We went shopping the day we met, after learning she had never had her own new clothes. I was waiting near the fitting rooms when a store associate came to me and said, “your daughter is calling you.” I quickly replied I didn’t have a daughter. She said, “well, there’s a young girl calling for her mom and you’re the only person out here.” A flood of emotions swept over me and tears began to stream down my face as I walked down the hall. She stuck her head out and said “Mom, I called your name three times and you didn’t answer.”
From the Graduate
Gladney is an agency that allows kids who don’t have a forever family to be chosen by a parent who needs a forever baby. My parents chose me in 2015, and I couldn’t have asked for a better family. While it was full of a lot of ups and downs, I would not be who I am today without Gladney and my forever family. My forever mom has inspired me to be who I am and not what others tell me to be. She has improved my image of myself and helped me grow into a beautiful young lady. Thank you Gladney, especially Ms. Brynn. Adoption was my final step to happiness.
Peyton excelled both academically and in extracurricular activities, including being on the state-qualifying color guard of Colleyville Heritage High School. She has been an active member of the German Club and AVID as well as a member of Peace Lutheran Church. Peyton loves spending time writing, journaling, and drawing as well as playing with the family pets—Aussiedoodle, Tucker, and Miniature Schnauzer, Bentley. She will graduate a semester early in December 2022. Following graduation, Peyton will attend East Texas Baptist University to study secondary education with concentrations in history and mathematics.
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