I’ve always known that I was a little extra–special, although, most certainly not by the world’s standards.
Growing up, I didn’t feel that I was particularly blessed with any kind of extraordinary gifted abilities, but felt I was pretty average. I was never prom queen, hated running for a sport and I didn’t have an ounce of musical capabilities.
However, there was something that made me feel noteworthy during those unrefined years. The one thing I recognized that set me apart from the majority actually made me feel like a gift. I was adopted. The fact that a teenage birth mother and father loved me enough to give me a better life than they could provide is the most incredible act of unselfish love that I have ever known.
This unique love, for me as a daughter, has been manifested throughout my life by my wonderful, faithful, adoptive parents. They have not only been responsible for my physical well–being, but have provided me with a balanced family unit. This is where my parents taught me core values and beliefs that I needed from an early age.
This summer, I will celebrate my eighteenth wedding anniversary to my best friend. We are also expecting the arrival of our fourth child to multiply our love and add to the family we have created.
I have been richly blessed with an abundance of love from the moment I was placed on earth. It has been a real love that has provided that one basic feeling of warm personal attachment. It’s the kind of love that I have never had to go without through life.
All my experiences with love have ultimately conditioned my faith in God. Although I have not seen or met him in this life, I absolutely have felt his love for me. Likewise, I have never seen my birth parents, but I know they are real people that have always existed.
I am reminded daily to count the many blessings God has given me by being adopted. Imagining a better childhood — or a different line of extended relatives — is nearly impossible for me as I am truly happy with exactly who I am.
My confidence comes from knowing that I have an actual heavenly Father who loves me. I know this relationship is the most important one in my life.
By recognizing that I am his daughter makes my nature divine. God’s complete love for me is shown through a perfect plan of happiness that he has created for all of his children. Bestowing to us the ability to live a full and fruitful life, he provided a way back to live with him through our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Proms have gone and there are no more report cards or auditions to prove my value. All of these things allow me to be even more thankful as I “Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God” (Doctrine & Covenants 18:10) which is higher than any worldly measures
Being adopted is awesome, but I now understand that knowing I am a child of God is really what makes me extra–special.