By Rick Santorum, Karen Santorum
Rick and Karen Santorum’s inspiring tale of lifestyles with Bella, their special-needs youngest child
Four days after Rick and Karen Santorum welcomed their 8th child into the area they got the devastating information that their little lady, Bella, was once going to die. the whole tale of lifestyles with Bella hasn't ever been informed before. This inspiring relatives memoir explores what it capacity to embody and have fun the lifetime of every person, and locate desire, even in the middle of painful demanding situations.
Bella’s Gift is the tale of ways the complete family members got here jointly to like and deal with Bella and the way God bolstered them through the storms and blessed their kinfolk with grace, peace, and joy.
Searchingly sincere, religion crammed, and strangely cheerful, Bella’s present is a loving, lived-out testimony to the fact that each person counts, even “the least of these.”
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We decided that Sarah, who was ten, would go in first. She had prayed for a little sister for so long and understood the seriousness of her condition, but perhaps not the severity. Holding Sarah's hands, Rick and I walked with her into the NICU. Sarah bent down so she was eye level with Bella. Silence at first. Mouth formed in a wondering o. Eyes taking in everything in front of them. She looked up at me, then Rick. Receiving our smiles and nods in return, she turned back to look at her new baby sister.
I froze. Shocked. How could he imagine that I had not loved my little girl from the moment she was in my womb? I love her with a love infinite and unqualified, a mother’s love. My voice quaking with emotion, I responded, “I am attached to Bella. indd 13 11/14/14 10:37 AM B E L L A' S G I F T • • • During this time our babysitter, Bridget, was a lifesaver. She took great care of the children and kept our home running smoothly. It was a comfort to know that our children were being well taken care of in my absence and with such a kind, holy, and virtuous woman whom they had known for several years and who was like a big sister to them.
Surprised and excited, Julia said, “Wow! ” I smiled and opened my arms as she came to give me a hug. In a sea of people, during long days of traveling and campaigning, this moment renewed my sense of purpose and determination. Turning to their mother, I was moved by the reaction on her face. Smiles and tears simultaneously crossed her countenance. ” I squeezed her hand, smiling as a silent moment of understanding passed between us. I knew the fears, struggles, and joys of a mother with a special-needs child.