Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Ohana means family...

...  Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten. (from Disney's Lilo & Stitch)

While we were in the process of adopting Hannah we regularly received pictures of her (this was a first for us!) due to her being in a great group home for special needs babies.  There were plenty of other small children there, but it was very clear to us she and another little boy shared an extra special attachment to one another.  We often wondered about him, wondered who would adopt him.  His special needs were a bit more challenging.  Would anybody ever step up to adopt him?

Long after we brought Hannah home her foster brother continued to wait for a family.  Hannah still remembered him, still loved him.  How could we leave this child waiting indefinitely for a family when he and our daughter were so attached?  Our kids had started asking to adopt him too while we were still waiting to bring Hannah home, and truth be told he had our hearts from the moment we first saw his picture.

No, we couldn't leave him behind any longer.  He is Hannah's foster brother.  He is family.  Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten.    

Introducing our new son, Jacob, waiting eagerly in China for his family to bring him home!
I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.  -John 14:18

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