My nephew wrote this email. I think it is the best Christmas sermon I have ever heard. Amen. (I hope you don't mind using it Nephew! For all the non family readers, this is the nephew of whom I have written many times, who is one of the finest men I know. Which isn't a surprise as he was raised by one of the finest men I know as well...)
"Hello and Merry Christmas everyone.
Well it has already been the best Christmas ever for us .
Today the adoption was made final; it has been the greatest experience.
At times we wondered if this day would ever come, at times we wondered why we had to go through this eleven year battle but now we know and understand. I have learned alot though all of this...
First thing I had to learn was one of the hardest things for me was that I didn't have control of the situation.
But God was in control if we would just let Him lead us and guide us we would all be better off .
Because He had already planned the child for us; we now understand its God's time and God's plan, not our time or our plan .
And also if we had a child on our own it would have been a gift from God. Because any child is a gift God so there is no difference, she is our child and there's no way we could love a child any more than we love her.
We have been so blessed words can't express thanks for all the prayer and support."
Welcome to the family, Great # 8.
You are our best Christmas present ever.
Love Aunt Martha