1 year ago today…

We met them.  They called us Papi & Mami.  Our lives were forever changed.

I can still feel the nerves in my stomach as they rounded the corner, they were like a train heading toward us at full force.  Spanish was being thrown out rapidly, feet were running & stomping, my heart was pounding.  One year ago today we met the Fab 5.  We became 7.

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They had just ran in & are giving us pictures that they were coloring while they were waiting to meet us.

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This is when Darth backed herself in a corner & wanted nothing to do with me, luckily she likes coloring books so I wooed her back.

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Middle saying, “I’m not so sure about this guy”

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Big Brother, “I’ll push them harder than anyone they have ever known, they’ll crack & leave me for sure.”

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Big sis, “I’ll let Mami take the title, but she’s going to have to fight me for the role of Mami in our family”

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Our first family photo, we are basically herding cats

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Ahh the look of a naive parent, we knew so little back then

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Doe-eyed Mami, she doesn’t know how her world is about to change.

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Big sis, “I’m scared, I don’t want a family, take me back to the orphanage”

Ooh it was a hard day, followed by more hard days, then weeks, maybe even a month.  But we stuck it out, all of us.  We’ve become a family.  A support-each-other-always, trust-filled, beso-giving family.  I’ll still have moments where the miracle that I have 5 children overwhelms me.  Like today when we celebrated Big Sis & Middle Bro’s birthdays.  Last year she spent it in the orphanage Papi got to sing to her over Skype.  Middle Bro celebrated his the day after we met them with a small cake & 3 pieces of chalk & a matchbox car.  This year they were surrounded by friends & family, had presents specifically picked out lovingly for them, & their cakes were a representation of how they see themselves…

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A beautiful princess

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A superhero

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Please notice that he wanted the head for his piece, he even squinted so I could see the resemblance.

So different from the orphans that we met a year ago.  Because something amazing happens when you join a family; you become a new person.  This year my kids went from being labeled as orphans to: daughters & sons, friends & neighbors, grand-daughters & grand-sons, nieces & nephews, brothers & sisters (they were able to reclaim these roles specifically & unburden the adult-role that had been thrust upon them).

It’s just a daily reminder of my adoption into God’s family, & with that adoption the promise that:  “if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

At the dinnermesa,

Beth

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