blessed by adoption (part 2)

I say Part 2, because when I was looking for the post where I wrote about this shirt, I realized that I used the same exact title as last time. And if I wasn’t on “A-Sabbatical-of-Sorts” this week, I’d write a big long post about how amazing adoption is (and potentially heart-wrenching as well) and talk about all of my friends with their amazing adopted (and hoping-to-be-adopted) kiddos.

But instead, I’ll just share this cool passage from Galatians 4: But when the time arrived that was set by God the Father, God sent his Son, born among us of a woman, born under the conditions of the law so that he might redeem those of us who have been kidnapped by the law. Thus we have been set free to experience our rightful heritage.

You can tell for sure that you are now fully adopted as his own children because God sent the Spirit of his Son into our lives crying out, “Papa! Father!” Doesn’t that privilege of intimate conversation with God make it plain that you are not a slave, but a child? And if you are a child, you’re also an heir, with complete access to the inheritance. (v.4-7, Message)

And pictures of this beautiful little boy.

Meet Sean. He’s 12 weeks old and one of the cutest little guys I’ve ever seen.

After 8 (late) miscarriages (like second trimester late), my friend Val and her husband Mike were given the amazing privilege of adopting this little guy from the minute he was born. Val even got to witness his birth.

Their story is incredible, and Sean is just stinking awesome.

I’m no baby photographer, but when you’re this cute, does it really matter?

We’re going to shower Val and Sean with some love and gifts and cake sometime in the next month or so. If you live anywhere near me, consider this your invitation to join us!

You know you want a chance to squeeze those darling cheeks.

Thank you, God, for the blessing of adoption!

14 thoughts on “blessed by adoption (part 2)

  1. Amanda

    oh.my.word. Can anyone question why i want to be a nanny? Don’t answer that 😉 I could just eat this little guy up!! SO CUTE.

  2. Rhonda

    What a beautiful baby. Congratulations Val & Mike. I have two adopted children and I thank God everyday that I get the honor of being their mother. Adoption is truly beautiful.

  3. Kaye

    Absolutely adorable. Please kiss those cheeks for me.
    Love the ‘everything is bigger in Texas’ t-shirt too:)
    Blessings today and always,
    Kaye
    Matthew 21:22

  4. T. Anne

    What a handsome baby!!! The Lord has truly blessed your friend.

    BTW, finished From Blushing Bride to Wedded Wife today and loved it! (I had a dog named Skittles too!) And even after twenty one years of marriage the book still spoke to me. Nice work!

  5. Ashley

    My sister adopted my first niece from China in December 2005 and we’re waiting to get niece #2 from China. She’ll be celebrating her first birthday in her orphanage this Friday. My heart is aching that she won’t have a cake or presents for this birthday, but we’re hoping to have her home by January.

    Adoption is a beautiful way to build families! And to join children with forever families.

  6. Jen Hanson

    Today (at least by Ohio time) my little sister Katelyn turns nine. She and her birth sister Julia were adopted by our family nearly six years ago. We have been soooo incredibly blessed by having them in our lives and I can’t imagine not having them as part of our family. Adoption is amazing!

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