One day I was reading our Reader's Digest that my mom gifts to my husband, faithfully, every Christmas. I read a small article about a contest to write a small excerpt, mostly to gain their attention and decide if they wanted more. It had to be something about your life. In the end, 'someone' would win a large cash prize and runner-ups would win a smaller cash prize and all would be published.
I quickly decided that first I think our story is some bit of amazing and beautiful and well orchestrated. I, secondly, made the decision that this could very well be enough to send our family to Korea for the once in a lifetime trip we'd been dreaming of, but hold back my heart knowing it may never be possible. So I wrote.
I never told a soul I wrote the article. I just wrote it and went on. A month after I wrote it, I received an email from the PR folks for Readers Digest that my article was streaming popular and I would be in the finals if I kept up the votes and they were interested. This gave me the confidence to tell family and friends what I'd done and see if I could add to the votes. So here I am, with one month left until the panelists vote and I'm still in the finals. You must remain in the top 100 stories to be voted on and I'm currently 23rd. If you too think this story is amazing or you just want to read my 150-word limit story, you can go here http://apps.facebook.com/yourlifecontest/content/miracles-and-blessing-around .
It's hard to get the complexity and beautiful intricacies of this story out in 150 words or less. I was trying to convey how lucky we were that the timing of my husband's severe accident was at no different time than it was. A couple of years sooner and we wouldn't have been able to complete our daughter's adoption or one year later and we wouldn't have been able to accept our son's referral. If we had received the call that our son was available the year Brian fell, we could NOT have adopted. We were still figuring out where our lives were and what his outcome may or may not be. Even though he is our daughter's sibling we'd have to put him first and know that in a time of unsure ness we couldn't bring him home and add him to the mix. It wouldn't have been fair to him or us and our kids then. I also thought it good for people to know that you don't have to be wealthy to adopt. And a lot of people adopt by finding creative ways to make it happen. I mostly wanted to share how blessed I know we are for everything. Looking back you can see how perfectly orchestrated everything happened. If these things were going to happen anyways, they couldn't have happened with better timing then we were bless with.