From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

August 29

Two years after an ectopic pregnancy and a bleak diagnosis for ever conceiving, my husband and I decided to adopt a baby. We retained an adoption attorney and placed ads in newspapers throughout the state.

Julia was four months pregnant, unwed, young and poor. Over the next few months we helped Julia with expenses, and I had nightly conversations with her about her health and welfare, which is why it was so incredibly devastating when Julia decided to keep her baby.

I continued to place ads. Then my lawyer called. Aurea was from the Philippines. She needed to go home, but being unwed, there was no way she could take her baby boy with her. It was agreed that Aurea would place her baby with us.

By the end of the next week, she placed him in my arms and hugged me close, whispering in my ear, “Please take care of my baby.”

We never changed our son’s first name. It was the best gift we could give him and Aurea. He is now 12 years old, and Aurea’s act of kindness lives on daily in our hearts and souls.

Phyllis DeMarco

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