Friday, January 2, 2009

Reflections of love and a nice surprise Part 2

One thing that I love about Christmas is that our mailbox is over flowing with Christmas cards, letters and pictures of our babies that have gone to their forever homes. We look forward to running to the mailbox everyday during December for the gift of a photo from our babies. When I say we get ALOT of cards, I mean just about every family that we have had the honor of meeting sends us a card and update along with a photo ( we've had 60 babies in 6 years) so yea, ALOT. It's wonderful!! to see how they've grown, to hear about their milestones and to just reading the letters, they are dripping with love and pride, it's a priceless gift to us.

We had a baby last year, Aaron. Oh my goodness, how we loved him!! he had the biggest, brightest eyes. Gabbie fell instantly in awe and even though he was newborn, he seemed to sense her love for him. If he cried, she could walk up and touch him and it calmed him. It was amazing. It was very, VERY hard on her when he left, although she fell as much in love with his new parents as she did him. I can't explain the bond she had with him.. only she and Aaron understand that!

Aaron's parents sensed it too ( it could be that she rambled on and on ...and on.. about him their entire stay) As a surprise, Aaron's mommy made her a scrapbook of him for a Christmas gift. Gabbie walks around with it tucked under her arm. She shows everyone she comes in contact with and as they are looking through the album she tells them that "her" baby is growing up. ( cute, I know) and then when she talks to someone on the phone, she makes sure to tell them about the album and says " Did you know my baby is a kid now? ( again.. cute..)

They were also kind enough to send Logan a care package full of his favorite goodies, Cookies, candy, cologne, etc.. a very nice gesture. She thought that Logan might think that a scrapbook may have been a little sappy for a 15 year old boy, Truth be told, it wouldn't have been. He looks at Gabbie's and talks about how much he misses him and how special he was. Logan isn't much for having his picture taken,but trust me when I say that he is right there along with the rest of us, holding, kissin' on, loving the babies.

Here are a few shots of the scrapbook. There are many more pages, but I didn't want to keep you here all day!! ;) If I had to say goodbye, I am so glad to was because he was going somewhere where they would treasure him!

Below are a few of the photos from his time with our family.

Here are a couple of shots with Gabbie and Aaron. If he was awake, she wanted him, if he was sleeping, she was right by his bassinet checking on him, if he grunted, she jumped, she truly bonded with this baby.

Sweet baby Aaron!

Gabbie and "her" baby.

Here is baby Aaron with his mommy and daddy on the day they came to pick him up from our home. I will never tire of the serene looks on the faces of the parents when they hold their baby for the first time.

I feel so honored and blessed to be a part of their story. When Terry and I began our ministry as foster parents, we thought that we were just going to love and bless these babies, never realizing how much they would bless us in return. I can't even put into words the joy they have brought to our home and hearts. God didn't only use us to change their lives, he used them to change ours.


Finleypotamus said...

What a wonderful story and what a blessing your family must be to the children. God bless you!

Felicia said...

That is absolutely beautiful!

Melissa said...

That was a beautiful post! Your Gabbie and Aaron are darling together. Both God's little angels...

The picture of Aaron's parents holding him for the first time is priceless. It gives me strength and hope..

Love your blog.. thank you for sharing your life with us! :o)

African Kelli said...

This brought tears to my eyes. I am so glad you were there for Aaron and the other children you've welcomed to your home. You are a wonderful soul, especially for listening to your calling!

Dearest Jessica said...

wow that is so cool!