Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Saturday was a big day!

Since we are "done" with Benjamin's adoption, I have dedicated this blog to all OTHER things adoption.  That is until God decides to add another to our family:)

That being said, I had the most amazing day Saturday.  I had the kind of day that woke me up at 4am because I was too excited to sleep.  I had an hour + drive to my destination and I cried almost the whole time.  I even thought about not wearing make-up to said destination knowing I could not keep my emotions below the surface.

You see, 6 years ago on Saturday we got the call that changed our lives.  We got referral of a 2 month old baby boy and a 2 month old baby girl.  We were finally a family after 5 years of trying:)  On that date another milestone was recorded.  My Bestie, who has 4 seriously adorable, healthy bio kiddos cried her eyes out like a baby.  So what you say??!!  She is seriously sensitive and giving, but not the kind of crier I am.  This sweet friend of mine doesn't quite weep at tissue commercials like I do...  Or at the births of ANY OF HER BIO CHILDREN!!!  It has kind of been a running joke that I cried more meeting each of  her precious babies for the first time than she did.  When we got referral, she absolutely lost it.  The story goes she actually stopped the car and cried.  When I found that out, I knew God must add to their family through adoption.  I didn't know how, and I didn't know when. So for 6 years, and the addition of 2 of her bio babies and the addition of one more adoption to our family,  I prayed.

Six years to the day after I started praying the adoption prayer for them, I had the absolute privilege of conducting their first home study visit.  God has answered my prayer, which turned out to be hers for quite a long time too.  Isn't it amazing the way God works?

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your journey!

Delp "Crazy Party of Six" it might be time to update your blog:) 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Adoption Day

Five years ago today we celebrated what would be our very first Adoption Day:)  We went to court with two little ones all dressed up and promised to take care of them forever.  We loved them in our hearts before we even met them.  We prayed for them before we saw their pictures.  God knew the plan for how amazingly our lives would be intertwined before the creation of the world.  And yet, this formality of standing before the judge surrounded by our family was so monumental.  The words in the adoption decree state, "...From this time forward you shall bear the relationship of natural child and natural mother and natural father...".  Not biological, because no matter how much we love them, no matter how much they are just like us, they will never be biologically our own.  I think we have something better, "natural" in fact.  It is only natural that we be a family. That day 5 years ago, the court recognized our babies as "Sanborns", naturally.  We love you Andrew and Annabelle!  Happy Adoption Day!
This is us "becoming a family"

Yes, I let her have a chocolate chip cookie with whip cream for breakfast

Yes, and him too!