Today’s blog is especially from the heart in honor of my beloved classmates and teachers at the Rhys Thomas School of Energy Medicine as we are about to enter 4th chakra weekend. Thank you for these last three years of opening up my heart…It’s been a journey of YAY-OUCH-HEY-MMMM-YAY-OUCH-HEY-MMMM! 😉 Let’s see how big we can open our hearts…
So on my ButterflyMoms Facebook page I have been hinting that there is a big event happening, and this one is pretty H-U-G-E! It is the fulfillment of a childhood dream I’ve had since I was a little kid. I read a book about a family who went to adopt one child and ended up adopting something like 18. (NOW TO MY BEAUTIFUL HUSBAND DOUG, IF YOU ARE READING THIS DON’T WORRY – I’M NOT AIMING FOR ANYWHERE CLOSE TO THAT) 😉
Some of you may know that we have already adopted one little girl, our Olivia who is almost 6! We got her at 17 months. Life with her has had its ups and downs but we could not imagine life without her!
I grew up in such a way that my heart goes out to little kids who need help, especially those who have no mom and dad and are in the system. It can be a very cruel system. Again, it’s about the heart for me… there have been lessons of heartache throughout my life that have opened me up to be able to “be” this way.
For example, when I was in high school my father’s physical abuse got worse. The mother of the boy I was dating told him not to date me because I was “damaged”. Even now those words still sting a bit. I can now see, though, that his mom was a wonderful teacher for me because she, like Sophia suddenly dying and the abuse I suffered from my dad, helped me BREAK MY HEART WIDE OPEN. I believe that the more shattered your heart has been the more beautiful the rainbows it makes. I cannot change them but I have been changed by them…and I CHOOSE to see the incredible gifts in all of them and to forgive those who did the best they could with where they were in life, including myself. I can tell you about these events, and for the most part, I don’t LIVE IN THEM! The more I live in my PRESENT MOMENT, the JUICIER LIFE FLOWS!!!
My newest juicy is our journey back into the world of adoption. (NOW I’M GOING TO DIGRESS FROM THE BLOG FOR A MOMENT BUT THIS IS IMPORTANT INFO TO SHARE, INFO THAT COULD ALTER THE COURSE OF YOUR LIFE…FOR THE FUN-NER-ER AND FULL-ER-ER 😉 For some reason when people think of adoption they immediately ask WHAT COUNTRY? When we say Massachusetts they are shocked and it takes them a bit to adjust their thinking. Most people don’t think about ADOPTING LOCALLY. Until now 😉 If you get anything out of this ButterflyMoms blog, please know that there are THOUSANDS of kids of all ages and abilities out there, especially now with the economy the way it is and so many people falling through the cracks financially – the lack of money in a family is a H-U-G-E problem that separates families. Sure the kids have their issues but if there were more parents out there who were willing to believe, you could make a huge difference. You often hear the horror stories but not the great stories. If not for you, then share this with a friend! It is FREE to adopt and the kids get FREE COLLEGE and HEALTHCARE! We went through Cambridge Family & Children Services http://www.helpfamilies.org/home.php. We never paid a penny to them. If you are thinking of adopting definitely contact them! I cannot adopt all of them but all of us together can adopt all of them! May you not only THINK about it, but may you also PICK UP the phone and CONNECT! Now back to our ButterflyMoms blog… 😉
So we wanted to adopt again after adopting Olivia, but then Doug got sick and we did not know what that would bring so we pulled back. Well, a few months ago we realized his dis-ease is our new normal for now so we should stop waiting for the “right” time and live our dream now. We did hit a snag this time but when we remembered to go with the flow and not judge everything we saw we finally got a call from our social worker who asked if we would be interested in a 14 year old girl named Beatriz (BEA-TE-REE-J). The process is that we read her thick file and talk to the people who take care of her teachers, psychologists, foster mom, counselor, social worker, etc. to get a picture of who she is. Well we met her on Sunday!!! A big thank you to Debra Sweet and her family who when I got the last minute phone call to see if we wanted to meet Beatriz LOVINGLY agreed to take my three girls in their pjs at 7am on a Sunday so we could make it in time for the meeting! WHAT LOVE! It does take a village! THANK YOU SWEET FAMILY! WE ADORE YOU! It just makes the story even juicier! Truly!
I was REALLY nervous? After all HOW does one prepare for a meeting their 14 child for the first time when your role in their life is to be the Mama? Did not learn that at Boston College or my MBA at Simmons! That is for sure! The best advice I got from one of my real estate clients was to JUST BE ME and that is what I did. If it was funny I laughed. If it sad I cried. It was a big mixture of emotions but most of all I wanted to show her AUTHENTICITY because that is what I want to be AUTHENTIC…that is what I wish for her and that is what I wish for you!
All this happened just this past Sunday and today, as I write this she is upstairs sleeping with her new sisters. I know there are a lot of people, even in our own family who think we are nuts but we are in love with being alive. It is from the ashes of our pain that a new, deeper love can emerge. Our new LOVE is called Beatriz!
Great big hug luscious hugs,
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