Mar 5, 2010

To Grandmother's House We Go

Wednesday afternoon our little family loaded up an overnight bag and headed north. We were going to the missions appointment service for our friends, David and Regina, at Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis. But, we made a little stop on the way... to see Sara Madalin's birth family.

It was kind of a surprise for them. They weren't expecting it when we contacted them a couple weeks ago and told them we'd be coming by for about an hour on our way to Memphis. They were so excited to see her.

Her Nana had a few gifts for her when she got there.

She got a couple cute outfits, a book, some hair bows, and some training pants. She also got a HUGE stuffed bumble bee. She is very possessive of that bee. She doesn't even want me or Reagan to touch it.

Nana had dinner prepared for us when we got there. She cooked A LOT of food. And it was so good. But all Sara Madalin wanted was a "'nana". She got upset when ANYONE tried to take it from her. It didn't take her long to discover that as long as she was in Nana's lap, no one would even attempt it.

Here's Nana, Sara Madalin, Nathan and Emily.

And this is the closest thing that we got to a picture of Sara Madalin with her family the whole time we were there. She just wouldn't be still.

It makes them so happy to see her and see how well she's doing. And it makes us so happy to see how peaceful Sayra is with the decision she made to place Sara Madalin in our family through adoption.

I know that there are a couple birthmothers who read our blog. I've wanted to tell you on behalf of us, and the families that you placed your children with, thank you. Thank you for being selfless and giving us and others like us an opportunity to have a family. There are no words that I can ever say or write or even think that express what the gift of adoption means to us. I'll never be able to tell Sayra and her family exactly what having Sara Madalin in our life means to us and those who know her.

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Ms. Shirley said...

Beautiful story...enjoyed the pics also. She is a precious little girl...and oh, so loved!!!

K Storm said...

That is wonderful that you can share that relationship with her birth family. What a blessing!!

jan brown said...

God is so good to us. I'm so thankful that they are willing to give her to y'all, but it is a miracle that you can share her back with them. The two of you are very blessed. love you

jan brown said...

you are all very blessed to be able to share a precious gift. God bless and keep you always safe

Amanda Negley said...

Wow, what a great surprise for them! And they look like they love her just as much as ya'll love her!

And as a birthmother, I want to thank you for the kind words, and I want to thank you for giving our babies a great place to live and grow!

(I honestly don't know how I missed this post, sorry..)