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

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.”

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.