I worked as a 2nd grade teacher in a catholic elementary school for 7 years. We were fortunate enough to have teaching assistants. One woman who assisted in 2nd grade for a few years was especially kind and helpful. She became a friend. She knew that my husband and I wanted to have children and were having difficulties. She was with me when I would talk about our desire to adopt a baby. She was there when I had little breakdowns and cried once or twice while the kids were at lunch. One day she brought me this cross and told me she said a prayer for us and for our future family. She has a lot of faith, and that was uplifting.
Yesterday my husband and I baptized our son, Eddie who came to us through adoption almost 3 months ago. His birth parents chose us from a scrapbook of our lives. I am not teaching this year, but working part time with a non-profit that works to serve children of all abilities through disability awareness. I can work from home when I need to and I can have Eddie with me when I work at the foundation. I feel like I’m living a dream come true. I’m ready to pass on my cross to another long-time and wonderful friend who would like to have a baby.