Our family is a complete gift from God. We have three adopted children and, we are fostering two precious boys, who we hope to adopt in the next two months. We are so blessed! Our baby girl, Blair Emily, was born this past April, in Long Beach, California. Once she was born, I flew from Memphis to “fetch my sweet girl”. The birthmother signed the consent papers after 48 hours. The consent papers are a huge piece of the process. This is a praise! Once the consent papers were signed, I waited on the “green light” to bring her back in to the state of Tennessee. This is called the Interstate Compact. Basically, California releases the baby and, then, the home state approves of the child being brought back. The laws of Tennessee required us to “finalize” her adoption after at least 6 months.
I am always really anxious and excited to get the finalization completed, because, now, we are able to get her official birth certificate and, she formally becomes a Bryson. YAY!
This process all has me thinking about what a miracle adoption is. I was never able to conceive and have a child. Without adoption, I would not be a mom. John and I tried to have a baby for 10 years. I had many, many infertility treatments, and the doctor finally said, that nothing else could be done. I really am still in AWE of how God has given us five beautiful children. FIVE! I wake up each day and, praise HIM for the blessing of our family.
As a Christian, we are totally adopted by the Lord as His children. I am so thankful to be His child! The Bible calls us to take care of orphans. I am so thankful and blessed by the miracle that God has done in my family.
Waiting to go in the court room….
Me, taking an oath that I will take care of Blair for her whole life. I answered, “yes, yes and YES!” =)
Here we are, all finalized. Blair is looking at John, thinking, “Okay, you really are my Daddy!” Ha!
The blessedness of adoption is just amazing! I would love to answer any questions you might have or, if you are praying about adopting a child, let me know how I can pray for you on this. God already knows exactly which child will belong to you. Trust Him and, He will never fail you.