The best part about being adopted is you get TWO days to celebrate YOU! Obviously we celebrate Callen’s birthday, but every year in June (exactly six months from his birth) we get to celebrate the day he became officially ours forever. Since his birthday falls around Christmas, I think we really enjoy Adoption Day a little more…the only setback is his cousin’s birthday is on the same date so we have to share that day…but that just means more cake and more parties! We never want to forget that feeling when we had official access to his records and he no longer belonged to an adoption agency…he was ours! No more home visits, no more paperwork, no more proving we were fit to be his parents…no more hurdles to jump through. It is crazy how having a child biologically is SO MUCH EASIER than adoption. We had to really prove that we could handle this versus just showing that our DNA matches…but he was worth it!
Here are a couple of pics of Callen at six months in the court room:
Then here is one on the first anniversary of his Adoption Day at a year and a half…
Finally this year as he waits for cake…hard to believe it has been TWO years!!
The Good news is: On June 14th, 2013 Callen became an heir to the Tyndall throne. We give God the glory for leading us to our child and making our family of three. I know that every moment of my life led me to parent him and for that I am thankful.
Through our open adoption, we are so blessed that we get to stay in touch with Callen’s biological family. We connect with his birthparents through Facebook, letters, text messages etc. which is great for us both. They love getting immediate updates and are so supportive to us…we are able to ask them any questions that we need to ask and I love that openness. We can thank them daily for this gift and share God’s love with each other.
But, we also get to stay in contact with his biological brother as well. He is adopted by a family near Houston and at least twice a year we get together to let them play and interact. This June, we connected at the AIM picnic where both boys were adopted. Our son is two and his older brother is six, so they have great connection in their age difference. Callen loves being the little brother, getting help from him, doing big boy stuff with his help etc and M gets to be a big brother, be in charge and set the example. It is a perfect mix. By the end, they were hugging, high fiving, rough housing and talking up a storm. It is a strong relationship that right now is simple and I pray it always will be. I know there will be questions down the road, but I pray that they will understand this is their normal and all families are different. They are fortunate to have each other and God’s hand is over this situation. We know Callen will likely be an only child which bums us out at times, but thankful due to adoption, we have contact with his bio brother. We plan to keep them close so they will have each other in the future and can navigate this life together. Open adoption provides that gift!
The good news is: Here are some pics from their meetings in the past