THIS IS WHY WE LOVE
I believe in miracles!
I believe in love!
I believe in the ability for love to create the environment a miracle.
This sweet darling girl was passed into my arms on Thursday night. As a fostering family we can receive requests at any time and we are never quite sure of who will be coming to our doorstep next. At 5 weeks old, she looked healthy, but the doctor was highly concerned about her lethargic state; listless and subdued. He was also highly concerned about her eyes- they didn’t focus on anything and wandered aimlessly apart from each other. She didn’t cry. Doctor was worried about SIDS with the added factors of fasd facial features, and the fact that she seemed to have given up the hope to live.
When I first looked into her eyes, I thought, “are you even in there?” Her eyes were lifeless. No spark of personality, no twinkle of curiosity, not even sadness of being away from her home. Nothing. Just two eyes rolling around in a face that was completely emotionless. Heartbreaking.
When I stroked her head, she pulled away. When I touched her hand, she pulled it close to her, getting away from the feeling of touch.
Fast forward only 4 days, and you will find a vibrant cooing baby, giving me beautiful smiles, eyes focused steadily on my face, tracking my movements through the room. You will find a little one who was once hopeless is now hollering for me every time I put her down– which, by the way, is a wonderful thing.
You will find a little one who finds my finger and is beginning to hold tight. You will find a flower that is beginning to bloom, a little one who is beginning to understand love. You will find hope.
This is why we do what we do. We give where we can and how we can. We give love, and in return we see the miracle of restored hope. This is why we foster even when it hurts to say goodbye. This is why we foster in spite of the difficulty with the “system”, and all the rules, regulations, and politics that comes with it.
This is why we love.
Because He first loved us.
We have love to give.
(shared by Beki Ryzuk)