Sunday Blessing: Adoption Day, Eleven Years

Sunday Blessing: Adoption Day, Eleven Years

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“Mom are you going to make a big deal out of it?” Christian asked me last night. You mean am I going to look at pictures, tell stories, have a family dinner of your favorite things, post it on Facebook, and tell you how blessed we are to have become a family of six rather than four? Yes, it is what I do. “I know mom, but does it have to be such a big deal?” Yes, Christian it has to be such a big deal because it was a one of the very best days in my life and It will be celebrated until the day I die. Got it? Christian rolls his eyes, shrugs in defeat and then gives me a small smile, “okay mom, I get it.”

Eleven years ago today, my husband and I doubled our family. We arrived in Liberia, Africa, and came straight to meet our boys. They were hiding behind a small wall when we arrived. There are no words to describe the love that was so immediate, and so strong. It was just like holding Isaac or Jessica directly after birth, totally unconditional love. It was not a choice, or a wait and see, it just was. Christian was four and John five. Now they were forever Johnson’s.

Every year on this date we do something as a family to acknowledge this life changing event. It has been having a party, going bowling, a special meal, and just like birthdays I get out the photo album, and we tell stories about our first encounters as a family. We laugh and try to talk Liberian. We give John and Christian gifts of some kind and we celebrate what a great gift from God it is that we are a family of six instead of a family of four.

Not flesh of my flesh
Nor bone of my bone,
But still miraculously my own.
Never forget for a single minute,
You didn’t grow under my heart,
But in it.

The years have gone by quickly, and every year brings new adventures, some good some bad and always a ton of humor. Today is indeed a blessing for all who have had the joy and honor of knowing John and Christian. God Blessed us on that day and continues to carry us when we would surely have fallen off the edge by now. Thank you God for adoption, your adoption of me and the chance to adopt these incredible boys.


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