Each year my husband and I get each of our children a hardback book for Christmas. It is usually a book that has some connection with something our child has experienced that year or a book that we feel will have meaning to them someday. We both write a message in the front cover of the book about their past year and our emotions about that child and then we sign and date the book. One day when our children are grown, they will have a collection of books to keep and hopefully treasure with heart felt messages from their loving parents in them.
This year I found the perfect book for Elijah. It is an adorable book called: I Wished for You...An Adoption Story By: Marianne Richmond. It is a story of a baby bear talking to his momma bear. It is simply precious and it touches on every single emotion we have felt during this journey so far. One of my favorite parts is when it states:
"When I first wished my wish, " said Mama to Barley, "I didn't know your name. Or if you'd be a boy or girl. But that didn't stop my wishing. I asked God to look around and find the child who would be the perfect one for me." "Barley," said Mama, her eyes spilling over with tears. "Of all the children in the whole wide world, God picked YOU for me." This made Barley feel really special. There are lots of children in the world, he reminded himself. And God picked him!I really could recite the entire book because it is just so darling. If you are an adoptive parent or a soon to be adoptive parent, I would absolutely recommend this precious book for your child. This Christmas it will be the first book in Elijah's collection and I long for the day when we hold him in our arms and read this story to him.
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