Adopted Family - Being Accepted

I met Karen in 2004 at hair school. She was (and still is) this amazing bubbly person, who became my friend. She was the first person to accept me for who I was and not judge my every move. She taught me that it was okay to be who you are and that freedom was real. Cellphones were still flip phones in 2004 and so I have no pictures from that time. But it involved lots of fun, late nights, early mornings, Boone's Farm wine coolers, and so much more. 

When Karen introduced me to her family, I was in awe. Here were these amazing people who were just like her: accepting, loving, kind, giving people. 13 years later I am still in awe. The Tolsmas, from my little part of it to the whole extended family, are wonderful people. They have challenged me to become a better human being. Their influence has lead me to make changes, grow as a human, and become a kinder person. As the family has grown, I have watched them become even more amazing then they were. I did not know such a thing was possible. And while we were missing two of our little group this trip, it was still absolutely wonderful to spend time with them. 

These two women have become a core part of who I am:

I am thankful that I have been adopted into such a wonderful family. I wish we weren't so far away but I am glad we got to spend this time together. I am looking forward to many more adventures and trips!

Family Photo