Last year I wrote about the life-changing events that happened for me in 2009 and 2010, while wondering what 2011 had in store for me.
I would NEVER have dreamed that less than three months after writing that post I would have the tremendous blessing of seeing all my children together! Not only was I surprised with Christopher's first visit where he was able to meet all of his siblings, his nieces and nephews ~ he came for another visit just a month later. The photos from that first visit are my most precious treasures. As are the memory of looking at him sitting at the table in the exact same position as one of my raised sons, the memory of seeing him laughing with and interacting with his sister and brothers ~ all so similar, all so comfortable together. March 24th, 2011 will forever be etched in my heart and soul!
March ended with a gift from my daughter. A letter written to initially thank the search angel who brought Christopher back into our family, which turned into a sibling reunion story, then sent as a letter to both Christopher and I. I am so very blessed to have such loving children!
2011 became a pretty quiet year as far as communication with Christopher goes, but it did continue thankfully. His silence may have been a good thing for me though? It forced me to look inward to find acceptance in adoptions role in my life. November really was tough ~ the deep fear of Christopher's upcoming heart surgery was overwhelming for me. Just as his silence had a silver lining, so did that fear. After Christopher's successful surgery, when the fear of losing him subsided, it was as though a veil of peace and acceptance was draped over me. For the first time since finding the emails from a search angel and Christopher, on that cold January evening in 2009, my mind was not filled with adoption loss and grief every moment of every day.
2011 ended with two more wonderful gifts. The gift of being "Grandma Susie" to his children ~ making this grandma's heart overflow and the gift of Christopher's mom reaching out to me for the first time.
Here's to 2012!
Will this year continue to bring me blessings I only dream of?
Will I get to know his mom?
Will I have the blessing of meeting Christopher's children?
His beautiful wife who has played a big part in our reunion?
Will I have yet another chance to see all of my kids,
maybe even grandkids together??
I can only hope...