With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: It's Official!

Monday, November 16, 2015

It's Official!

Welcoming this precious little boy into our family!
Our daughter Jill and husband, Brad are thrilled to finalize the adoption of
Braden Emery
as he officially becomes part of their family


Unable to share anything about Braden (his new name) and his first two years of life, it is with joy I can now post photos.
 This little bundle entered the world at just 1-pound 10-ounces and when he finally left the hospital he went right into the hearts and home of Jill and Brad via foster care joining Ryan, Brenna and Shaela.
 With their love, care and nurturing he began to grow and grow.
 Loved by his PopPop (and smiling happily as he joins his siblings and cousins, the tradition of being photographed in John's Christening outfit)
such a cutie-pie!

Adoption Day
 after the many long and difficult and ofttimes uncertain days...
~ they are family ~
A Thousand Years
Christina Perri

(Verse 1)
Heart beats fast
Colors and promises
How to be brave
How can I love when I'm afraid
To fall
But watching you stand alone
All of my doubt
Suddenly goes away somehow

One step closer

(Chorus)
I have died every day
waiting for you
Darlin' don't be afraid
I have loved you for a
Thousand years
I'll love you for a
Thousand more

(Verse 2)
Time stands still
beauty in all she is
I will be brave
I will not let anything
Take away
What's standing in front of me
Every breath,
Every hour has come to this

One step closer

(Chorus)
I have died every day
Waiting for you
Darlin' don't be afraid
I have loved you for a
Thousand years
I'll love you for a
Thousand more

And all along I believed
I would find you
Time has brought
Your heart to me
I have loved you for a
Thousand years
I'll love you for a
Thousand more

One step closer
One step closer

(Chorus)
I have died every day
Waiting for you
Darlin' don't be afraid,
I have loved you for a
Thousand years
I'll love you for a
Thousand more

And all along I believed
I would find you
Time has brought
Your heart to me
I have loved you for a
Thousand years
I'll love you for a
Thousand more


We made the drive with Jill's twin sister, Jamie (center photo) and her two youngest children, Chloe and Jethro, leaving Thursday afternoon and returning Sunday night. It was chilly and rainy and by the end of the weekend all of the kids were feverish and feeling poorly. Jamie is making settlement this morning and moving into a new (to them) home while we hope none of us get sick from the house (and car) full of germs!

22 comments:

Ann said...

Congratulations! He's adorable. I just love the pictures of him in the glasses. So cute

Susan said...

Oh Lorraine, you and your hubs have raised such special and wonderful children! Your daughter and her hub's darling little boy is so totally adorable. This post brought tears to my eyes. As someone who has done many years of foster care, I know how desperately some children need permanent homes. Oh Lord, this post made me so happy. May they have many blessed and happy years of life as a special family. Warm congratulations to all! Susan

podso said...

Congratulations to you all on this special occasion. Braden looks strong and healthy and so well loved.

Debbie said...

CONGRATULATIONS to you all! He is just adorable! What an incredible family the Lord had planned for him. He is truly blessed. May the Lord grant him with a long, productive life full of love, happiness and joy!

Suzanne said...

Lorraine, congratulations to you and your family! I love to see adoptions from foster care, so many waiting for their forever family. The Lord has blessed this boy and you all .
Love,Suzanne

Dayle ~ A Collection of Days said...

As an adoptive mother, this post touched me in so many ways. Adopted children come with a unique set of parenting challenges, both early on and later in life, and how wonderful to have a supportive extended family to help navigate the years with this special little one.

Congratulations all around, and the photos are so special.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

How fabulous; congratulations to all the family! May he grow into a man who chases after God all the days of his life.

Debby Ray said...

Oh how wonderful! Congratulations to all! Braden is such a darling...and obviously loved very much as is demonstrated by these precious family photos. What a wonderful gift God has blessed your family. Thank you for sharing these very special moments with us, Lorraine.

Terra said...

What a cutie and congrats on the adoption succeeding. I like the photo of the four beautiful children.

Primroses Attic said...

Welcome Braden you are so cute.
Rosezeeta

LitlBits09 said...


Praise God! this beautiful child was allowed to survive and come into your family.
I know you will provide him with what he needs most in his life...a LOVING FAMILY who will teach him about the Lord, his Heavenly Father who blesses us so much every day.

Congratulations to all of you! I am so happy for you.

I know we all look forward to more pictures of Braden and your family. This is so beautiful! My niece just adopted two brothers from the Foster system - who've finally realized that they will not be moved around from family to family ever again. The 5 year old has several times said "now you are my REAL Mommy and this is really MY OWN FOREVER HOME?" so precious! and they are gorgeous children whose mother just didn't want them anymore!

Thank God there are families like yours who are willing to open your homes and your hearts to these precious little beings. He is a Wonderful Father who blesses us every day.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Congratulations, Lorraine, to you and your family! He's a real cutie ♥

Debbie Huffaker said...

Oh, my, he's such a cutie. He couldn't have asked for a better family. Congratulations!

Barbara F. said...

How wonderful. Opening their hearts and home. Truly blessed. And I can't tell the twins apart, but one is expecting? Is it number 8? Congratulations.

Cynthia Chapman said...

What a wonderful story!!! Beautiful family!!

Lea said...

Awe, how precious is Braden and what a lovely family he joined. What a journey for your family. Blessings abundant!

Nonnie said...

Congratulations to your family. And what a beautiful family you have! So wonderful. Cute pictures of Braden and his Siblings and cousins. Adorable.

Preeti said...

Congrats to your family!! He is very cute:) Great to see your grandchildren all together!!

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EMMA said...

Congratulations to all of you. What a beautiful family you have.

marie said...

What a wonderful post...filled with absolutely delightful photos!! I think my favorite is the photo of Ryan and Braden sitting together in their jeans and light blue shirts. So adorable.
Congratulations to all. God bless your sweet family!!

corners of my life said...

Two years is a long time to keep a secret.
Well done. I can tell your heart is full.

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