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An adoption that began with an ad in the paper-this is how Melissa's incredible story unfolds. Against the backdrop of her own watercolor, we see all of Melissa's bonds in her batmitzvah Dreamscape: from her stuffed pets and first babysitter, to her great aunts (two having already passed away) and her family Rabbi.
Elyse's reaction to this life story "photo poster" for her daughter's batmitzvah was:
"WOW!!! It is fantabulous! Bruce, Melissa's dad, thought it was amazing. His eyes lit up and he was so shocked."