Moments of impact define who you are.
Its an interesting thought isn't it.
Many of us have trigger points in our journey that eventually change the way our life path winds.
I attended the funeral of a special friend on Wednesday, Dr Eric Nicholls. He was a friend and an inspiration in everything he did... I wonder what impacts gave him such insight and strength.
He was instrumental in bringing hundreds of Vietnamese orphans to Australia at the end of the War in Vietnam.
The adoption of our first child from overseas.... Joshua was a pivotal time for our family and Eric was there at the helm of the Adoption Agency ASIAC (Australian, society for Intercountry Aid to Children)
Since then 100's of children passed through the agency.
Certainly a moment of impact for 1000's, families, and children.
Of course Joshy didn't look like this when he was handed over to us from the taxi that pulled up to our hotel.
"Sorry Ma'am we've given you a green baby" said the caretaker.
She handed me a small 3 lb scrap of humanity, he was 3 weeks old, severely malnourished and suffering jaundice which did indeed turn him green because his skin color was dark!!!
5 months later he looked like this, and his precious presence changed the course of our lives...
Just a few months later Suchada aged 12 and Phat aged 15 joined us and I was just 27, Keith 28 and we had a family of 6 children.
I could certainly tell you some stories about those years specially dealing with social workers and a few in particular....!!!!! One day I will write a book. Its all in the diaries.
The foster children who passed through our family over 20 years... 150 approximately.
Selling our first designs in our Fashion Design Business, (Mixed Blessings)
My business partner and I went on to sell internationally and on a nation scale during our 15 years, not bad for bumbling home sewers in the beginning.
Discovering quilting and how on earth did I become a teacher....?
I have no idea, I think it just happened.
Today, my book goes to the printer... its sure a moment of impact and it now defines me as an Author, illustrator, photographer and publisher.
Author I've been for a while... but being described as an illustrator is new and very exciting.
I hope it defines who I am.