Almost tweleve years ago our family was blessed to have our daughter Michaela (or Micki as we affectionately call her) come into our home. A little over a year and a half later we were blessed to make it official when we went to the court house to go before a judge and have him sign the adoption certificate. Micki unofficially signed it with her Cheetos fingers. A couple months later we experienced an even greater blessing to go to the Denver Colorado Temple to have her sealed to us for eternity. (For more on our belief about eternal families you can go here and here)
If you have read on Micki’s profile you know that she has some special needs. The majority of her needs go to her lack of communication (which is one thing we are really working on). We believe that she understands most of what is said to her so we take that assumtion and talk to her like she understands what we are telling her. If we think she is not getting what is being said we help her to learn.
When it comes to her knowledge about adoption we tell her about her birth parents and how they loved her so much and how they made wrong choices by taking bad medicine that made them sick. We talk to her about her daddy Brian and mommy Patty and what they are doing better in their lives now. (She sees her daddy Brian a couple times a year, but she has not seen her mommy Patty in a long time which we wish could change).
We also talk to her a lot about when our lives will be blessed through adoption again. We tell her what an awesome big sister she will be and how she can be a big help to mommy and daddy. We also tell her how we will get to go back to the temple and have our new family member sealed to us.
We look forward to the time when the Lord will bless us with a new family member and we can have the joys that adoption will bring our life.