THE SEVENTH DIAMOND

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The gift that has inspired me to tell the story of Sophia's Sisters...


I recently received an e-mail from Sharon at 'Bai Li Makes 3' asking me if I would like for her to send a pair of Bailey's red maryjanes that she had outgrown for Sophia. The e-mail just really touched my heart. The first thing that came to my mind was what a 'big sister' type of thing this was, for Bailey to hand her shoes down to Sophia and how in a way our girls are sisters. Thank you so much Sharon, your gift means so much.
When I held the little shoes, I started to think about all of us and I just sat and cried. I thought about all of the stories and the pain and the sacrifice and how we women have joined together on so many occassions to raise funds, pray and support each other. I thought of the babies who have come home and tried to remember them all and the feelings in my heart when I held little Ella for the first time...the first little girl whose story I followed from the beginning who I have actually been able to meet soon after her arrival home.
I have been sitting here waiting for my great story to begin, for Sophia to come home so I can start that phase of my life...the phase where I am Sophia's mother.
But my story has already begun...it is the story of all of us and I am going to start a scrapbook of us. I want Sophia to know about all of you. I have saved every card and every letter that has been sent to me. I have photos from Christmas cards and notes. I am going to print out pages of your blogs and put them all together in a book with your stories and your notes and photos. I want my daughter to know about all of you and things that we did together to bring our children home. It will be the story of Sophia's sisters.

39 comments:

Linda said...

Oh, What a beautiful post. I have been so touched by all the people who's blogs I read, and the way everyone is there for each other. How you all help each other through the hard and dark times and celebrate the Great times.. People are accepted no matter what and share their lives with others. I have been grateful for the comments my daughter has received and the wonderful people she has met on her journey to Lauren and wish only lots of happiness to all in this community.... Happy and Honored to be able to meet you all thru your blogs, especially you Kim..... Linda

Somewhere In The Sun said...

Oh my how beautiful! You are so right too. We all touch and are touched by these amazing women who have become "sisters" as well!

~Lynn

a Tonggu Momma said...

This is beautiful. You know, people often include a "Friends Like Me" page in their childrens lifebooks. This will be a "Friend Like Me" book.

Gail said...

You have made my day with this post Kimberley. And you are right, your story has begun for Sophia. I know of no other community of friends like this or community that is as supportive or truly "gets" the pain of the wait and the incredible joy too when you receive your referral and meet your child for the first time. Personally, I could have never got
through the wait and post adoption issues without this group of women.

And I can't wait to see those red mary janes on Sophia!

OH MY #6 said...

I am a little teary here. Kimberley, you are awesome.

Without you, I would not have gotten this far.

Lea
xo

Polar Bear said...

That is a wonderful idea! I don't know how I would have made it some days without so many people who 'get it'. :o)

The shoes are adorable!

Kim Kenward said...

Right before we got ready to board that plane for China, my mother presented me with a notebook filled with every email I had sent her regarding Josie. I was extremely touched thinking Josie's grandmother had been saving every tiny bit of information about her, even before we knew "who" she was. This is such a wonderful gift to give your daughter some day.

FYI. If you haven't checked out http://blurb.com, they will take your blog and turn it into a hard bound book. Very cool.

mommy24treasures said...

what a beautiful idea Kimberly.

Rhonda said...

Very sweet idea.

Kayce said...

Such a sweet sentiment and such true words. There are days that I know I'm not alone even though I feel that way in my emotions. This journey has connected all of us and connects our children forever. You are so incredible Kimberley. HUGS!

amy said...

why do you always make me cry???? one day we will meet and you will be getting the biggest hug

3 Peanuts said...

This is so beautiful Kimberley! Yes, we are all so connected. You have been on my mind a lot lately. I always take that as a sign to pray for someone. I will pray for you.

Hugs,
Kim

Denise said...

This is such a wonderful post! I continue to be blessed by so many fellow adoptive parents. We all have a special bond that is indescribable. Not only did I receive my daughter, but the added blessing of so many friends who "get it" is the cherry on top~

Praying for you~

Keisha said...

How sweet!
((hugs))

Waiting for Mia Hope! said...

What a beautiful gift to treasure!! How fun would it be to keep handing down those shoes...except I would have a difficult time parting with them. heehee The adoption journey is so magical...filled with amazing miraces, stories, and friendships. I'm trying to document all that I can for Mia Hope because the adoption community has written her a beautiful story of love, faith, hope, and generosity. Its a story that is best understood by the adoption community...which is one amazing community!! I hope that one day I can sit down with you and your Sophia and look thru your scrapbook!

Nikki said...

How true, Kimberley, your story HAS begun...And it's a beautiful one. I'm so happy our paths have crossed here - this adoption community is comprised of some of the most truly amazing women I've ever known.
I will continue to pray for your family and will be rejoicing with you are united with Sophia - your seventh diamond.
XO

Truly Blessed! said...

