15!!! My how the time has flown, lovely daughter. You’ve celebrated three birthday with us now, but it still seems like yesterday that you were 11-years-old, new to our family and new to America. Back in 2008, we, too, were new to this whole adoption thing, and we made many mistakes along the way. Thank you, Meribeth, for your grace as we’ve persevered through trials and challenges. Your courage is admirable, as you’ve navigated your way into a whole new life, family, world, language, clothing, food, and culture. We are so very proud of you.
This past year has been one of authenticity and great growth. God has revealed much to us, sometimes things neither of us really wanted to address, but God loves us too much to let things remain hidden. I’m grateful for our times of sharing and growth, and I’m so proud of you for persevering through the trials and challenges that have tried to stand in your way. You are triumphant through Jesus Christ, and it’s glorious to witness the transformation set forth in you by our King of kings.
What a privilege it is to watch you grow in your relationship with Christ, as well as in your relationships with family and friends. God has made you such a beautiful young woman, Meribeth, and we feel so grateful to call you our daughter. Thank you for always pitching in at home wherever you’re needed—we couldn’t do it without you!!! We praise God for selecting us to be your forever family, we wish you a happy 15th birthday, and we look forward to celebrating many more birthdays with you!