Adoption Update – 14

I’m holding my breath as I write this. How is it possible that we are almost to the end of this chapter of our story? Paperwork, fast forwarding, a different path, a name, and now – it is here.

On September 4th, the courts will hopefully recognize the story of our heart and the future of a very special little boy.

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Riley. Did you know his name means courageous? I think of the journey that he will face. Sometimes, when I think of the transition and the sadness he went through, I cry. I shrug it off quickly, trying to dismiss the tears, telling myself that he is blessed, but I know.

I know that he is blessed because of a giving and caring first family – that loved him bravely and fiercely. I know that he is blessed because a mother stepped aside and loved completely and unconditionally. And in turn, she blessed our family beyond measure.

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In a month, I won’t have to race back up to the doctors office window realizing that I wrote down the wrong last name. I won’t see “foster child” on forms, since they aren’t exactly sure what to call our relationship.

I’ll just be mom.

I know that he doesn’t belong to me, he belongs to God. We are a very small, but thankful, part in his story.

“I prayed for this child, and God gave me what I asked for. And now I have dedicated him to God. He’s dedicated to God for life.” 1 Samuel 1:26

kristine foley - And I’m bawling 😉 Happy tears for your family! Adoption is such a beautiful thing. Thanks for sharing on Sunday FUNday!

Jenna Lou - So happy for you all. What a great feeling that will be. It’s funny how even when something is true in your heart it can be made even more special by being “official”.

Angel The Alien - Awesome! Congratulations to your family… that is wonderful news!

meg - So cool! I’m really excited for you guys! I love how you wrote ” know that he is blessed because of a giving and caring first family – that loved him bravely and fiercely. I know that he is blessed because a mother stepped aside and loved completely and unconditionally. And in turn, she blessed our family beyond measure.” So true. And so many people don’t understand that!

kate.eschbach@gmail.com - Thank you, Ashley!

kate.eschbach@gmail.com - Thank you, Tina!

christina - Rejoicing with you in hope!

Ashley @ Cute as a Fox - What wonderful news! September 4th can’t come fast enough for you I’m sure. Thanks so much for sharing your journey!