Many years after her adoption, we learned that her impulsive and sometimes negative behaviors were due to fetal alcohol effect. Her birth mom had damaged Teresa's ability to think clearly and act in a responsible manner by drinking while pregnant.
We did the best that we could, getting professional help for Teresa and disciplining her and loving her into adulthood. Her life has not been easy. After leaving our home she has been homeless, involved in drugs, and incarcerated numerous times.
Would I do it again? In a heartbeat! She is my daughter, I love her dearly, and today, I celebrate our family's adoption day!
Love always hopes, and I will never give up the hope that someday my beautiful daughter will be healthy and living in a way that truly honors the God who gave our family a precious gift twenty-six years ago today.