Holly Romero and her husband had been praying to adopt, but they didn’t think they would be adopting a teenage boy.

She’d looked through a lot of files of children hoping to be adopted, but when Romero looked at the file that would change her life forever, she heard from God: “THIS IS YOUR CHILD.”

As part of his adoption dad, Romero wrote him a letter describing her journey to him. She wrote, “Daddy and I weren’t prepared for a teen, but remember what I always tell you? Sometimes God calls us to step out of our comfort zones. And son, I am so, so glad He did that. Because for the past 454 days, you have shared our home and stolen our hearts. You are funny, kind, smart, brave, and worthy of all the love in this world. And boy do we love you.”

Romero started her social media post with, “Welp. It’s official. He’s a Romero. I sat trembling in the courtroom as she announced he was ours. I had Ariel read him this letter I wrote, knowing I would cry if I did. Funny thing is, Ariel cried too.” She then wrote the following, “Dear Son, When daddy and I started our adoption journey my only prayer was that God would bring us the child He meant for us to have. I asked Him to make it abundantly clear to me, but began to feel very discouraged after reading many files, and not feeling like those children were meant to be a part of our family. Until we saw yours…”

After reading the letter to him in court, this new mom and dad gave their son a small note that he could carry in his wallet and read whenever he needed encouragement. It read, “We loved you then, we love you still, we always have, we always will.”

Read her letter here.