Sunday night, I got to welcome a new family home
Sunday night, I got to welcome Colin home, along with my dear friend Kim, who, by the way, planted the seed!!!
Sunday night, I got to see with my own heart how beautifully older child adoption can change lives.
Angie, Tom and Tommy are a truly remarkable family.
While Tom could be thinking about retiring and not having more children (sorry Tom - LOL) and Angie has a great job and a beautiful little boy - a happy life, they chose to follow a path that the Lord set out before them.
They decided to follow a path that seemed impossible and impractical and down right crazy to most "sane" ( me not included - heh ) people.
They decided to follow God's path.
Never once did they falter.
Never once did they doubt,
Never once did they have worry.
They knew that if the Lord wanted this to happen, He would make it happen.
And He did...
with a little help from Angie - super woman that she is! Hehe!
You see, this family had never adopted before and had only begun to even talk about adoption when they saw his face, that one face that captured their hearts and told them that they had to bring him home and that, God willing, they would bring him home!
That wonderful face belonged to their son, Colin
Colin was 13 going on 14 and had to be adopted quickly or he would forever loose his chance for a family. This child, like so many others, at 14 years old would never know the love of a true forever family - at 14!
They were steadfast, they were faitful and they trusted that the Lord would bring their son home.
And He did...
and we got to be there
We got to witness the birth of a new family
and the saving of a very sweet soul
a very sweet 14 year old soul.
I feel so very privaledged to have been there and I thank Angie and Tom for including me and my crazy family! Picture children playing tag in the middle of the airport - yeah crazy!
Being there also brought the very children whom I advocate for, so very close. My advocacy site has so many wonderful children who are just as Colin was and who could be just as Colin is, with the love of a family.
I have seen many precious older children come home but I have seen so many more age out. It breaks my heart every single time.
I always caution families to research older child adoption VERY carefully and to pray, pray, pray about it because it can be HARD.
However, it can also be so very rewarding and is in many cases, life saving for these children.
Here are some (just some) of the very real faces of those who are "aging out," those who need a family, those who need YOU! There are SO many more just like these beautiful children!
I leave you with the face of a precious (formally aging out) child who at long last is in her Daddy's arms.
Please go to, Wonderful Waiting Kids
God bless you all, Angie, Tom, Tommy and Colin!!!