"Hey! So - this may be random and sappy -- but I need to share with you what it meant for me meeting Owen tonight. I am tearing up already so this could be a full mess of a message but it is coming from my most honest heart. When he walked in and made eye contact with me and came and stood with me - that was an incredible moment for me. (i dont know how normal that is..) but to feel a connection with him from the start meant something to me. it may have been no big deal to him -- probably wasn't a big deal i mean) but it meant something so big to me. i could have cried but held back. He is an amazing kid Vanessa - amazing! I could have watched him and talked with him all day. To feel him leaning on me and showing me his game and wanting to interact meant so much. It put everything I am trying to do so well (i am trying hard!) into so much more perspective! It meant alot to me to meet him. My heart is excited and emotional all at the same time. I feel sad for you and Ryan - not because having Owen and Ben is a burden - but it is a financial burden (that is the only burden I believe it is though).. and excited becasue I am able to do something to help them! I want to get to know Owen Maddie and Ben more and be able to help when I/Dave and I can. I wanted to take him home with me! I was so intrigued and astounded with how good of eye contact he made with me, and his ease at interacting with me. THANK YOU so much for bringing him and introducing me!! I could go on and on and tell you how much tonight meant to me but i won't. I loved Owen! I really did and I can't wait to see him again. Thank you so much for being the mother you are - because when I see that kid - all I want for him is opportunity and love! and he has got both!!! Love it! Talk soon!! (sorry for the rant! lol) xoxoxoxoxxo "