Have you ever had a dream? Something that you knew you were meant to do? Then you found out that your dream couldn’t come true and it devastated you. You thought you’d never survive? You thought you couldn’t go on? You questioned God and His purpose. You questioned your value?
Eight years ago this happened to me. Having wanted to be a mother my whole life my husband and I decided the time was right to begin our family.
Month after month no pregnancy. I went to the doctor and was told immediately that I’d never have children.
By Christmas we decided to adopt from China.
After two years, much paperwork, worry, and wait, we received a referral for a two year old in January. She was the most beautiful child I had ever seen. I knew as soon as I heard our coordinator’s voice that she was calling about our daughter. We screamed with glee and burst into tears.
A few months later we went to China to meet Kayli. We had sent her a care package and lots of pictures in advance. She looked at us nervously. They spoke to her in Chinese then she looked at me and said, “Mama?” I smiled and said, “yes, sweet baby. I’m your Mama.” She hugged me tightly. We all three bonded instantly.
We’ve been home for almost 2 years now. We’ve had our share of temper tantrums and hard days, but through it all we’ve grown stronger as a family and our faith in God has flourished. Kayli is my perfect daughter. God planned for her to be in our family a long time ago. She is our complete joy and each day with her is my finest hour. Being her Mother is my purpose in life and I thank God for the opportunity with all of its peaks and valleys that He has given me.
-- Michelle -