Today you turn 21. Happy happy birthday!
By 21 years of age you have accomplished a powerful thing: you have impacted the lives of many many people through a decision that you made one year ago.
Because of you, sorrow was turned to celebration and sadness to rejoicing.
Because of you, more people believe in the power of prayer.
Because of you, more people have witnessed a miracle.
You changed the lives of Ryan and I forever.
You changed Lauren's life (she will always have an older brother).
You changed our parents lives.
Our siblings lives.
Our nieces and nephews lives.
Our friends lives.
But most of all you changed Samuel's life. Because of the selfless choice you made, Samuel will know an abundance of love, security, and affirmation all of his life. He will know about a woman who gave birth to him and then made one of the most difficult decisions a woman can make: to allow someone else to call her child 'mom.'
Please don't ever think that we take for granted the decision you made. We are incredibly grateful and absolutely humbled at the gift you have given us. We will only speak positively of you to Samuel and he will always know the truth about how he came to be in our family.
So today we say Happy Birthday. We're asking God to bless you immensely for the sacrifice you made.
With much love and gratitude,
Ryan, Stacy, Samuel & Lauren