|Seth, on the day we met|
We didn’t take Seth in with the intention of adopting him. In fact, when we took Seth everyone involved thought it would be a short placement because there was family involved who wanted him. Nothing materialized with the family members and it wasn’t long into our time with Seth that we realized something was different. Maybe it was because we didn’t have any visits with his bio-parents. They were both out of the picture from the get go, by their choice, so that felt very different from any of our other foster experiences. We had no contact with any family at all, so from the very beginning we were Seth’s whole world. I remember when we first met one of his family members when Seth was about 5 months old. It was at a court hearing and at that point we found out that the family member intended to adopt Seth. It was a real shocker to us, and I think that helped us to realize how much we loved our boy. The months that followed were full of ups and downs, triumphs and heartache. It was some of the hardest times of our lives. I wish I could go back in time and reassure my aching Mama Bear heart that everything would be okay, God had it all under control. I remember several times when people in authority said it was impossible for Seth to stay with us and our friends prayed their guts out. They prayed and they had faith when I didn’t. They held up our arms, they cried with us, they loved with us. It was the roller coaster of a lifetime. A roller coaster with the best ending ever.
|Seth’s Adoption Day!|
To all of our friends who stood so close beside us during that first year and a half, THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for having faith when we had run out. THANK YOU for praying, listening to our drama, and loving us. THANK YOU for loving our Seth!!
Two years ago we met for the first time and I had no idea how my life was going to be changed forever. I had no idea how much I would love you. I had no idea how many mountains God would move to keep you in our family. I had no idea how proud I would be to be your Mommy.
I hope you always know how much you are loved and cherished. I could never have dreamed I would be blessed with such a treasure as you. I love how you take out your pacifier to give me a kiss before bed. I love how you hug Havalah when you see her crying. I love how much you love chickens and the trampoline, trains and cars. I love the “whoosh” sound you make when you find one of Ezra’s light sabers. I love your beautiful blue eyes and your stick-straight blonde hair.
Your name means “Chosen” and if I had to do it over I would choose you every time.