May I introduce you to Jayden David Word, our "J-man."
He was our first child, placed into my nervously shaking arms when he was just two weeks old. Two years ago, we didn't know whether he would be with us for a month, a year, or longer.
It never mattered. He was our son. No length of time, last name, or his future plans would dictate our love for him. From the moment he entered our home, we counted each day we were given with him as a gift.
Jayden had his very first bath in our kitchen sink, took his first steps in our living room, and has spent the last 765 nights getting smothered with our bedtime kisses.
Yesterday, Brian and I sat with him in front of a judge, and expressed our desire to love, guide, and care for him forever.
While we answered a few questions from our lawyer, Jayden spent the time yelling out in the courtroom, "Baby!" as he scanned the room for his little brother. When he located Tyson, he realized that his brother was eating a snack and proceeded to scream, "Snack! Snack!" until he got one too.
Thankfully, the judge didn't seem to mind pretzels crumbs dropping all over the floor in his courtroom.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this family of mine.
I've got much more to share, but for now, I'll leave you with some pictures of our special day.
We are so very grateful for this little life that God has entrusted us with - he is our absolute joy.