We Could Have Missed This

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Family Day….the day they brought Stella to us and we began our life together. The day we had waited so long for. The day we met our little girl.

She is a true gift from God. She is amazing and wonderful and has been such a blessing over the past year. I am truly grateful and humbled that God entrusted me to be her forever mom.

When we began this journey, I had no idea what the adoption world was like. I saw a little girl from the other side of the world and I couldn’t get her out of my heart. We took a blind leap of faith and started down the road of the unknown. It was scary and hard and we questioned ourselves and what we were doing.

When I look back now, I am overcome with emotion. Why did I question God? Myself? What we were doing? This little girl is such a blessing. She is the strongest little girl I know. She has overcome so much in her short little life and she is still smiling, laughing, growing and loving.

I laugh when I think back at the people who asked us what we were doing to our other 3 girls. What about them? How would this affect them? They are fine. They are amazing. They are patient and kind and so loving to Stella. They are learning and teaching her sign language, they play with her, cuddle her and see the bigger picture of life. They know there is more in this world than themselves and that we are here to take care of others. They love Stella and she loves her sisters. They don’t see her disability, only her abilities. They are greater than fine. She is greater than fine.

This past year hasn’t been all rainbows and roses. Adoption is hard. Stella has struggled. We have struggled. But life isn’t all rainbows and roses. It’s not meant to be easy. The best things come from hard. Stella is one of those best things.

We could have missed this, but I’m so very thankful we didn’t.

To submit your story and photos email: kbernstein@whfc.org

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