The Miracle of Adoption

February 11, 2012

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….

Talking to our AMAZING attorney, Kevin Weaver

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.

Linking To:

Serenity Now , Kelly’s Korner 

  • Laura

    Thats when i met you! And i fell in love with you and knew she would be happy! You and your family especially Blair are always in my thoughts. Thank you for letting me experience this ‘Miracle’ with you. Laura

  • http://facebook Judy Carter

    what a beautiful little girl. and what a beautiful family. what a wonderful blessing for all of you.

  • http://stayathomeista.com Jessica @ Stay at Home-ista

    What a beautiful story. She is blessed to be a part of your family, and I’m sure you feel the same is true of you.

    • Beth

      HI Jessica,

      Thank you so much for your comment! I truly appreciate it! Best Regards, Beth

  • http://holimess.blogspot.com/ Donna

    Adoption is a miracle. My husband and I had three children the usual way and then adopted three siblings who came to us as foster children. God is faithful and true. Congratulations and blessings.

    • Beth

      Hi Donna,

      Thank you so much for your comment! I truly appreciate it! -Beth

  • http://www.decoratingwithbarbara.blogspot.com Barbara @ 21 Rosemary Lane

    What a precious baby girl! My hubby and I 2 adopted children we brought home 6 years ago. It’s hard to remember life before they came home. It is truly a miracle. God bless you and your beautiful family Beth.

  • http://www.swankypress.com Elizabeth

    Wonderful post, Beth!

  • Veronica

    Congrats Beth! Thanks for sharing! Adoption is a beautiful thing…such a picture of who we are in Christ! We are still waiting for our sweet baby!!!

  • Mary

    I am just looking at old bookmarks and found your site (I just renovated and painted my living room Navajo White…I must’ve been looking it up and found your beautiful website!
    Congratulations on your adoption. We’ve been trying for years, too, but just have never taken that step forward. Will you say a prayer for us?
    I will definitely say a little prayer for you and your family. Inspiring!

    • Beth

      Dear Mary,

      Oh! Bless you! Trying to have a baby is SO hard! I thank you for asking me to say a prayer for you. I have prayed
      for you several times this week. May God give you peace. Thank you for your comment on my blog, thank you!.
      Blessings,
      Beth

  • http://letwhylead.blogspot.com/ Erica {let why lead}

    Such a beautiful story, Beth! I can only imagine how trying those ten years were, but five children now?? That is amazing!

    I was able to be in the courtroom for the finalization for my niece’s adoption. What a sweet experience that was. I’d actually really like to foster/adopt, although I keep fairly quiet about it because I’m wary of getting well-meaning “advice” from some family members. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!

  • http://gypsyheartandsoul.blogspot.com/ Pat

    Such a beautiful story! Blair is adorable ~ 🙂 Is the other little girl in the photo yours too? I must say, she looks just like you! God does indeed work in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform. These children are richly blessed ~ as are you!

    Pat

  • robin

    I just found your blog from Kellys Korner’s large families topic. We are neighbors (arkansas) we have 20 children, 15 of those were adopted. I have many friends who are waiting to adopt. Any good tips on agencies? Our last adoptions happened 3 years ago and that was a private situation so I have been out of the loop. Costs have gone through the roof too since we did an agency adoption! Thanks. My email is Robin4350atyahoodotcom

  • Heidi

    Congratulations on your adoptions!!! Are your two boys you were fostering since 2010 adopted now as well?? I hope so. We like in North West Arkansas. We have two kids so far, who we foster to adopted. They were in our home over 2 years until their adoption was final! I am also linking up with Kelly. So nice to read your story, it is a beautiful story HE is writing!! http://davidandheidifamily.blogspot.com/

  • Mary

    I can’t believe that I found your blog again! I remembered that I had commented on a decorating blog adoption post and how kind you were to respond, but I couldn’t find the blog. I’m sitting here next to my adopted son today and found it in my favorites!! Wasn’t even looking! We adopted last summer and are over the moon! Never thought it would happen, but inspiration struck, maybe by reading blog posts like this! Thank you! (and Thanks for your prayers.) ~Mary (first posted in Feb. 2012!! Started process May 2012. Adopted summer 2013.)

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