Forever and Ever. And Ever.

20131008-084117.jpgYesterday was the last page in Bryan’s adoption experience.

20131008-084205.jpgOur sweet son is now officially, legally, always and forever part of our family. His name is legally changed to and they will issue a new birth certificate with our names on the parents line. In the eyes of the law- it is like we bore him ourselves.

20131008-084343.jpgHe is OURS, OURS, OURS!!

20131008-084357.jpgNow as you may have guessed, this is a bit more of a formality. Bryan’s birth parents signed away their rights when he was 72 hours old. But technically Bryan was in the legal custody of the agency for the last 6 months. They did monthly visits and if they did have great concern over his safety or our competency they could have disrupted the placement and removed him. Obviously (and thankfully!!) they didn’t:) The finalization court date was the agency handing over custody and a judge making it all official!

20131008-084304.jpgAnd now- we get to say bye bye to our agency! (For Bryan at least!)

20131008-084317.jpgThis day was so special. We know we aren’t promised anything. We didn’t deserve children or a happy family. We were never promised Bryan would get to come home with us, that things would run smoothly, that he would get to live with us permanently. We aren’t even promised a tomorrow. But God has blessed us so richly and deeply. Every day with our son is a gift. God didn’t need to give so abundantly. He would still be good and loving and kind if he didn’t. But He did. He decided to reveal his greatness and power and might in Bryan’s little life, in his health, in his development and in as smooth an adoption that we could have dreamed. Every day is a gift. And we praise God continually for every one. We knew this day was coming but I’m still in awe. Thank you, thank you Jesus.



About jackielopina

Follower of Jesus, Pastor's Wife, Cookie Baker.
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16 Responses to Forever and Ever. And Ever.

  1. Christie says:

    Rejoicing with you! What a happy happy day.

  2. You tell your story in a beautiful way. Your son is blessed to have you. As a very experienced adoptive mother I can assure you that our children’s adoption story doesn’t have a last page, nor should it as it is a part of who they are forever. And ever. Enjoy your beautiful son.

  3. em says:

    Praise God from whom ALL blessings flow! And your note there about how being adopted is part of Bryan’s identity forever… really highlights the work of God in our lives and how we will always rejoice in knowing that we have been adopted by our Father! I love so many things about this post :)

    Celebrating with you from Minnesota and love you three SO much!!

  4. Michelle says:

    Your story and your faith is so beautiful! Congratulations on your beautiful son, Jackie! So excited for you :)

  5. Steph says:

    Praising God with you! What a milestone!

  6. michelle says:

    Yay! Love this. And I love how baby Bryan dressed up for his court date…so cute :)

  7. Katy Nicole says:

    Rejoicing with you too!!! Such a testament to God’s faithfulness and your trust in Him.
    Congrats!! He is sooo cute. Love your outfit!!!

  8. So beautiful! Love the pictures of you three, especially the one with his big smile. My dad was adopted his name given by his birth parents was Robert Wayne… Just a random observation.

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