As I sit here and think about this time last year, I'm overwhelmed with how loved we felt and also, how much has changed since then. It's hard to believe almost a year has passed since the 2014 Orphan Love Run! It was an amazing event and we hope that it impacted participants and supporters in a big way. Over 100 runners and walkers united to raise awareness for waiting children, and more specifically, to help bring Xavier home to our family. I'm happy to share that the money raised was more than enough to make the large donation to Xavier's orphanage to help care for waiting children. The Orphan Love Run was extremely influential in us getting Xavier home.
As for our family, we were able to travel to China this past winter and on February 1st, we held Xavier in our arms for the first time! We became his mommy and daddy and he became our precious son, and baby brother to Grace and Liam. All 5 of our lives were changed forever and we can't imagine it any other way. He's been home with us for 7 months now and he is thriving! There are days that we are in the trenches of parenting and it seems like nothing special and then there are the days when we are able to look into Xavier's face and see what a miracle it is that we are a family. I often say to him "I'm your mama. I'm all yours, and we belong together". Those are truly amazing words. God knew each of our children before we knew anything about them, and we believe that He specifically made a place for Xavier in our family.
We want to thank each person and business who participated in the Orphan Love Run last year. We will be forever grateful for your love and support.