After both her grandson's parents were deployed in the Air Force last fall, Beverly Adams took on the tremendous responsibility of raising 5-year-old Tex herself. And she hasn't looked back since.
Tex was born premature in August 2010, weighing just one pound and three ounces. As a result, he has hydrocephalus (a condition that occurs when fluid builds up in the skull), a lung condition, and cerebral palsy in his legs.
Adams' friend Ruth Pine wrote to TODAY to explain just how much she admires Tex's grandmother. "I have known Beverly for the past nine years, and she is always putting her family first — that's what Beverly is all about," Pine said in her letter.
"However, last fall when she said that her son and his girlfriend, both of whom serve in the Air Force, were being deployed and she would become the guardian of her 5-year-old grandson, Tex, I was overwhelmed with how endless her love truly is."
Since taking Tex in, Adams moved him to Dallas, where she enrolled him in kindergarten. She's also spent countless hours in teacher conferences, doctor's appointments and physical therapy.
"When this little guy was born and I saw that picture, there was no bad day for me anymore because what he went through and what he survived is truly amazing, and I call it my miracle gift," Adams said on TODAY Thursday when she was honored in an "Everyone Has a Story" segment tied to National Military Appreciation Month.
In tribute to Adams' selflessness, Jennifer Simard, a Tony nominee for the Broadway musical "Disaster!" sang "Your Endless Love," an original song written for the occasion by TODAY's Kathie Lee Gifford and her composing partner, David Friedman. Adams and Tex were also treated to dinner with family members at Ellen's Stardust Diner and tickets for all to the Broadway musical "Tuck Everlasting."
Tex will finish the school year in Texas before going back to live with his mom, Leah, in San Antonio.
"My miracle gift from God," Adams called her grandson. "I feel like he put this child in my life and his parents' for a reason."