On the day that Tate was brought to Blake and Grant in Hohhot, Tate had a bag full of precious treasures.
I can hardly breathe when I look at these things….imagining the love that was poured into making a scrapbook, a CD full of photos, and collecting Tate’s artwork to place into that bag.
I have mentioned before that we know Tate was fiercely loved – and we believe that simply by how prepared he was to meet us, how calm and fearless he has been since that day, his endless dimple-filled smile, and how many things he has obviously already experienced in his first four years.
He was fiercely loved.
There is an American who, years ago, started a program called Half The Sky.
After adopting their little girl from China in 1997, she was burdened to teach the caretakers of the children in the Chinese orphanages how to make a difference in the children’s development – all by showing them appropriate LOVE. You can see a recent video about this gal they now call Angel Mom here. Please watch it – it is so worth the time.
In 2009, Half The Sky started working with the orphanage Tate lived in.
The impact of the training these caretakers are receiving is SO OBVIOUS.
And it leaves us speechless.
It also gave us a glimpse into Tate’s past through the beautiful keepsakes that were sent home with him.
Over one hundred photos.
Pages upon pages of writing about our precious little boy.
And a whole pile of his beautiful art work.
An amazing gift.
A precious glimpse into Tate’s past.
A treasure for his future.
How I wish I could hug each and every nanny that poured their time and love into Tate.
He is who he is because of how the Lord used them.
They will never be forgotten.