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More than 20 years ago Sherry
Blackledge was so enamored by her new bundle of joy that she wrote her a letter
filled with well wishes and love and kept it hidden away, promising herself
that she would give it to her on her wedding day.
The letter, dated Dec. 15, 1994
read in part:
Our dear little baby Brooke,As I write this to you you are
sleeping soundly in your baby bed.We just want you to know how
much love and happiness you've brought to our family.A precious little baby girl to
Daddy and me and a baby sister to Brian.Before Daddy and I were married
I always said if we had a little girl, she would be a little Brooke.You are our little baby Brooke.
Blackledge had the letter printed
onto a piece of her own wedding gown, which she wore over 35 years ago.
"When Brooke came along,
God just hand picked her extra special for us," Blackledge told ABC News. "I just
wanted them both to know how much they are loved."
Brooke Zugg , now 22, and her older
brother Brian were both adopted by Blackledge and her husband.
"I had no idea the letter
even existed," Zugg said. "Of
course I start crying. The most special part of the letter to me, I think it
was towards the end. She wanted me to know how much love and happiness I
brought to the family and it made me feel like it was more complete with me, my
brother, my mom, and my dad."
Zugg said she wrapped the
fabric around her bridal bouquet before walking down the aisle.