Bella's foster mom was asked to speak to her church on celebrating abundance. She shared with me the speech she gave - and I'm honored to share it with you.
“Won’t it be hard to give her up?”
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Many people, when they learn
When Rick first asked me to speak to you
Bella reminds me every day of the simplicity of my life. I teach her to turn on lights, and open doors, and help me take off my coat. And I realize how fortunate I am because I can do these things for myself. I can drive alone. I can walk up the stairs. I can pick up my keys if I drop them. But there are those who cannot do these things. The mission of Helping Paws is to further the independence of people with physical dis
When you have a neighbor or friend who is sick, or a sister who has had a b
When one of my children is invited to a birthday party, we don’t go the basement, looking for some old or broken toy that we are done with. We take the time to shop for something fun and interesting. Something one of us might love. (Indeed, tears have been shed at my home over toys that need to be wrapped rather than unwrapped!) Would it be nice to keep that toy? Isn’t it hard to give it away? YES! But we give it away because it is so wonderful. Because it will make someone so happy.
Do you see where I’m going with this?
A gift is something you give that is a piece of you, not something you give away because you don’t like it or need it anymore. Some gifts are easier to give than others, but all gifts are meaningful, both to the receiver and the giver. That’s what makes them special: because they mean something to us.
Every day you can look at the newspaper, and see a world that is broken, filled with anguish and despair. You can grieve, and cry
So when Bella chooses her new life partner, we will celebrate with her, and we will say good-bye. We will be sad because we love her. But we will be reminded that loving someone or something doesn’t mean you get to keep it forever. And letting something go doesn’t mean you don’t love it anymore.
We love Bella, and we would love to keep her. THAT is why we can give her up. She is our gift back to a world that has already given us so much.
So when asked “How can you give her up?”
Our answer is, “How can we not?”