We remember Placement Day as a magical experience. It was full of joy, but also bitter sweetness for Victoria’s birth family and recognition of the responsibility of taking home our wonderful child. It is a day so full of emotions. We took Victoria home on a cold Dallas evening in a sweet dress with roses given to us by our dear friend. That night, we slept in the yellow nursery where we had been dreaming in for a long time, but we could hardly rest because we were so excited to be a family! Thank you, Gladney for bringing us together to form a family. We read this senior book each year and pray for all the graduates. This is our year... and we are so happy to be a Gladney family.
From the Graduate
What does being adopted mean to me? Being adopted means I was chosen, and that makes me special. Families don't have to be blood; they are about love and whatever shape you make them to be. I feel lucky to be adopted because I got a family who loves me. Being adopted and a mixed race also helps me be open minded to other cultures and beliefs and more aware of diversity. Since we have an open adoption, we also have different branches in our family tree, and we have adopted those parts of the family, as well.
Victoria was a competitive gymnast meriting the title of State Gymnastics Floor Champion, and Regional Uneven Bars Champion. She also competed in cheer, earning Allstate Champion honors two years in a row. Victoria played the trombone as part of her high school band, the group receiving recognition on numerous occasions for musical excellence. Her academic focus highlights the medical field, and she wants to study exercise science or kinesiology in college. She was accepted into several excellent universities, and she wants to compete as part of an athletic team as she continues her education.
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