Cayle Neal: December 17, 2004
Cayle means "faithful and bold" in Hebrew
Alaya Marie: August 15, 2006
Alaya means "praise God" in Hebrew
And then there was cancer and surgery and hysterectomy. And years of praying and longing because we knew there were more Wilsons. We knew. And then we heard what to do and then on July 2, 2012, we got the call about her...
Meet Eliana Joy Wilson: June 30, 2012
Eliana (Ellie) means "God has responded" in Hebrew
On her first birthday
At two and a half years old and the night before our adoption, with a piece of plastic barrette stuck in her head.
Oh yes, before we go further. Did you hear the story? See walking into adoption is walking into the enemy's territory. I was so naive. We are all so naive. See keeping children as orphans, or in broken homes, or living out the lies and the generational curses of the family before them is exactly what Satan wants. Duh. And we walked into that deep darkness with the intention of bringing out three of those children. Three. And all of 2014 testified to the fact that Satan was going to fight us tooth and nail for them. All the way up to Sunday night before we finalized our adoption. Our van broke down. Of course. Our transportation to the adoption. Dwayne worked on the van all day Monday thinking and hoping it was the starter which he could fix. It wasn't the starter. He couldn't fix it. We were discouraged and feeling beat down. We opted to tow the van to a shop and rent a van for our adoption. Expenses we were not prepared for. I had been home with the rental van for no more than 10 minutes when Ellie who was running around and playing, threw her head back and hit the floor and managed to lodge a piece of plastic barrette in her head. We tried unsuccessfully to get it out. We went to after hours and they tried for 30 minutes to get it out and then sent us to the ER where they had to lance her little head and the piece came out. She walked away with one staple in her head. The night before our adoption. We arrived home at 11pm, so exhausted.
Also we were late to our adoption despite being up early enough to be there on time. Fortunately the judge was later than us. Whew! Then after the glorious moment of the judge saying, "And they now and forevermore shall be Wilsons" (such a holy moment!) we got a phone call from the shop saying that they got in the van and it started. It started. God healed the van. Satan is a punk.
But I digress.
On October 2, 2013 after a miracle, our boys moved in.
Meet Kenaniah (Kenan) Cyrus Wilson: July 18, 2009
Kenaniah means "God has established" in Hebrew
Meet Reuben Eli Wilson: March 7, 2011
Reuben means "God has given a son" in Hebrew
And finally, our adoption day...
At court. Dwayne's dad on the left, the judge with Ellie who surprisingly went right to him, Dwayne with Kenan and Reuben, Alaya and Cayle, me, and my dad.
These precious friends went to great lengths to throw a beautiful adoption party for us. I am thankful for these absolute gems as friends. Wowsers.
Carrie, Marci, and Kim. And me. But really, look at them!
There was a chocolate bar and a fire pit for smores and friends left their fingerprints on our "family tree."We are unbelievably thankful for all the people who carried us in prayer through this past year. And people left money and gift cards for us which we absolutely didn't even know was a thing. We were floored when we got home with the love given to us. Wowsers.
The kids played and ate and played some more. This is Kenan's best buddy Dakota.
Daddywayne led us in worship at the end. We wanted to end the night that way. God deserves all the glory for this great and amazing thing He has done.
Our family of 7! Happy adoption day! Wilsons forever!
Thank you all for following and praying and encouraging and loving us through this very long season of waiting. Just in case you missed the timeline, This all began for us in July 2012. Our boys moved in October 2013 and we were supposed to finalize our adoption in March 2014 and were just able to do that January 2015. If you don't know the story, most of the tale is contained in these pages and I'm sure I will complete some details here soon. If you are in this boat with us, please tell me how I can pray! If you don't feel called to foster and adopt, will you commit to laboring in prayer for those who are? You have no idea how much your prayer support matters to us!
I'll leave you with the scripture God gave me before all this fostering/adoption started:
Enlarge the place of your tent,
stretch your tent curtains wide,
do not hold back;
lengthen your cords,
strengthen your stakes.
For you will spread out to the right and to the left;
your descendants will dispossess nations
and settle in their desolate cities.