Two years ago today, hope found me.
It's not to say that I washopeless but I wasn't hope filled and had very low expectations for our dreams to materialize.
Hope found me in the eyes and lives of two teenagers. Teenagers who were making a very difficult decision in the best interest of the one they loved; a little baby due in just 3 short weeks. A baby who would need more than they felt they could provide although the love they had for him was ample.
Two years ago today Matt and I walked into our adoption lawyers office and met Gabe's birth parents. The hour blurred as Matt and I did our best to answer their questions and make a good impression. Waiting in Mary Catherine's (our lawyer) office while she spoke with Miss B and Mr. C felt like an eternity. You see, we'd been there before and left broken-hearted.
This time we didn't leave broken-hearted; we left excited, new parents-to-be and filled with hope. Hope that wasn't possible with out the amazing hearts of two young people and one amazing God.
This date, July 27, is such a significant date for us. Like Gabriel beating the odds and being born healthy or his actual Gotcha Day when we were able to bring him home; today is filled with so much meaning. Two people chose loss and giving up something so that the one they love would have all that they wanted for him. And for us; their loss was our gain.
Miss B and Mr. C will never be forgotten; Gabriel will know that he was loved and cherished by them just as he's loved and cherished by us.
Miss B and Mr. C - wherever life takes you know our thoughts and prayers are with you. Thank you for choosing us to be Gabe's parents.
An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet,
regardless of time, place, or circumstance.
The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break.
- An ancient Chinese belief