THE FLOWER THAT BLOOMS IN ADVERSITY IS THE MOST RARE AND BEAUTIFUL OF ALL! (From the movie Mulan)
Jasmine was almost 14 years old when she was adopted from China. She has decided to share her story to encourage others to adopt older children, to help others understand what it was like to live in an orphanage, and to give encouragement to other children who will be joining their forever family.
Jasmine has watched me write my blog for years now. We have had many conversations about why I share our family’s stories. Whenever I write about her, I ask permission to share whatever she has told me. There are things that she has chosen not to share at this time and I respect that.
When Jasmine was going in for surgery for her spinal fusion the anesthesiologist told Jasmine she could dream about whatever she wanted. The room went completely quiet when Jasmine said, “I dream that one day every child has a family and that there will be no more orphans.” From this comment Jasmine’s Dream became our families motto. Helping every child that we can one child at a time.
Jasmine and her sisters, Grace (12), Elyse (11), and JJ (9) have decided to band together and try to make Jasmine’s Dream come true. We have decided our first goal will be to help 1,000 children find their forever families. We have done this by sponsoring children through Love Without Boundaries and we give to every adoption fundraiser that we can. Slowly but surely they are reaching their goal.
The girls want to raise awareness about adoption and orphanage life. They want to start their own Etsy shop and I hope to help them accomplish this in the coming year.
Thanks for taking the time to learn a little more about adoption and Jasmine’s Dream!
Lisa, mama to the most amazing girls