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!
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.