Saturday, May 25, 2013
I listened to those speeches by students that I didn't know during the ceremony. One of them actually said something that resonated profoundly....We spend too much time focused on what is wrong, and not enough time on things that are right. Claire, if there is one thing that I wish, it is that you focus on those things in your life that are right. Your Dad and I will always be there for you. We are forever grateful that China trusted us to adopt you, allowed us to raise you and to love you, and to be your very lucky parents. You are such a special young lady.
We have a cabinet in the living room, where we keep treasures from our kids. We saved Claire's Preschool Graduation cap. Made of construction paper, that used to be blue, with glitter spelling out her name, it has been on display for a long time. Today that cap sits side by side with her HS Cap. Both graduations were important milestones, on a road where many new milestones that will come Claire's way. I can't help but think of that little preschooler proudly wearing her glittery cap and the biggest grin ever. It seems like yesterday, and a treasured moment that I keep within my heart.
So tonight as I post these pictures, I think of my preschooler, and see her standing here all grown up.
Claire follow your dreams, trust in God's plan, and focus on what is right in this world. May your life shine like the glitter on your very first graduation cap. We all love you sweet girl.