Three years ago we became a family when you arrived into our lives. It has been three years full of suprises and adventures at every turn. Lukie...three years...wow, time has flown by. I still remember bringing our little tiny baby home. We were scared, excited and most of all we were so overcome with happiness to finally have a son. Luka, like I told you before Sam was born and I remind you everytime you ask...Yes, Sam grew in my belly but you grew in my heart. And for the past three years that love has been growing and growing and just when I think that we can't love you anymore, we do. That is what is amazing about being a parent. We never stop worrying and we NEVER NEVER stop loving you.
I think now that you are three and a half you are starting to understand a little what it means to be adopted. Today you told me that you knew that Sam doesn't have an "Adoption Day"...this special day as you put it is for "Mami, Papa and Luka." That is right Lukie...this is our day. The day the three of us miraculously became one. They say that childbirth is a miracle and it truly is, but I also think that the day a child is adopted is miraculous. It is miracle...the feeling you have when they give you that baby and in one instant you feel it..."This is your child and you really are a family." You don't have to share DNA to feel it.
My friends here in Bolivia have asked me...was it different when you had Sam. My answer was yes...I gave birth to Sam and I carried him for nine months. The day you each of you came into our lives for the first time were completely different. But let me tell you that the thoughts that went through my head as they laid Sam on my chest when he was born were the same feelings I was having as they put you in my arms at the orphanage for the first time..."Is he healthy? Will he be okay? Does he love me? Will I be a good mother? I have to protect him."
I love you Luka and thank you for being such a wonderful son and brother. Happy Adoption Day and may we always celebrate this special day together and never forget the gift of being a family.
Mami and Papa