Friday, March 18th, we celebrated the first anniversary of the official adoption day of our youngest daughter, Bumblebee. I say "official" because she was adopted in our hearts and was our daughter in our souls long before the courts made their final order.
It was January of 2009, and my father-in-law called regarding our niece, then 18 months old. He spoke to my husband, and said if we were interested in adopting her, this would be the time to act. My mother-in-law was very ill with cancer, and they really needed some help with caring for the baby. One month before, in December of 2008, my in-laws gained legal and physical custody of Bumblebee. They sought custody because several times that winter, they needed to take Bumblebee to the emergency room and the birth parents were not available.
The adoption process was slow, arduously 15 month process. During this time, Bumblebee lived with us and called us Mommy and Daddy; however we had no legal right to her. At the same time, my mother- in -law was dying of cancer. The entire experience really made me take a hard look at my own life, and the choices I had made. It was then I decided to become a stay-at-home Mom.
I have so much to be grateful for as we clebrate this adoption day. I thank the birth parents for choosing life, the life of our precious Bumblebee. I also thank them for allowing my husband and me to adopt Bumblebee so she could truly be part of our family, and be a sister to our Ladybug. I thank my husband for allowing me to stay home and enjoy my children full-time. I thank the birth grandparents on both sides who have fully participated in both of my daughter's lives, making them feel loved and special. I thank my precious daughter, Bumblebee for her hugs and kisses, and for her unconditional love.
Most of all, I thank God for the gift of children. Not only did he answer my prayers for motherhood, he did it with ABUNDANCE.
I am truly wallowing in God's LOVE.