My birthday came and went earlier this month, a couple of weeks after seeing the movie with Shane. When he presented me with my belated birthday present a couple of days after my birthday, I had been having a crummy day. I was frustrated and irritated and not ready to come out of my cave about it. I was still trying to process things following our first foster care placement coming and going. My emotions were all over the place and I was trying to pinpoint how I even felt about it all. I reluctantly began to open a package to find this custom necklace created by my dear friends of The R House Couture:
At first I just saw the leaves and thought they were really unique and beautiful. I knew they reminded me of something. Shane connected the dots for me: Timothy Green. I pushed the leaves back to see the words stamped into the necklace. Shane was inspired by the following quote from the movie:
If you came to me and said 'there are two people in the world who want you more than anything; they'll do their best, they'll make some mistakes, and you'll only get them for a short time, but they will love you more than you can ever imagine.' Well, when that's true, I'd say 'so much is possible.'
My husband explained how he wanted me to be able to have something that would help remind me, and help me to explain to others, why we were pursuing foster care. I seriously crumbled, weeping, into Shane's arms and my walls came crashing down. After a while I managed to get out a few very sincere words between sobs about how thoughtful and perfect a gift it was.
After we saw "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" together, but before our first foster placement, Shane and I had discussed how difficult it was to explain to anyone why we felt compelled to become foster parents. I think it's clear to everyone around us that we already have our hands plenty full. We get comments about it all the time. We feel it daily. And yet, somewhere deep in our hearts, we have known for several years that foster care was in our future. We have always known it wouldn't be easy but that we were meant to find our way onto that path when the time was right.