Now, there were no tally marks yet..that came later. Hannah started by saying that all the kids felt that this child was meant to be in our family. She gave their reasons...
1)He plays basketball like Joseph
2)He can dance like Charlie
3)He is sweet like Caroline
4) He is smart like Hope
5) He is cuddly like Sam
6)He has a good personality like Hannah
"He has the perfect mixture of all of us!"
As you can imagine, by this point the waterworks have begun for me.....I have never in my life felt like God was more present with our little family. All of us, spread on the couch and floor...discussing the life of one of His children. It was so incredibly spiritual, it is hard to put into words.
Then the kids each said why they would want him. They all said sweet things, but when we got to Joseph....his big eyes filled up and he wouldn't talk. Finally he said...
"because he doesn't have anyone, and he needs us..." through choked up sobs...
then Caroline started crying,
then Hope..and when Hope started it was if a tiny snippet of her beginnings bubbled up. She sobbed and sobbed. I know she identified with Shawn...she WAS Shawn three short years ago. She couldn't explain it...she just cried.
So the voting began...we all made our marks, (they even voted for the dogs!)
He (being the logical one in our group) needed to think about it...but said it was the most serious he felt about a child since Sam...
then I prayed...and prayed....and prayed some more...
and then 3 short days later....it was Darrin who called the meeting.
He called us together to tell us that we were going to get Shawn!! We jumped up and down, and cried, and celebrated!!!
And on St. Patrick's Day (which has special significance for me!) we sent in out Letter of Intent to adopt him.
And on my Daddy's birthday (who passed away when I was 19) we received our Pre-approval to be his family.
And now...we wait and celebrate the 7th child in our family.
The child whose siblings faught so hard for.
The child who is so loved by so many already.
The child who is wanted and will be cherished.
So if anyone had any question in their minds of why we would do this again.....put your hearts and minds at rest....
you have your answer...
Shawn is our son, and without him our family is not complete....the answer is not why, it's why wouldn't we??
"And whoever welcomes a little child such as this, in My name, welcomes Me"