Growing Family

We adopted my sweet Cruz May 11th.  Mom, Mimi, Gale, Matt, Maddox, and Hope Hudson came for his adoption.  It lasted only about 20 minutes…we walked into a courtroom and the judge asked if there were any uncontested adoptions.  Our representative went forward and told him about our adoption.  Then we all went into a room adjoining the courtroom and the judge spoke for a few about some relative he had that adopted and a few other things, then he checked the paperwork, signed a few things, and we were done!  No more visits from social workers (at least for Cruz) and he is now an official Powell. 

If that wasn’t enough excitement for one day, later that afternoon we got a call about 2 girls that needed an immediate placement.  We had already discussed taking them for the summer, but they needed to move that exact day.  oh my!  We weren’t really ready, but they were coming anyways.  “Belle” and “A.J.” arrived around 6:30 that night.   A.J., a beautiful, happy 14 month old and Belle, a very active, sweet and playful 2 1/2 year old.  Those 2 girls have sure rocked Cruz’s world lately!  It has been a huge adjustment for our household.  The garbage, the laundry, the dishes, the meals, the messes.  Ugh!   But, the girls need parents.  

I know that God’s ways are higher than our ways and his thoughts higher than our thoughts.  He planned long ago for us to have these kids in our home and in our family.  I only wish there were some way for everyone to understand that we are choosing adoption, not for lack of fertility or anything like that, but because we love kids.   God has a heart for adoption and redemption and in a way, adoption is like rescuing kids.   I love the idea of being a rescuer, bringing them into a safe place where they are loved and accepted just as they are. It’s a beautiful thing created by our Father God. 

I pray that our family continues to grow a little bit more…I would like to be pregnant once.   No hurry though 🙂  I am amazed at the women I know who had 5 or 6 kids.  I don’t know how they did it, I have a hard enough time keeping sane with 3!  I love them though, and pray that God brings them closer together quickly, for Cruz’s sake.  This is probably the hardest on him.  It breaks my heart to see him struggle with the shared attention spread among the 3 of them.   He’s a special boy though and I know he will be a wonderful brother to those girls.  He loves the baby and calls her “Sugar” like his daddy.

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