This time 2 years ago, I was busy pulling everything together and packing for our journey to our amazing son Jonathan. Here he is on gotcha day eating french fries!
On November 9th, we are splurging and going out to dinner to the Chinese Buffet to celebrate Jonathan's Gotcha Day.
WOW! It doesn't seem possible that he has only been a part of our family for 2 short years. What seems even crazier is that he now is a big brother to Leo.
November is National Adoption Month. Both of our boys were considered hard to place. If you remember, we were matched with Jonathan before our paperwork was done because they couldn't find a family for him and his file was about to be returned to China. (meaning his chances for adoption would have dropped significantly) If you have ever seen Jonathan in action you know he is not hindered at all by his "special need". He is one of the most amazing people I have ever met. His personality, his determination, his spunk... and to think so many families turned down his file just because he was missing his leg.
Fast forward to April,2011, our paperwork was started, but not completed and again we receive a call about a little boy who desperately needs a family and Bethany has run out of options for him. Leo becomes part of our family. We are still waiting for the day when legally he becomes a Shafer. It's just a formality. Leo is a Shafer. After all, he looks just like his brother. His smile, his giggle, the light in his eye... yes there is more to Leo's care but we would and will do anything for this little guy. He deserves a mom and dad who love him. He deserves a mom and dad who will advocate for him and get him the best possible medical care. He deserves a family.
So, what about you? This November will you consider adopting? This November will you consider foster care? This November will you consider supporting a family in their journey to adopt? There are so many ways to care for the orphan. Will You?