We are pleased to introduce our youngest daughter, who -- by order of the Court today in Ukraine -- will be named “Elizabeth Jean McCracken.” We will call her Leeza, as it is what her nannies have always called her. The “Jean” is named after her Gramma Jean McCracken, who ultimately propelled us on this journey that led to finding Leeza. If she had never mailed us a newspaper clipping, it is entirely possible we’d never come to know that there are specially-abled children like Leeza living institutionalized lives.
|Elizabeth Jean McCracken ... "Leeza"|
To all who helped us along this journey, there really are no words to express our gratitude. There is no way we could have done this alone. Your kind words, your interest in this little blog, your offers of assistance, your prayers, your sweet gestures, your donations to our fundraiser … you are our village, and we thank you. Immensely.Today Leeza is somebody: She is a daughter. A sister. A niece. A grand-daughter. A friend. And very soon, a member of our community that helped to bring her home.