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Child Of My Heart, Audrey's Story (Volume One)

Updated on February 14, 2017

"Neither Bone Of My Bone....."

On a brisk, January evening, she entered my life, a tiny, little thing with hair of corn silk, still reeling from a failed adoption.

"Neither bone of my bone,

Nor flesh of my flesh,

But mine, just the same.

You did not grow beneath my heart,

Instead, you grew within it."

At the age of six, living in New York, she was the third of six children born to a woman who had allowed drugs and alcohol to rule her life. One day, during her first year of school, authorities came to her school and took her away. She never saw her mother or siblings again.

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My Mommie's Betrayal

The Early Years

Audrey's memories of her first six years were clouded at best. She remembered living in motels with her mother, her older sister, and a baby brother. The child spent her days working as a decoy while her mother stole merchandise from stores and her nights traveling from bar to bar with her mother, selling the stolen items.

After hours, she would sneak into the motel lobbies with Ramon Noodles and use the coffee maker to boil her noodles. She was ingenious in finding ways to take care of herself at such a young age. But there were memories, too, of her mother making spaghetti and how she would always insist that the sauce be washed off the noodles and replaced with butter before she would eat them.

She remembered being afraid of her mother when she was using drugs because of the way she looked and the drug induced rages.

Her only memory of her natural father, whom she never knew, was at about two and a half or three years old. She remembered a building and being left in the car while her mother went inside. When she returned, she had a man with a long blond ponytail with her. Her mother told him she wanted him to see his daughter. He walked over to the car, peering in at her, and then walked away and back into the building. They drove away and she never saw him again.

The last memory of her mother was at their home where the police were trying to get into the room to arrest the woman for stealing. The child, though only six years old, blamed herself for many years after this incident because she had suggested that her mother break a window and escape. There was an officer waiting for her on the other side. They took her to jail and the little girl was, once again, left in the hands of her mother's current boyfriend until she was taken from school that memorable day.

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My Adoptive Mommie's Rejection

Where do I belong?

Placement for this little girl was difficult because, in her own anguish, she was angry and hurtful to other children. Once a home was found, she was to remain with them as their foster child for the next three years. At that time, making plans to move to Florida, they decided to adopt this little girl, who was so near the same age as their own child.

She was never to feel as though she belonged to this family. They made it quite obvious by always placing her second to their own child. Their family night outings to restaurants usually excluded her as she was left locked in her room until they returned. She had few clothes and all her toys were used, after being discarded by the older child. All of her past possessions were thrown away and she was never allowed to talk of her natural mother or siblings again.

This was just the beginning of her abuse. On the flight to Florida, her adoptive father began introducing things to her that made her uncomfortable. As time passed, his inappropriate behavior continued, making her life unbearable.

She went to her adoptive mother time and time again, trying to tell her of her plight, simply to be locked in her room again and accused of lying. The child was all alone to deal with her abuse, both physical and emotional, from the age of nine until a warm night in August of 1999, just a few months after her eleventh birthday.

Her adoptive father was drinking and had entered her room twice already when the doorbell rang. We will never know who finally called and asked for help for this child but a representative from the Department of Children and Families was on the other side of the door. They removed her from the home that night.

The caseworker took her to a state owned Girls' Ranch, expecting the case to be pending. But when they went back to investigate the family, the family had fled with their other child to New York, leaving their adopted daughter behind, deserting her. And she was once again totally alone in the world.

Reflected Images

by Eugenia S. Hunt

Behind the eyes, a story,

Held fast by shreds of light,

Revealing only fragments

Of the person within sight.

So many tears have passed

Beneath the eyes, reflecting still,

Memories much too harsh today

To give the mind free will.

The child, once seeing wonder

In every shedding leaf,

Views only pain depicted

In years of their own grief.

To get a glimpse, from within,

Of whom this child could be,

Would reach the depths of mind and soul,

And bring us to our knees.

A Life Changing Decision

An Answered Prayer

During the summer of 1999, my husband took a job on Ascension Island which took him away a large part of the year. We only had one of our four children still at home and he was 19, working, going to school, and beginning his own life.

