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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.

Fol­low her on Face­book, Twit­ter, MeWe, and Social Quod­verum.

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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.

Follow her on FacebookTwitterMeWeand Social Quodverum.

Hit Da Tech Guy Blog’s Tip Jar or hit Juliette’s!