I couldn't let November pass without publicly expressing my gratitude. November is a particularly special month, because it is National Adoption Awareness Month and the same month we were blessed with our daughter Stella.
I am very blessed, and I've always felt that way. I have always known that the Lord has been very aware of me, and that he has provided me with countless blessings. But, November 23, 2009, was more than a blessing, it was a miracle.
In a world where so many choose to avoid consequences; a world where wrong is right; and a world of laisser faire attitudes, there are still miracles. We personally witnessed the miracle of a young woman, who in a situation beyond her control, decided to carry Stella. She courageously carried her for nine months. For us, she gave us the greatest gift: a child; for Stella, the gift of life. I will always be grateful for this remarkable woman and for her sacrifice and example to so many. I am also grateful for the road that led us to her. It wasn't one that we ever would have imagined (or wanted), but it was the path that our Heavenly Father laid out for us--one that gave us strength, courage, and the blessings of so many angels constantly by our sides. The Lord so eloquently and graciously places these people in our lives--people we learn from, people who make a significant impact, and people we will always love. And for this, I am thankful.
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