Monday, June 4, 2012

Giving Voice Blogfest: Our Story

I will tell it briefly.

Our story begins when it was only me
in high school
visiting a Chinese orphanage
and finding a baby
a cleft lip and palate precious baby
left to die
in a dark room

And how my heart moaned
over that injustice

But how that injustice was
a seed
planted in my chest
blossoming into want
blossoming into need
blossoming into action
six years later

When I saw my baby girl
for the first time
in the second bed
on the right
in the baby room
at the Tianjin orphanage

How she longed for a voice
that tiny, struggling
always struggling
beautiful girl

How I cried
when the much-anticipated
surgery took place
to repair her mouth

My baby lost her
wide smile

But through that gift
found her voice

And now she's earned her place
as the number one talker
in our family

My beautiful
who struggled for life

and found it

Thanks to Madeleine Maddocks who is hosting the Giving Voice Blogfest today! Stop by her blog to click through to other entries.


  1. What an amazing story! She's beautiful.

  2. Oh, Amy! What a beautiful little girl, and what a wonderful story! I'm sniffing, but I'm so happy "Giving Voice" is doing what they do. Best to them, and thanks for sharing with us! :o) <3

  3. That's a lovely story, and I love the picture with the kittens!

  4. What a touching story. Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

  5. Oh Amy, that is so beautiful.

  6. Amy, I'm sitting at my desk crying (happily). This is so moving and beautiful.

  7. That was beautiful, Amy. You brought tears to my eyes.
    She seems like such a happy, helpful, wonderful daughter. :o)

  8. Aww, that's amazing. She's a beautiful little girl.

    Can't wait to see what else you do in verse.

  9. What an absolutely beautiful story! Your daughter is such a cutie!

  10. I'm so happy you found each other.

    Love the latest picture of your beautiful family!

  11. Amy this is beautiful in every way! What a beautiful girl and a great story.

  12. Oh my goodness, I'm all teary-eyed! Beautifully said words about your beautiful girl.

  13. Such a strong story. I cried! (And I never never cry). Thank you for sharing this private and beautiful part of your world.

  14. So powerful, Amy! I love your writing!

    You and your little girl are both so beautiful.

  15. What a beautiful love story, Amy. God bless you and yours.

  16. This made me cry. I love that you're writing a book in verse right now. I can't imagine anyone more perfect for it. Your words, Amy, your beautiful way of putting everything together. I am deeply honored to know you.

  17. What an awesome story Amy... and her smile is so beautiful!

  18. So beautiful!! I loved this story so much. What a beautiful, wonderful daughter you have! :)

  19. Your girl is beautiful. Her story is too.

  20. I love stories with happy endings. She's gorgeous...but you knew that. ;)

  21. Beautiful. I'm just speechless. Beautiful.

  22. Oh wow that is a fabulous account. Thanks for entering the blogfest.