Tuesday, December 16, 2003

Yes its a wonderful life

Written by Taney Friend.

Yesterday I was watching the movie, “It's A Wonderful Life”. Many of you know the movie very well and have seen it many a time. If you have never seen to movie go out tonight and rent it.

In the beginning of the film (Don't worry this will not ruin it) they show all of these houses and you hear voices sending prayers to Heaven for George Bailey. "Dear Lord, please watch over George Bailey." "God, please help George Bailey he is a good man," "Please God look after my Daddy," and so forth.

As I watched this I began to cry. I was crying because I was thinking about my dear family and friends who when they knew of our infertility and our dream to adopt our little girl from China, They would say to us that we are in our thoughts and how they are praying for us. When I talk to them of our plans I can hear in their voices and in there eyes the love and support they feel for us. So I cried as I watched these houses with these prayers going to Heaven. I thought of my friends and family and how they have sent there little prayers for us like paper boats down a stream. And I wanted you all to know that I feel the love you are sending to us and the power it gives us to go on and I thank you.

A traditional poem.

I see the moon and the moon sees me
God bless the moon and God bless me

There's grace in the cabin and grace in the hall
And the grace of God is over us all

I see the moon and the moon sees me
The moon sees the somebody I want to see

God bless the moon and God bless me
And God bless the somebody I want to see

Written by Malcolm Friend.

Last night, together Taney and I sat and started to write out the application form for our adoption agency in readiness to complete the process and add our signatures this December 25th.

Today has been a wonderful day with calls made to gather additional information. In particular three courtesy calls to our personal references (not family members) that will be contacted by our home study and chosen adoption agency.

In no particular order one a lifelong friend of my wife was thrilled and delighted to be asked.

One other a close friend and his wife considered themselves honored to be asked and without question did not hesitate in saying yes.

The third a man that we both consider a valued friend and have utmost respect for, considered himself privileged to be a part of our adoption journey.

These friends are truly wonderful, their enthusiasm and support to both Taney & I is beyond heartwarming.

Thursday, December 04, 2003

A most wonderful gift this year.

One day sometime in the future Taney & I will sit and tell our daughter of her adoption story, part of that story will be the written account added to “The Red Thread”.

The day after thanksgiving, Taney & I were walking around our local Target store to perhaps pick out gift ideas for one another to secretly wrap and place under the tree on Christmas Eve.

Neither of us was very enthusiastic about what we wished for and found ourselves standing surrounded by clothes for little girls, pointing at items that would be great for our daughter.

It was clear what we wanted for Christmas this year; we both want to start the adoption application. That is what we are giving each other this year, the most wonderful gift of all. We shall sign our adoption agency papers on Christmas Day.

God willing this time next year we will have already purchased our airline tickets and shortly be heading to China to bring our daughter home.

Unlike previous years where we have put together “wish lists” for relatives, we are simply directing everyone to our registry at Baby’s R Us and Zany Brainy.

This truly is going to be the best Christmas of all.