That June and July, I read cover to cover, eighteen full sized novels in six weeks and I am really not a reader. I was bored with my life and needed something worthwhile to fill it. As I sat one night alone, I began to pray. He knew already what I needed but I just didn't know where to look to find it. I asked for His help.

The next afternoon, my neighbor brought over a brochure from the Department of Children and Families for me to read. It was in regards to the Guardian Ad Litem program and she needed me as a character reference. A GAL for the court is there to speak for the foster child under their charge. They act as the child's voice in the court room.

As I read the paperwork, I also found information on their foster care program, both with the state and with the Children's Home Society. It was at this moment that I realized where my life would be taking me next. I got up right then and called the Children's Home Society and we began nine weeks of classes to prepare us for what we were about to undertake, or so we thought. We would soon realize you cannot really prepare yourself for the heart wrenching life of foster parents.

Receiving a call from our Foster Care Supervisor on January 21, 2000, I traveled the short distance to a nearby Girls' Ranch to take a possible new ward out for dinner so that we could get to know each other.

And this is where our story begins.

Separation And Loss

Placed In My Path

As I walked into the office, I saw a little, blond haired child of eleven whose appearance was closer to eight or nine. She was so very tiny and frail. Her long hair surrounded the biggest, saddest, pale green eyes I had ever seen. She wore a faded little shirt with a small daisy on the front and the word 'Friends' embroidered over it. For warmth, she also wore a tattered, flannel shirt coupled with a pair of worn out jeans and, as I was to find later, a pair of shoes two sizes too small. As we walked across the parking lot and got into my car, I began to feel an intense urge growing inside me to protect this lonely, little girl.

It was obvious, she was frightened as we drove to a nearby restaurant. She was very quiet so I began to talk to her, asking questions about school and her life at the Girls' Ranch, to help break the ice between us. We reached the little restaurant, went inside and ordered grilled cheese sandwiches and French fries. By the time the food arrived, she had begun to talk. The words simply began to fall out of her faster and faster, as though they were overflowing swollen banks that could hold them no longer.

Before I knew it, we had been sitting there for two hours. I told her it was time for us to return to the ranch. She began to beg to come home with me and spend the night. I placed a call to my supervisor and she agreed that it would be okay.

Together, we drove the short distance back to the ranch and I went in with her. We entered a small room with four beds, one which was just a mattress on the floor. She walked over to the mattress and lifted it, pulling out her belongings and began packing them into a black trash bag. I ask her why she slept with her mattress on the floor and her things under it. She answered that this was the only way to keep them from being stolen while she slept. That was one of my first lessons in understanding.

Reaching my home soon after, she began preparing for bed and ask if I would come in and talk to her until she fell asleep. By this time, it was around 11:00. She began to talk, asking first about my family, and then she pulled out a track she had received from a church group who had visited the ranch and ask me to explain salvation, which I did. She had memorized the prayer on the back from reading it over and over during her months at the ranch.

After that, she began to talk about her natural mother, moving on to her life in her adoptive home. The words were flowing out of her in rapid succession as a waterfall tumbles over the rocky slope of a mountainside.

At one point, she pulled out a tiny photo of a little, dark haired girl. As she told me the child was her half sister, huge tears filled her eyes. This tiny photo was the only thing she had been able to retrieve from the trash the night her belongings had been thrown away. It was her most prized possession. By 4:30 in the morning, she had finally succumbed to sleep, exhausted.

With all she had told me, I slept very little that night. It was all racing through my head and I was amazed that a child could endure so much and still have any faith left in adults whatsoever. I wondered how in the world I would ever reach this child that God seemed to be directly placing in my path and into my life. Little did I know then just how serious He was.

