The picture above that stole our hearts. We needed her! (We think she and Birdie look a lot alike!)
This was an “update picture” we received during the long adoption process. She was so thin! And during the adoption process we lost our home to a fire. It set us back actually an entire year which was horrible as our sweet girl waited, unaware that there was a family who was going through “more rigamarole” to get her home than we could have ever imagined!!
But God was astoundingly faithful and eventually Emma and I went to bring our precious, long-awaited girl home! She was 8 years old and weighed just 27 pounds! That’s approximately the weight a baby who is about a year old should weigh!
She said, “Mama” over and over. And she ate and ate and ate! No doubt food had been seriously limited. Once home, we would let her eat till she was satisfied. Everyone would be done, the table and dishes done and she was still eating! Sweet baby girl.
Daddy and the kids came outside to carry her out of the car! It was Christmas Eve. Sweetest Christmas gift we were ever given! We hurried around and dressed for the Christmas Eve service!
That Christmas Eve service Daddy had the joy of introducing Jubilee Promise to our church! Look at her face! Her expression is why we love our life! We really, truly could have missed this!
Jubilee’s adjustments were not easy but by God’s abounding grace, unconditional love and unwavering perseverance she has adjusted beautifully. She actually has a fan club around the world!! On the home front, she keeps everything in order!! She’s my shadow and some days she is even my skin! I couldn’t imagine our lives without her!
She is the first “lifer” we brought home. We knew that the future for her would be painful without the unconditional love of a family. We joyfully jumped on board! She was ours – we knew it!
And just like that – our precious girl turned SIXTEEN the day after Christmas! She doesn’t really understand what all that means, but we celebrated like there was no tomorrow! Jubilee adores Ruby and insisted she sit with her as she opened presents. Ruby was thrilled!
For those on the fence about adopting “lifers” let me just say, “It was one of the best decisions we have ever made. The Lord has faithfully provided all we need and then some!” I shake my head – really, we could have missed this!”
If I explain that you have wished her a happy birthday and show her the wishes she will smile big! Feel free!