Saturday, November 16, 2013

Sunday Snapshot: Bittersweet

This little sweetie left us yesterday to join his forever family. I am so excited for him. He has waited years, watched other children leave to join their families, and dreamed of the day when it would be his turn. His turn has now come. In a few hours, he will be in the arms of his family, forever.

I am so happy for him but I will miss him dearly. He was our oldest child and since he is practically fluent in English, we can carry on an actual conversation. He has been my little "side kick" this last year and a half. I will miss his smile, his laugh, and the contagious joy that he seems to bubble out of him. Yesterday afternoon when I was sitting with him, trying to find the words to say "good bye," he took my face in his hands and said, "Cooper loves Anneli." Right back at you, little one.
When these children leave us, it is so bittersweet and I feel horrible for even thinking that. I should be over the top happy for these kids and that they are forever where they are meant to be. And I truly am. But a little part of my heart breaks as well. I have grown to love and cherish these kiddos as if they were my own. I know their little personalities, favorite toys, what they are scared of, and what makes them happy. They have been such a huge part of my heart for a year and a half and no matter how happy it is, it's hard to let go. 

The best part about this story is, that I will be able to keep in touch with this sweetie. Who knows, maybe even visit him one day. Yes, I miss him already, but he is where he is meant to be. With his family.

"God places the lonely in families." 
Psalm 68:6


  1. Bye Bye Cooper! Wishing you a happy life with your forever family!

  2. Your sweet post made me cry. What a wonderful blessing to his new family and to Cooper that he already knows how to give and receive love, thanks to people like YOU. I'm sure your impact on his life will be as long-lasting as his will be on yours. Thank you for all you do. Sending hugs to you today as you are missing that little guy!
    ~ Carrie

  3. This made me cry and cry. I am glad he has a family forever, but so sad for the loss you feel.

  4. It is bittersweet ... and so touching!!

  5. So happy to hear that sweet lil' guy has the forever family he's been longing for. I can see how it would be so bittersweet for you, but so amazing.

    Gin =)

  6. So happy for the little guy and so happy you were able to be such an important part of his world. You are blessed and so is he. I hope you know how much you have him and his forever family. Bittersweet is a perfect word for your post and I hope you find comfort in knowing you helped make him who he is and will become.
    Have a great trip home for the holidays
    May you be abundantly blessed


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