Year One

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  1. Julia Farrow says:

    Danny, I am sobbing like a baby while reading this. They are tears of joy that you have found such love in your new daughter. It doesn’t matter if she’s biological or not. There is something about that daughter that totally changes your heart. But they are also tears of sadness know that in what seems like a few short months, my baby girl will be graduating from high school and moving on into the world of independence. She is so excited, but I’m mortified! How did it get to be that time in our lives? Right now I’m wishing I had that time back. Enjoy every minute (even the difficult ones), remembering that “this too shall pass”! May God bless all of you!

    • Danny says:

      I’m horribly behind on responding to these comments, so let’s just take ’em as a group, shall we?

      Julia, thank you. We are running that same spectrum as well. Jacob (16) hits his senior year next fall. What hasn’t hit is the reality of starting an empty nest (now I’m gonna cry).

      Jeff & Mandy, so good to see you last Sunday. Thank you for walking with us in the early stages of this journey. Some of those conversations are still paying huge dividends in our family’s life.

      April, what a pleasure to hear from you! Merriem shares Facebooks updates with me from time to time on you guys. If you’re considering adoption, there’s no better place to start than by reading Russell Moore’s Adopted for Life. It was a critical read for me as we jumped in head first.

      Courtney, if Ben is serious about courting my daughter, he’s gonna have to start P90X training next week.

      Tina, no words. I just thought of you carrying a diaper bag in that Mexican restaurant in P-Town and started laughing all over. How old are we again?

  2. Jeff & Mandy Whitt says:

    From my heart to yours I can honestly say that I have felt EVERY one of these emotions in the past 5 years of Jordyns life! What a priviledge to have been blessed as her parents!

  3. April (Heard) McDowell says:

    Reading your blog posts takes me back to a time not too long ago (well okay maybe it has been a little while) when I was in your youth group. I am so happy for your family. I can’t believe how big your boys are and little Miss Haven is a doll. We have a little girl too and she also is full of personality! Adoption has been on my mind a lot lately and it seems we keep meeting other people who have adopted or are in the process. Thanks for setting such a good example for the rest of us and giving us an inside look at the whole process.

  4. Courtney says:

    this post makes up for your lack of posting. great insight from the other side. love Haven and love watching your family change over the past year and a half. 🙂

  5. Robyn Eason says:

    Beautifully said dear friend. Love you all!

  6. Amber Burt says:

    Danny, thank you for telling your family’s truths about life with a new person added to the mix. Thanks for not varnishing or glossing or sugar coating. You don’t know me, but this blog, this post on your blog is kind of changing my life. The funny part is, the life changing has nothing to do with anything you wrote about your family. Its about the way you wrote it and the freedom of expression that only comes from knowing who your are as a(n adopted) child of God. Your blog is a permission slip for me. That might not make any sense to you, but Jesus gets it. I wanted to thank you for being available for use as an instrument of God.
    -Ms. Amber

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