Thursday, September 30, 2010

Welcome Home, Ava

Every now and again, something happens that is so momentous--so joyous--that it has to be shared.

Today is such a day.

My friends Doug and Jennifer brought home their little girl today; not for the first time...but for the first time.

Ava's been with them as a foster child since January of 2009, and today, after a year and a half of starts, stops, frustrations, and scissors that have been too slow cutting through the legal red tape, her adoption is final.

She's been there; now she's theirs.

Ava worked her way into my heart the first time I met her. She's a wonderful, curly-haired little girl with eyes that shine as bright as her smile, both being made up of equal parts charm, glee, and excitement, with just a dash of mischief thrown in.

See what I mean?

You can't help but respond to that smile with a smile of your own.

She is mighty, in that regard; she has the power to lift you up when you don't feel like being lifted. One day recently I was feeling down, and she offered me her half-eaten Tootsie Roll.

How could I still be down after that?

She is with the parents she deserves, parents that will, and already have, love her unconditionally and unequivocally as the shining star that she is. She now has two older brothers who will love and protect her as much as her parents do.

I remember sitting next to her on the couch at their house one evening, letting her drag a comb through my hair.  She took her time, making sure that she left nothing untouched.

"Thank you, Ava," I said when she announced she was done. "Did you make me all pretty?"

"No..." she replied. "I pretty!"

Yes, you are, Ava.

You're beautiful.

And you're home now.

Thanks for reading my ranting,



  1. Awww, how sweet! It's so wonderful to hear stories like this. She really is a cutie-pie!

  2. Aw, it's cute that you still think there's a comb out there magical enough to make you pretty. No wonder you write with such an imagination 8)

    Also, huge congrats to Jennifer and Doug. I'm glad it's finally done and they can stop worrying about the paperwork and get on with being a family.

  3. What a wonderful story! Thanks so much for sharing. She really is adorable. A girl with a smile like that is lucky to officially belong to the people who love her. (Who are equally lucky to have her.)