Thursday, December 22, 2011

An Early Christmas Present!!

I have to confess.  I have been keeping a little secret from blog land...for approximately 1 year, 1 month, and 14 days, but I officially can share today!

Last year, my sister and her husband - Val and Rob - made a decision to become foster parents.  They went through the training, prayed A LOT, and prepared Carolyne and Sam for the possibility of other children temporarily staying in their home from time to time.  They continued on about their lives, even selling their home and moving in to another, prepared to take a child at any time they were called.  Well, 2 days after moving in to their new home, they got a call.  A sweet little girl had been born 2 days prior (the day they moved!), and was needing a foster home to go to - could be for just the night, or maybe a few days.  Without hesitation, Valerie immediately said "YES!" and before we could blink, they were pulling in to the driveway with the tiniest of babies that had just been released from the hospital!

Well, long story short, those few days turned in to weeks, and then months.  This sweet little girl fit perfectly in to their family, and Carolyne and Sam had fallen in love with her!  Then, in May her biological parents made the decision they were just not ready for this responsibility of parenthood, and wanted Val and Rob to adopt her!  We were all in shock, and overjoyed at this gift the Lord gave to our family.  She had been with Val and Rob since the day she left the hospital, and we all knew in our hearts she was meant to stay in their family!  After several months of paperwork, praying, waiting, hearings, more paperwork, more praying, more waiting, and then a final hearing...I'm proud to announce today Val and Rob no longer have a family of four, but are an official family of five!  
No more "4 Favorites" for us - we've grown to 5...the newest addition to mine and Brad's list of "Favorites" - Miss Jenna Beth!  
Both Carolyne and Sam are named after family, and when selecting a name for their newest addition, it was only natural that she also carry a family name.  "Jenna" is after Rob's grandmother, "Beth" is after a long line of Elizabeth's in my mother's family.  She has been called Jenna Beth since the adoption process began over 6 months ago, and never once seemed confused, but like that has been her name from the start :)  We are overjoyed that we get to be a part of Jenna Beth's life, and that the Lord has entrusted her to Valerie and Robby!  Since you've missed out on her past year of life, here are just a few pics to catch you up to speed (from my iPhone of course)...  

On the way to the zoo!

Swimming at Aunt Hayley's...

Happy 4th of July!

War Eagle!!

Celebrating Carolyne's birthday!

Celebrating at Sam's Super Hero Birthday! 

Fun at Mama J and Papa's house!

Happy Halloween - Jenna Beth was the CUTEST pink poodle EVER!!

Happy 1st Birthday, Jenna Beth!

As you can see, she is without a doubt the cutest, sweetest, and HAPPIEST little girl!!  She brings so much joy to our family, and we are so blessed to have her in our lives!  
Thank you, Lord for the wonderful Christmas present of Jenna Beth!

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations to the new addition to the family! She is a cutie! I hope you had a very Merry Christmas and that the new years brings you the things your heart most desires.