2 years ago on this day, 9/5/16, Heidi Johnson and I said "yes" to a life of blessings beyond measure.
Please allow us to enter into your day by sharing how we spent ours. We spent the day celebrating the day Jakobe was birthed from Heidi's heart.
We began our celebratory day by making memories at Como Zoo in the morning; followed by our weekly feeding clinic appointment and a trip upto the 3rd floor to drop off flowers, pictures, and share lots of hugs with many of the nurses who cared for Jakobe the first 7 months of his life. Especially his special Nurse Heidi Voss who loved him from day 1.
Tired from all the fun that was had and the hugs that were shared, we came home for Jakobe to take a nap and soak up some Nurse Dawn Ogilvie snuggles.
Realizing darkness was going to prohibit us from our planned evening at the park swinging and sliding, we opted for an evening walk around the neighborhood. I'm glad we did. We met up with our neighbors Melissa and Ted Trust and their 6 week old son and fur child Nala. It was heartwarming to share with each other the joys of new parenting and the mutual experience of current and continual fatigue, along with limitless Nala kisses for Jakobe.
We concluded our celebratory day with cake and ice cream; thankful that Jakobe continues to improve his oral skills and thus has the ability to enjoy ice cream.
This day, and the previous 729 days of pure blessing have been made possible by the caring hearts of many. The list is long, and will be in this post too. We begin by lifting up and sharing our gratefulness to Rachel O'Brien for advocating for Jakobe as his Gaurdian Ad Litem and following her instincts that led us to him. Moreover, we are thankful for Melissa Fowler, Liz Lowe, and the rest of the tribal staff that welcomed us into their midst for the securement of Jakobe's well being in the now and into the future.
Nurse Heidi, Margo Kallio, and many others from the Infant Care Center on the 3rd floor that cared for him, trained us in best care practices, and encouraged us to act on the courage from within.
Our faith communities; Crystina Smith and the entire Chicken Coop Church family. They believe we are all God's children belonging to the family of Christ and have a place at the table. My mentors Pastor Ned Lenhart and Pastor Doug Olson, both parents of adopted children, and their congregations Living Water and Yellow Lake Lutheran. Bread of Life Deaf Lutheran church; for welcoming us into their midst on Sunday mornings and supporting our growth in deaf ministry and our learning of ASL. Heidi S Hansen for caring for my flock and preaching the good news of Christ in my absence. Bishop Laurie Skow-Anderson, former synod staff John Sutherland, and churchwide staff Ruben Duran and Anna-Kari Johnson; for their support in healthy interweaving of family and ministry.
Our seminary cohort family; specifically Nicole Moore Eastwood, the unofficially group appointed leader of the untamed pack. And my dear friend and proverbial fishing buddy, Chad Rademacher.They see beyond the colleagial. They minister to the heart of the family.
Nurse Dawn Ogilvie. A caring heart whom has become like family and is a profound nurse, nanny, teacher and a valued mainstay in our family's life.
Auntie Susan Yarno. Jakobe's biggest cheerleader, my treasured sister-in-law, and Heidi's best friend and anchor.
You. It is your love in action, prayers of concern and contentment, messages of encouragement, and emails of affirmation that bring a richness of possibility to each day.
Therefore it is my truth that considering the ability of the human spirit to act so boldly and to love so strongly, and the capacity for a baby to attach so freely and deeply, the fullness of love as family is greater than the sum of parent plus child; it is the sum of caring hearts in perpetual expression of Christ's love.
Thank-you for being your unique expression of Christ's love in our life and the lives of others. You are beautifully made.
Jesus loves you!