Well this post is LONG LONG LONG overdue. I meant to write it many times and then life happened. Today I had the chance to sit outside under a big oak tree, sip ice tea and watch my kids run and play in the sprinkler. There was a wheelchair parked on either side of me and I just soaked it in. It was great. It lasted about 4 minutes before “someone” needed something, but those four minutes were bliss 🙂
We have said soooo many times that there are zillions of things we could have NEVER imagined about our family. But double digits…. we never imagined that… then again, God does say He will give us more than we can ask or imagine 🙂 Yup- He did. We have 10 kids!!!! what??? really??? when did that happen? Life flies by sometimes really fast. I feel like just a few months ago we moved to Texas, but its been two years next week! wow.
So just yesterday- 24 hours ago we brought home our newest addition- Jadon Emmanuel Martin, age 6 1/2. Just 10 weeks before that we brought home our other newest addition- Jaron Christopher Martin, age 6.
Here’s Jaron Christopher-age 6: (can you tell his name mean’s to cry out with rejoicing ?) 😉
As you may have known, the boys knew each other from school, even though they were not blood related, they were destined by God to be brothers.
Here is their reunion just yesterday when we brought Jadon home. This picture was snapped by Mrs. Farley the second we wheeled in the door:
I just LOVE this picture. For so many reasons. I just love Jarons excitement when he saw Jadon wheel in!!! I love that everyone is circled around celebrating. I love that they are both holding their daddy’s hand. I love that our wonderful friends, The Farley’s, were there too. (They are an adoptive family too) I love that our family verse Ps 37:4-6 in hanging on the wall in this picture (thank you Nikki- you’re awesome for making that). I love that Joanna is just staring at her daddy with this big grin as he grins!!!!
Some of you may be wondering- wait a second last I checked you had adopted little baby girls back in CT, what has happened since then. Well first I’ll show you those “little baby girls” now and then I’ll give you their brief story.
This is Joanna (age 5) and Jaron sharing her kitty with her new brother. And Sarah (age 6) helping in the kitchen. My how they have grown!!!
So way back in October, we went to Florida for an adoption match meeting to see if our family would be a good fit for Jaron. We went in knowing we would say yes- everything had been so clearly orchestrated by God, the writing was on the wall. But the officials needed to say yes. So on October 16th, 2014. They said yes. And we went to meet him the next day. During that visit, we found out about ANOTHER little boy who needed a forever family too.
Then, jump ahead to December 16th, 2014, when we had an adoption match meeting for the other little boy. They said yes. And Jill flew down to meet him and spend time with the first boy, while Sean watched the kids.
It took some time and lots of paperwork! About 7 months time for each boy, which is a little long, but shorter than if it were a foreign adoption. 🙂 All in all, we made a few flights there to visit the boys. Then we drove as a whole family down in May to pick up Jaron in person. That was a fabulous journey and we even got to stay with amazing friends (The Whiddons) and family (The Williams). It was soooooo hard to only pick up one boy and leave the other behind. very sad.
If we look on the bright side, it gave us 10 weeks to really know Jaron better and for him to know us, before we went and got Jadon. Since, we had just driven clear across country 10 weeks prior, and early in October, we opted for Jill to fly and get Jadon while Sean stayed home with the kids. There are only so many road trips you can do in a year… (and we have a special wedding of a friend coming up) so we preserved our days this way.
We will be celebrating our DOUBLE DIGITS growth later this fall in late October when TX weather is beautiful and the boys have settled in. THAT will be some shin-dig!!!! (Keep your eyes open for that)
Here’s the whole crew:
Jacob- age 14 1/2, avid cello and piano player, bee keeper, chicken raiser, entrepreneur, and lover of statistical analysis projects with his dad at work. Great encourager and big brother. Always helping fix things around the house- which is really important when you have lots of siblings the break stuff.
Sophie- age 13, die hard animal lover, extremely hard worker, servant’s heart, awesome cook, takes care of the goats on our farm. You would never have to ask- she would willingly die 10 times for each of her siblings.
& Sam- age 12, goofball, ham, never met a stranger, always eager to help
Josiah- age 12, TOTALLY wants to become a cowboy. If he is indoors too long, we all know it !
Joel- age 12 (well in one month) – Year 11 was huge for Joel, began initiating conversation/speech, choose to potty train (I write this to give parents of special needs kids hope) and LOVES making pumpkin and apple pie, takes care of the pigs on our farm.
Jamie- age 10 1/2- our resident puzzle princess, learning how to climb stairs and couches with only her arms are her big accomplishments this year!!!
Jadon- age 6 1/2- loves music and just discovered listening to extra loud crickets in TX is fun!
Sarah- age 6- her life is a musical- her whole life- did we mention WHOLE life 🙂 she helps Jacob with the chickens and loves the sprinkler. This year she learned to read! She is such a great helper in the kitchen and is learning to help with breakfast everyday!!!
Jaron- age 6- loves to laugh and be silly, loves music and helping outside in the garden. Loves to swing and learning to walk across the room to the piano 🙂
Joanna- age 5- born with a huge heart and genuine love for her siblings, especially her new brothers. She loves animals, mostly baby ones, singing songs and dancing. She takes care of the ducks on our farm- all by herself with NO help (she would want to be sure you know that). She has named all 16 of them with fabulous names life Puff Noodle, Princess, Momma, Necklace, Fritzy Poo, and more 🙂
That’s all for now….. until the fabulous Miss Alma calls again 🙂