The Edge Of A Whirlwind Of Emotion

Life With Audrey

The first days with Audrey were spent just getting to know each other. She was enrolled in a nearby Elementary School and began making friends quickly. However, she and her teacher were having difficulty communicating from the beginning. I found Audrey to have the inability to respect authority in everyone with exception of her mother figure, which at the moment, was me. This placed me in the path of any and all oncoming conflict as the designated referee. I realized, to teach her the respect of authority, I had to begin from the beginning, by respecting her. Lessons are learned best by example.

In time, I realized her respect for my authority was not the same as I respected my parents. She was led by me more as her equal, not as a parent, and she allowed me to lead because she chose to. She didn't have an understanding of the difference between the parent and the child and, therefore, did not give my authority respect simply because I was the acting parent, as my own children had. So, whenever she disagreed, she was of the opinion that it was okay to make her own choices, placing my opinion in some imagined category of unimportant.

As an example, my friend and I took her shopping one afternoon to a very large mall near our home. We were in search of the 'perfect pair of sneakers' to replace the ones which were too small. She became frustrated almost immediately because she couldn't find a replacement pair to her liking and began to act out badly. When I suggested she calm down or we would have to go, she simply walked away. We searched for her but after fifteen minutes, I called security and my supervisor. It had to be reported. As we waited for security to join us, some forty-five minutes after she had left us, Audrey walked up as though nothing had happened. She simply announced she had found the perfect sneakers. It did not occur to her that she should have stayed with us, or told me where she was going, or to even consider that we were worried out of our minds! She was as nonchalant as though she had been on the playground while I watched from the sidelines. Authority did not tell her what she wanted to hear so authority was dismissed. When she saw my face, the shock she felt from my reaction was apparent. She had no idea she had done anything wrong.

Audrey had an even smaller respect for men. During that first month, a friend of mine asked my assistance in cleaning up a room at her church for use as a children's choir room. There was painting to be done and Audrey offered to help. She worked very hard and quickly won over both my friend and her husband. As we painted, the adults were talking and eventually Audrey was drawn into the conversation. At one point, she turned to my friend and said, "Why do men always hurt you?" It broke my friend's heart to think that a child of eleven had already placed men and pain in the same category. However, it explained her lack of respect. She had not received respect from men, only suffering.

In Audrey's short life, she had received rejection from two mothers and been hurt by the only father she had ever known. We really had a long road ahead and our training for such a feat was slim and none.

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A Hurdle Of Vast Importance

The Door Opens And Her Heart Peeps Out

The first months were riddled with various scenes of happiness, tears and acting out that were to be expected by a child trying to handle the weight of a world that would topple most adults. And I saw such anger behind those beautiful eyes, anger that was standing in the way of acceptance of love and the ability to give love in return. I wrestled with several ideas of approach, trying to find a way to get behind those eyes and show her that it would be okay to love again. I so wanted her to know that there were people worthy of her love and she was worthy of being loved.

One night, I watched a program that approached this same problem in children. It spoke of their need to express their anger but life's circumstances had suppressed it instead. The pain was so great that they didn't know what to do with the strong feelings their young emotions were inept in handling so, rather than allowing the emotions to manifest themselves, the emotions were shut down and hidden from those who hurt them. When this was done often enough, it affected their ability to connect with anyone. They did not feel they had the right to be angry because in some way it was their fault.

One evening, just after her twelfth birthday, she got angry during a discussion with me. I watched the anger flare and then die in her eyes. She closed that little door to me that I always saw in wait there. I followed her to her room, sitting on the end of her bed beside her. She sat, looking into the mirror, with a blank stare. I lifted her into my lap, wrapping my arms around her, securing her arms as I did so. I then began to tell her that I loved her and she had the right to be angry. But she did not have the right to be angry at me at that moment because I hadn't done anything to warrant it. I told her it was okay now, right now, to get mad at everyone who had ever hurt her. And I told her to let it all out, making room for me, because I wasn't going anywhere and she needed to let me love her.

As we sat there together, she began to fight to pull my arms away. She hit and pinched them but I held fast and kept talking. She was so angry at some points she almost growled at me and this continued for almost an hour. Finally, she stopped, relaxed against my chest and began to cuddle into my arms. We sat there together, facing the mirror, watching each other for sometime before a big grin appeared on her face. When I tucked her into bed a few minutes later, she hugged me for the first time. We had both won an enormous battle that night and her little heart was peeping out at me, perplexed and curious.

