We do birthdays big in this family, usually. It is the day we celebrate each other. It is the day to choose dinner, control the remote, make the fun decisions for the day. This day wasn't quite our typical birthday, but it was perfect for this family. When I asked my beautiful wife what she wanted for her gift, she simply replied, Beckett. Her heart is so full of love for these kids, and even more complete now that Beckett is home. For her, this day was perfect.
Both her mother and my parents came to visit this evening, to offer their happy birthday wishes and see the kids. My father remarked how much Beckett has changed, progressed in the past 2 weeks since coming to his forever home. This little guy who could barely walk 15 feet when he came home now runs the entire house, climbs in beds and in tables. He smiles and laughs all day. He right now is in his big sister's lap, playing with her hair. Just 15 minutes ago, he sat in his mama's lap and let her rock him while he laid on her. This was a true first for them, and it was beautiful. He says "mamamamama" running around this house. These may not be tangible gifts, but they carry far greater weight in her heart than any gift of monetary value.
My father also confessed how his heart has hurt at the thought of orphans laying in cribs around the world, not being stimulated or nurtured. He had never made these statements to me, even with our prior adoption experience. His heart truly ached, causing worry in his mind for these kids without forever homes, especially seeing the gains Beckett has made in just 2 weeks.
Melissa, this is your influence. This is the extention of your heart and love for orphans. You have opened so many eyes to this world of need, and have touched hearts all around. I am blessed beyond measure to share this life with you, and on this day I celebrate you and wish you an amazing happy birthday. I love you and adore you.