A couple months ago, our family was asked to take in a little 9 month old baby boy. I had many emotions about the possibility of doing this. My first feelings were that of glad, but this glad was very quickly followed by fear. Fear because this is a little Native American baby and there are no guarantees that we will get to keep him. He is specifically being placed in our home as a foster to adopt baby. He has been in foster care his whole life and reunification with his birth family does not seem likely. I was not overly enthusiastic about taking this baby because our family is still walking through the grief of losing the twins. What sane person would even consider another heart break? But, God has restored some of our families hope because after asking our family what they thought, everyone was up for taking another baby. I will admit I kind of dragged my feet a little on this whole thing initially. But, the enthusiasm of our kids, softened the fear in my heart. Everyday during prayer time, the kids would pray for this little guy and ask if we were going to get him. I’m not actually on a list to receive any babies (or any children at all for that matter), but people just know we are open to life and think of us when a baby or child needs a home. So, four days before Christmas, little Joseph joined our family. He really is a bundle of sweetness. His pillowy cheeks beg to be smooched. He is a very calm, contented baby. His dark, serious eyes watch everyone intently. If we get to keep him as a forever family member, I’m guessing he and Zachary will be great friends. Five months separate their birth dates. If we don’t get to keep him, well then we will just love him, and feed him healing foods as long as he’s with us. I know that welcoming Joseph into our family could end up a very painful experience for us. We could love him for a few years and then lose him. But this seems to be what God is asking us to do right now. And for right now, we seem to have the courage to say “yes” to Him and to little Joseph.
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