THE SEVENTH DIAMOND

Sunday, October 24, 2010

For Gail...Red Mary Janes



This morning I was helping Sophia get dressed for church.  She decided to wear a gray and red plaid dress and I was looking through her closet for matching shoes.  My eyes caught a pair that had been in Sophia's closet for years.  Before I even had a glimpse of who she would be, these shoes came to me.

I took them downstairs and as I slipped them onto her feet, the tears just started to well up in my eyes.  There was no holding them back.  Sophia asked me why I was crying.  I told her that a long time ago when I was waiting for her and trying to find her, my dear friend Gail sent these shoes to me.  I told her that they belonged to her special girl Grace and that they were sent to help Momma smile on days when she was missing Sophia.

Well, Sophia started to cry too.  Then Eli came up and asked why we were crying and I said..."shoes".  He raised his voice and said, "Good Grief!  Mom and Sophia are crying about shoes!"

21 comments:

Kim said...

OMW....
This brought tears to my eyes.. and that hat with the DRAGONFLY made me catch my breath..
LOVE IT.
Hugz..
you know me and dragonflies.
Have a great week..
Love ya..

Number 6 and no more counting! said...

oh my gosh, how I love that Gail. These shoes are adorable. She is the most thoughtful lady and friend.

I love the "good grief" from Eli. Those men and boys will never/ever understand!

Thank you, for sharing this cute post.

Lea
xo

PS. Love the header my friend.

Gail said...

Okay, now I'm crying. Was not prepared at all for this. I'd forgotten about those red patent leather shoes that miss Grace wore and loved. Happy that another little girl born in China can love them. And very happy they made you smile on some of those long days of waiting, my friend.

Also love what Eli said. ;)

xoxo

Kim K. said...

I remember all those days/weeks/months/years of waiting and those shoes are just symbolic of so many things. You definitely needed a tissue warning at the top of this post. Hugs!

Steffie B. said...

Love it.....all I have to do is look at my Sophia and I can cry....love you girl...and my precious goddaughter too! ;)

Patricia/NYC said...

SWEET!!!! And yes, this post choked me up too!! You see, I'm reading this on the eve of our 5 year anniversary with Kiara home with us...wow...

Love Eli's reaction too! So cute!!
Glad to see you blogging again! i've missed you, friend!

a Tonggu Momma said...

Oh, this made my eyes well up. I am so glad I read this post today. And I am even more glad your Sophia is wearing those red mary janes.

Faith, Hope, and Love said...

What a sweet dream come true story! Love the dress, the dragonfly, and especially the red shoes. Sophia is so beautiful!

Love and blessings,
Robin

Truly Blessed said...

Such a sweet post.

I really miss seeing you at church.

kitchu said...

there is nothing better than smiling through tears. Eli made me laugh :)

sure have missed you guys. Sophia is growing up to be such a beautiful little girl.

Mardi said...

owww...it is sweet indeed to find the miracles and dreams unfold. What a special moment for you and Sophia! I just love Eli's response...hehe! :)

Kayce said...

I love moments like that and I'm so glad you and Sophia got to share it together!

The Byrd's Nest said...

Oh what a touching story....I really don't remember knowing the story behind the red mary jane shoes. How special for all three of you:) Big hugs!

3 Peanuts said...

Love this post. I miss your sweet posts. LOVE those red mary janes....it is amazing how we help get each other through the waiting times:)

Special K said...

I love seeing her in the red mary janes. It looks like she's doing awesome. I miss you!

Sharon said...

Now I'm all choked up! Fabulous post!!!!!! LOVE you all.

Alyson and Ford said...

Moments like this show how special our daughters are and all the friends you have. Tears, too.

Alyzabeth's Mommy

Jewels of My Heart said...

Not just any shoes sweet Eli.....
Red Mary Janes!
I still remember our tears when Sophia's referal picture came and she was wearing red mary janes.....
Thank You Jesus for answering our prayers!

Christie said...

Seriously, that is so precious...made me tear up.

xo

T & T Livesay said...

love this. so precious !

thatgirlblogs said...

She is so beautiful. Such a long, anguished wait -- you deserve a sweetie like her!