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Adoption, special needs, weddings: Russ on fatherhood | Moms

Dad Russ Wilson reflects on the moments that have shaped his life, and shaped him as a dad...

Waking up after Rachel's birth, I gazed over as you rocked her, swaddled in pink, her head of brown hair. She stared up at you. Do you remember that moment?

“Yes. I was grateful that she was breathing. You were both alright. There was a sense of gratitude and safety.”

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What was it like to be told that Allison's condition was more involved than first believed? Did that make you reconsider you choice to adopt her?

“Initially I had a measure of anxiety. There was a reassuring calm that it wouldn't change anything. He complications solidified that decision. It's hard to explain, she was meant to be ours. We needed each other.”

The look on your face as you stepped into the bridal room on Rachel's wedding day was priceless. Take me back to that moment.

“It felt like the day she was born except this time she was being delivered into the arms of the one whom she chose to spend her life with. It's like stepping into a grand moment that couldn't have been orchestrated.”

Your father died when you were six. Who was your role model?

“I've had to rely on the Lord as a Father. I couldn't have done it without Him.”

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The News-Review Updated Jun 13, 2014 12:17PM Published Jun 20, 2014 11:38AM Copyright 2014 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.