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."