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Just What I Needed

My mom called this morning with a story that made us both cry happy tears. She'd run into a sweet little girl with her grandmother yesterday and the precious child shared something with her that warmed both our hearts.

The grandmother asked the child to tell Momma about her favorite book. She replied, "The one where the mommy and daddy get the baby." She was talking about One Thing Missing, the book I wrote about my adoption story! The grandmother went on to tell the girl that my mom was the lady in the book that had prayed for the baby. How cool is that?!?!

This child was not adopted. She simply loved the story of a couple getting a baby and becoming a family. Through the book, she learned about adoption in a truthful, caring way. The same way my parents shared my adoption with me. To say I was blown away was an understatement. I was humbled. I was grateful. I cried my eyes out.

That was why God called me to write the story a little over year ago. That is why I'm still writing what He puts on my heart. I had no idea that one day our family's story would become a little girl's favorite book. I had no idea that it would touch children that were not adopted. I had no idea that I'd be able to share my little story with the world via "Portraits of Adoption". It still blows my mind when I stop to think about it, and realize I launched this new adventure only 6 months ago.

My second book, Bebeaux and Pierre/The Adventure Begins, was released this month. I don't know how it's going to be used, but I'm looking forward to whatever happens. It's about a little boy that's scared of moving to a new state, and how his imaginary friend helps him realize that it's really not scary, just new. That's the current theme of my life, all of this is new. The one thing I've learned so far is if you have a dream put upon your heart, follow it. You never know who it might touch.

Just when I was getting a little discouraged about One Thing Missing, God sent me a boost through a child I've never met. A child that didn't share adoption with me, but loved the story and asks to hear it every night. I hope one day I can meet this little girl and we can read the story together. Then I can thank her for being the one thing I needed to encourage me to keep going, and to be confident that I'm doing what I'm meant to do to spread a little love and compassion in this ol' world.

I never knew this little book would change my life so much.

This is how it all started.

Heeeere's Bebeaux and Pierre! (you have to say that in a "Price is Right" kind of way.)

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