This morning all J had under the tree was a puzzle and she didn't show a bit of disappointment. She was much more excited to give me the gifts she'd gotten me and couldn't wait for me to open them. I'd made the decision last night to give Darlin to J at my parents for several reasons, the main one being I didn't want them to miss the moment. Plus it's always helpful to have someone recording the moment.
After brunch it was time to open presents and J was super excited over the bike that Papa & Monya gave her. I had written a card to J and left it on the tree till the very end. She found the card and sat down on the couch to read it....
I'm hoping that this year is your best Christmas ever! I'm so proud of the young lady you're becoming and I'm so blessed to be your mom!
I have a bit of news for you. I have found Darlin's forever mom. YOU!!!!!!!!! I'm counting on you to be a great mom and I know you will be. Merry Christmas to you, darling daughter, and to your Darlin daughter.
I love you bunches!
She sat there for what seemed like 3 forevers reading my card. Then she burst into tears. She was reading what she was afraid it would say rather than what was actually written. That I had found Darlin's home and it was someone else. I kept asking her if she had read the whole card and she said yes. I finally went over to her and had her slooooooowwww down and read it again.
Here is the 30 second highlight: (tissue alert!!!! ---- I cry every time I watch it) You can barely hear it but she's saying, "thank you" over and over while I'm hugging her.
Then she burst into tears again but this time they were happy tears. My kid has always made fun of my happy tears. Today she had her first happy tears. :)
I asked her on the way home how it felt to be a forever mom and she said, "there just aren't words to describe how wonderful it is!" Then she declared it the best Christmas ever!
MERRY CHRISTMAS, Y'ALL!!!!