December 26th is a pretty big deal in our home. It’s this girl’s birthday and yesterday was a big one for her! Jubilee Promise turned 21!!
A little trip down memory lane to find our princess…
Meeting Mama for the first time, December 2009.
I was stunned at how teeny-tiny and frail she was! It turns out that although Jubilee was days away from turning 8, she weighed only 27 pounds! Let that sink in. Precious girl had been nearly starved.
For months after coming home she ate and ate and ate and ate. The table would be cleared, the dishes done and she would still be eating.
Emma went with me to bring Jubilee home. So many memories of that trip!
Emma, Jubilee and I reached home on Christmas Eve 2009.
Meeting daddy and some of her siblings….our new home built after the fire is in the background….We moved in just as we were leaving for China to bring her home.
Daddy introduced Jubilee Promise at our Christmas Eve Service. She understood zero English, but loved being in her big, strong, kindhearted daddy’s arms.
You know friends, Jubilee was the first “lifer” we brought home. We knew when we signed the paperwork that we would get to keep her for the rest of our lives. Her needs were/are profound. And we have only one regret. That we couldn’t get to her sooner.
This girl is such a joy to all who know her. She’s tenderhearted, kind, helpful, loving, and has a great sense of humor.
Daddy Daughter Dance right after she came home.
And slowly, we can see the smiles beginning to emerge! The healing power of God through the love of family. From discarded orphan to needed, wanted and celebrated in her forever family!
Dw and I are convinced: The only true need a special needs treasure has is for a family – forever!
Jubilee loves her brothers fiercely and “Gray-ah” is one of her favs. He thinks she’s pretty amazing too.
Jubilee went with me to Uganda in 2021 when Emma was about to deliver. She had a blast and can’t wait to go again. She loved being with Emma and Josh and their family. And from the pictures you can tell she love, love, loved being with the Gems!
Oh! And she’s a baby whisperer. Graham and Savannah are foster care parents. They’ve had close to 20 placements. They currently have a precious newborn and this is how you will find Jubilee. She talks to the baby so tenderly and holds the baby for hours. (I actually should record Jubilee.)
She adores Ruby and comes to see her as soon as she wakes up each morning. She has two nicknames for Ruby… “No-Joe” and “Jay-Lo”…LOL. She’s never heard of the “famous” J-Lo but Elizabeth and I get a kick out of her calling her Jay-Lo….
She’s my shadow, somedays my “skin” and always my best buddy – such a beautiful gift from the Lord.
We celebrated Jubilee all day yesterday and last night, per her request, we had potstickers and homemade Oreo cheesecake.
Happy 21st Birthday Jubilee Promise!! Mama’s heart aches that you waited eight years for us to get to you, enduring all kinds of yuk. But you know Jesus now, have been baptized and there’s no doubt, the Lord surely blessed us beyond measure when He gifted you to us. You are a delight to all who have the pleasure of knowing you. And you have a pretty sweet fan club out in the blog world too.
Oh that every family would have their own Jubilee Promise! The world would be a sweeter place, for sure!
If you are able, please wish her a Happy Birthday. I will read with her all the messages and she will beam from ear to ear.