Yep, 7 years ago we stepped off a plane in Texas and Colby Jose became an American citizen. He was our son from the moment we laid eyes on his picture 17 months prior.
We got his referral when he was 4 months old and brought him home when he was 21 months old. Yes, it took 17 months to get that boy home. It was a rough and crazy ride.
As I quickly told our story to a friend yesterday, I realized how much of the story I feel like I have forgotten. Maybe that is God's way of protecting your heart and not allowing bitterness to take root. Maybe it is a way of wiping the slate clean and starting over new. Or maybe I am just old and my memory has gone to pot. You never know.
But a few things, I do remember!
I wanted to adopt for forever. I was pretty open about it to others and pretty obnoxious about it to my husband. He'll agree. Like I would print out pictures of waiting babies and leave them on his paperwork to find. Subtle I am not. He would ignore me or simply shake his head no. Fast forward a few years, or FOREVER according to me, and he got deployed to Africa, God got a hold of his heart, and he called me one day and asked if I still wanted to adopt! Seriously. God's timing, not mine!
I remember the first time we saw a picture of this baby! He was 4 months old and we could not have loved anyone more.
I remember the first time Jorgelina, his amazing foster mom, put him in my arms. I thought I would never be able to let him go. Turns out we had to say goodbye to him twice before finally bringing him home on our third trip to Guatemala.
I remember the other kids seeing their brother for the very first time. Salem could not stop touching his sweet face, Riley could not stop grinning, and Ashton started crying every time she looked at him or tried to open her mouth.
Finally and forever! God's perfect timing in God's perfect plan!
|Just another cute picture! ;)|
Happy Home Day, Colby Jose! 7 years and counting to forever!
Linking up with Caroline!