Friday, September 2, 2011

On The Occasion of the Adoption of William Richard and Katherine Rosemary McKeithan

To my dears, Will and Katherine-
One day, you will read this.  there are some things I want you to know.
I love you.  Not only do I "just" love you, but I am absolutely, undeniably, wholeheartedly hopelessly IN LOVE with you.  I love every single thing about you.  I love the way the feel of your skin lingers on the tips of my fingers.  I love watching you sleep and seeing the truest and purest of you while you dram.  I love seeing your legs stick out of the covers.
Will, I love how your hair gets bushy when you haven't had a hair cut, just like your dad.
Katherine, I love that you love clothes and shoes, just like me.
Will, I love that you are the protector- always watching out for your sister, and for me.  You are going to grow up to be a FINE gentleman!
Katherine- I love that you are always eager to teach someone.  You are patient and encouraging.

We have talked several times about how we came to be a family.  I want you to know that I TRULY believe in my heart we are meant to be together.  I know you must feel at times like you were abandoned.  I know you heard that word in court today, and I know it bothered you.  Sweethearts, dear ones, you were NOT abandoned.  The Lord had Shelley play a very special part in your lives.  HE put each of you into her womb to carry you, because HE knew I could not carry you in mine.  Just as God had a special plan for you, He had a special plan for Shelley.  Never speak poorly of her.  God fulfilled his purpose in her.  You have heard me say many times that we were meant to be together, it just took us a little while to get together.  It's true.
I think that's all I had to say.  I want to leave you with lyrics to a special song.  It's called The Letter and it's written and sung by Steve Green.

My child, I pray you’ll listen to a thing I must confess, you’ve been a treasure buried deep within my busyness. You were not born into this world to live an orphan’s life, and by God’s grace I long to make it right.
Your life’s a living letter that’s a sacred certainty. A poem of perfect praise, that’s what I hope you will be. It’s all you were and all you are and all you’ll ever be. Your life’s a letter written there by me. (Your life’s a letter written there by me.
Day by day I write across the pages of your life some sentences of kindness and some paragraph of light. May they be words of love and words of hope not words of dark despair, for on your soul the world will read them there.

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