This year when sending out our Christmas letter I sent it to almost everyone. I wanted each and everyone of you to know about Elliott. To hear his story. To know why we are the way we are. I believe that's part of being bold and courageous...sharing how our faith has carried us through this extraordinary journey. Over Christmas numerous friends and relatives have shared with me how the letter has touched them. How they read it with tears in their eyes and in a lump in their throats. Aaron and I have accepted many extra hugs and kisses and "I'm so sorry" has been shared with us more times than I can count. And we greatly appreciate this. We've had two offers from amazing women who wanted nothing more than to carry our baby for us. Being a surrogate Mommy. WOW. The same day I had the first offer for surrogacy a dear friend of mine offered money for our adoption. That literally brought me to tears. Offering to give what little extra they had. I didn't send out that letter for pity. I only wanted to share what words Jesus gave me to share. Our testimony. Elliott's short yet, so meaningful life on earth.
On Christmas Eve, my Aunt shared with me how her brother had picked up that letter and after reading it let her know what an impact it had had on him. He shared with her how "it put everything into perspective". I saw her brother a few days later and he thanked me for writing my words. He explained how it had made his Christmas...in fact, it had made his week. He ended his conversation with these two words, "Be blessed". AND you know what....we are. I shared with him how I had hoped it would minister to those who read it. Another friend of mine shared our testimony with her Mom's bible study group. When she received our letter she asked if it would be all right if she shared the letter with the same group?? I did not hesitate. If this letter ministers to just one person I have done my job sharing the love of Jesus through sweet Elliott's birth. And that is exactly what I had prayed for. If you haven't read our letter you can find it here. Be blessed.