Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Unorphaned

There is one less orphan in the world today!

Liza and her Forever Mama

As I’ve mentioned a couple of times, one of the little girls in my group has been in the process of being adopted and today I had the privilege of walking her out of her room in the orphanage for the very last time. Liza may not know it yet, but today is the first day of the rest of her life… No more having to fight for attention as one of a dozen children, no more sharing clothes and being dressed in whatever’s closest, regardless of whether it’s meant for a boy or girl, no more eating the same thing day after day, no more scheduled potty times, no more one minute “showers”, no more being put to bed by a different worker every night. Starting today, Liza is a part of a family where she will surely be the center of attention among her older siblings. She will have toys and countless adorable girly outfits to call her own. She’ll have the opportunity to try different foods and discover what she likes and doesn’t like. She’ll learn that the potty’s not so bad if you don’t have to sit on it for hours a day and that baths are a whole lot of fun. Best of all, Liza now has a Mommy and Daddy to tuck her into bed every night. Liza’s not only been given a family, she’s been given a future. Here in Ukraine, Liza would have lived a life without hope or opportunities. If a family had not come for her, she would have soon been transferred to the special needs orphanage and then, at around 18-years-old, she would have been transferred to the local mental institution where she would have lived out the rest of her days. Now, not only does Liza have a family who will love and accept her for who she is, she will also be given every opportunity for an abundant life, to learn and grown, to serve a purpose, to love and be loved.

In the adoption world, the day you finally get your child is called “Gotcha Day”. Over the past couple of years I have read (with tears of joy streaming down my cheeks) countless “Gotcha Day” blog posts but today was the first time I was ever there to witness it firsthand and what a blessing it was. I know one day I’ll have gotcha days of my own but in the meantime, thank you Rick and Melissa (and Greg and Sarah) for letting me be a part of your special day.

3 comments:

Freedom Hollow Farmgirl said...

Andrea~
I am so happy for Liza, one less broken heart, one less orphan. How amazingly cool that you were able to be a part of Liza's gotcha day! Witnessing answered prayer, one less orphan in this world. God is amazing. I too long for my own gotcha day when our little Eli is in our arms forever.

Blessings,
Suzanne

Jenny said...

Amazing, wonderful news!

Melissa said...

We were so happy to share our special day with you! Every day since then I just look at her and can't believe she's really here.