"Here mama, can you keep these?"
They were the pictures of her bio mom.
"You are the best mama I have ever had, so I really don't need these any more."
We repeat this process about every 6 mos. Anna's pictures of her bio mom stay on her shelf, she looks at them, then she turns them to face the wall, then she put them in a drawer, then she returns them to me to put in my drawer, and then in a few months, it won't surprise me if she says, "Mom, you know those pictures of T, is it ok if I look at them?"
I smile and give them back. :)
THIS time, however, is the first time she ever said, "You are the best mama I have ever had."
It must be odd having had so many mamas. I'm so thankful to be her forever mama,
and not just one in a long list of "mamas".
On her birthday in November, she will have spent exactly 1/2 of her life with us, and that is a significant milestone that she is very aware of.
It is important to her that she has been here a long time, and even the "longest".
I have overheard her saying, "You're the oldest, but I've been here the longest!" :)
It is such a joy watching them grow.
“I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because I'm helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time- waking and sleeping. It doesn't change God- it changes me.”
― C. S. Lewis
― C. S. Lewis
I believe in the sun even when it's not shining. I believe in love even when I don't feel it. And I believe in God even when He is silent. (quote found on the wall of a concentration camp)