S: Andrew Joseph Brown My 1st Year
FC: Andrew Joseph Brown My Special Journey
1: Andrew Joseph Brown The Special Journey Written by: Carrie Brown Aaron Brown Sarah Sumpter This book is dedicated to you, an amazing gift to all. 2009 | You grew in Sarah's belly You grew in Mommy and Daddy's heart
2: Once upon a time, there was a beautiful baby who was welcomed into the world by a loving Mommy and then welcomed into a family who loves him very much... | June 25, 2008 | Once upon a time, there was a beautiful baby who was welcomed into the world by a loving Mommy and then welcomed into a family who loves him very much...
3: May 10, 2009 | From God's Arms, To My Arms, To Yours So many wrong decisions in my past, I'm not quite sure If I can ever hope to trust my judgment anymore. But lately I've been thinking, Cause it's all I've had to do. And in my heart I feel that I Should give this child to you. And maybe, you could tell your baby, When you love him so, that he's been loved before, By someone, who delivered your son, From God's arms, to my arms, to yours. If you choose to tell him, If he wants to know, How the one who gave him life Could bear to let him go. Just tell him there were sleepless nights, I prayed and paced the floors, And knew the only peace I'd find Was if this child was yours. And maybe, you could tell your baby, When you love him so, that he's been loved before, By someone, who delivered your son, From God's arms, to my arms, to yours. I know that you don't have to do this, but could you kiss him once for me? the first time that he ties his shoe or falls or skins his knees. and could you hold him twice as long when he makes his first mistake and try to tell him that he's not alone? Sometimes that's all it takes. I know how much he'll ache. This may not be the answer, For another girl like me. But I'm not on a soapbox, Saying how we all should be. I'm just trusting in my feelings, And I'm trusting God above, And I'm trusting you can give this baby Both his mothers’ love. And maybe, you could tell your baby, When you love him so, that he's been loved before, By someone, who delivered your son, From God's arms, to my arms, to yours. ~Michael McLean~
5: Dear Andrew, Well I am writing this letter to you so that you may better understand my thinking. First of all I want you to know I love you very much! You have been the biggest blessing I could have ever imagined. When I first found out I was pregnant a lot of emotions ran through me. I was happy and sad. Also I was scared and confused. Thinking of what I was going to do and what was best for you. So I talked to my mom and at first I wanted to keep you. Then I decided to give you up for adoption. When I was three months pregnant I ran away from home. I went to live in a home for pregnant girls only. It was probably the best thing I could have ever done. I picked out a family to adopt you but always felt like it wasn't right. When I was seven months pregnant I decided to keep you. When I finally gave birth it was really hard. I pushed for 4 hours and you still wouldn't come so they cut me open and took you out. I decided to name you Luke Matthew Sumpter because I love the name Luke and it is from the bible. It took me three months to find a good middle name that would be cute and not silly sounding. So I chose Matthew. So after we left the hospital we went to grandma's house. | We stayed there for a month and then we went to great grandma's house. We lived there for 6 months and I struggled a lot. Then my dad took us to aunt Tawnya's house. I knew that you deserved a very good life better than I could provide for you. I mean I was 16 when I had you. I would never trade any moment I ever had with you and I don't regret ever having you. You're a big blessing not only to me but to Aaron and Carrie to. I knew that they were the parents for you. So I asked them if they wanted to adopt you and it went from there. Then my dad wanted to adopt you so I was going to let him. Then he tried to take care of you but couldn't. At that point I knew I was right and that mommy Carrie and daddy Aaron were the best parents for you. I could not be happier with the life you have now. And I am glad I still get to be in it. You will be able to fulfill any dream you want. And just know that I love you no matter what and I am always here for you. You will always have a part of my heart. Always and Forever Sarah
6: When you were born you had to sleep under the bright lights
13: My First Halloween 2008
16: Me and Sarah
18: We went to Kansas to visit Grandma Kay and Grandpa Scott. It was a perfect Mother's Day 2009
19: We were married in September 2007 and decided to wait a year to have children. We knew that we wanted to have kids. I have known my whole life I wanted to be a Mommy. When we met Sarah and you we had no idea our world was about to change. I’ll never forget how I felt when Sarah asked us if we would want to be your parents and even though there were some issues the first time she asked we knew that you were meant to be our child. We stated transitioning you to live with us in May 2009 which gave us just enough time to plan your 1st birthday party and Nana to get a plane ticket to meet you. Then we had to choose a name, when we first thought of what we would name our children we knew we wanted meaning for the names. We wanted them to have something special. When you were born you were given a strong wonderful name and we wanted you to have the same type of name. We decided to pick important people in our lives to name you after. Andrew is the same as your Daddy’s big brother, Uncle Andy. Your Uncle Andy and Daddy had a great relationship growing up and even better now so we decided that should be your first name. When I was little I lived with your Grandpa Joe and he was like a father to me and helped me become the person I am now so I wanted Joseph to be in your name as well. We decided Andrew Joseph Brown was the perfect name for you. You fill a part of our hearts we didn’t know were empty. Our adoption was finalized on December 16th 2009 and that day will be the day we celebrate every year. That is the day our family was completed by you, the best Christmas present we could have ever received. God blessed us with the gift of you for the rest of our lives and we will forever be grateful. We love you so much Andrew Joseph Brown.
