April 2010, Martina Gifford had this to say after attending the Grand Rapids Ballet performance, “Every Ballerina Deserves a Super Hero Dancer” over spring break.
…Just wanted to let you know how much fun we had at the ballet! Thanks again for the opportunity to go. The show was great! The kids loved the bright costumes, the playful music and they were amazed at how flexible and” bouncy” the dancers were. They relish the keepsakes they made in the foyer while waiting for the show to begin. They made tiaras, capes and colored pictures. They talked about it days later! Thanks again for having us! Martina Gifford
February 24, 2010 Adoptive Parent and Support group volunteer had this to say about a meeting held at AFSN. The intent of the meeting is to formulate and a Case Statement for AFSN.
As I sat in the interview session yesterday and listened to the three of you share, I was reminded even more of AFSN”s impact in our community. It was exciting to hear how each of you have been able to “support” others in their quest for answers regarding many varied adoption issues. Thank you for being so willing to listen, care, guide, and seek answers. I’m so proud to be a part of AFSN and I’m so thankful for each of you.
A comment from Gloria B – February’s E-news prize winner of tickets for The Moscow Circus:
“We loved the circus. I took several pictures of the circus itself as well as our trip backstage. Those backstage spoke Russian to us, and I spoke my broken Russian to them and they were so thrilled to meet our kids.
Sasha, the director was so kind, and his English was very good. My son really loved “the skinny clown” and got to meet him backstage. The Clown said my son was smart and the lady clown said he was clever. It was simply a wonderful experience for our kids. Thank you so much.
I will send you the best pictures I took. You can choose which one(s) you want to use for the newsletter with my permission to use them.
Best wishes…and thanks again.
“MY EYES” – A Special Poem from Lisa Fox (adopted / biological mother) as written to her newly adopted child.
My eyes, They’re the window to my world.
The hurt they’ve seen. I can’t look in your eyes. My heart feels too much pain. Oh, the love I’ve wanted and not received… It’s too much to take in. You ask for me to look in your eyes…it hurts.
Your loves too much, It overwhelms me. How I long to receive. Is this really for me…Love, Family, this Reality?
Do I dare let my guard down? Will this love really last no matter what I do? I can’t know just yet. Please be patient with me as I allow my heart to receive.
To heal & mend from my broken past. The wounds they run deep. Just love me & hug me. This is what I need. I can’t look in your eyes…the hurt this brings.
Eyes I wanted to look at in my past wouldn’t look back at me. So I protect my heart and look away, but please look at me.
Don’t give up, your love is the key. Your eyes and consistent love will heal me.