Dear Little Man,
After attending my fourth event (and giving my second big speech) at Bethany get-togethers, I finally realized what my favorite part of the events were: after they were over.
First off, I just re-read that and it sounds rude. I promise I don’t mean it as it sounds! The food is always great, the people are amazingly nice, and the information you learn is special and irreplaceable. The only reason the ending is my favorite part is because that’s when people come up to me to tell me how much our story has touched them.
My dream has always been to inspire others — to touch someone’s life in a small way that makes a big difference. Ever since I had you, my new dream is to be great mom, even if I have to do it from a distance sometimes. But hopefully, as we both grow, I’ll inspire you a little bit, too.
But for now, I’ll just play with you at every chance I get and I’ll tell our story until I run out of people to tell it to. Because at the end of every informational meeting or banquet or fundraiser that I’ve spoken at, people catch me as I’m leaving and they say things like this:
“Thank you for sharing your story! It was very touching and special.”
“What an incredible journey. It’s so inspiring for those of us who want to adopt.”
“You sound like you have a very special son and adoptive family (*Renee nods her head vigorously*). It was lovely to hear about, it really boosted my spirits.”
And the best one…
“We had never considered open adoption until now. It sounds so beautiful. Thank you for sharing about it!”
We may not change the world, but even if our story only touched the lives of these four couples, that’s enough.
Actually, even if I just touch your life and inspire you, that will be enough for me :)