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Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Celebrating

The last few weeks have been so much fun! We have celebrated Joseph's adoption and enjoyed loving our sweet, sweet son.

I didn't expect to feel differently after the adoption was finalized. I already loved the boy tremendously and have considered him our son for many, many months. But, in a surprising way, my heart feels lighter, even more full. I guess, deep down, I always carried some fear that something would happen and we might lose him.

But not now! Now all the hopes and dreams and plans for the future can be announced and celebrated.

Of all of the children we've loved, Joseph is definitely the easiest, most mellow child. He is sweet, smart, and joyful. He constantly amazes us with all he understands and does. He still isn't talking a lot, but each day we are hearing more and more words and sounds. He has the cutest little kitty "meow" and doggy "arf" I've ever heard. Most of the time he speaks his own language, but wow does he speak it. He's definitely going to be a little chatterbox.

He LOVES his Dada. And he LOVES his Mama. And his Nana and Papa and Mimi and Pappy. He loves his cousins and aunts and uncles and just about everyone. He is such a social little guy, always smiling at everyone and willing to give big hugs and kisses. I love it that he has begun giving me the sweetest little hugs and kisses spontaneously throughout the day.

We had his adoption celebration this past Saturday. I think that was the first big celebration I've organized, and boy was I tired at the end. But it was a beautiful day and such a special time. S's parents were here visiting from out of state and many other family members and friends came to celebrate with us. Joseph had the best day ever, gorging on strawberries and drenching himself in bubbles. (Luckily bubble soap helps remove strawberry stains!)

His old foster family came. One of the memories I will treasure forever was when he saw them. They came a little late and there were already many people there. He hadn't seen them in a few months. But when he saw their youngest daughter he just launched himself at her and gave her the biggest hug. It was so incredibly sweet. It made her day. We are so very, very, very thankful for their family and that they love Joseph so much and want to be a part of his life.

As for our life as foster parents, I believe it will continue. We haven't been called for another child yet, and have honestly enjoyed this time with just Joseph. But I feel like there are more children out there who will be a part of our lives. We just have to wait and see. Sometime in the next couple of months I will have to go out of state for three weeks. I am starting a new job that will allow me a lot of flexibility and time with Joseph, but it requires a significant training period. I am not at all looking forward to leaving him for three weeks, but know he will be ok. We'll probably wait until after that's over to foster again. S will have his hands full as a single father of one toddler, can you imagine if I left him alone with a toddler and a baby!?


2 Comments
hawkwolf
As fellow adoptive parents my wife and I are so happy for you and your family. You have done something in your lives that you will never forget or regret doing.
BeanCounter37   Thursday, May 16, 2013
He is adorable and I am so happy for you. Please continue to let us follow his growth and life with you.
dannie   Friday, May 17, 2013
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