20: Always a Happy Little Boy Bringing So much Joy To our Life
21: A boy and his dogs...
22: Bath Time for Andrew
23: Fourth of July | University of North Texas
26: My First Haircut May 31 2009
27: Sharkarosa in Pilot Point Texas June 2009
28: The 1st Birthday is a Big One Party on June 20 2009
29: Before the Guests Arrive | Family Picture
30: The Guests
32: B i r t h d a y G i f t s
33: Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday dear Andrew Happy Birthday to you.
34: Is this cake all for me? Yummy!
41: After everyone left... Daddy took a nap Nana helped me open all my new toys and I played with all of the toys
42: and played with Sarah until bedtime...
43: We are gathered here today for a very special occasion—the celebration of life and a gift that makes for the creation and union of two families. We are here to celebrate God’s answer to Sarah’s prayers and He has provided the loving family of Aaron and Carrie who will bring Andrew into their family on this day. A family where she can always be apart of his life and know that he is loved. We are here to celebrate the answer to the prayers of Aaron and Carrie that they be a part of God’s plan to be Andrew’s parents—to provide for him; to raise him in a loving, Christian home; to nurture and acknowledge the importance of Andrew’s relationship with his birthparents; and to be a part of God’s plan to bring two families together for the purpose of raising Andrew into adulthood. We must be humble before the magnitude of this event. We acknowledge that God’s plans for our lives are not always our plans—that God works in mysterious ways. God’s plan for Andrew life has been revealed in the relationship and commitment that Aaron, Carrie and Sarah share. I Samuel 1:27-28 “I prayed for this child and the Lord has granted me what I asked of Him. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life, he will be given over to the Lord.” And he worshipped the Lord there. Jeremiah 27:9-11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord. | Sarah, you welcomed your son into the world. We today celebrate and affirm your loving role in his life. In your loving plan, you have chosen Aaron and Carrie to be Andrew’s parents. You are creating a new family. May God bless you. Sarah, at this time would you place Andrew into Aaron and Carrie’s arms? Sarah, at this time do you acknowledge your wish for Andrew to be placed with Aaron and Carrie and acknowledge them as Andrew’s parents? “I do.” Today we are here to affirm the permanency and creation of a new family. Aaron and Carrie, will you promise to love and care for Andrew, to bring him up in the Christian faith, and to protect and guide him? “We do.” Aaron and Carrie, do you acknowledge your commitment to Sarah and affirm her relationship and love for Andrew? “We do” For Aaron and Carrie, and the newest member of their family, Andrew, that God may bind them together in love as a family in Christ, let us pray to the Lord. For Sarah, that her life may be blessed and she may find peace in the selfless decision she has made, let us pray to the Lord. Loving God, your Son has taught us that whoever welcomes a child in his name, welcomes him. We give you thanks for Sarah, who welcomed Andrew into this world, and for Aaron and Carrie, who are welcoming him into their family. Bless this family. Confirm a lively sense of your presence with them and grant to these parents’ patience and wisdom that their lives may show the love of Christ as they bring up Andrew to love all that is good. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
44: Dedication and Adoption Ceremony June 21, 2009
46: A New Family | Daddy Andrew Mommy dedicated to god and to each other for ever and ever...
47: Sarah got baptized | Today was a big day for everyone