Part One Of Audrey's Story Is Just The Beginning

VThere Is So Much More To Tell

I truly believe God led this little girl to me. Though she is not mine genetically, she has grown to become my child through experience, sacrifice, hard work and more love than I could have imagined. We have shared a lifetime in ten short years and now we are sharing in the telling of her story. She has read and approved every line which hasn't been easy but she wants her story told. As the story unfolds, I hope you, too, will fall in love with her, as I have. She deserves our understanding, our love and our admiration. This lens is just the beginning!

PLEASE CONTINUE TO READ:

Child Of My Heart, Audrey's Story (Volume Two)

Child Of My Heart, Audrey's Story (Volume Three)

Child Of My Heart, Audrey's Story (Volume Four)

http://momtothezoo.hubpages.com/hub/audreys-story-5 (Volume Five)

And Hear About Her Nieces And Nephews

Living Life, Still On Two Feet

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This book is a collection of Muses and Poetry I originally wrote for my children. However, my friends and extended family have enjoyed sharing my thoughts. I hope you will find pleasure within its pages as well.

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Who Is Mom To The Zoo?

My Bio

Born in the small town of Pendleton, South Carolina, in 1950, I was the oldest of two, five years my sister's senior. It was a wonderful place to grow up where the entire town raised its children. I was always surrounded by people who loved and looked out for me. I graduated from High School with the same people who were in my kindergarten class. At 58, my childhood friends are still my friends. I feel so fortunate to have known such a childhood.

After college, I worked at Clemson University until May 1972. At that time, I married and lived in Glyfada, 22 miles from Athens, Greece for two years...via USAF. We then moved to North Dakota for another two years before returning to South Carolina.

We divorced after 16 years and two children. I married my best friend two years later and moved to Florida in 1988 and together we have raised my husband's son and daughter and my son and daughter...one federal officer, one pastor's wife, one sixth grade school teacher, and the other, after working for Florida Power and Light since age 19, is now with AT&T. In 1996, I adopted my stepdaughter. We are blessed with four grandsons and one granddaughter.

In 1999, we became foster parents with the Children's Home Society and had a number of children under our roof in the next 5 years. In 2001, we adopted a 13 year old girl, whom we first met at the age of 11, and is now 22. I also have spent more time in a courtroom than I care to think about, fighting for the rights of the children in our care. In 2004, I turned in my license so that I could be a full time Mom to our special needs daughter and keep our infant granddaughter five days a week while her mother was teaching.

Bill, my husband, is a retired USAF Air Traffic Controller. He is now working out of the country, on Ascension Island, with Computer Science Raytheon, as their chief controller, contracted out of Patrick AFB, Florida. This enables him to continue to do the job he loves, air traffic, and aid the military. He flies in and out on furlough and I handle things here at home. I jokingly call myself a Single Married Woman.

Actually, I am a retired Accountant/Credit Manager, now a housewife, where I enjoy writing, singing, piano, and sewing. I have had numerous poems and short stories published and have sung in churches and for church organizations for years, as well as weddings, a couple of variety shows, and even at my daughter's, and later my son's, weddings, one of the hardest things I have EVER done. We are members of a Baptist church where I am a soloist and sing in the choir. I am also a member of the Women's Bible Study Group and work on the Mission's Committee.

And, last but not least, we have two singing dogs. Raven is a thirteen year old Skipperkee/Chow with bucked teeth and attitude and Whisper, our nine pound poodle, who thinks himself a Doberman.

I have been Mom To The Zoo since the morning after our wedding. My friend, Lee, who was staying with our four children and two dogs answered the phone from a sound sleep, "Hunt Zoo, Zookeeper Speaking."