This is going to be a real keepsake for Sophia, that's for sure.

And I agree about the Blurb book (but it doesn't slurp Blogger comments). That's what I'm doing with my first two blogs for Katie.

BTW, I have three shoeboxes ready to go. Can I give them to you at church on Sunday? Also, Ella is getting dedicated on Sunday at 2:00. If you'd like to come, we'd love to have you.

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Great post..
you are sooo right.. We are all connected..
I to have kept every note,card and letter from everyone..
I will never be the same person....
I have made AMAZING friendships on this journey and will continue forever...
Hugs to you my friend..
Love ya..
You are AMAZING...

LaLa said...

Oh, love this post. You are so right..I know all our hubbys think we are crazy but there is a bond..a real one between all of us and our children. The book is a wonderful idea!

Melissa the Careful Wisher said...

Beautiful post!

Steffie B. said...

See....this is why I love you so much! ;)

Jewels of My Heart said...

What a treasure that will be.... yes, your story began long ago.... you already are Sophia's Mommy...
God's Speed....

Michelle said...

That totally made me tear up just now.

Making a scrapbook for all those things....what a great idea. I love that.

P.S. Your blog makes my web browser crash every time I go to it, so I have not been able to comment. I can read it through bloglines, but every time I come here to comment it crashes. I have a Mac. I don't know if that has anything to do with it but I thought possibly others were having the same problem. Or maybe it's just me :)

A Mom- In-W8ing said...

What a sweet, sweet post. You have brought me to tears. I am so honoured to have made a connection with you and be able to join you in your journey. Thank you for always being there when one of us in the adoption community needs you.

We share the joys and the pains of this emotional endeavour with each other and rely on each other more than any support group I know of. I am so touched by the amazing ladies I have met so far. I look forward to continuing friendships and making new ones all the while I have the opportunity to join you all on this amazing ride.

Smiles! :o)
Nikki

Monica said...

I think you have come upon a really, really neat idea!

day by day said...

This is a beautiful post, Kim!! You are so right.....sisters, indeed!

Tina said...

Sharon is such a sweetheart and what a beautiful thing you are doing to keep and share the memories of this part of your journey. Sophia will love and appreciate such a precious gift.
Tina

Sharon said...

Kim, That is just a beautiful post from a beautiful heart!! Much love!
Sharon and Bailey

Joanne said...

Oooo, I have tears in my eyes! This post is just wonderful. I have often thought of how each one of us has come to our daughters from China. We each have a different story, but each story is just as important and meaningful as the next. I have come so close to posting how we came to be Mia's family ~ it is our story and amazes me whenever I have a quiet moment to reflect... This would make a great post or tag for everyone to tell their story!

Lisa said...

Beautiful post! How thoughtful of her to pass on this pair of red mary janes for your Sophis. This adoption community is awesome.

Special K said...

What a great idea. I love the sentiment behind this.

Shawnstribe said...

Girly you are soooo right, your journey began when you said yes!!!
a beautiful post
xxxxxxx
s

Table for Six said...

What an amazing post.. ooohhhh i love your blog so much!

what a wonderful gift for your little one!
we have those shoes, but in black :O)
Jill s.
ps.. i gave you a shout out onmy blog... :O)

Paula said...

I agree, the blogging women are amazing. I have felt such love and support and I think that is an awesome idea to make a book for Sophia.

Kristy said...

I too am crying just reading your post Kimberly. I have made so many wonderful friends/sisters during the blog adventure to our children in China. I think about each of you everyday and don't know who or how I would be today 31 months later if I did not have all of your hands to hold during this time. I thank God for each of you and I thank him for putting each of you in my path to my Franceska. Nothing is by chance or coincidence, for everything has a reason and meaning. Your scrapbook is a beautiful one.
Love and blessings, Kristy

The Byrd's Nest said...

Oh what a lovely thought! You have the most compassionate heart and I treasure knowing you.

Jonni said...

Okay RMJ, are you trying to make us cry??? It's working (lol). I feel blessed by the many beautiful friendships that have resulted since we started our adoption and you have helped so many people with your great attitude and kindness. I can't wait until Sophia is home. You are one rockstar mommy and I feel blessed to have a friend like you.

hugs,
Jonni

Holly said...

I stand with you waiting for our Faithful Father to show you the way to Sophia. What a joyful day it will be when I can read your announcement post that at last, Sophie has been found!
Love the shoes and the significance.
Love,
Holly

Oatsvall Team said...

oh sister this post touched my heart ... you are Sophia's mother in every way except physical at this moment ... you are in my prayers daily and want you to know how we will all rejoice w/ the Father the day her sweet face is shone to us ... love ya!