Lena's big day has finally come!!
Yesterday Lena's parents came--the day we've all been anxiously awaiting. Such a bittersweet day :) :( Both happy and sad.
Happy that her forever family has found her--and let me tell ya, they are just wonderful loving people! We couldn't be happier for her and them. We know that they will each be a blessing to one another and hope that the bonding and transition is quick for all of them.
We are very sad, however, that we must say goodbye to Lena:( It isn't easy taking a child into your home and loving them like your very own--only to have to let them go. Alas, that is what we do though. We are grateful for the time we had with her. We are happy and blessed to have made a difference in the life of a child and whatever we can do to help better prepare them for their forever families. And like the name of our home here--The Forever Home, if they are never chosen for adoption, we are prepared and more than willing to raise them as our own children--giving them an education, train them in some type of career, be there for them each and every day, giving them a hope and a future, and most of all--LOVE that every child needs to grow strong and happy.
Here Lena is waiting anxiously for her new parents to arrive. She is both happy and a bit nervous--who wouldn't be?!
Here we are getting ready to leave our home to go meet them at New Day. She has looked forward to this day for sooo long. It has finally arrived!
And here we are just after arriving at New Day to meet them.
We took one last picture of all the Forever Home girls before she left knowing the Forever Home will never be the same without her! I'm just sorry it wasn't a better picture--two girls have their eyes closed but, hey, sometimes you just have to take what you can get.
Though it wasn't easy for her or us and there were lots of tears (and still are for us at least), we were sooo proud of our little Lena!! Though a bit afraid of the unknown and changes facing her, she did walk to the car and get in willingly. You are such a strong girl, Lena, and we know you will do well in your new family.
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