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Saturday, December 31, 2011

December 31......

is a day my parents and I,and my twin, always celebrated!! Not because it was New Years Eve. A day more important than my birthday or any other holiday. This is known as Adoption Day..the day my parents got us..we became the twin daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph L. Redmond!! Annette Allen became Sherrie Ann Redmond!!! We were 6 mos. old . This was the day that changed my life forever. this was the day the God gave me the most precious gift  of all..the most wonderful parents in the world!! These 2 people moved heaven and earth to provide ,for my sister and I, everything that life had to offer. My sister and I had everything we could have wanted. My parents always made us feel special and encouraged us to reach for the sky and follow our dreams. 
My father got the phone call from Childrens Home Society Los Angeles..and they both loved telling the story.....
CHS.."Mr. Redmond,we have a little girl for you"
Daddy "we'll take her"
CHS " Ther's just 1 thing.."
Daddy.."we'll take her"
CHS.."Mr. Redmond,she has a twin"
Daddy  "we'll take them"
CHS  "don't you want to discuss this with your wife?"
Daddy " No, we'll take them"
CHS  "do you want to see them before you decide"
Daddy.."NO, WE'LL TAKE THEM"
And so the journey began!!! And what a marvelous one it was! There was not one day,in their entire lives that I knew,without a shadow of a doubt, that I(and my sister) came first..in every way.  
Thank you Mom and Daddy..I still celebrate..and I can feel you here with me.
To my birth mother..where ever you are..Thank You! And, I love you too..only a mother who loves her children could make that sacrifice..one I know only too well!
MY PATERNAL GRANDMA,MY MOM AND "FINNY",THE SOCIAL WORKER (SHE CAME TO MY WEDDING!)

WITHIN A FEW MONTHS OF ADOPTING US!! SO CHUNKY WE WERE!

lOOK AT THAT SMILE!!!   YOU'D THINK SHE'D BE EXHAUSTED!!
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!!! MAY 2012 BRING YOU LOVE,JOY, HAPPINESS AND HEALTH!!!!

13 comments:

Jan said...

Happy Adoption Day, Ann!

Your story is so wonderful and boy your parents were truly blessed to have you and your sister, too. You made a dear family.

I have friends here in CO who are from CA and they are REDMOND'S. Small world.

Have a great 2012.

Plush Possum Studio said...

Happy Adoption Day and Happy New Year to you, sweetheart!
xoxoxoxo
Rose

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Happy Adoption Day,dear Ann.
Have the most wonderful 2012.
Hugs,
Marie

Christine H. said...

Wow, that is so much bigger than New Years. Your story is touching not just because of your parents ready acceptance of two girls unrelated to them, but also because of your acceptance and gratitude toward them. It's so heartwarming and a great inspiration for the start of a new year. I wish you and your family a very happy and prosperous 2012.

Geri Centonze said...

What a beautiful story...Happy Adoption Day! What gorgeous babies you were....your Mother's smile says it all!

orchid said...

Oh, Ann.
What a big day for you two!!!
Pictures are SO LOVELY and your parents are WONDERFUL♡♡♡
I was really moved by this post like others said!!! Especially you didn't forget to mention thanks to your birth mother as well, my friend!
PS> you are one year older than me. So related♬♬♬

Magic Love Crow said...

Happy New Year Ann ;o) I don't know how I missed this post! Sorry!
You made me cry happy tears! How special my friend! No wonder you have such a beautiful soul! I love the story of your father getting the phone call from the childrens home society. And, that is so special that the social worker came your wedding, wow!! Amazing! Big Hugs Ann, and I wish you love, joy, happiness and heath! Here's to a great 2012!

Rhissanna said...

Gosh! What a wonderful story! I loved the photographs. Happy Adoption Day!

cmoh said...

What a wonderful story! Thanks for sharing it. Happy belated adoption day!

houndini said...

That brought a little tear to my eye!

How blessed you are to have had such wonderful parents...happy adoption day - and happy new year - Houdini

Mina said...

Oh Ann, this is so beautiful and I am so sorry to be so late in reading it. Happy, happy belated adoption day. Such a precious moment in time. Hugs, sweet friend.

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Oh dear, dear Ann what a lovely story!
I wish you by heart a Happy New Year full of health, love and joy in your life!!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

What a joyful story! An inspiration to many, I'm certain. Hope you have a most wonderful 2013!!!