by baldilocks

It’s difficult to share a positive story and resist the lure of garnering those outrage eyeballs with a negative one. That thought came to me as I was searching my usual sources for something provocative to write about.

So much negativism and cynicism out there! I admit to, sometimes, being a purveyor.

Just a few minutes ago, I happened to glance up at my bookmarks bar only to find link to a sweet story, one which I’d planned to share on Father’s Day, but didn’t. In my defense, I was thinking of my own adoption(s).

So, here’s the story.

We walked into the courtroom a family of five and walked out a family of six.


My other children absolutely adored him. He could bring my wife to tears with a smile and a giggle.

Now, four years later, none of that has changed.

My three older children still adore Levi. And he still melts my wife’s heart — her hugs and smiles for him are endlessly enthusiastic and warm.

But Levi was once not my son. And now he is. Levi was once not a brother to my children. Now he is. He was once a stranger to the traditions of our home, he was not mentioned in our prayers, he wasn’t a family member around our table — now he is.

We hang four Christmas stockings where once we hung three. We exchanged single beds for bunk beds.

Levi’s life changed four years ago. He gained a new family, a new father and a new future.

Often, I share stories like this one via my social media and do so without much commentary other than this preamble: “Good News,”

Now, it most certainly is that, but I remember why this story of adoption got to me: the great joy and love expressed by the father, who is the author of the piece.

I am again reminded of how much goodness there is out there in the highways and byways of our great country. And, sometimes, it right next-door!

Did I exhort you already to read the whole thing?

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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