It has been almost a year now since Sophia came home. A beautiful wonderful life changing year for all of us. When I see my children together, their bond is so strong that it is hard to believe that there ever was a time when they were apart. I don't like to think about that time. The time when my daughter was in orphanage. I don't like to think that I was not there for her for the first 3.5 years of her life. It tears my heart out to think of all that she endured. Some of the pains are written in scars on her tiny body that I pretend not to see, that I pretend do hot hurt me. We live our lives for the present and the future.
But every once in a while she and I talk about China. And yesterday she told me that she was hungry when she lived in China. And it pained me so much to hear it. I knew it. I had always known. When she came home her hair was like straw and she was so small. There were no full cheeks and huge dimples like there are today. It hurt me so much to know that my baby had gone without the necessity of food.
Now that she is home and happy and playing dress up, it is easy sometimes to forget where she came from. But it is so important that I do not. That I do not forget where I have been and what I have seen. It is so important for me not to get too comfortable in this house and life with my completed family. I need to keep working for the orphans just as I did before Sophia came home.
So today, I dressed the twins in their 147 million orphans matching shirts to remind me and those around me of the children who need help every day. There are children who we can reach and impact as individuals by working with real people who we know and trust. 147 million orphans was started by a very good friend of mine who changed my life by her love and faith. If you have gotten too comfortable and need to remember what you have seen and where you have been...go to 147millionorphans.com Buy a shirt and feed a child dinner. It's that simple, you buy a shirt, you feed a child in Africa dinner. It is a direct one to one correlation.