|Independence at its finest|
We aren't doing much to celebrate; first of all, it was just Christmas so he has lots of gifts and toys to play with (and some yet to be opened), and second of all...he's two. He doesn't really understand what his birthday means yet. But, we did get him a few things and we'll be having his favorite Chinese noodles for dinner plus maybe going out to get cake shakes from The Little Raven Creamery...because Mommy isn't baking a birthday cake and cake shakes are awesome. In the meantime, while he's supposed to be napping (yet I can hear him singing and playing with his animals in his crib), I figured I would write a letter--to him, and to whomever is reading, to understand a little more what birthdays mean to us, and to possibly other adoptive families.
But at some point, you'll understand that although you turned two, your previous "birthdays" were celebrated with two other families. We'll do everything in our power to support you and help you remember them, and the sacrifices they made for you in love.
|First pictures we received of J.|
Approx. 1 year old.
And of course, we will work even harder to help you understand your actual Birth Day. How you have a birth mother and father on the other side of the world, who, we believe with all of our hearts, gave you a chance at life because they loved you so much--the ultimate sacrifice. Because of your complicated little heart, it's bittersweet, since we know that without them making sure you were found quickly, you would not be with us now. Birthdays are so hard, because we know that they are remembering you and hoping you received the care they so desperately knew you needed, yet if they were able to we know that they would have done everything to keep you with them--because that's what we would have done in their shoes too.
You'll hear your whole life how beautiful adoption is.
|One month old|
So please remember, and we'll help you until you're old enough to understand, you have three families celebrating and remembering you on your birthday, every year. We believe that God placed you here for a reason, and we will do our absolute best to help you learn and grow and find your purpose, as we promised when you officially became ours. We love you Jordan, and so many others do too.
Jordan, and so many others like him, were given financial and prayer support until they were matched with their forever families. Because of organizations like Morning Star, Jordan, along with many others, was able to receiving his life saving heart surgery through monthly sponsorship and donations. You can check out their website here (and maybe spot a picture of baby J), and if you so feel led to sponsor a child please check out their current Let Hope Shine-China Project. Yet the MSF goes a step further, and has what they call their Love Project. Donations to a project such as this would help families like Jordan's: that they would not have to be faced with the devastating choice of having to give up their child...or just give up. These donations enable Morning Star to come alongside these families, and help pay for life saving surgeries, or medications, or whatever is needed for family preservation.
There are many other organizations such as these, but for obvious reasons, this one is near and dear to our hearts. You can follow them on Facebook and Instagram for updates on their current kiddos. Of course, if you know of others to sponsor or follow, please do so! The ultimate goal for all of these types of organizations is to provide support for family preservation until there are no more orphans. Thank you for your consideration in supporting these at the very least, in prayer.