Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Happy Adoption Day, John!

Being a parent can be a really fun job. Best job I've ever had, to be honest. It can also be stressful, maddening, and downright ridiculous. There are situations that I find myself in daily that I think, "I'm not even gonna tell anybody this happened, because they wouldn't believe me, anyway." And then there's moments like what just happened 5 minutes ago, when I was down on my hands and knees sniffing every square inch of our living room, trying to find out where that dang spoiled milk smell was coming from. Still haven't found it. But for real, if someone had walked in on me in that moment I would have looked like a lost my ever loving mind.

Being a parent means loving a kid despite all of the crazy stuff that comes with them. Much like marriage vows, it's for better or worse. And this is true whether that child came from a mama's belly or was born in her heart.

Last night we celebrated the 2 year anniversary of my brother John's adoption. I have to admit that sometimes I giggle a little when my mom turns to me after John has done something ridiculous and says, "I swear this child is going to be the death of me." Haha. And I can laugh because to me that means one thing: John holds the same rank in her heart as the rest of her crazy kids! ;)

I have several friends and relatives who were adopted, and so over the years it has sort of been woven into my fabric of being. It's just normal. And if we feel led to, Eric and I wouldn't rule out adopting kids of our own someday. (Someday when our first kiddos are a little older!) If a child needs a home and we have one, well...why not? If not us, then who? I couldn't answer that, personally, with anything but purely selfish reasons.

We weren't sure what to sing to John to celebrate his adoption day, so we just stuck to happy birthday, haha. It worked!

Ask my mom and and she will tell you that she loves John just as much as she loves me or any of my other siblings. I know that for some that might be hard to understand, but a mother's heart really has no limitations. And honestly, his arrival into our family was no different than the rest of ours - he was a complete surprise to my parents. :)

So happy adoption day to John! 
Must be awesome to have TWO "birthday" celebrations. 
He's a lucky guy! :)


Christine Pettijohn said...

Happy Adoption Day John!!

Heather said...

Awww, Love this!!! Happy Adoption Day!

Ashley N. said...

Wow! Two years already?!!? I remember when it all began as just a couple nights! So glad I've been able to watch him grow! Happy Adoption Day, John!!

April R said...

John is very blessed to find a loving home. I am overjoyed for you John!


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