Friday, October 2, 2009

365 days

Tomorrow Samuel turns one.

That means Sunday marks 365 days since his birth mom, Samantha, made the very difficult and emotional decision to allow us to adopt Samuel as our son. And her mom, Jill, supported her decision even though it meant she would not get to raise her grandson.

For 365 days we have been deeply grateful.

For 365 days we have loved our little man from the top of his head to the tips of his tiny toes.

For 365 days we have considered it an honor and privilege to raise him in our family.

For 365 days we have tried to remember what life was like before Samuel - and yet we can't. Because every day with him just feels....right.

Samantha and Jill: I can't imagine how difficult this past year has been for you both. Please know that we understand the great sacrifice you made by allowing us to adopt Samuel. Just today Samuel and I cuddled up with the blanket you made him Samantha and we read Baby Einstein's First Words. He loves that book. And I love looking at that blanket and knowing that you cared so much for him that you gave him to us. There are no words to truly express to you what it means to be his parents and to get to love and raise him. All we can say is thank you for the decision you made 365 days ago...you changed our lives and we will never be the same.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is so beautiful. I echo your sentiments entirely.

Our precious daughter is 2.5 years old and we are so fortunate to have such a wonderful extended family for her. I thank God for their decision every day.

Happy birthday, little Samuel!

-Mary's mama

Stacey said...

Happy Birthday to sweet Samuel! Thank you for sharing his life and story with us.