Holly Romero, a mom who recently adopted a teenage boy, shared how both taxing and rewarding the adoption process can be in a sweet letter to her new son.
Romero described the ups and downs she had during her adoption journey from the very start — and her desire to find just the right new addition to bring into their home.
"I began to feel very discouraged after reading many files, and not feeling like those children were meant to be a part of our family," she said. "Until we saw yours."
After looking at file after file and failing to connect with any of the younger kids, Romero came across an older boy's file, and it hit her all at once: this was her son. "I was on page seven and it was at that moment that God said 'THIS IS YOUR CHILD,'" she wrote. "It was so loud and clear that I couldn't ignore it even if I tried."
Even though she and her husband certainly weren't prepared for a full-fledged teenager to be milling around the house, the pair made it work.
"Daddy and I weren't prepared for a teen, but remember what I always tell you? Sometimes God calls us to step out of our comfort zones," she said. "And son, I am so, so glad He did that. Because for the past 454 days, you have shared our home and stolen our hearts. You are funny, kind, smart, brave, and worthy of all the love in this world. And boy do we love you."
Romero also acknowledges that the adoption process isn't a cakewalk for either party, and there's certainly a lot that goes into it, but at the end of the day they're a unit, and that's what counts.
"It's dealing with heartbreak, anger, fear, and abandonment," she said. "It's a lifelong journey and not a destination, but son, it's a journey that you will never again have to face alone."
The mom finished her letter by giving him a handwritten note to keep in his wallet so that if he's ever having a bad day, he can be reminded of the people who love him: his new family.
It reads: "WE LOVED YOU THEN, WE LOVE YOU STILL, WE ALWAYS HAVE, WE ALWAYS WILL."