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Welcome Home, Baby ... Welcome Home

Posted Jan 22 2009 6:20pm
A few days ago, we got this {look up} in the mail ... A Message from the President of the United States. Return address ... The White House. Oooh ... makes a person feel important!

Actually, the importance of this envelope is that it holds a Certificate of Citizenship for this face ...
... and a letter from the former President of the United States, George W. Bush, that reads like this ...

Dear Fellow American:

I am pleased to congratulate you on becoming a United States citizen. You are now a part of a great and blessed Nation. I know your family and friends are proud of you on this special day.

Americans are united across the generations by grand and enduring ideals. The grandest of these ideals is an unfolding promise that everyone belongs, that everyone deserves a chance, and that no insignificant person was ever born. Our country has never been united by blood or birth or soil. We are bound by principles that move us beyond our backgrounds, life us above our interests, and teach us what it means to be citizens. Every citizen must uphold these principles. And every new citizen, by embracing these ideals, makes our country more, not less, American.

As you begin to participate fully in our democracy, remember that what you do is as important as anything government does. I ask you to serve your new Nation, beginning with your neighbor. I ask you to be citizens building communities of service and a Nation of character. Americans are generous and strong and decent not because we believe in ourselves, but because we hold beliefs beyond ourselves. When this spirit of citizenship is missing, no government program can replace it. When this spirit is present, no wrong can stand against it.

Welcome to the joy, responsibility, and freedom of American citizenship. God bless you, and God bless America.

George W. Bush

I understand that this letter is the standard letter that every new citizen gets, but it really hit home with me. Not only did we adopt a child, we adopted a child that nobody else wanted. A child that was "flawed" in the eyes of most Russian people because she has an extra chromosome ... because she has Down syndrome. Truth be told ... a child that is "flawed" in the eyes of many Americans.

"... everyone belongs ..."

"... everyone deserves a chance ..."

"... no insignificant person was ever born ..."

I couldn't have said it better myself.
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