I have given it a lot of thought and have decided exactly how I would like to celebrate getting old. Because, my head is not buried in the sand…I have a teenage son, a daughter who knows what is cool (and I do not) and I am pretty sure my body creaks when I get out of bed in the morning. I am not even going to tell you the story of when one of my dears during homeschooling asked if I knew any of the Pilgrims. How old do they think I am? All that to say, I admit I am getting old.
I am embracing this birthday and I want to celebrate big.
So glad you asked.
I would like my birthday gift to be a forever family for one of my favorite students. His birthday is this month too. He turns 4 years old. This month also happens to be Down Syndrome awareness month and his super power is Down Syndrome. Finding out that he has a family and will be adopted….that would be the most amazing gift! Would you pray that happens? Would you pass the word that he needs a family?
So let me tell you more about him….
He is beyond precious and may have one of the sweetest personalities ever known to man. He lives in a group foster home and attends kindergarten for special needs children. He knows his numbers, enjoys finger painting especially with the color yellow and always helps his teachers clean up after class. Although he is non-verbal, he expresses how much he loves his teachers by blowing kisses and often claps for his classmates to cheer them on during a project. He dances to music, is learning sign language and has a very large sweet tooth. Not surprisingly, this little guy is an orphanage favorite and the staff hopes he finds his forever family soon.
I wish you could meet him in person. The way he sticks his tongue out as he paints….well, it has captured this art teacher’s heart!
I would consider it a birthday gift if you would say a prayer for my 4 year old friend. Pray this is the last year he celebrates his birthday without a mom and dad of his own. Kids need families.
If you’d like to learn more about how you could adopt my 4 year old friend or other children like him who wait, please contact me. I’ll be glad to put you in touch with the folks at CHI who can tell you how to get started.