Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Day God Gave Me a New Name

It's been one year. ONE YEAR. It's hard to believe, but true. Time really does fly. A year literally seems like just a few instants and sleepless nights.

In May 2010
And yet, here I am, a year later.

My favorite shot of him. Feb 2010. He was the lion for our class circus.

April 10, 2010 was (probably) the best day in my life up to this point. We were told 4 days earlier that our soon-to-be-adopted-son would be moving in on 4/10. I remember every little moment about this day. I will spare you the details, but I won't ever forget the anticipation. I wondered how he would be. I wondered if he would come willingly or with tears. He, in fact, came willingly, excitedly, and actually called me "Momma" as we pulled away. {He was ready...}

His first night with us. Superman jammies and all.

We had been waiting since October, when we first learned he would be up for adoption. Those 5 months were some rough months, but we did learn a lot about God's timing, worshiping while we waited, and enjoyed many "kidless moments" as we awaited our sweet brown-eyed boy.

D with his favorite person - Daddy

Before that special day, I was Joslyn. I have mild OCD which annoys everyone I know (sorry!). I was a teacher, referred to as "Mrs. K" by 80+ previous students, the families, and other students in the school where I taught. {In fact, I was "Mrs. K" to my brown-eyed boy the day before I became Momma.} I would sleep until noon if I could. I would go to sleep at 10 p.m. if I could. {I love sleep!} I crafted on weekends while watching chick-flicks when Aaron worked {out of sheer boredom}.

Swinging...seems we go to parks to do this more than anything else.

Now, I'm still mildly OCD. I can't help myself. I am only "Momma." It's rare to hear my old name anymore, and since I'm staying home with him, there are no "Mrs. K" references. I am still a teacher...most moments are "teachable moments" with a 5 year old. I rarely go to bed before midnight, and I usually am up before the 8 o'clock hour. The latest I've slept in this year is 9 a.m. {and that was the one and only night we have been away from him in this year!}. I craft now because I love it (and because I'm cheap), but I have to fit it in 15 minute segments or when he's napping (which is rare).

Family Night downtown. Fall 2010

His laughter and silliness fills my days now. His mischievousness (if that's a word) now keeps me alert and on my toes at all times. His "energy" (aka hyper-activeness) helps us stay active and busy. There is literally never a dull moment around here. His snuggles warm me all the way to my toes, and when he touches my face and says, "I love you, Momma," there is no greater feeling. Sneaking kisses and tricking him into the next time I can kiss him (he is 5 now, you know...he's starting to like them less :-( ) is the next thing on my to-do list always.

My boy does like his ice cream. Cooling off on a hot day over the summer 2010.

I'm a Mom now. It's exhausting and fulfilling. It's purposeful and draining. It's rewarding & meaningful always. And I wouldn't trade it for anything in the whole world. Seriously...the BEST.JOB.EVER.

Can't get enough sleeping shots of him. He falls asleep all the time in the car now that we don't take naps!

God, thank you for the gift that my sweet brown-eyed boy is. Thank you for your timing, and the way you had this worked out long before I did.


  1. LOVE THE SUPERMAN PJ'S! This totally made me cry. I know motherhood isn't always easy, but the privilege truly is ours, isn't it? ~contented sigh~ LOVE his dimples and cleft chin!

  2. Thanks, Pauline! I'm pretty fond of him, and so very blessed to have him! I wouldn't have it any other way. And yes, I agree, the privilege is truly ours.

  3. Congratulations on a beautiful year spent with your wonderful son =) There's nothing like motherhood and I'm so glad that you've been able to experience it with the boy you were meant to mother. What a gift!

    On another note, I love to read posts like this in blog-land. My husband and I are hoping to adopt and it's so encouraging to see other happy families at the other side of the bridge =)

  4. @ Sarah - I get God-bumps when I hear of others interested in adopting! I am adopted, and I believe in it WHOLEHEARTEDLY! We would like to have natural children, but we will definitely continue adopting! I might be one of those Mommas driving a 15 passenger van! :-)

    Thanks for the encouraging words! :-D

  5. Thanks for the comment on my blog! I came to check out yours and was so emotional reading this post! It is so special to be a mom and you sound like you're a terrific one! Congrats on the one year!! I'm also your newest follower! :)

  6. How awesome that you get to be this little boys mother/father and he your son! This post was very touching. God bless your family. Thanks for stopping by my blog www.imnotsuperwoman.com I am follower #33! Whoo-hoo!

  7. Thanks for all the sweet comments! I'm so happy to have new bloggy friends!

  8. LOVE this!! Thank you so much for linking up with me at Motherhood is Calling. What a precious gift adoption is...you've been doubly blessed by it!