What a magical day we had today.
We met a wonderful family at Epcot this morning that had been praying for you for three years. Their family also has been blessed by adoption.
What a joy to finally be able to meet this family.
Then the girls had a special lunch planned by The Joy Hope Foundation with all the Princesses. Belle greeted us as we arrived. I was praying Sweet Pea that you would give me the strength to meet Belle because she was your FAVORITE Princesses . You wore her dress almost everyday and knew every line in the movie and could sing all the songs .
I was doing good Sweet Pea until Belle looked at your picture and started crying .
You had an incredible gift Teresa of being able to touch people's hearts while you were on earth and you are still touching hearts only now from heaven .
The girls also met Mulan and shared your photo with her. You are not going to believe this T but she looked at me and said she knew you! I asked her how and she said last month a friend came to Epcot and asked her to send a special message to a little girl named Teresa that was having a heart transplant. You see Teresa many people loved you so much that someone we have never met emailed me while you were in the hospital and asked if they could send you a special video message from all the princesses at Disney. Daddy and I sat in the hospital and watched every one of the special messages from the princesses all wishing to see you and for you to feel better. Sadly Sweet Pea you never got to see them on earth but I know you can see them now from heaven. All your sisters have watched the messages and it made them smile.
Mulan was so happy that she was able to meet us and said your story really touched her heart!
We never intended to make all the princesses cry but we cried right along with them because we all love you so much sweet girl!
We continued to walk around Epcot on Gemmas mission to make sure she gave EVERY Princess your photo and the letter she wrote to each one , we finally met with Aladdin and Jasmine.
What another moving experience it was. They spent so much time with your sisters. They took photos and then took them for a walk around Morocco showing them the shops with all of their treasures. They then stopped at the fountain to make a wish. But not just any wish Teresa , a wish for you and they sent it to heaven!
When Gemma told us a few weeks ago that she wanted to give the princesses your photo and a tiara , we thought it would be a very good way for her to heal and smile. At the same time I knew it would be very difficult for daddy and I to do because we knew how much you loved all of them and we thought it would be too painful for us to do .
Yes , it has been very painful to be here with out you Teresa. You were all of the Disney princesses wrapped up into one sweet, loving little girl. But what I have learned from this experience , I will cherish forever. Just like your entire life and having you as our daughter for the past three years , there was more to this than just visiting the princesses. Like everything in your life it has a meaning and a purpose. I was so afraid of coming and not having you here and doing something that you lOVED, I wasn't sure I would be strong enough to smile for your sisters. But you gave me the strength and with each princess we meet and share your story with we all get stronger. It's not about what we dont have . It's about what we do have . We still have you in our hearts. We were blessed to have you for three years. God is good .
After leaving Epcot we visited Give Kids The World . What a humbling experience this is to be able to help others smile . Mayzie brought so many smiles to the childrens faces. She absolutely loved all of the attention she received. You see Teresa , Mayzie also misses you very much . Remember how she would lick your face when you would run around? She knew your oxygen was getting too low and she would start licking you and you would stop and rub her tummy and sit with her . Well when we came home from the hospital she knew you were in heaven and she started licking and licking her leg because she was so upset . Even though Mayzie was trained to help Emilia she always has helped everyone. She is very sensitive and can feel many emotions. So I was not surprised when she would help you also. But she has felt the emotion of sadness in our family for the past 4 weeks along with the rest of us.
Bringing her with us has been very therapeutic for her.
Your journey never was an easy one sweet girl, and along the way you had many lessons to teach to the world. As our family continues on this journey now with out you in our arms , we hold you close in our hearts. You continue to teach us so much.