My life has involved many changes and avenues that I would never have dreamed of and has given me challenges that I never thought I was equal to. But, I have found that God has a plan and, if you follow His lead, you can handle anything he puts in your hands. However, you have to first learn to listen to Him. No matter what we want from life, it must come in His time. He has given my husband and me more than we could have began to imagine back in high school and we have found that what we thought was so important for our futures back then was nothing to what we have done so far. At 59, I have learned from our foster children, to look forward to the future and the next challenge with enthusiasm and excitement. If they can trust and love us after what the world has dealt them, we can surely tackle whatever lies ahead with ease. Life is a series of learning experiences and I continue to find life to be both a challenge and a joy which grows with each passing year. I learn more and more about myself with each passing day!

Eugenia

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Gives the word "survivor" a whole new meaning. Thank you for sharing this story with us. I know it must have been very difficult to write but I hope it was therapeutic as well? God bless you.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to ChineseKitesforKids] Lesley, I am glad you appreciated Audrey's story. Yes, it was difficult to write but it was even more difficult for Audrey as she read over what I had written to approve it. But having lived it, she is stronger for it. Thank you! Jeanie

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Another great lens, Jeannie. It is filled with all kinds of emotions and you have done an exceptional job of beginning to tell Audrey's story. Lensrolled to our lens about your Growing Up in Pendleton SC.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to OhMe] Thanks, Nancy. I hope it is helpful to someone else. I have a long way to go yet with this story.

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      absolutely beautiful story! just wonderful to read! You are a natural storyteller, Jeanie. This one is both heart wrenching and victorious! What a gift you and Audrey are to each other - and sharing your story is a gift to all of us! Powerful read!

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      And of course, blessed by an angel!

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      Kate Loving Shenk 8 years ago from Lancaster PA

      You Rock!! This is a lens Magnifico!!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to Joan4] Thank you so much Joan...I sent the link to Audrey at work this morning so that she can share in the comments about her story. She is very excited!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to mukunda22] Kate, thank you so much! I am so glad you enjoyed Audrey's story and so is she!

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      luvmyludwig lm 8 years ago

      I can't wait for part two. It seems that you are both very strong women, and I can't wait to get to know you better through your lenses and Audrey through all the parts of her story. It is amazing what children can endure. It is so sad that anyone has to go through what she did, and it is so very wonderful that there are people like you in the world who truly do care. :)

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      sittonbull 8 years ago

      You have a beautiful gift that you are using in a very inspirational way. Your stories come from the heart... grab your readers and they make our hearts full. The insight, courage, compassion, understanding and love you have shared here are obviously guided by the hand of God and fueled by the intrinsic values only found in a wonderful mother. I love the fact that you have vested Audrey's input in a transparent partnership for your story.. for her journey overcoming her early life challenges and developing the courage, love and adaptability are surely the highly anticipated rest of this story. Angels will surely be flying all around here, but I'm not one so I can only bless it unofficially. I can and have though filled out all the stars, favored it and lensrolled it to the plexo in my Inspiration lens.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to sittonbull] WOW! Thank you so much...I forwarded your message to Audrey at work...she will be so pleased. Part II is still in my head and it will be tough for ME to write because I lived it with her. I am glad you read and felt everything that I intended. It has been quite a journey, one I truly did not expect when I began. But God has been with Audrey since the day she was born and with Bill and I, as well as our grown children, as we have raised her together.

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      GrowWear 8 years ago

      It was very nice to meet Audrey. I send all of you my love. You're an angel, Jeanie. ...Your second lens is spectacular -- a personal story told with a beautiful sensitivity!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Jeanie, This is truly one of the most inspiring stories I have ever read. What made the story so wonderful is the fact that it is real. I would not even call it a story because it is a sharing of your mind and soul about an important person who came into your life and completely changed your life and hers. I commend you for adopting Audrey. You have a heart of gold and the fact that Audrey wanted you to share her story is commendable. It is beautiful!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to Patsy Bowie] Thank you so much, Patsy. And thank you so very much for all of your help and encouragement.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to GrowWear] Thank you very much...I am glad that you enjoyed Audrey's story...she is really enjoying all of the wonderful comments and I really appreciate the encouragement. I look forward to getting started on Part II.

