Celebrating our adoption day
You likely remember that we traveled to Ethiopia last January with three other families. One family was the Andersons and they adopted two little boys who we just adore. The boys are deaf and Jillian, their mom is a sign language interpreter.
The other day, I surfed over to her blog and came across a post that included this story:
We recently received a Christmas card from Rosie’s family. Her and her husband’s little baby was in our travel group, and Morgan Yisak loves him dearly. It had 3 pictures of baby A on there…Morgan Yisak asked if he had turned one years old yet.
“Yes, he is one now,” I told him.
He pumped both fists in the air and slightly leaped off the ground and giggled. He signed, “He made it! I love baby A. He not dead.”
Turning one is a huge celebration to Morgan Yisak-it means they made it out of infancy and the loom of death and sickness.
Morgan is 7 years old and, yet he already knows how precious, how fleeting, how impermanent life is. He knows that it can be taken from you in a moment, that nothing is guaranteed, that life itself is reason for celebration. On Tuesday, December 29th, we will celebrate the day our adoption was legalized in Ethiopia. In honor of our baby and in memory of all the babies who do not make it to their first birthdays, we will make a donation to Hopemongers as part of our celebration of this union because we believe that the only just world is one where turning one is not a surprise.