October is a big month for me when it comes to "special anniversaries." It marks the anniversary of the month that I entered Foster/Adopt Land. It is the month that my Little Miss came to my home. But most importantly, it is the month that brought the young woman who I call my "daughter" into my life. One year ago today (And by "today," I mean October 21st because I am a blogging slacker and didn't finish this post until today ;-), I opened my front door, and my life changed for the better. :-)
Today, I thank Heaven for Heaven! :-)
The day that Booger Bear left my arms, he went into hers, and I am forever thankful that she has loved that little boy every bit as much as I do. She calls him "ours," and the fact that she understands and acknowledges how I feel about him speaks volumes as to her maturity and the love that she has for him. I think that we initially bonded because we were both "mommies" to the same little boy who neither one of us gave birth to, but both love as if we had. And the more I got to know her, the more I began to feel the same way about Heaven, so I've officially claimed her as "mine." (whether she likes it or not :-)
Little did I know that the day she walked through my door to drop off a bunch of clothes for Little Miss, I was not only meeting the young woman who had voluntarily put her own life on hold in order to be a mom to my Booger Bear... I was meeting an amazingly kind, loving, strong, nurturing, thoughtful, funny, simply unbelievably awesome person who I couldn't imagine my life without!
She makes me smile.
She makes me feel needed and appreciated.
We have inside jokes and two great minds that think alike in so many ways. ;-)
I'm probably overly-protective of her, but I think that's okay. I think she secretly likes the fact that I go all "Mama Bear" every now and again on her behalf, and that I get all crazy and do the whole "I haven't heard from you in forever" thing when it's only been like 13 hours. ;-)
In the past year, Heaven has given me so much more than I could ever give her. She even gave me my first honorary granddaughter! Banana is the smartest, cutest, most determined little thing, and I love being "Mimi" in the "I get to love her and spoil her absolutely rotten to the core and then send her home with Mama" kind of way. ;-) She's given me a continued close relationship with Booger. She's given her heart to me, my nieces and nephews, and my entire family really... And she's shared her family with mine.
So today, I am unbelievably thankful for my "daughter." She may not realize how special she is, but I sure do. And I plan to let her know it every day for the rest of her life. :-)