And now it comes full circle.
This November, Citizen will run the follow up article, "Our Adoption Story" by Tara Etter.
|An overflowing garage = overflowing hearts.|
|The Etter family defined.|
|Vivien loves seeing where her big sister lives!|
|Vivien is modeling a size 2 Mae, and I am in an Amelia dress (it has POCKETS!)|
|'Roe-ing with Mom and Rebekah!|
|LLR goodies sold during Kerri's fundraising Album Sale!|
|No USCIS employees were harmed in the events that occurred on Aug 4.|
|"You asked for miracles, Theo. I give you the F. B. I."|
|Kerri & Newborn Noel|
In February 2014, my husband Matthew and I had exactly three days' warning that our one-week old baby boy was coming home!
After a quick Target run with my best friend (who had given birth to her son literally 30 days earlier!) to get diapers, wipes, and a NoseFrida nasal aspirator (just in case) we were ready!
On Friday, the 28th of February, we loaded up an empty car seat, formula that we had no idea what to do with, tiny diapers and a 0-3 month outfit and set off!
After more than an hour of signing a tower of paperwork at the adoption agency, the door opened! In walked Noel's birth mom holding the tiniest 6lb bundle of baby in a blue and white crocheted blanket with two itty-bitty feet popping out the bottom!
Noel's birth dad was close behind and the two of them handed us our son to hold for the first time. And just like that we were parents!
The next 3.5 years would fly by quicker than we knew, and we were blessed to have an open relationship with Noel's birth parents. They are able to see him grow and thrive and play with trains and worship Lightening McQueen! They haven't missed a birthday party or museum visit yet! We are one big family.
We are so very thankful for the gift of adoption and what it has done for all of us. While having a very unique start and story, we actually feel very normal. Our normal.
I was more than ecstatic when Tara told me about Jenny and asked if I would be willing to participate in a fundraiser event. I assumed she asked because she knew our family has been so blessed by adoption too! Nope! She had no idea! She just loves LuLaRoe and thought it would be fun (and it will be!!) How awesome to see God working in this incredible story of bringing Jenny home. Time and time again He has stepped in and just proven to their family how this is all 100% meant to be! I'm excited to play a very small part in bringing another child home to their family!
|Shop LULAROE KeRRi DailoR for JENNY!|
|WDW, Jan 2017|
|Vero Beach, FL, 2016|
|Justin, portraying Jesus in Graceway Bible Church's "Christmas Live"!|
Therefore, the soldiers did these things. But standing by the cross of Jesus were His mother, and His mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, "Dear Woman, behold your son!" Then He said to the disciple, "Behold your mother!" From that hour the disciple took her into his own household.The miracle is that Jesus created a family! Although the passage is primarily cited as an example of God's caring for widows (housing a widow was customary with Jewish law at the time), I keep coming back to the fact that Jesus didn't just say "Hey, you should take care of this woman!" He used words reserved for an extremely personal relationship: "mother" and "son."