Adoption Day

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In February of this year our family grew by two when Steven and Luke came to live with us.  Tomorrow morning, the 19th of December, 2011, we welcome them into our family permanently in the Homer, Alaska courthouse.

These guys aren’t complicated kids. They don’t understand the size of the world and they don’t know much about the things in it.  They don’t know about city buses or traffic rules.  They don’t know there are theaters that play ten movies.  They don’t know about politics or government.  They don’t know about skyscrapers and gangs, borders or the color of skin.  They don’t know about much of anything outside their small world.  And they don’t care.

Because they know how to survive from what they can find on the beach.  They know which sea creature to pull from which rock and that they can eat this one raw, and this one not.    They know about fishing and working with their hands. They know about being tough.  They know about being hungry and they know what to do about it.  These guys know about starting a fire and they can walk outside in the dead of winter in shorts and not be cold.  They know how to make do.  They know how to make a family out of just the two of them and they know how to stick together.  They are survivors in every aspect…and in that way, they make all those worldly “smart” kids…look dumb.

They don’t know big words.  And they don’t make big sentences.

But “adoption”…they know that one. It means they are here for good.

The word “adopted”, to these two, is huge.  They love to say it.  They love to talk about it.  They love the way the word “adoption day” rolls from their tongues.

And they like the way that feels.  They like the way that sounds.  They like the way that…is.

“I will change your name.  You shall no longer be called…wounded…outcast…lonely or afraid. I will change your name.  Your new name shall be…confidence…joyfulness…Overcoming One…Faithfulness…Friend of God…One Who Seeks My Face.”  


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45 Responses to "Adoption Day"
  1. Sharon says:

    You are an awesome woman, with an awesome family and I am insanely jealous that you live in awesome Alaska. I love your blogs. GOD Bless you all….Oh, by the way, your kids are beautiful!

  2. countrygalbelieves says:


  3. guest says:

    Congratulations to the boys and to the rest of the family!  I love the song you posted at the end – it is one of my favorites!

  4. Lks says:

    YEAH!!  WOOT WOOT…no more home visits!!! YEAH!

  5. Tyme2fly_lydia says:

    We have tears of joy for Steven and Luke!  Thank you with our whole hearts for sharing their story with us…..♥

  6. Rivers3Lady says:


  7. Chelsea says:

    God Bless You for giving these kids the most important this in the world. You are my hero and I pray someday I will ne financially capable of bringing some needy children a home with the four kids I have and giving them a home. Happy adoption day. Congratulations! Thank you for all you do.

  8. MJ says:

    Congratulations to you all!

  9. Valerie Pienaar Landon says:

    Love this! Congratulations, all of you. A friend’s little boy used to tell people, “I didn’t grow in my mommy’s tummy like most kids. I grew in her heart.” Such a beautiful thing!

  10. Congrats!!!   I’m so happy for you.   I have 3 adopted Siblings and love them more then anything.

  11. Pam says:

    love and believe in adoption !  Thank you for making room in your life for these boys !

  12. KayCee says:

    Happy Adoption Day to the whole Family!!!!   I wish you all a lifetime filled with much love, laughter, tenderness, courage, patience, understanding, peace and many, many new Adventures!!

  13. Danielle says:

    I am so truly happy for them. Thank you, thank you! Beautiful post Keri!

  14. The Atomic Mom says:

    This is so great!  Good luck guys, and welcome to the family, forever! 🙂

  15. JessicaC says:

    So awesome!  You are such an amazing woman and an inspiration…..

  16. jen says:

    ok total tear jerker!  Congratulations to all of you <3

  17. Shirley Braun says:

    Congrats!  I’m going to cry!

  18. Gina Goodman says:

    They are beautiful but even more beautiful is that you will all become a family 🙂 I am overjoyed for you. You have found the ‘true’ meaning of love in these little guys 🙂 I know your life will forever be enriched because of it!

  19. April Collins says:

    Happy Adoption Day Everyone. 

  20. JniceC says:

    Merry Christmas, and God Bless Us (YOU) every one!

  21. Emweglarz9 says:


  22. Jbost says:

    Welcome home Steven and Luke!!  Congrats to you ALL!!

  23. Chrystle says:

    Yay! Congratulations!

  24. SuzanneS says:

    Tears for them… both happy and sad. Sad for what they’ve known in their past, happy for what they now know with you. They are so blessed, but I am sure I know what you would say… as most adoptive parents say… that we are the ones who are blessed to be given these children.

  25. Sophiapelton says:

    this is so beautiful! i am crying. congrats to you, your new boys and all of your family. thanks for sharing your joy!

  26. Patriziaf says:

    Congratulations!!! I guess you’re about to go to the court house. I’ll be thinking of you!

  27. Congratulations! What joy for all of you!

  28. SLC says:

    Congratulations to the whole family

  29. Erinfoster Stylist says:

    Now that I am balling my eyes out…..I want to adopt every homeless child in Atlanta……!  Your heart is so big and wonderful…..what a testament you are to the way life should be…..simple but meaningful !!  Thank you 🙂

  30. Stephanie Fraser says:

    Congratulations!  They are beautiful boys I think you’re lucky to have each other.

  31. Candace Elmore says:

    Wonderful post. Beautiful boys! I was told that when I was about 3, I proudly announced that I wasn’t born, I was adopted. We still celebrate the day our son arrived in our family – not his adoption day, but his plane day.

  32. Cathy P says:

    This is awesome, Ive got a huge smile on my face and a tear rolling down my cheek. Youve given these boys exactly what they need. A home. A family. Love.  Congrats!

  33. Jwashington_06 says:


  34. Pam says:

    … Emmanuel, God with Us… some 2000 years ago, December 19th, 2011, and forever

  35. Nickole Sluiter says:

    <3 beautiful

  36. LSF says:

    Congratulations on the new additions to your family!!

  37. Stephanie says:

    Bless their hearts!  Congrats to all of you in making it “official”. 

  38. Summer Salter says:

    My heart sings for all of you. What a blessing!

  39. carolinachrissy says:

    Happy Adoption Day, everyone!  What a beautiful Christmas present!!!

  40. SarsRichardson says:

    This post is my favorite by far. Congrats to the newest Riley boys!

  41. Laura says:

    Have you seen this?   Your words at the end made me think of it 🙂

  42. Beth Haynes Butler says:


  43. Meg says:

    They are also beautiful. May they have a life that is long , full and loving.

  44. Friday says:

    I wish I could be there just to see the excitement on their faces.  Congradulations on this special day.

  45. Tara Dong says:

    Beautiful….as always….congrats on growing your family with these two special souls.

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