It's been nearly six years since we started sponsoring our first child through Compassion International. We chose the youngest child in Rwanda, because we wanted to walk the entire length of the journey with our first kiddo. A couple of years later, I learned that older males are typically the last-chosen sponsored children. We wanted to help change that reality for at least one young man, and we added Rabuma to our family. We wanted to make sure that he didn't walk the last few years of his journey with Compassion alone.
First Grade was a rough year for you, Ruby. When I think of all that you experienced and weathered between your first and last day of first grade, I'm so thankful for the resiliance and persistance you've learned. I'm also sorry for the hurt and uncertainty that you've experienced at times. For the rest of your life, I'll probably be analyzing your behavior and weighing the decisions your dad and I made for you in these early years. I suppose that's the curse of being a mother, eh?