy bubbles and an overwhelming glow of love into your

heart, and you respond, "because I love, delight, and believe in my child."

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