And Tween Boy Makes Six

You guys, I have a son. Almost.

He’s 11 years old, totally adorable, and has completely captured our hearts with his freckles, infectious giggle, and love of all things boy.

Legos? Check. Comic books? Check. Pokemon? I don’t even know what that is.

But, I’m about to.

We have had weekend visits with him since April, and yesterday they finally told him of our plan to adopt. His foster mom reports he hasn’t stopped smiling and was already packing. We’ll pick him up for (hopefully) one last visit this weekend and should officially be a family of six next week.

Over the last couple months, I’ve learned a lot about the way foster care system works (slowly), how boys are different from girls (completely), and adoption working it’s way into your heart (quickly). On his first night here, I went to bed with my heart so full.

The feeling was familiar, but it took me awhile to place it — because it had been nearly 8 years since I went to bed on the night one of my babies was born. But that night, I was ending another day of falling madly in love with my kid, totally amazed at how this little boy could carve his place in my heart so quickly.

I love him so much, and he’s already one of us. The teen calls him Mini-Me. The youngest adores him. And the tween has always wanted a twin.

This is as close as she’ll ever get, and they’re already inseparable. She’s moody all week and ecstatic on the days we get to pick him up.

Which is not much different than the hubby and me.

This visitation period was necessary for school and transition, but it hasn’t been fun for anyone. There’s a lot of travel and uncertainty. I’m excited that this time, he will know he’s coming back. He will know his room is truly his.

He will know how very much we want him.

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Heather Sokol is the married mother of many amazing, active children through birth, adoption, and foster care. They have created in her a Sports Mom, Scout Mom, Band Mom, Dance Mom, Allergy Mom & avid coupon clipper. Is that miscellaneous enough for you? She shares her deals & tips at and reports progress on learning to be a grownup at justheather tagged this post with: , , Read 94 articles by
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  1. Wow what a fantastic thing for that boy AND for your family.

    I got chills reading this and one day I hope to have a similar story!

  2. Laura Bleill says:

    I am so excited for all of you. Congratulations on your new addition.

  3. Amy says:

    I am so happy for your (now slightly bigger!) family!

  4. dude. this is so awesome.

  5. Leticia says:

    Wow! I had no idea! That is truly awesome!

  6. chrisgharmon says:

    I got chills & goosebumps reading this!
    Couldn’t be happier for you guys!

  7. Melissa says:

    So happy for you (and your new son)!!

  8. Julie says:

    Congratulations to all of you!!

  9. Mir says:

    Congratulations, Heather and family! Such wonderful news!! 🙂

  10. Sarah Cass says:

    There are tears in my eyes as I read this. It’s beautiful and heart felt and I am so thrilled for you and yours!!

  11. Very happy for the 6 of you!

  12. What a beautiful thing for your family to do for this little boy.
    I know that you will all get so much more out of it than you put into it. God bless you for your love.

  13. QuatroMama says:

    I’m over the moon excited for you! Xxoo

  14. grace, peace, and many blessings on your new addition mama. 🙂

  15. Angie S. says:

    So happy for all of you! What big, crazy changes for your family this summer – but big, crazy, happy ones!

  16. Katie says:

    Awesome . Just awesome.

  17. Corrin says:

    Congrats! It sounds like it was meant to be.

  18. Renae says:

    Congrats Heather! That is sooo cool!

  19. Oh Heather, this makes me so happy. I don’t know if it’s just because I’m only a few months behind you, but the amount of joy in my heart I have for you right now is more than anyone would probably think is reasonable. Especially for someone I only know via the internet. Maybe when we get a placement, we’ll be close to the right age to hang out together.

  20. WHEE!

    oh this makes me happy.

  21. Heather, we need to meet up someday and swap spit and stories lol, thanks for sharing !!! And for giving this beautiful boy a home and mama

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