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      Michey LM 8 years ago

      You are a gifted story writer, and a very special person as well. I am glead I meet you and Audrey. Thanks for sharing and all the best for you and yours.

      Michey

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to Michey] Thanks, Michey...I am glad you enjoyed Audrey's story. She is really enjoying this and reading every comment, as well as editing! This is so good for her!

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      Achim Thiemermann 8 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Thank you for sharing this story, Eugenia. We have a similar case in the extended family and it breaks my heart. This is what drugs do to us. Horrible.

      Blessed by a Squid Angel today. :-)

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to chefkeem] Achim, I am so sorry that your family is dealing with this kind of heartbreak. I saw so much of it as a foster parent...Audrey is one of so many! Thank you for your praise and God Bless!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      Kate, thank you so much for your kind words. It has been a long road but I would do it again instantly!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Jeanie this is absolutely the most heart touching story of real life. Audrey has bloomed into the young lady that she is today because of the love that you have showed to her. God is smiling on you and Audrey and He will continue to bless you both. Keep encouraging and teaching her how to love and respect. God bless you for being the gift that you are to this wonderful young lady. God indeed placed her in your life and it is wonderful that you received the anointing to give her what she needed at just the right time. We need more people like you in this world.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to Ray BuggsRay, thank you so much for your kindness. Audrey has had a long road and there are still bumps along the way but she is a very strong, resourceful young lady and I know she will make it. I hope her story will lead others to have hope for their own personal situations.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Welcome to the South Carolina Group

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to OhMe] Thanks, I finally got a few minutes free today to submit this. Oh, well, do what I can this week...I am here in VA with a purpose! :~))

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      Bambi Watson 8 years ago

      What a wonderful inspiring lens, Welcome to the Sharing Hearts Group :)

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to mysticmama] Bambi, thank you so much...I am glad you liked my lens...and Audrey will be very pleased...she is following all comments on her story.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Congratulations. This lens is in the Top Ten of the South Carolina Group

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to OhMe] Wow! Really! I haven't had a chance to go in and look but I will...thanks for letting me know!!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      I am working on Part II of Audrey's story as we speak...hopefully, it will be ready to publish soon.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Audrey, I hope I get to meet you one day. I have certainly enjoyed getting to know Jeanie after all these years.

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      bdkz 8 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your story.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to bdkz] Thank you, Bonnie. This has been very good for Audrey. She checks her comments regularly and is so happy to share her story.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      My goodness you are a very good writer. - Thank you!

      Delightful!

      Susie

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to Tipi] Thank you, Susie..I am so glad you enjoyed Audrey's story...I am almost ready with Part II. Hope you enjoy as much!

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :) touching story. Glad you found a way into her heart.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to spirituality] Katinka, thank you so much for your angel blessing. I hope you have gone on to read Part Two (http://www.squidoo.com/audreys-story-2). I will be working on part three soon and there will be a part four as well. When I get there, you will see why. It has been quite a journey and I have been blessed to be a part of this little girl's life.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to Ray Buggs] Ray, Audrey's story part three is now published, if you would like to read it. I hope you enjoy her happier days as I have enjoyed writing about them.

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      ParthenaB 8 years ago

      Thank you for this excellent lens. I've given you five stars and have lensrolled all three parts on my Adult Attachment Disorder lens:

      http://www.squidoo.com/adult-attachment-disorder

      I'll also be adding them to my Check These Out module.

      I'm looking forward to hearing more of the story.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to ParthenaB] Thank you so very much, Parthena. I am so glad you have enjoyed part one of Audrey's story and she will, too. And thank you for the stars and lensroll. I look forward to reading your lens, Adult Attachment Disorder.

