Thursday, November 11, 2010

Dear Samantha

Dear Sam,
Happy 22nd birthday!

During this month I am choosing to have a heart of gratitude everyday. Today I am overwhelmed with thankfulness for you - the birthmother of my son. 

If I think too hard about the fact that you are Samuel's birth mom, there is an ache in my heart. To be honest, sometimes it hurts when I remember that he is not my biological son.

But when I think about the fact that you carried him for nine months and then gave him to Ryan and I, my heart aches in a way that leaves me breathless - because I cannot imagine the sacrifice of handing your baby boy over to a stranger to love and raise.

Sam we are continually grateful beyond words that you made the decision to find adoptive parents for your baby. When I look back at Samuel as an infant, I didn't know how completely crazy I would be about that kid. He has changed my life. You have changed my life. Your decision, and our story, have changed many lives.

Please know that Samuel will always hear your name spoken in this household - and he will hear it used along with words such as gift, sacrifice, blessing, love, and thankful.

Today we wish you a happy birthday. Our family will pray together today that you would experience God's presence and blessings in your life this coming year.

We send you hugs. We send you love. We send you hearts of gratitude.

Have a wonderful 22nd birthday.

Ryan, Stacy, Samuel and Lauren

1 comment:

JellyBelly said...

What a touching letter. What a gift she gave you and Ryan!