As a Christmas present, I sent the book out. There are a few typos but I think the story is more important. Each person sees their own piece but the story is so much bigger. David's response was great. He said he read a few pages, looked at the pictures and had a meltdown. He sees he is an important piece of the puzzle and we have been looking for him many years. In the meantime, Lonnie has been sending tidbits from the people who have responded to the article he wrote in his paper. It is exciting to have someone on the inside and I am tickled every time he pops up in my email. All of the tidbits are being compiled so they can be added to the book.
Missing Pieces: The Gaulthair Children is done! Well, that's not quite true. If we find more children or if the Gaulthair Children have more to add, it will be revised. This is Gary's story basically but it is also the tale of the others. I would like to see this grow. Karolene sent some pictures to Frances that I would like to have and include. I am also supposed to get some pictures too. The missing pieces are less but not gone.
Warts and all, my little tiny book is done for now and I am sending in the final draft. I can't do anything more with it until we get more information. I want to get it out to the Gaulthair kids although I don't think it will be done for Christmas. I am letting them know that if there is something they want to add or change, I can always revise it. This has been difficult but rewarding for me as I have found what Gary wanted. He is completely happy with the new family.
It was fun to get the proof copy. It's much more real in print. Still, by the time I got the book in the mail, I had already rewritten the last chapter. I am much to close to this story so I've had a friend read it and make suggestions. She came back with an outline I found really helpful. I have one more friend reading it and hope to have it done and back for printing next week. It is not a masterpiece. However, I hope it's enough for all the kids to get a handle on the facts and provoke more thoughts and memories. This really is a never-ending-story.
I am much happier with the new organization of the book. It flows better and is easier to understand. Telling this story is difficult because there is the story of the children inside Lydia's story. I want to emphasize the adoption issue. Adoption is great but I truly believe the children should have access to the information.
This is NIles. He is our grandson and we adopted him. He still speaks with his parents frequently and there are not missing pieces in his life. He knows his parents, his history and his background.
He is one of the fortunate because we don't believe in secrets and think that every child should know his background. The whole purpose of the Gaulthair Children book is to find information for the kids who want to know where they came from and why.
This is now and will always be a voyage of discovery. You are welcome to join us on our journey.
Ann Eliese Hinds
We know a little about adoption. Gary was adopted but we also adopted our grandchild. It has added a whole new dimension to our lives.