Before we adopted you, we had a family meeting. From all of your medical records we were unsure how long God would share you with us. We asked all of your brothers and sisters how they felt. They were all unanimous in that they wanted to love you and have you for their sister for however long God would share you with us.
For almost three years God shared you with us. We laughed, pretended we were princesses, swam, dreamed of riding your bike one day without wearing oxygen, played family all the time with Gemma ( of course you were always the Mom and Gemma the Dad), you looked at the pink clouds in the sky and thought Jesus put them there just for you, you picked more flowers than I can count( always giving one to me saying "Here Mama, just for you because I love you ", you loved exploring new adventures like roasting marshmallows, fishing or catching lightning bugs. But most of all you just loved to be home. You were a home body and never liked being away too long. You also loved your family and every one of your sisters and brothers.
Since you have gone to heaven your sisters have missed you dearly. For the three years that you were their sister here on Earth you showed them how to love unconditionally, accept others with differences, love "your Jesus" and to be so grateful for having a family. Now that you are in Heaven you are still teaching them so much . Daddy and I comfort them as they are grieving and I can't help but think that in losing you , they have learned so much . Yes , their hearts are broken but their hearts have grown so big by being broken. They are different now. You were always different , you were a very old soul. Now their souls are becoming like yours. This is a tremendous gift that you
Thank you God for sharing Teresa with us.
" When I look into your eyes, I know there is a God. Human compassion and the capacity to love are not the result of mere chance."-Charles W. Gerdts