Friday, February 13, 2009
My baby turns five today!
A year ago she was speaking only Russian...today she can chew out her brothers in the most colorful English terms.
A year ago she wasn't able to hear much of the world around her...today she doesn't miss anything, often bringing our attention to the little things we take for granted.
A year ago she didn't even know her new name...today she not only knows her name, she can spell it...and SIGN it.
A year ago she was absolutely terrified of dogs, cats, anything that moved...today she is hugging and squeezing Lulu and Wonka...and handing out puppy and kitty valentines.
In the last year our Maddie has grown and changed so much she barely resembles the little bundle of energy we met a year ago.
On this incredibly special day I'm remembering someone else.
Maddie's biological mom.
I don't know her name.
I don't know how old she is.
I have no idea where she lives.
And I may never know.
The only things I know about her, I glean from Maddie's face.
I imagine she has the same brown eyes that twinkle with mischief.
She may have the same brown hair with just a hint of curl.
And she may possess the same smile that lights up a room.
I can only imagine what she's feeling today.
Wondering what happened to the child she gave birth to five years ago...with a disability too much for her to handle.
Asking herself, 'what if...'
Wishing she had handled things differently.
At least I hope she does.
So in honor of Maddie's birthday, I would like to ask you to give her bio mom a very special gift.
Please pray that she'll find peace.
I've been praying for that for a long time. I can't imagine what it must have been like to leave her child in the way she did. Only God can give her that peace.
I trust He already has.
Happy Birthday sweet Maddie!