Tuesday, December 13, 2005

The Greatest of these is Love: An Adoption Story

After years of trying to conceive on their own, and nearly three years waiting for an adoptive child, my friend Heather and her husband have finally welcomed their new son. N.A..

Naturally, I am overjoyed. And amazed. The faith and patience my friend exhibited while she waited is truly remarkable. Each time she faced a challenge, like meeting another birth mom who then chose someone else to adopt her child or a birthmom who wanted to be more involved with the child after its birth than Heather was comfortable with, she simply turned to her faith and put her trust in God. She never gave up. And while she waited, she focused on becoming the best mother she could be.

And wow! What an amazing mom she is already.

Before her son came, Heather devoted herself to a rigorous, grueling regimen of hormone treatments that would allow her to breastfeed her new son. When I think of all the biological moms who don't make the effort to breastfeed when it comes naturally, I am simply in awe of this amazing woman who would put herself through so much to be able to care for her child in the healthiest way possible!

Little N. was born on December 3 and came home with his parents on December 5. I really feel like I witnessed a miracle of faith and got a peek at God at work in my friend's life. And that simply has made my faith grow in turn.

Thanks, Heather, for sharing this journey with me. I am so proud of you and so blessed to have you as a friend.

Godspeed on this amazing journey!

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