One year ago today, I saw this sweet face for the first time...
One year ago today, this face was forever etched into my heart. One year ago today, a journey like none other began, in the quiet hours of the morning, as this tiny little photograph pierced the walls I had built around my heart. It wouldn't be for another two months or so before we actually began the process to adopt Rose. But from those very first moments I knew. I knew that our world had just changed and there was no going back. Whether this child was to be held only in our hearts, or in our arms someday, I did not know. But there she was. In an instant she became part of us.
One year later, I lay in bed in the early hours of the morning, with that same sweet face lying right next to me, having fallen asleep in my arms the night before. One year later, we are standing on the other side of deep valleys, graced by a joy that is simply beyond human words. There is a light that shines from within Rose that is indescribable; a light that comes from the Spirit within her; a light with the purpose of glorifying her Father in Heaven, so that others may know His love. I am daily reminded of how blessed we are to be the ones who get to walk alongside her, and help her grow into the fullness of her indentity in Christ. We get to be the ones to witness the miracle of redemption, transformation, and healing. To witness the work of God in, and through, her life--to be forever changed by it.
One year ago today, Rose was born in our hearts. We never could have imagined the depth of love that we would have for her, nor the joy that would come with watching her bloom before our very eyes. And to think...that is only a glimpse, a tiny reflection, of our Father's love.
Thank you, Father, for the gift of our beautiful Rose--for the joy she brings, the light she shines, and the ways in which she draws us closer to You.
With much love,