A beautiful world,

a beautiful life.

..be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

-Max Ehrmann

Three years ago today our lives were changed forever, for the better.

Three years ago today I walked into a sweltering orphanage alongside my husband and we walked out as a family. Three years ago today we held Little Man for the first time and mere minutes later he became our son, fully and legally, in a small room of a Saigon “court building.” Three years ago today our eyes were opened forever and we saw the world in a different light. Three years ago today we realized that we have a second home in a faraway land.

Three years ago today we learned the painful truth of what severe neglect and institutionalization can do to an 11 month old child. Three years ago today I experienced for the first time the bitterrsweet dichotomy that adoption represents. Three years ago today, I became the happiest woman on the planet. Three years ago today, our family was created.

Happy third family day, my sweet child. You have been a constant joy and light to our lives. We love you so very, very much!  You make our world so much more beautiful and I cherish that special day we met!


6 thoughts on “A beautiful world,

  1. Rhoda

    I remember those days–hard to believe that three years have already gone by. River IS beautiful. Happy Family Day with many more to come.


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