It’s simple, really.
I just knew.
When I heard about Bella’s birth and situation I felt strongly Bella needed to be my sister. Although I was only 14 years old, the feeling was undeniable and I had to do something about it.
I wrote a letter to my parents, telling them what I knew about Bella’s situation (which wasn’t much), and how I thought we could adopt her. My mom had said on several occasions she knew there was a little girl who was supposed to be part of her family. I thought, “This is that girl!”
I scheduled a meeting with my parents (I was serious!) and asked them to read the letter. The idea of adoption was VERY new to my parents. Honestly, I left our discussion a bit discouraged.
However, just a few weeks later, Bella’s biological grandmother approached my parents about adopting Bella. They said yes! The adoption was finalized a year later.
This defining experience in my life taught me how adoption can be guided by heaven. As Bradford and I look forward to adopting our own children, we know the adoptive and biological families can be guided and motivated by love in the process.
Bella is now 10 years old. She is a vibrant, social, confident girl. And we are so glad she is part of our family.