So, let’s fast forward a bit….
Barbara characterizes her daughter as extremely smart and independent. She taught herself how to ride a bike and how to swim. She was a 4.0 student and after high school graduation attended University of Texas at Dallas and Southern Methodist University where she earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.
Kelly taught first grade at Hedgcoxe elementary for 11 years in Plano, Texas being named teacher of the year. There is so much irony or ‘fate’ in that statement. You see.. Hedgcoxe is Barbara’s maiden name and the school is named after her family. Kelly didn’t seek out that school but was assigned to that school. (This writer believes that some things are just meant to be.)
Kelly now teaches first grade at Hyer Elementary in Highland Park school district in Dallas, TX where she has been named teacher of the year an additional time.
Barbara and Kelly are very close today. Kelly refers to Barbara as not only mother but her best friend.
I asked Kelly for a few comments and thought I would summarize them but after reading them felt it was “perfect coming from her directly.” Kelly’s comments:
“I thank God everyday for the gift of my mom and dad. Even though I always knew I was adopted, I NEVER felt like I was not a part of my family. Well, my loving brothers would remind me of it! 🙂 I feel so incredibly lucky to have had all the opportunities my parents gave me….unconditional love and support, never-ending family time, a wonderful church family and amazing educational opportunities. They taught me everything I need to know about life, and I wouldn’t trade my family for the world. I wish I could thank my birth mom for giving me the opportunity to have such a wonderful life.
Growing up, I have always been curious about my birth parents and my birthplace, but I’ve never had an urge to visit or to find my mom or dad until I was an adult. My mom and dad knew my birth mom was 15 when she had me and that I was her second child but not anything more than that. I would love to know if my parents are still alive, and I would definitely welcome the opportunity to meet them. I’ve joined 23 and Me and have had some connections with distant relatives, but I haven’t made any connections with anyone that might lead me to my biological mom or dad.
Unfortunately, the hospital that I was in as a baby, burned down. So any additional information I could’ve had, is now gone. I won’t give up hope though. You never know what God has in store for you. Until then, I am going to continue to thank God for my family and for everything he has brought into my life. ” Kelly
Tears still come to Barbara’s eyes when she talks about Jill ( her daughter that passed) but her eyes LIGHT UP when she talks about Kelly. While we were talking– Kelly texted her mother– instantly a smile came across her face. I knew who it was.. the love she has for her children shows. They call Kelly “the chosen one” and God knew what he was doing when she chose to put Kelly with this family and vice versa.
Barbara said that over the years.. as she has told her story… people say, “Wow, Kelly is so lucky to have you.”
Barbara just laughs out loud…. “Oh no, WE are the lucky ones to have Kelly.”
I want to thank both Barbara and Kelly for sharing their story with me. It has been my true pleasure to share it with you.