Quick background story...after years of heartbreak, loss, and fertility issues, my cousin and her husband were blessed with the opportunity to adopt two beautiful girls, Olivia and Macy.
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This July, in the midst of racial tension with black suspects being shot and killed by police along with police being targeted, shot, and killed, Janna posted this picture and included these words:
"I'm adding a picture of my girls to show you that love sees no color. When I look at my girls I don't see them as black or white. I see them as God's precious masterpieces. Period. They are sisters, not by blood, but by heart! "
I couldn't have said it better myself.
At the start of the Olympics, Janna posted some pictures of Olivia with these words:
"We're watching the Olympic swimming coverage, and it's honestly one of my favorite sports to watch in the Olympics. So in honor of the USA swimmers, here's a few pics of our 2024/2028 Olympic hopeful swimmer."
Then, this happened..............Texas born girl, Simone Manuel, won a gold medal in the 100m freestyle! As you may very well know, she made Olympic history when she did it too ~ the first African-American woman to win gold in an individual swimming event. Simone has been quoted saying that she hopes she is an inspiration. I'd say she sure inspired Olivia. This is what my cousin had to say:
"So proud to watch her race last night, see her reaction to her gold medal win, and then listen to her give the glory to God! We recorded the race so Liv could watch it today. After the race was over I told Liv that Simone was the first black woman to win an individual event medal in swimming and how big of a deal that is. Liv excitedly said, "I'm a black girl!!!" ❤️ Yes you are, baby girl! Be proud of that!!! Love that Simone's a positive role model for our little swimmer."
To add to the beauty of this post...as I was typing it, a couple came in to design a ring. One of the women was born in Zimbabwe. As they are the midst of the design, my guy brings out black diamonds in princess cut. Her eyes lit up. She said..."so perfect for me because I'm a black princess!"
Yes, it will be a wonderful day when the color of someone's skin doesn't matter. An accomplishment will be an accomplishment regardless of color, gender, race, sexuality, religion, or ethnicity. But, while history is still being made and boundaries are being torn down, I'm all about celebrating it!