My husband and I were introduced to Camden Lee in 2017. The adorable red-headed, blue-eyed, freckled face boy was four years old. At the time, the little guy was fatherless. His mother had all ready laid his father to rest.

When our son married Camden’s mother in 2018 he chose to adopt Cam and officially make him his son. Proud parents we were on the day we were given this news, and on the day that Cam became our grandson.

Lauren and Cam entered a ready-made family. Macy, a few weeks older than Cam, and Zane two years younger, Cam gained instant siblings, and soon, they became the three amigos.

Tom and I hoped that Cam would accept us, but we knew it would take time. He, after all, has grandparents that have been with him and loving on him since birth. We would have to prove our love. One day spent together, just me and Cam, I saw the tide turn.

The turning point came when I took Cam for his first-ever convertible ride. We drove to the parks where TJ played as a child, and we talked. Walking a trail in Forest Park, I felt him reach for my hand, and my heart melted.

Walking hand-in-hand we came upon a book box with books and magazines inside of many genres for all ages. Cam pulled out the quilting magazine saying he knew I would like it. Together we flipped through the pages deciding which quilts were our favorites.

We didn’t bond over a conversation of the Immanuel Quilt, but we did connect over a conversation of quilts.

The cherry on top of the end of the day was when Cam said, “I don’t want to go home, I want to stay with you.”

God loves us and His plan from the very beginning, was to adopt us and make us a part of His family. He proved his love for us by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins.

Tom and I hoped Camden would accept our love. On a much deeper level God wants us to accept His love. He desires to spend time with us, hold our hand, and hear us say, “I want to stay with you.”

“In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.” Ephesians 1:5