Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Sun, Sea and my Fondest Memories
This weekend I had the honor to attend the Gladney family Association Picnic at the Larchmont yacht club in NY. It was a perfect day. The Sky was so Blue and it was cool but not cold. I arrived early for a special project which i can share more about later. Set up was almost complete when a an adorable little voice said, "I missed you, Miss Pat" Then this little beauty ran straight into my arms. It took my breath away because the first time I met her was in March 2011. I was so over come at how she has blossomed. She was barely walking the first time we met. a few toddling steps. Now running, jumping and making friends with all the children she meets. She is so pretty with a beautiful smile. How we met later changed my life. Our Superkids trip focused on information for waiting parents was in 2011. We had been going to China since 2007 to work with caregivers and rehab staff. To help them learn and facilitate developmental milestones. To get children in better shape earlier. Walking and speaking sooner. In 2011 we refocused because it was important to improve quality of life but the biggest improvement in this is adoption.
One of the best parts of this is Erin and I remained friends. She began advocating for waiting children and here we are years later, going to China for her second trip and for me number???. I have lost count. This little bug is now the daughter of a my dear friend Erin. A wonderful advocate and support for waiting children in China.