Thursday, August 13, 2009

Precious

Once upon a time, I walked into a room full of little black babies at Princess Alice Adoption Home. I scanned the room looking at them all. There were 30 babies under the age of 2. Some were crying, some were sleeping, some just staring up at the ceiling. Most didn't noticed that I had entered...but there was one, just one, who stood up in her little crib and our eyes met. She smiled the brightest smile at me and our hearts connected. Her name is Precious.

Today I'm a little sad. For a few reasons; one being I'm a lonely wife, but also because today I went to the orphanage that I've been volunteering at for the last 6 months and found out that my little Precious (who turned 1 this week) is being adopted. When the lady told me, I started to cry. I am SO extremely happy that she has found a home. She is going to have a mom and dad and be raised like every child should. But I am also sad because I will never see this gorgeous little girl again. I wish I had a picture of her, but I know that the image I have of the first time we met will stay with me forever. I also hope that all the other children will be as lucky as Precious is someday. They all deserve it.

7 comments:

Sara said...

that would be really hard to watch her go. It's awesome that you've been able to do that while in South Africa. I am sure the kids love you.

Lindsey and Orlando said...

That's the most darling thing I've ever heard! I'm so glad you got to know her :)
Thanks again for my cute new blog! You are so sweet and amazing!

Team Carter said...

When I was working in an orphange for severely disabled kids in Romania I would get that way. A mix between sad because I would never see them again and happy because they would finally have a decent life. The hardest thing was when one of them passed away. So heartbreaking but so happy because they were no longer in pain all the time. This post made me wish I was back at the orphanage! You're amazing for using your time the way you do.

hilary said...

wow, camille that is so awesome. i bet that was so hard for you and happy news all at the same time. what an awesome experience you get to have volunteering there!

Brock and Arrienne said...

Oh what a bitter sweet moment! That is so wonderful that you volunteer there. I just read a book that you would probably like called "Love in the Driest Season." It is a true story about a couple adopting from Africa.

Landon and Kelsi said...

Can I just tell you how obsessed I am with my blog!! I am going to put a link to your blog so everyone can see how amazing you are! Thank you so much!

Kelley said...

You are such a sweetie Camille...Such a good person. What a bitter sweet day though...that would be a tuff.