BC: Stefon Israel Peterson Adoption Date:
FC: Our Journey to Adoption | By: The Petersons
1: Once upon a time there was a man and a woman and two mischievous pugs. Life was good but it was a little quiet around the house. You see, this man and woman didn't have any children. They longed for a child. They prayed and prayed that God would make them parents. One day, they got an email from their social worker. She told them of a boy who was 9 years old and wondered if this man and woman would want to meet him. His name was Stefon. The couple excitedly decided that, of course, they would love to meet him! So it was arranged. The first meeting was to be on November 1st, 2010. It was a Monday. They were to pick him up from daycare that afternoon and he would come and play at their house for a few hours.
2: This is the couple in the story....before they met their son! This is Adam and Jessica Peterson....pre-Stefon. When this picture was taken, they had no idea that such an awesome little boy existed. This is the summer before Stefon came into their lives. In this picture Adam was 27 and Jessica was 28. Okay....now we can get back to the story! Keep reading :)
3: Adam and Jessica were excited and nervous all at the same time. What would Stefon be like? Would he like them? Would he think they were boring? Would Stefon be friendly??? As the day got closer Adam and Jessica got more and more nervous and excited. Finally, the day arrived. Adam and Jessica drove to the daycare and went in to meet this little boy. When he walked out of his classroom, all of their fears melted away. "Oh hey!" he exclaimed as he bounced out of the class. His foster mother had told him that there were new parents that needed help being around children and she had volunteered him for the job! So he was up to the challenge. Stefon gave his little sister a kiss on the forehead to say "goodbye" as he walked out with Adam and Jessica and rode with them to their home.
4: They had pizza, played action figures, went for a walk and played with the dogs. The night went by quickly and after the couple dropped Stefon off that night they knew they wanted to see him again. So they emailed their social worker to arrange the next visit. The email lines stayed wide open as the couple made sure that Stefon's next visit was planned with them well in advance each time. And after each visit, they couldn't wait to see him again. | This is a photo taken at Cheddars. This was one of Stefon's first visits with the Petersons.This was on a Sunday after Church.
5: These are some pictures from Stefon's visit with us for Thanksgiving! He got to meet the whole family and enjoyed playing with his cousins!
6: These are some of the photos from Stefon's visits. These were some of the very first pictures taken of this family that God put together.
8: This is the day after Stefon moved into our home. These pictures were taken at our "Welcome Stefon" party. Family came over to celebrate. This is the picture we used for our Christmas card that year too. | Stefon moved into our home on December 11, 2010 | Our "Welcome Stefon" party was on December 12, 2010.
9: First Christmas! 2010
10: These are some of the pictures Stefon wanted to take of his new family members. These are pictures from the Holiday season of 2010
11: These are pics from a "Welcome Stefon" party thrown by some coworkers at Home of the Innocents. The party was at Gattiland. It was a ton of fun and the guests bought our family a zoo membership as a gift.
12: This was our first trip as a new family to visit our good friends, the Crook Family. They live in Noblesville, IN. Stefon had a ton of fun meeting them and their children.
13: These are some pictures taken around the new year of 2011. This is Stefon right after he got his new Mohawk haircut! And below is Stefon and dad getting ready for the Bears game! | Below is Stefon and mom playing Legos in Stefon's room. Stefon loves to build things with Legos and blocks. | Stefon trying on a new look with some fake teeth
14: This is from Stefon's first sleepover. His cousins, Stone and Caleb came to spend the night. They all three had matching Spiderman robes. They watched movies, played and ate good food!
15: This is a picture of Stefon playing in our back yard in the snow. There was actually quite a bit of snow that year. | These are some pics from a birthday party that Stefon went to at Kazoing. Right before that we went shopping for some new sylin' outfits.
16: These ars some pics of Stefon's room. The night before Stefon moved in, Adam and Jessica went shopping for some Star Wars bedding to make Stefon's room extra special when he arrived. Later, a few weeks after Stefon moved in, the family piled into the cab of a pick-up truck and went on a daytrip to Ikea to get Stefon these shelves for his room. Baxter and Melvin are trying them out. I think they approve.
17: These are some pics from a "Clue Party" thrown by a friend. Stefon was Professor Plum, Jessica was Mrs. Peacock and Adam was Mr. Green.
18: Stefon Turns Ten | Mom made Stefon a Star Wars Birthday Cake | Stefon Turns Ten
19: Stefon had a fun party. He played with his cousins and his friend | Pizza | Cake and gifts | Fun with friends
20: Here are some different pictures that were taken for no special reason. Just pictures of life with Stefon. Stefon loves to show of his sweet dance moves. He loves to spend time with his sisters and cousins too.! | Dance party with the cousins
21: To the right is a picture of Stefon with mom and below is Stefon with dad. | Just Stefon being Stefon
22: Stefon got to throw out the first pitch at a Louisville Bats game. His mom didn't realize she signed him up to possibly win this opportunity, but apparently she did....and he won. So he got to go to the dugout and the field, meet players, get autographs and throw out the first pitch.
23: Stefon also played baseball in the spring of 2011. It was his first time ever. He was on the Mets.
24: Field Day 2011. Stefon's mom and dad came to participate and Stefon's Grandma came too.
25: These are some family pictures taken during the summer of 2011. Also some pictures of some of Stefon's chalk drawings :)
26: Karate | Karate
27: Stefon loves to play Hockey
28: These are some pics from the Louisville Science Center and another pic of Stefon eating some dessert when we went out to eat.we love to spend time together.
29: Alex, Aurelio and Stefon | At Huber's to pick pumpkins | Stefon with Grammy and Pops
30: This is on Thanksgiving 2011. This is Stefon with the dogs in his nice outfit.
31: Thanksgiving 2011 with mom and dad.
32: Stefon and Mom at the Christmas Performance at Childtown. Stefon sang "Jingle Bell Rock." Stefon is wearing the same outfit he will be adopted in!
33: Mom- by Stefon | This is a box created at the "Drive in Movie" at Grammy and Pops'. All the kids made their own cars out of boxes.
34: Stefon, I love looking over all these memories over the last year that we have made with you. We have many more memories to come. I love you so much and and am so blessed to get to call you my son. I can't wait until adoption day. I love going for runs together in the park and love shooting hoops together. Every day is more exciting with you in it. What did we ever do before you were here? I love you so much. You are such a great kid and I'm so proud of you and proud to be your mom. Wow....I'm so lucky to get to be called your mom. I love you forever and always, goober jinx. Love, mom
35: Stefon, Hey bud. I can't believe its been a whole year. I still remember that first day we came to get you at Child Town. A year later and you are almost Stefon Israel Peterson. Its been awesome to see how much you've grown in just a year. I can't wait to see how you continue to grow into a young man. I look forward to all the things I can teach you and all the things I learn from being able to be your dad. You are such an awesome little guy and I couldn't imagine our life without a serious dose of Stefon in it. I'm so proud of you son and I'm so happy to be able to call you son. You've made our family complete. I love you so much , bud. Love, Dad