Freedom took on a whole new meaning this year on the 4th of July.
When we landed in the USA with Mia almost a month ago, I was emotional as I saw the American flag on one of the airplanes.
We were home and Mia was FREE!
So many times while we were in Ukraine, the people would say "Oh you are so lucky to live in America, She is so lucky to get to go to America" Being away from America, made us appreciate it even more when we got back.
I have always been a sucker for patriotic songs and I always cry in the star spangled banner, or when I see a flag waving, but this year was a new level of appreciation for the freedom that this holiday represents
A new sense of gratitude for the country we live in
and the true freedom that we enjoy
and the NEW freedom that Mia is now able to enjoy
Freedom to be who she wants to be
and not be sentenced to life in an institution just because of an extra chromosome
Freedom to shine
to eat when she wants to eat and sleep when she wants to sleep
Freedom to feel valued and important
Finally after 4 years,
this little girl knows what it REALLY means to be FREE!
And because of her, we are learning a new meaning of freedom
We are learning that life is full of opportunities and miracles, if we will just learn to
Embrace the world around us
Embrace the possibilities
Give thanks for what we have
Be amazed at what life is all about
Be amazed at all the little things
Mia is embracing her new life and her new freedom
just like she was always meant to do
just like she deserves to do