On Thursday Sept 13th our foster children... correction, OUR CHILDREN finally got their wish for a new name. It is all legal and everything.
No camera's in the courthouse so, we didn't get any pictures of them at the signing but their caseworker may have snuck one or two.
Also just in case you are a new follower I want to point out that this was HUGE occasion and these children have been through a LOT in their short little lives. These children endured more pain and trauma in their first 3/4 years than most FAMILIES see in a lifetime. Part of their past trauma involved cameras and video (we will leave itat that) so understandably, photography is a trigger for them and we have to be VERY careful. This is why you don't see many picture of them, the fun things we do, us as a family and well... ANY pictures at all of my personal life really.
SO back to the name change - It really is a big major event in all our lives but we wanted to make certain that they knew just how big this really was and was reason for celebration, so we set about making as big a deal as we could on very short notice because after all you can't really pick your day in front of the judge and they don't work weekends!
I want to introduce you to:
Those are last year's school pictures and their new names engraved on their new bibles (gifts from cherished friends on this day) :)
They picked their own names, she has insisted her name is Lucy for about a year now, so Lucy it was. The middle name we made up because I have a dear friend with the name Aubrey that I just adore and another person I adore with a daughter named Aubrey, so rather than outright steal her name, we adjusted it to sound a bit better with Lucy. She also needed a bit of guidance since her first choice for a middle name was "Peanut" (what my husband affectionately calls her)
And Liam, well his dad (my husband) and Grandpa (my father in law) are named James and they both go by their middle names so he figured it it was good enough for Dad and Grandpa, then it was good enough for him as well. He is SO proud to tell people he has the same name as his Dad and Grandpa, "but call me Liam"
This is a photo of us for a few years back but it is the ONLY picture I have of all of us together:
We are going to need some family photos from a gentle, patient, and understanding photographer. If you know someone in the Portland/Vancouver area please let me know.
“If you love someone, put their name in a circle; because hearts can be broken, but circles never end.”
We celebrated this event ON A SCHOOL NIGHT with a fun CARNIVAL theme, after all life in our house can be nothing short of a carnival experience!
We had a Bounce House
And some TREATS!
Yep, tha's me! I made cotton candy almost ALL evening long. I had it EVERYWHERE as it was a nice 92 degree evening and the wind was really blowing!
Most of all we had FUN!!!!!
We are very thankful for our friends and family who were able to travel from near and far to help us celebrate this special day.
I am also thankful to a very very crafty lady with a HUGE heart Leigh Anne Wilkes at Your Homebased Mom. Leigh Ann just had an AMAZING wedding reception for her son and new daughter in law and I do mean AMAZING (see for yourself here) She had all these wonderful booths and decorations that she allowed me to use and went out of her way to make sure we could get them for our special night. So a special shout out and a heart of gratitude to Leigh Anne. If you don't follow her blog, take a peak because it is filled each week with with amazing goodness, recipes, events, and craftiness.
This journey with our children started with a little Craigslist ad back in January of 2008. It has been full of emotions, stress, and adjustments but it has also been full of LOVE, and endless JOY! I am so thankful for this journey and to everyone who has been a part of it.
"I want to feel passion, I want to feel pain. I want to weep at the sound of your name. Come make me laugh, come make me cry... just make me feel alive."
Until next time...