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      ParthenaB 8 years ago

      Thanks so much for visiting my lens and I feel blessed that you found it helpful! and I appreciate your recommending it to your family and friends! I'm making sure that I favorite all of yours because I definitely want to stay updated! I visited your lens about your grandmother and couldn't leave a comment but did leave stars - we seem to have a lot in common! I work with the elderly and your lens gave me some great ideas to help the lady I'm currently working with. I'm helping her write her life story to leave behind. You've also linked to some amazing lenses that I'm enjoying as well. I'm so glad that we crossed paths!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to ParthenaB] Hey, so glad you are enjoying my lens. Thank you so much for your kind words. I will look forward to further contact with you as we continue to write.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 8 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I hope your Part 2, which i will read next, is as happy as Part 1. I was not so lucky. I never succeeded in getting behind that wall with my daughter, adopted at age 11 after 18 months of foster care. Her mother was also a druggie, and her father not only supplied her mother, but also molested her. In spite of counseling, she never was able to open up and let it all out.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to BarbRad] Barb, I am so sorry you had such a difficult time with your daughter. There have been so many times when I didn't think I would reach Audrey and there are still things in her life I wish I could change. But I have to learn to accept her as she is and focus on the good and great in her.

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      roysumit 8 years ago

      What a great page you have shared! Thanks to your patience and attitude in helping Audrey lead a normal and healthy life. People like you are out still there; that's why this world is so beautiful.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to roysumit] Thank you so much for your kind words. The writing of this story has meant a great deal to Audrey and has helped in her healing...mine, too. I hope you will continue reading parts 2 and 3. Audrey is testing today for the Air Force feeling this will help her to get a directive in her life and a career worthwhile. I pray she does well and finds the happiness and fullfillment she so deserves.

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      This is a very lovely and touching story that you have shared with us.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to JaguarJulie] Thanks Julie...I am glad you enjoyed...I hope you have gone on to read parts two and three...it has been quite a ride...but

      Audrey is doing well. She has just tested for the Air Force and did very well. It would be so good for her for self discipline and self esteen...she is very excited. I so hope she is accepted. Her grade was so high that the recruiter said she has an open ticket to any field she would like. Now it is up to the good Lord and the AF Powers That Be.

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      Heather Burns 7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Wonderful story! Very well told. I will be reading the rest of it.5*

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      [in reply to Heather426] Thank you, Heather. Audrey and I are so glad you enjoyed reading her story! Keep Audrey in your prayers. She had decided to join the Army...working on the paperwork and tested very high on her entrance exam. She would like to enter Air Traffic Control like her adopted father.

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      Spook LM 7 years ago

      I am at a loss for words. so will keep it short. Quite simply, beautiful.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      [in reply to Spook] Thank you, Kevin...Audrey's is quite a story...it amazes me that she can funciton as an adult after what she has gone through.

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      Carol Goss 7 years ago

      what a beautiful story, I am so glad you were able to take her. She has to know love now

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      [in reply to MsSnow4a] Thank you, Carol. I am glad you decided to share Audrey's story with me. I do hope you will go on to read Parts two and three. Audrey and I have written this together. She has always wanted her story told and is very proud of the outcome. We hope that it will help others who have dealt with similar things in their lives.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      What a moving history! Thank you for sharing your insights and inspirations with us.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      [in reply to Dr. Mike F. ] Thank you..I have you will go on to read parts two and three...Audrey wanted to share all of this with others in the hope that it might be a help to someone in a similar circumstance.

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      Spook LM 7 years ago

      Just dropping by to say, Blessed by an Angel

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      [in reply to Spook] Thank you so much for the Angel Blessing!

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      Susanna Duffy 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Blessed, and featured, by a Christmas Angel (squidoo.com/angel-christmas)

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @SusannaDuffy: Susanna, thank you so very much for your blessing and the feature in your wonderful lens. This will be so much to Audrey! Merry Christmas!!!

