Friday, December 3, 2010


I can not explain the joy I had on Dec 1st.  What a way to kick off the season!

Isaiah's adoption was finalized!

I expected it to be routine but it was much more than that for me, on that day.

My computer was not working, so my "to do" list was mostly cut [a gift from God for sure]. 

I spent the morning giving long baths filled with bubbles, to the top, for "the Little's," followed by long massages.

We had Christmas music playing all day and it was just a sweet day.

Really hard to explain but I will try.

This adoption was a whirlwind for me.  From the time God birthed adoption in our hearts to Isaiah coming home, was right at a year.  

One very awesome CrAzY year, filled with major emotion.

Then he was home.

Now what? :)

Learning to parent in a whole new way. 





and a ton of prayer!

How fitting the Lord would choose to ordain Isaiah's finalization after a year of healing. 

Bringing all of us to a place of being a "whole" family.

I would love to introduce........

Isaiah Ryan Muwanguzi Vaughan


Here is how it went down:

We drove out of our driveway, greeted but this rainbow, directly in front of us.  Surely the Lord was reminding me of His faithfulness!

Then we waited.....

Friends, that are more like family showed up.......

Then court was in session!

Then after a bunch of questions that we could confidently answer "YES" to......

It was finished!

Time to celebrate with people we hold so very dear that words can not explain how I feel about them.  These people have been our cheerleaders, mentors, counselors, family and so so much more.  I love them so much!  Thank you Ron, Renee and Teresa for holding this family up in prayer and love through this journey.

Blessing to you all this Christmas Season. 

God is good!
God is faithful!
God is worthy of all our praise, all our lives!


  1. Awesome, awesome, awesome.

    God truly is faithful.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Thanks for being obedient.

    Thanks for allowing the Lord to place the lonely into your family.

    Love and blessings from the North,

  2. Yea....praising the LORD with you and your family.

  3. Yippy!!! I am rejoicing right along with you! What a joy and a gift. God is good and He is faithful.

  4. I am teary, I am sooooo happy, what a day! What a day! I am greatful I have been along to see this all go down.... I am a proud Auntie!

  5. So VERY happy for you and your family! God is sooooo good! Shedding a few tears of JOY for you right now!

  6. Been waiting for this post, wanting to share in the moment with you from so far away. Now I am crying and I don't know what to say! Thank you for obeying when God asked you to be Isaiah's mommy and daddy, to give him a family to belong to. I'm so glad he is mine, too! I have loved watching you and Justin and your family along this journey, and seeing what God is doing in you and through you. And to think it all started because you said "yes" to making a little child in Africa a part of your family! God is so good! Welcome to the family, Isaiah Ryan Muwanguzi Vaughan!

  7. yay! Praise the Lord!!! I am so happy for your beautiful family!

  8. I came across your blog from Erica's--the picture of your two youngest hugging caught my eye. They look very close in age. My daughters are 3 months apart through adoption. They just turned 4yrs old. You have a beautiful "official" family of 7!

    We are hoping to be a family of 7 come summer--waiting for our referral! :)

  9. been away from the computer for awhile so forgive the late, late comment but know that i am soooo happy for you guys. even now i am tearing up with joy for you! you are amazing.


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