"Once our eyes are opened, we can't pretend we don't know what to do.
God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows what we know,
and holds us responsible to act." Prov 24:12

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Day 15 Part 2: Jasmina

We are so grateful for Jasmina. What a blessing she is. She is a physician at the orphanage and has been our facilitator over here in Serbia for our adoption. She is a wonderful, wonderful woman who works so hard to better the lives of the children here in Serbia who do not have families. She works very hard at her job and you can tell, from the moment you meet her, that she has a deep love for the children and really, truly wants to help them. It is not just a job for her. It is her calling and she is a remarkable women. We feel very blessed to have her as part of our lives and hope that we will always remain a part of each other's lives through the years.

Jasmina loves Sasha so much and he loves her. It is so sweet to watch the two of them together. He just lights up when he sees her and she just lights up at the mention of his name. They have a very special relationship and we are so grateful that he has had her in his life for the last 19 months. Sasha has always been one of her favorites and she has told us, that from the beginning, she knew there was something very special about this clever little boy. She saw something different, something special and she just fell in love. I love to hear her tell this story (and when she does, she tears up just as I do) because this is exactly how I feel. From the moment I laid eyes on Sasha, I felt that he was very special and that he was going to make a very positive difference in this world while he is here. He is here for a reason... God did not make a mistake with him. God does not make mistakes. He is definitely here for a reason and he is indeed special in so many ways. It warms my heart to know that Jasmina and I both saw that from the very start. He has already brought so much joy to so many people's lives in his short 19 months, I cannot even begin to imagine what he is going to do in his lifetime and Jasmina feels the same way.

Every morning, she would arrive at the orphanage and go directly into Sasha's room to greet him. That was her morning routine every single day. She is going to miss him greatly but she knows that it is bittersweet because he is going to a better place. She is so excited for the life that he has ahead of him now with us... so, so excited. But she is going to miss her sweet Sasha dearly and I completely understand why. They have a very special connection that is so wonderfully beautiful to see.

Jasmina will always be a part of our lives. We want Sasha to know all about her and all about the love she gave him while he was here in Serbia. We want her to have the opportunity to watch him grow and one day, when he is a little older, we will bring him back to Serbia for a visit so they can reconnect.

Thank you Jasmina for all that you are and all that you do for the children in the orphanage. You are such a blessing and we are so fortunate to have met you and to not only have you as a part of our lives but to have you as such an integral part of our son's life as well. We feel honored that we can call you a friend. Sasha will always know you because we will tell him many stories and show him a lot of pictures. Thank you for loving our son while he was here. Thank you for seeing just how truly special he is. Thank you for seeing his potential even when all those around you couldn't. Thank you for pushing so hard to have him be available for international adoption. Thank you just does not seem enough for all that you have done. Sasha is so lucky to have had you as a part of his life and we cannot thank you enough for loving him the way you do. We will miss you but we will always stay in touch! All our love Jasmina!

1 comment:

  1. Jasmina is truly an incredibly special person. who God put right there, to care for the least. She is an angel of God, there is no doubt about it. Her job is so hard. She sees pain, she struggles against a culture that does not value the children who are different, she has to say goodbye to children she loves. Children who loose the will to live, children who are sent on to other facilities, and the best of all, children like Sasha who get to go home to their forever families! I hope that as you hugged Jasmina goodbye, she felt the love of all of us who know her.