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      adoption_gifts 7 years ago

      wow, really hard to read but definitely worth it. Thank you all so much for sharing. THese children are so hurt, and people need to realize the anger inside due to what had happened to them. I know it must have been hard for you also as they cause our own trauma. Thank you for not disrupting and giving up.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @adoption_gifts: After I wrote you back, I read your lens and decided, since you have adopted foster children (you did not mention how old they are), that you might be interested in reading about some of the things I learned working with my foster teens. If you are, go to https://hubpages.com/family/foster-teen-parenting Hopefully, there will be some information there that will be helpful in the future. The best of luck to you and your boys!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @adoption_gifts: Thank you so much for sharing Audrey's story with us. I do hope you will go on to read part 2 and part 3 to see how each step through all of this was handled by Audrey and where she is today, after I found her bio mother and sister. https://hubpages.com/family/audreys-story-2 and https://hubpages.com/family/audreys-story-3 Again, thank you so much for your understanding of what the children suffer.

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      How difficult it is to read of a child being subjected to all this. Thank you for being there to turn her life around.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @Virginia Allain: Audrey will be glad she has another reader. She wanted her story told. I hope you will go on to read Parts II and III. Part II tells of the trials she and I both encountered during her teenage years due to her coping skills and Part III tells of finding her siblings and how special that was. Thank you for sharing this story with us.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Love your updates to this already great lens

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      Susanna Duffy 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      An incredible story of love and an example to all who read it, Once again I've blessed this lens, not just for the honest personal story, but for the lesson you gave me in the power of a loving heart

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      myneverboredhands 6 years ago

      Just when I started to read this lens, I was sure you will be able to win her trust... You're both deserving to be admired for winning this really hard battle... Your writing style seems to hypnotized me, and I will definitely read other parts of this story...

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @SusannaDuffy: Susanna, thank you so very much for this comment. It was made on June 16 but for some unknown reason, I have just found it. Thank you for your blessing but also thank you for your insight.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @myneverboredhands: Thank you so much for sharing my story of Audrey. I understand what you say because she seemed to hypnotize me from the very first time I saw her. The years have been difficult but I would do it all again...she is so worth the effort.

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      SofiaMann 6 years ago

      It is a very moving story. Thanks for giving so much love to others.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @SofiaMann: Thank you for sharing our story, Sofia..I do hope you will continue on through Volume Four. It has meant a great deal to Audrey to have her story told.

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      jvsper63 6 years ago

      This was a touching story. It is amazing how you put this down so perfect and honestly as well.Thank you for making this lens..It makes you think..

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @jvsper63: It was a difficult time for Audrey and raising her has been no small feat. And it continues as she tries to find her own way. At 22, she is still searching, making mistakes and learning. And she still needs me from time to time, though I try to allow her to work her life out herself. She will be okay...it will just take her a little longer to get there. Thank you for sharing her story with us...she is an amazing person with more determination than you could imagine in her tiny 5'2" frame.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @jvsper63: P.S. I hope you will go on to read volumes two, three and four.

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      JackNimble 6 years ago

      Thank you for sharing. My wife and I have talked about foster parenting before, but not until our boys are older.

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      JackNimble 6 years ago

      Thank you for sharing. My wife and I have talked about foster parenting before, but not until our boys are older.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @JackNimble: I totally agree...get your boys on the right footing first because foster children can be very persuasive...your boys need to be your allies all the way. Good luck!!

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      sheilamarie78 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing Audrey's story. I will read the next parts, too. Life's journey can seem overwhelming and unfair, but God doesn't abandon His little ones. You will both be in my prayers.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I just had to hop over here and read more about Audrey! now I have to keep following you guys' story and see how you found Holly! what a blessing the Lord has given you!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I love Audrey dearly and hope that someday she will love herself more...she is improving each year!

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      Christine Larsen 5 years ago from South Australia

      Lucky girl to have found such a great Mum! Well done and congratulations to both of you!

      Christine

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 5 years ago

      @cdcraftee: Thanks, Christine...I feel pretty lucky, too, that she chose me to be her Mum!!

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      AgingIntoDisabi 5 years ago

      I think you're both lucky to have found each other.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 5 years ago

      @AgingIntoDisabi: Thank you...I absolutely agree with you! This has been an experience beyond anything I ever expected!

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