It’s FINALLY official!!! There are five new members of the Jansma family: Lucas Andre Jansma (11), Victoria Kate Jansma (9), Ana Clara Elise Jansma (6), Haylee Gabrielle Jansma (3), and Hudson Gabriel Jansma (3). We have been waiting for this day for a long time!
Reflecting on this adoption journey, I think back to the day we met the kids. We were delivering Christmas cookies to the orphanage. The first kid we met when the big security gate opened was Lucas. So many kids pulled at my heart strings that day, but over the weeks and months to come I just couldn’t get that eight year old boy and his four siblings out of my mind. I began to pray for them, either that their home conditions would improve enough for them to go back to a loving home, or that they would be legally free to be adopted. Several months after that visit we were asked to consider adopting this group who would be separated if a home for them all together couldn’t be found. The following six months were filled with ups and downs as we waited on God’s perfect timing. We are forever grateful for the orphanage A Father’s Heart (Abrigo O Coracao do Pai) which provided a safe and loving Christian environment that enabled our kids to begin the healing process and prepare to be a part of a new family. The end of September 2014 we received the official call that we could begin the process to adopt the kids, and now exactly two years later, that process is over and we are celebrating.
As I was glancing through the birth certificates tonight something amazing struck me. These birth certificates are no different than those of our biological children. It is incredible to think that when you adopt a child they are YOURS just as much as the child who is from your womb. Adoption is a beautiful thing. ADOPTION is REDEMPTION. It is the perfect picture of what Christ did for us when He chose us as His own.
I decided to make a celebration slideshow, and am so thankful for Karina’s help with this project. The same day we began working on the project Jessica messaged me about a song that touched her heart and made her think of our family. As you watch, listen closely to the lyrics from the song “Add to the Beauty” by Sara Groves. FAMILY is BEAUTIFUL, and adoption did indeed ADD TO THE BEAUTY of our family. Here is what Jessica wrote on Instagram when she heard the news that the adoption was officially finalized:
“Today five of my siblings received their official certificates of adoption in the mail. Tears fill my eyes on this special day because it is a reminder of how God has used their lives to so dramatically transform mine. Adoption is BOMB.”
I am forever grateful for God’s gift of family, and for how He used adoption to enrich our lives. Thank you for your faithful prayers and support for our family through this journey. Please keep praying for Landon’s process to be finalized soon!