03 September 2016 ~ 11 Comments

Welcome Home Sis! =)



The boys and grandpa drew this on the driveway for us all to come home to yesterday.
OK…so perhaps I need to back up and explain a little bit.

We’ve been on this journey to foster and then adopt for around 5 years now. At least that’s when we started the training.
We drug our feet a little bit in the beginning and were finally fully certified nearly 2 years ago.
In the past couple of years we’ve submitted our home study for a number of kids, but nothing has come of those. We are working through an agency that works with multiple counties and my heart was kind of set on having a daughter.
Truth be told, while I know others have had longer journeys, I was beginning to lose hope and get comfortable with the size of our family.

Then we got a phone call last Monday.
Sunday afternoon we drove several hours away to spend the week helping with a healthy transition.
And yesterday, less than 2 weeks since we got that phone call, we came home with a 2 year old little girl.

There is so much to share.
There is also so much I can’t share.
You won’t see pictures because we’re still fostering and we can’t make those public.
Same goes for her name. Unless you are part of our everyday lives and spend time with us or you are family. But she’ll be “Little Sister” for now on social media.

It’s uncanny how quickly it all happened and how well we already feel like she fits into our family.
She started calling us mommy and daddy Monday morning. The morning after we met her.
The boys have been amazing with her. Caleb has been such a tender protector/nurturer. Micah plays with her and enjoyed dancing in the back seat with her on the drive home. (Grandpa came out to help with them and bring them out to join us part way through the week. Before they came they made the chalk sign in the picture.)

This is such a wild adventure we are on.
Holy crap. It’s been 5 years since we had a 2 year old and I kinda forget how this stage works. I’ve been quickly reminded how much work it is. We have diapers again!!
While she adjusts and our boys adjust, we will be laying low and cutting as much as we can out of our lives. This will be hard for me, but important. We’re kind of a busy family so the reality is we won’t disappear, but we will be saying no a bit┬ámore and helping her get used to us cause she comes first for a while.

And finally, we have high hopes that we will be her forever family as we look at the situation. But it’s a long road ahead and we know that anything could happen. No matter what, in the meantime, we are going to make her our own and love her fully.
No matter what.

There’s a quick mind dump and update for y’all.
Again, so much in our heads and so much happening that I look forward to sharing with you as we are able.
In the meantime, prayers are welcomed.
Thanks for sharing the journey.
Here we go.

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  7. James Beukelman 3 September 2016 at 9:04 pm Permalink

    Wow! Finally we won’t bear the burden alone of providing female redemption for the male-rich cousin brigade at family reunions. May joy dominate this journey so that the challenges feel like the pulse of new life. Thanks for bringing this helping of grace into our world.

  8. Aunt Lia 3 September 2016 at 2:47 pm Permalink

    Congratulations! You will be blessed by this little girl no matter what the outcome. It will also be amazing to observe some amazing traits in those 2 boys you’ve been lovin’ on, while they are both big Brothers. I’ll be praying for your family and for Little Sister. May she feel secure, loved, and like she’s found “home”.

  9. Marina 3 September 2016 at 1:04 pm Permalink

    I instantly teared up when i saw the picture. I’m so happy it finally worked out! She is one lucky little girl and I really hope I’ll be able to meet her one day. Love and blessings, Marina

  10. bobby 3 September 2016 at 10:22 am Permalink

    Thanks Lisa! She comes from a different county so I’m not totally sure how all that works, but I’m sure we’ll find out soon enough. Thanks for the prayers.

  11. Lisa LEBOVITZ 3 September 2016 at 8:01 am Permalink

    I’m so thrilled for you! We will pray for you all as you transition to being a family of five and that God would give you tons of energy, wisdom and love as you learn how to be the best mommy and daddy to your little girl. You are walking the path less traveled for one of Gods little ones. Also, I’m fingerprinted with the county and may be able to help babysitt if needed. Blessings to you, Lisa

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