One of the greatest things in life is to see a dream become a reality. No matter how big or small a dream is, once fulfilled, it means a lot. With this article, I celebrate not only the fulfillment of my dream, but also the joy it brings.
Dreams Do Come True
This is no longer a dream. My anticipation to finally meet her in person has just become a reality. At first, I could not believe that the long waiting was over. Mixed feelings of excitement and fear overcame me during the entire duration of the long flight. I was excited to hug and kiss her, and yet, fearful that she would not reciprocate that feeling. I kept asking myself, What if she rejects me? I kept praying that our meeting would lead to a wonderful liftetime relationship.
It took many years to fulfill this dream. There were so many background checks to go through, psychological evaluations, medical tests, and all other legal requirements needed. I had to travel overseas and thousands of miles just to meet her. I kept myself hopeful that in God’s perfect time, we would be together. Now, I can say that everything I went through was very much worth it. She is the love of my life today and tomorrow.
The Day We Met
This is not just about my dream. This is also about a child’s dream that has been fulfilled. Anne is 3 years old, and has spent all 3 full years of her life in the orphanage. Just hours after she was born, she was taken to the orphanage in Palawan, Philippines. Although she was very well taken care of, she hoped to be able to find a permanent family that would love and nurture her for the rest of her life.
She is a very adorable child, a very precious gift from God. It has been a month since she was released in our custody. I have observed that she is a very smart and loving child. It was a wonderful experience having met her in person, and to know her fully well. She speaks Tagalog, the national language of the Philippines, but she knows a few English words. She loves to sing and dance. When she sings, she loves making her own songs. I noticed that her left and right hands have equal strengths, which makes her able to write using either hands. She likes eating rice, bread, vegetables, and fruits. Her activities include coloring pictures, playing with her toys, and watching cartoons. She is indeed, a great bundle of joy.
A Difficult Transition
It must be very hard for a young child to undergo such a transition like this. For 3 years since birth, she was surrounded with other kids her age, who were also given up for adoption.
When Anne had to leave the orphanage, it was very hard for her. I still remember that very moment when she cried because she was going to leave her friends, her caregiver, the administrators, the staff, and the place she knew since she was born. It broke my heart seeing her cry while she chased her caregiver and screamed at the top of her lung because she did not want to leave. Being away from people whom she has been with for 3 years must be really hard. That same night, she did not want to sleep in the hotel bed. She cried the whole night. I tried to pacify her but she kept crying. I carried her and sang her a lullaby. She fell asleep in my arms. When I tried to put her on the bed, she woke up and cried. I tried many times, and finally when she fell asleep again, I lay myself down on the bed and put her on top of me. She felt very comfortable that way, and slept the whole night. The same routine happened the next succeeding nights.
Each day, our bonding went better. We came to know each other well. Before we finally flew back to the United States, she already felt very comfortable. She did good on the plane. She enjoyed the flight, except that once in a while, she cried when she felt some turbulence.
Orphans Touched My Heart
My stay in Palawan wasn’t long, but enough to see and know other orphans who are still waiting to be adopted. There were about 7 toddlers including Anne, then there were infants with ages ranging from 7 months to almost 1 year. We got the opportunity to go out with them and go to places, which they really enjoyed. I also enjoyed being with them. They are all good kids, and if only I could afford to adopt them all, I probably would.
The child that really caught my attention was a girl whose name is Irene. She is 2 years old, and hasn’t been matched with an adoptive family yet. She came to me, held my hands, and kissed me. She also gave me a big hug, which really touched me so much.
All the kids were so happy when I distributed some packages of crayons, coloring books, pencils, and some other materials. Thanks to my sister who gave the money to buy those materials. Doing small things like this can brighten up the children’s faces and can put smiles on their lips.
Anne's Life in America
It has only been more than 2 weeks since Anne came to the United States. She is adjusting so well in her new home. She has so far made friends, and has yet to adjust on the weather, as it is very much different here compared to the weather in the Philippines. It will soon be Fall, and it’s now getting colder.
Anne will soon learn how to speak the language. Next year, she would be ready to go to school. I wish Anne the best of everything. As she makes a new start in life, please join us in prayers for a very promising future for her.