Thursday, April 9, 2015

Adoption Day!

In May of 2008, our son asked his sister and her hubby if they could watch and take care of his three very little girls (twins 18 months old and a not quite 3 year old big sister)  for about six weeks - two months while he moved from a southern state back to our home area.  Without going into the nitty gritty details of all of this, our daughter and hubby said sure.  And today, our daughter and hubby officially adopt those three girls as their own children.  There have been many ups and downs over the past seven years for every member of our family.  There have been times of very real frustration, and times of very real joy.  The full story is told by our daughter on her own blog, The Parenthood Experiment.
The girls are very excited about this finally happening, so are our daughter and son-in-law, so is Gramma Bevvie (our son-in-law's Mom), and so are we! We will all be there! I created a scrapbook about their Adoption Story, and our daughter and I wrote all of the journaling telling the story of the "how" this adoption came to be.  It is a story unlike most other adoption stories and it is unique.  Our journaling focuses on the positive. The emphasis is on what is a family and how their adoptive family is unique.  There will be a scrapbook for Mommy and Daddy, Gramma Bevvie, Gramma and Poppa Jackson, and one for each of the three girls.  This is a very precious time and one we wanted recorded for their own family history. 
I saw this stamp from the company Stamping Bella. It is of only two little girls.  But we have three granddaughters in this family.  All three girls have wavy to very curly hair. I stamped the image twice, colored with my Copics, cut out one of the little girls, and then tucked her in and around the other girls.  The word adoption and verses on the inside of the card all come from the set "The Gift of You" from Sweet and Sassy Stamps.
Our family has been waiting for a long time for this day.  We rejoice in God's providence and provision as we waited for this day to arrive.  This day only makes legal and official what has been true for seven  years.  Our daughter and son-in-law had no idea in May 2008 that "adoption" was God's plan for them. God knew what He was doing then, and we can trust that God knows the future now. And so we rejoice.

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