Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Commitment Ceremony


Last weekend when the Rancho Chico clan were here, N & C suggested having a ceremony to reaffirm J's place in the family.  They are brilliant!  The seed was planted and the plans started when they drove out of the driveway.

Tab (another trauma mom who still doesn't blog dang it) wrote the most perfect vows ever (I'm posting those later).  I scrambled to get a necklace together (again another brilliant idea from N & C) and a music box ordered to be here in time. 

On June 25, 2011 a commitment ceremony took place between J & I with Tab's husband, Jody (a pastor), officiating.  When her adoption went through in 2007 I was just praying she didn't tell the judge she wanted another family (or major expletives of hating me) and it took years before she was ready to be a family girl and accept love.  This has not been an easy journey or either of us.  Today, almost 5 years later, she wants to be my daughter.  Who knew?


Kristy came and she energy tested both of us to make sure we both were serious about the commitment. My friend, Connie, was the event photographer. J's long-time sitter and our friend, Ashley, was there as well.  The whole event was beautiful, meaningful, poignant and affirming.   There wasn't a dry eye in the house. Wishing the Rancho Chico fam could've been here with us but they were here in spirit. 

Kristy energy testing J.


Left to right: Jody Anderson, Tab Anderson, me, Jordan, Kristy and Ashley.


Here's a close-up of the family jewels:

Our commitment certificate created by Tab (can you spot all the words - mother, daughter, Lisa, Jordan, Amos, Family, Faith, Hope, Believe, Love, Commit, Kind, Courage, Peace, Forever.)  Tab is super talented as you can tell.

At the bottom Tab listed our gotcha and adoption dates:

The journey from this side is so much sweeter because of what we have gone through to get here. 
Never, ever give up!!!!!

13 comments:

Sarah said...

oh! I have so many tears! I needed this tonight! Thank you so much. I really think I need to up and move so you and Tab can be my neighbors. <3

Story of our Life said...

my love...you have me crying like a baby!!

Soooo beautiful and wonderful! I so wish I could have got to know you more while we were in Orlando.

(((((HUGS))) to both you and your beautiful daughter!!

Love, Gala

Kelly said...

This is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. Such a sweet and meaningful experience. Oh my Lisa. I can't even find the words to express my thoughts on this. And that art piece is amazing.

Diana said...

Whoa! Stink! Where's the tissue warning?? You caught me totally off guard with this one! This is BEAUTIFUL and PERFECT! I love it! Crying many happy tears with you!

:)De said...

BEAUTIFUL!!

Denise said...

Unbelievably amazing. It made me cry. I love the whole concept, the family jewels, and the certificate. Just perfect. Can't wait to read the vows!

Lee said...

So beautiful and I needed to read that this morning! Congratulations and blessings to you both.

BT said...

What an incredibly amazing idea. So glad you ran with it. And J was ready! That is a huge thing to celebrate and honour.

Tara - SanitySrchr said...

What a gorgeous and amazing act of love, dedication, and faith. I love to hear this really awesome stuff.

Ranger said...

What a beautiful idea! I'm streaming here. Jordan will remember this all her life.

matryoshka said...

I LOVE it....

waldenbunch said...

Pure sweetness.

Kathleen Benckendorf said...

awesome!