As if life wasn’t crazy enough with nine children 11 and under, the months following Judson’s birth I had this feeling down deep in my gut that we would be adopting again soon. Judson was born the end of February and as my tender heart worked through dozens of doctors appointments for his little hand, by mid-June we were meeting with a young lady who was considering adoption for her unplanned pregnancy. By the time he was five months old at the end of July, Judson was a big brother to Shepherd.
People often mistook them for twins, since their coloring was similar and Shep grew SO QUICKLY to easily be mistaken for the same age as Judson. The confused look when I would say say that they weren’t twins but were five months apart was priceless. And we worked through the challenges of an open adoption over those first few weeks, months, and years.
All of our other adoptions are closed– which means that neither the birth family nor our family have any knowledge of each other or contact. But the circumstances that allowed Shepherd to become a part of our family included his birth mother’s desire to still see Shepherd two times a year. I won’t lie… At first, this was heartwrenching. Difficult beyond all imagination. But over the course of the last 8 years God has done a work in our hearts and in the life of Shepherd’s birth mother that is mind-blowing.
Shepherd David was a name I had picked out even before we knew this little boy was coming.
Ezekiel 34:23 says:
“I will establish on shepherd over them and he shall feed them– my servant David. He shall feed them and be their Shepherd.”
I had read this chapter so many times in the months and weeks before we knew about Shepherd and felt certain the Lord was leading us to adopt a little boy and this was to be his name. And I can’t tell you how much it means to Shep to have his father’s name…He always introduces himself as Shepherd David and tells everyone he’s named after his father!