This week, we filled out the application to officially adopt Jafta. We have been waiting to do this for three years. I can’t tell you how exciting this is. My heart skipped a beat when I saw the name “Jafta Jordan Howerton” on an official document. All his life, his doctor’s records, school forms, passport . . . everything has been under a different name, which was always a pianful reminder that he was not “ours”. To see his name with “Howerton” typed behind, was just beautiful.

It should be about four months until these papers are processed and we can go to court to finalize his adoption and make him a legal member of our family!