Since I started The White Shield Project some years ago, many people have asked me about my own reunion story, but it has taken me a long time to get to the place where I feel comfortable publishing it online. It is very sacred to me. However, I think it is time. Some years ago, I wrote this story for my children just a few days after my reunion, as a way of telling them what was going on. At the time, they ranged in age from five to nineteen, and this felt like the best way to tell them.
Once upon a time, a long time ago, there was a kind, happy little girl named Lila Rose, who live with her grandparents in far off Montana where the sky went on for miles and miles, and she went fishing with her Grandpa, and made apple pies with her Grandma, and played hide-and-seek in the linen that hung on the lines.
But when Lila Rose was just four years old, she had to leave her wonderful grandparents, and she moved from house to house to house. And sometimes the people who took care of her were very nice, and sometimes they were not very nice at all.
Finally, Lila Rose came to live in Roseburg, where the roses bloomed all year round, and the farmers always had just enough rain for their crops and enough sunshine for their harvest. And there she met a boy, and she thought that she loved him, and he thought that he loved her.
One day, Lila Rose found out that she was going to have a baby. She was so happy. Lila Rose had so much love in her heart, and she knew that she would love her baby forever and ever. But when she told the boy, he was frightened, because he did not know how to be a father. He did not even know how to be a man yet. So he told Lila Rose that she must go away.
Now Lila Rose had never had a mommy and a daddy of her very own, and so she knew that the most important thing for her baby was to have a wonderful, happy childhood, with two parents who would love her baby forever and ever. But Lila Rose did not have a home or a daddy for her baby. So Lila Rose knew what she must do.
Lila Rose went to Portland, and to the home of the White Shield, and the people there took care of her. And after many months, Lila Rose had her baby, and the next day, the people at the home of the White Shield laid a perfect, pink little girl in her arms and told Lila Rose to say goodbye. And Lila Rose held her baby and memorized her angelic face, and the baby wrapped her tiny fingers around Lila Rose’s finger, and Lila Rose cried tears and whispered into her baby’s ears that they were tears of love. She told her baby that she would always love her and that she would always live in her heart. She told her baby that her mommy was Lila Rose, and that the Lord would take care of her, and that someday He would bring them back together.
And then the people from home of the White Shield came and took Lila Roses baby away, and Lila Rose never saw her baby again.
Then Harry, who loved Lila Rose, came for her at the home of the While Shield and told her that he loved her, and that he would always love her, and he took her home and married her.
Only ten months later after she had her first baby girl, Lila Rose had another baby girl, and she named her Gaelynn. And for three years, Gaelynn played and grew and Lila Rose gave her enough love for two little girls. And Gaelynn did not know that somewhere out there, she had a big sister who missed her in her heart.
Then, Lila Rose had another baby; this time a little boy, and she named him Allen. And Gaelynn and Allen grew up together, and Lila Rose loved them enough for three children.
But Lila Rose kept her first baby in her heart, and on Christmas, and Mother’s Day, and especially on her baby’s birthday, she would look out into the world and send her love to her first baby, and she would pray for her first baby, and she would wonder who her first baby had become. And she could always feel her first baby in her heart.
When Lila’s Rose’s first baby left the home of the White Shield, she went to another house – the house of Albertina Kerr. And the people there searched and searched until they found two parents who could give Lila Rose’s baby a wonderful, happy childhood, and love her forever and ever.
So, Clella Mae and Robert came to the house of Albertina Kerr, and the people there laid a perfect, pink little girl in their arms, and told Clella Mae and Robert to say hello. And Clella Mae and Robert held their baby and memorized her angelic face, and the baby wrapped her tiny fingers around Clella Mae’s finger, and Clella Mae cried tears and whispered into her baby’s ears that they were tears of love. She told her baby that she would always love her and that she would always live in her heart. She told her baby that her mommy was Clella Mae, and that she would always take care of her, and that the Lord had brought them together. And Clella Mae named her baby Renée.
And Renée played and grew, and Clella Mae and Robert gave her enough love for a hundred little girls. And they taught Renée to love her first mother, because her sacrifice of love had given them a family.
So Renée loved her new mommy and daddy, and kept her first mother in her heart, and on Christmas, and Mother’s Day, and especially on her birthday, she would look out into the world and send her love to her first mother, and she would pray for her first mother, and she would wonder who her first mother had become. And she could always feel her first mother in her heart.
Then one day, when Clella Mae’s baby Renée was all grown up with five little girls of her own, and Lila Rose’s baby Gaelynn was all grown up with two little girls of her own, they found one another.
And when Gaelynn and Renée met for the first time – last Tuesday – they talked for a long time, and when they stood to part, they gave one another a hug, and Gaelynn had never had a sister, and Renée had never had a sister – but in that moment, they knew that they were sisters.
And Gaelynn called Lila Rose’s oldest, dearest friend, Janice, who had been there since the beginning, and Janice called Lila Rose. Janice told Lila Rose that her first baby and her second baby had found one other. And Lila Rose cried tears of joy.
And that is how Lila Rose found her first baby, and how Renée found her first mother. And the rest of the story is yet to be written.
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