The night Jackson arrived home, I took the other kids to a movie as we waited to go to the airport, only to find out the flight was delayed, so we returned home and did barn chores and headed back up to the airport for more delays. As we went to the airport late that night, the kids were overly anxious to see their brothers and Dad, and the little ones were getting tired and fussy. Rick and the boys had missed their flight home due to immigration issues taking longer. As we drove down the highway Kyron says," Mama! The trash bag is coming off of the window! " Yes the broken windown had been taped up with a trash bag, because anyone who has ever adopted knows, every penny is spent on getting the new child home, everything else can wait. It's a rescue mission.) I thought about what he'd said, and just felt God speak to my heart, Yes, the window, along with many other things, has been left unfixed, but tonight there will be one less orphan in the world....
The first moment you see your adopted child, is like that moment when you give birth and you are soaking in every detail of the face and their little hands, marveling at the perfection. Jackson was very quiet as we loaded in the car. Part way down the interstate he says, " Mama, this is a good road..."
"Yes, because this is the road that goes to our home"
My heart melted.
Now, it was time to settle in. Jackson was thrilled to be part of our family, but we didnt know him and he didnt know us, so the first number of days are just that...getting to know eachother. Every day we realize more and more how amazing the little boy God had brought into our lives is..
Of course there was one family member he already knew...he was so happy to see his sister Amy.
As I tucked Jackson in bed one of the first nights he told me that he had prayed for years for a Mama and Daddy to come adopt him. He was so thankful the God answered his prayer. that night I lied in bed and wondered, how many little boys pray that prayer every night, and no one ever comes??
We began Jackson's medical appointments. I say began becuase we have appointments from now through November scheduled, and that does not cover surgeries that he will need. So, the medical is just beginning and we continue to pray for doctors to have wisdom in his diagnosis and treatments. He's so cooperative at the medical appointments, and all the doctors just love his manners. He has amazing manners... never touches or takes anything in the store, always asks before doing something, makes his bed, eagerly helps out...he is incredible!
In the past eight weeks Jackson had many firsts....
first foods, first trip to the water park, first trip to the beach, first camping trip, first smores, first swimming pool, first time to milk a goat, ect ect.
He loves each new thing he tried, and changes his job plans for the future every day when he realizes all the possible things he could do that he never knew existed before. :)
He brings us continual joy and laughter, like when we walked in the hair shop to get him and Kyron a haircut and he walks up the counter and says, " We need one Chinese and one English haircut,
We are so thankful to every person who helped make it possible for Jackson to join our family, we cant imagine our family without him. Every time we look at him we are overwhelmed by God's goodness to bless us with a little boy that is so incredible, loving, thoughtful and that loves God with all of his heart. We can not wait to see the incredible plan God has for Jackson's life unfold...