By Rick Santorum, Karen Santorum
Rick and Karen Santorum’s inspiring tale of existence 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 woman, Bella, used to be going to die. the whole tale of lifestyles with Bella hasn't ever been instructed formerly. This inspiring family members memoir explores what it potential to embody and have a good time the lifetime of every body, and locate wish, even in the course of painful demanding situations.
Bella’s Gift is the tale of the way the whole relatives got here jointly to like and take care of Bella and the way God reinforced them in the course of the storms and blessed their kin with grace, peace, and joy.
Searchingly sincere, religion stuffed, and unusually cheerful, Bella’s reward is a loving, lived-out testimony to the fact that everybody counts, even “the least of these.”
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Karen and I had brought our three children— Elizabeth, John, and Daniel—to see the newest member of our family. It was a routine twenty-week exam, and we were excited to learn whether we were having a boy or a girl. ” I noticed the sonographer was looking at one particular area over and over again, so I asked if there was a problem. Her response was less than reassuring. “The doctor will review the results with you when I’m done,” she said. A few anxious minutes after she left the room, the doctor returned, and, with a few words like “Let’s see what is going on here,” he moved the wand around to that same area.
Looking up at me, she bashfully tilted her head and smiled. I bent down. “Hello, Julia. ” It was. “I love it, Julia! ” 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.
She had Down syndrome. Walking over to them, excitement evident on my face, I introduced myself and thanked them for coming. The little girl’s name was Julia. She was there with her parents and her big brother, Michael. Complimenting them on their artwork, I asked who made the sign. ” The little guy’s cheeks were red as he bashfully twirled the rope line after his proud declaration. Smiling, I told Michael that he must be a very good big brother. He beamed in response. Julia waved the sign back and forth as her father lifted her from his shoulders and set her on the ground.