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, used to be going to die. the whole tale of lifestyles with Bella hasn't ever been informed before. This inspiring family members memoir explores what it skill to embody and have a good time the lifetime of all people, and locate wish, even in the middle of painful demanding situations.
Bella’s Gift is the tale of ways the complete kin 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 relatives with grace, peace, and joy.
Searchingly sincere, religion crammed, and unusually pleased, Bella’s reward is a loving, lived-out testimony to the fact that every person counts, even “the least of these.”
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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. 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.
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.
I clasped hands of men and women in uniform and their families. Hands that sacrifice and risk all to protect and keep us free. And hands that pray for their safe return home. I held hands that are in want. indd 20 11/14/14 10:37 AM L o v e N ecessit a tes T r u st for the dignity of a good job, hands growing weary of not finding one but refusing to give up hope. And finally, I cradled the little, broken hands of the disabled. Hands that struggle and bring pain, hands that ennoble us and bring great joy.