Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Remembering Referrals

It was one year ago today that we received a phone call from our adoption agency, leading us to open an email which contained three pictures: our first looks at the precious boys we now know as Andrew and Jadon. In one of my textbooks (on intimate relationships), I read this week: "Imagine that you are given a photograph of a stranger's face and, using only that information, you're asked to guess at the personality and prospects the person possesses." I laughed out loud, recalling how we studied each photo for clues into these little people who would be coming to join our family.

As a way to make this date especially meaningful, we have decided to celebrate Jadon's birthday on the referral-versary! Indeed, today was a great day for celebrating -- three-year-old-style!

When you think about the short life this little boy has lived, complete with incredible amounts of loss, change, and pain, it can be quite overwhelming.
In light of this, I marvel all the more at the joy the emanates from him! The shy and serious two-year-old boy we were referred one year ago hardly resembles this silly, snuggly, terrific three-year-old who squeezes my neck and giggles with glee! You might think that he got lucky, landing in our family. I can only say that it is our family that has been tremendously blessed. Frankly, as hard as I try to wrap my mind around it, I can't quite decipher exactly that balance of God's sovereignty and (hopefully) faithful human response that has been worked out through an international adoption process. Psalm 139 says it this way: "Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed."

As it was, today was a day of celebration!!! I tried to capture a few special moments.

Jadon licking the avocado (a definite favorite) off his fingers.

The serious "Do you know how grown-up I am?" look!

This is more typical--pure enthusiasm!
And he loves to make sure someone is paying attention!
Birthday supper consisted of chicken nuggets, chips, and sliced peppers.

Happy Birthday!!!


Helen said...

Joyeux Anniversaire, Jadon!

Gramma said...

What a blessing this boy is for the whole family!
We love you, Jadon!
Gramma & Pappy