It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for! It is my honor to introduce you all to our son, our Bonus Boy:
If you’re crying over that sweet face right now, you can be guaranteed that I am too.
Yesterday was a very, very big day!
We all wore flamingo apparel to the courthouse. Why, you ask? Why would we all wear flamingos for our special day in court?
Because we are a flamingo family. See, our oldest son Asa started a flamingo-wearing tradition a few years ago at the beginning of his freshman year of college. He started wearing some sort of flamingo apparel every Friday, dubbing it “Flamingo Friday.” It was so much fun that slowly we all started picking up flamingo socks and shirts also. Last year I even decorated my re-constructed bathroom with flamingos (because how else can a mom living in a household full of males have a PINK bathroom, am I right?!?!).
Anyway, flamingos. We love them. It’s a Coppinger thing.
So it only made sense that on this special day when we were adding a precious new one to our flock – we should all wear flamingos to celebrate.
So now it’s official! He is Brayden, our Bonus Boy. He made our youngest child become a middle child. He made all six of us reevaluate our priorities. He made us dig down and examine what it means to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Jesus daily. He made us let go of the idea of soon having an empty nest, and helped us embrace the beauty of a home that starts over and embraces God’s better plan.
He made us the Coppinger7.
I stand in awe of this and of all the unknowns that God has yet to reveal.
While the adoption is now final, we realize that the journey is really just beginning. Yes, we are incredibly blessed to have this opportunity. But there’s no such thing as a “happily ever after.” We find that we need to constantly be in prayer over each day, asking for wisdom and guidance as we navigate roads we haven’t traveled before.
More than anything, we’ve learned that having an open heart to “whatever it is God wants to do in our lives” means that He’ll likely take us to a place we didn’t expect. But what better place is there than one that God leads you to Himself? Guaranteed, through it He will always provide for every need.
We praise God that our open hearts led us to this challenging and beautiful new life. Welcome to our world, Brayden Coppinger. You are dearly loved.