The greatest gift of all!

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Mortgage and Lending with Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate. LMB100023827. NMLS257576.

As we find ourselves deep into the holiday season, we hear many stories of people less fortunate than some. So many worthy causes to give our time, money or even resourses to. Toys here, food there, money anywhere! But this is a story that I heard about, and then researched to get a few more details, and now I want to share the story with you. It's about giving the gift of love.

Terry and his wife (I am going to call them Mr & Mrs T) were entering the "empty nester" stage of life. Their children were grown and leaving home so they had started down sizing. They were a very religious couple who attended a church of their faith regularly.

There were two other families that also attended the same church. Both families opened their homes and hearts to children in need by providing foster care. One of the families had recently taken in a daughter that was 5 months. The other family had been asked to take a girl that was a little older, a toddler that was 18 months.

Both of these two little girls attended the same day care (to be honest I'm not sure if the day care was the one at the church or outside the church). It was because of the consistent reference of the 18 month old pointing and calling  the 5 month old "sissy" that the two foster parents found out they were, in fact, sisters who had been taken from their home at the same time. When processed through the system, they had been separated, each foster family unaware of the other child.

When Mr and Mrs T heard the story, they decided the two babies needed someone to get their young lives back on the right track and immediately started adoption procedures for both girls. They were expecting to receive these great gifts of love in January or February, but it turns out they will probably arrive just before Christmas.

Thank you, Mr and Mrs T, for giving these two girls the gift of love. You are truly an inspiration to us all!

We are joining in with a group to help by donating any gently used clothing or articles that might help this family prepare for their new arrivals. If you are interested in donating, or know someone that might be, please contact Jason Keith.

 

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  1. Jason M. Keith 12/10/2010 07:46 AM
  2. Steven Graham 12/11/2010 11:18 AM
  3. Deanne Olivas 12/12/2010 12:33 AM
  4. Kerry L Klun, Broker/Owner 12/29/2010 04:56 PM
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Kathy Kenney
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That is sooooo sweet, and to think that the older "baby" recognized her younger sister.  They could not have spent that much time together!  Fantastic story, I hope it has a truly beautiful ending.

Dec 10, 2010 08:47 AM #2
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Ruth Vogt
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Garrigus Real Estate, A truly heart warming story. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment!

Kathy, Amazing, isn't it? At only 18 mos... and what is another miracle is that there were adults around that listened to her and took her seriously!

Dec 10, 2010 09:12 AM #3
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Ruth,

Thanks for sharing this heart-warming story. Great job. :)

Steve

Dec 10, 2010 12:19 PM #4
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Chris Canfield
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Tucson, AZ
Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona

Hi Ruth - Such a sad and heart warming story in one!  It is absolutely wonderful that they will be back together again!

Dec 10, 2010 12:58 PM #5
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Vickie Slade
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Ruth, amazing story, thanks for sharing.  So incredible that at such a young range they were able to recognize each other. 

Dec 10, 2010 02:29 PM #6
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Ruth Vogt
Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate. - Colorado Springs, CO
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Steve, These kind of stories are special any time of the year, aren't they?

Chris, Yes, it is wonderful, isn't it?

Dec 10, 2010 02:32 PM #7
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Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
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What a great story, Ruth.  What a coincidence, and what a lovely thing for Mr. & Mrs. T. to have done.

Jane in L.A.

Dec 10, 2010 05:53 PM #8
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Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
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I'm with Jane - what a coincidence that they would be in the same daycare.  I love this story and wish both of the girls and Mr. & Mrs T the very best that life can hold. 

Dec 11, 2010 04:57 AM #9
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Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
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Thanks for sharing this Ruth! What a wonderful Christmas gift.  Truly an amazing story of love.  What better gift is there?

Dec 11, 2010 03:48 PM #10
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Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
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I also wanted to say thank you for sharing this post with my readers!  I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to share this message of hope and love.

Dec 11, 2010 03:50 PM #11
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Joan Valverde
Synergy Realty Group Inc - Colorado Springs, CO
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Ruth, this is an awesome story.  I call it a GODincidence, not a coincidence at all.  And I agree, thankfully the ADULTS were wise enough to listen and know the 18month old knew what and of Whom she was talking about. Merry Christmas to all in this story!!

Dec 11, 2010 05:22 PM #12
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Deanne Olivas
Keller Williams Realty East Valley - Tempe, AZ
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That is a wonderful story. Thank you for sharing. I am going to re-blog it.

Dec 12, 2010 12:30 AM #13
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Ruth, you need to add this to the Christmas Miracle group!  Being adopted myself this really hits home.  Thank you for sharing.

Pamela

Dec 12, 2010 02:05 AM #14
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JoAnn Moore
The Mortgage Market of Delaware - Georgetown, DE
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Amazing story Ruth. Such wonderful people willing to adopt both the girls. Heartwarming. 

Dec 12, 2010 12:42 PM #15
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Debi Boucher
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What a wonderful gift of love this is for everyone involved! Thank you, Ruth, for sharing it!

Dec 12, 2010 02:12 PM #16
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Jason M. Keith
Caliber Home Loans - Parker, CO
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Thank you for posting this, I've re-blogged it and can't wait to update everyone with the results!

Dec 14, 2010 04:36 AM #17
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Best wishes for lots of fun and food with family and friends today. Hope Santa brought you some cool toys, too!

Happy Holidays!

Dec 25, 2010 03:10 AM #18
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Kerry L Klun, Broker/Owner
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Ruth, thank you!  I had to re-blog

 

Dec 30, 2010 02:27 PM #19
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Ruth Vogt
Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate. - Colorado Springs, CO
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Vickie, I so agree.

Jane, whether they had room in their house wasn't as important as having room in their hearts, wasn't it?

Mary, And you know what? As they grow older, they will still fight with each other, I bet!

Donna, Thanks for ALLOWING me to post this to your blog!

Dec 31, 2010 09:17 AM #20
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Ruth Vogt
Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate. - Colorado Springs, CO
719-592-0855 Apply 24/7 www.ColoradoHomeLender.com

Joan, I love the GODincidence ... I'm going to remember that one.

Deanne, Jason and Kerry,  Thank you ALL so much for the reblog!

Lee and Pamela, I looked for the Christmas Miracle group and couldn't find it?? I found the contest, but not the group??

JoAnne, This is a true example of the gift that just keeps on giving - for both Mr & Mrs T AND for the girls!

Debi, There is no better gift, is there?

Russel, I hope your Christmas was grand, as well!

Dec 31, 2010 09:22 AM #21
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