There is just something about this boy. I met him on my first trip to Haiti and fell in love with him that day I saw him on the adoption website. I will never forget my sister in law and I squealing in delight as Marcia and Len felt convicted that Sonta and Jean-Marc were the children they felt convicted to adopt.
I am so grateful that Jean-Marc became a Borgdorff that one day in September 13 years ago. I am so grateful for his smile and his laugh, his compassion and his athletic grace and ability. I love the twinkle in his eye and his amazing ability to engage strangers with a smile and a handshake.
And just like that, he turned 14 years old. I watched him play basketball the other day and we talked about High School next year and he now towers over me.
I would not be honest if I did not tell you that I pray extra hard for him as a black teenager in today’s culture. I ask God to protect him and surround him with people who know him and know his good heart. I pray for men and women in his life who will see his potential and develop his leadership skills so he can bring change and goodness to those he interacts with. I pray he will never lose his smile, his laughter, his vision, his dreams, his passion, his compassion, his brilliance or his love for others…
I love you Jean-Marc and will always be in your corner, have your back and cheer you on in your every endeavor. Happy Birthday and I hope this year will be one of great adventure, high scoring and lots of love and laughter!