Thank you for hanging out with me! From day to day you never know what life will throw at you. And it will often be this way in my blog as well :) But lest RUN WILD and LIVE FREE in this amazing adventure together!
Jayden had a writing assignment for school about his name. It kind of caught me off guard because we never really had a deep meaningful reason to name him Jayden. It was just the name we both liked. But after digging into his name I am quite fascinated!
When he was born in Guatemala his birth mother gave him the name Edgar Enrique Ical Xol. I never gave that much thought. Just knew I couldn’t see myself calling my son Ed or Edgar. So we decided to change his name when he came home. But did you know Edgar means fortunate and powerful? And that Enrique means head of household? These names were specifically picked for him, whether or not we all knew it or not at the time. Looking back how fortunate have we been to be able to have him as our son? And how fortunate was he to be able to come to America and have a loving birth mother in Guatemala who was willing to let him go to give him the best life possible! And after just the 9 years our son has been on this earth he has already shown how powerful he is in so many ways. He is physically, mentally and spiritually powerful. At his tender age of being a new born he was by all means not the head of a household. But this also denotes power and strength. Something he was going to need to be able to become our son, even as a baby. And to this day he has such a strong personality and one day he is going to be an amazing leader of his own household. God’s hand was in this child’s life from the day he was born.
The name Jayden also come from the bible. In the bible the name is spelled Jadon. The name Jayden means “God Has Heard”. How awesome! God has heard so much in his life. He heard his father and I praying for him and his future from the day he was conceived still through today as he is raised in our family and will become an adult. God heard his birth mothers heart and her love for her son and watched over her and Jayden through the entire process and again continues to do so. God Has Heard and continues to hear every big and small thing we bring to Him.
Though at this time Jayden doesn’t see the need or deep desire to understand the name his birth mother gave him, and that is ok, I know that this name along with the name we gave him were God breathed and handpicked for him! What a rich an amazing story he has and we didn’t even know it.
The Lyrics for the song “He Knows My Name” sum it up so well:
“I have a Maker
He formed my heart
Before even time began
My life was in hands
He knows my name
He knows my every thought
He sees each tear that falls
And hears me when I call
I have a father
He calls me his own
He'll never leave me
No matter where I go”
Jeremiah 29:11New International Version (NIV)
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Sorry for the big gap between posts. First the end of summer break caught up with me and kiddo and I had so much we wanted to yet do! And then the adjustment to school life during the first week of school makes that first week a bit more hectic than normal!
But I thought I would share with you our story of adopting my awesome son. : ) My husband and I got married in 2004. We knew we wanted to have a family. With me having Autoimmune Hepatitis it can be more difficult to become pregnant. And my husband has the light skin pigment on some areas of his legs. Which is an autoimmune issue as well. So we decided between both of us having an autoimmune issue we didn’t want to take the risk of doubling up on that and having a major issue brought into a child’s life. I have also always felt a draw to adopt. So we decided to go the route of adoption.
From there we explored our options and with the requirements that were based on each countries requirements we decided Guatemala was our best choice. We quickly got our paper work done and sent in in December 2006. By the first of February 2007 we got a phone call that a little boy had been born ( we wanted a boy) and they sent us his picture. We accepted our referral right away!
From there we were very lucky to get monthly updates on the progress of his growth. His name in Guatemala was Edgar and we had decided to change that when he came home as well. We were so blessed to also be able to receive pictures of his mother and be able to send gifts down to him through the process. All these updates and pictures are in a scrap book that we often look at as a family. Our son has been told from day one his story and how God brought him into our lives.
Our adoption was finalized in December 2007. We got the phone call and within 48 hours had to be in Guatemala City. We were there over my birthday as well which was fun and exciting along with very different. We were able to see the city of Antigua and stayed in Guatemala City. What a culture shock it was! Yet was a beautiful place as well. We also were able to learn more about his birth mother. At the time we learned she worked in Guatemala City cleaning and made what would be the US equivalent of $150 a MONTH! And she also had 3 boys that are biological siblings to our son still with her in Guatemala. I can’t even imagine raising three almost teenage boys on just $150 a month. As their biological father had just left either right before or right after our son had been born. Leaving her alone! We feel that his biological other made the ultimate sacrifice of giving him up for adoption so that he could be able to have a life that was less risky than staying in Guatemala. That she had the most incredible love for her child to be able to let him go to complete strangers and trust that his life would be fulfilled and rewarding. I pray for her and the rest of his family there often. Along with his foster mother. Our feelings on this have also been shared with our son so he knows he has been LOVED beyond belief since the day he was conceived and that God has an amazing plan for his life!
The other thing we feel so blessed about this process is that they shut down international adoptions out of Guatemala in January 2008. One month after we came home. How God had his hand in every step of this process that normally take over a year and it only took us 11 months. How amazing!
Our hearts have been so filled through this process. Not only that but being able to meet his biological full sister that is also here in the United States! We have an extended family that we never could have dreamed of having.
There are so many times in my life I see God’s hand at work. But how can I deny His presence through this?! There is no way. God had a plan for us as a family. And God has such an amazing plan for this baby, who is now my little boy, getting close to a young man who has such an amazingly kind and giving heart! I am so proud of him and can’t wait to see where the future brings him.