Father in Heaven,
Thank You for giving us such a wonder to parent after all those bitter years of infertility. Thank You, Lord, for moving in the heart of her birthmother to choose us out of all the childless couples waiting and hoping and longing to be parents. You gave us so much more in our first child than we could have ever dared to hope or think (Eph. 3:20).
Thank You for launching our first "arrow" (Ps. 127:4) in the very way we dreamed from the first day we held her in her birthmother's hospital room, and then as she grew from a beautiful newborn to a full-of-life toddler to an exuberant little girl to an articulate teen giving her faith flight through her poetry. Most recently Tessa has grown into a mature young woman telling us she longed to be a wife and a mother. Lord, You gave us our dream when You gave us Tessa, and now You have given Tessa her dream. Thank You for the grace to release Your precious gift to our new son, Aaron. Thank You for the strength to adjust to her absence. Thank You for a Saviour into whose arms I can fall when I miss my baby...now such a dear friend.