Tuesday, February 23, 2010

From the Mouths of Babes

Five-year-old Andrew came up to me the other day and said he wanted to write a letter to Marguerite's birth mother. He asked if I'd please help him with the spelling.

This is his letter, straight from his lips to the page.

I cried.

And I couldn't have said it any better.


Thursday, February 4, 2010

We have received so many wonderful, thoughtful, beautiful cards, sentiments, and gifts since Marguerite's arrival. We are ever so grateful.

However, one card that arrived in yesterday's mail bears special mention.

It was a card from Elizabeth Cavanaugh, the dear woman who cared for our children in Georgia while we were busy meeting Marguerite and Temple at the hospital. When we "came home" with Marguerite and introduced her to her siblings, it was the Cavanaugh home that we "came home" to.

The Cavanaughs will always hold an incredibly special place in our hearts for providing not only a home away from home, but a real sense of family in Georgia during a very special time in our lives.

Elizabeth's card read as follows:

Dear Marguerite, 

I hope and pray that you may always know how much God loves you. He has blessed you with two mothers, that you may have life and have it abundantly as He promised. May you always seek to know, love, and serve God. 

It has been such an honor to have gotten to meet you at the beginning of your wonderful journey. I made this rosary for you in honor of your Baptism and initiation into the Catholic Faith. May it remind you of the love of your Georgia family.

God bless,
Elizabeth & family

The note brought tears to my eyes, thinking of the family in Georgia who opened their hearts, giving us the loving space of their home for our first "homecoming" moments with Marguerite.

Enclosed in the package was the most beautiful white rosary, handmade by Elizabeth.

God bless the Cavanaughs. We'll always consider them our (and especially Marguerite's!) Georgia family.