This post should have been written a month ago, but life has been a bit crazy. Please forgive the delay.
A year and a half ago I wrote a post about our decision to become foster parents. While some of you know what came of that, others may not yet know. So, here is the rest of the story up to this point.
|Dawson, 5 months old|
As I mentioned in my previous post, 5 month old baby “D” was placed in our home a couple days after we were licensed as foster parents. Baby “D”, whose real name is Dawson, was an amazing baby. He “fit” into our family immediately. The only thing that was a struggle was he woke up every 2 hours or so crying and needing a bottle. Or, so we thought at the time. Later we discovered he had a digestion issue.
Dawson was in our home for 2 months before he was placed with some local family members. His uncle and aunt lived at the time in Lolo and were willing to care for him. Saying goodbye to the little guy was incredibly hard – Miriam and I were a wreck all day. The only solace we had was that Dawson’ family had asked Miriam to babysit him a couple of days a week, so we still had some contact.
|Dawson, Easter 2018|
In the meantime, 2 other foster children, a sister and brother, were placed with us. We cared for them for a couple of months until they were placed with some family. At that time, we were notified that Dawson’s placement was not working out and that he would be put back into the foster system. Would we be willing to take him again? There was no hesitation – we said yes. And so, at the end of March, 2018, Dawson was returned to live with us.
At the time when we applied for foster care, we were asked numerous times whether we were interested in adoption. Each time we said no. We had raised our children. The last one was getting ready to leave the nest. We were looking forward to having time for just the two of us. And so adoption was not at all on our minds. That is, until Dawson was returned to us.
Within days of his return and his folding back into our family as if he had never been gone, Miriam and I were quickly agreed that if Dawson was eligible to be adopted, we were willing to do that. It was not what we had planned originally, but we are both still convinced it was and still is the right thing to do. And so began 15 months of waiting. Mom quickly terminated her parental rights. Dad was sporadic in his visitation until he finally voluntarily terminated his rights in the spring of 2019. That opened the door for us to apply to be Dawson’s adoptive parents.
|Dawson, 26 months|
And so, on July 17, 2019, we stood in front of a judge and formally welcomed Dawson David Boschmann into our family. It is a bit of a terrifying responsibility, in that Miriam and I are no longer young parents, but we are trusting God that He is in charge and He has a good plan for this young man. We love him dearly and are so glad that God brought him into our home that October a year and a half ago. We thank you for all of you who have supported and prayer for this situation, and we pray that together we will be able to watch Dawson grow up to be a godly man of God.