Tuesday, June 3, 2008

One year today Carson was placed in my arms.

Today is our forever family day. As I was preparing for the day, my mind was reviewing the events which unfolded the day Carson was placed in my arms.
On June 3, 2008 my sister Tracey and I were getting ready in our Marriott hotel room and my emotions were intense. I was extremely nervous, joyful and excited all at the same time. I remember saying to Tracey, 'I do not think I can do this. Let's forget it and go home'. She laughed and replied "It's too late, Greta Jo." UH! My heart fell to my stomach and I started shaking. She said, "Let's go. We are going to be late." Late to my sister is fifteen minutes before the event takes place. So we proceeded to the lobby, however, once we arrived in the lobby I was too nervous to sit inside. Therefore, we sat outside on the bench giggling and conversing about anything and everything while waiting for Carson. All of a sudden Tracey looks at me with wide eyes and says softly, "Did you bring a picture of Carson with you?" I replied, "No, why?" Her response was priceless, "What if you do not recognize him and what if they switch him for another baby boy?" I laughed and said, "I know what my baby boy looks like." Then, I silently thought to myself, what if? No, they would never, well, maybe, NO, stop it, I have seen enough pictures of Carson to know what he looks like, and I did receive a few update pictures a few days ago. I will know him when I see him. Within 10 minutes of having an argument with myself, a young boy and a tall woman holding a beautiful baby boy started walking towards us. I stood up and said, "There he is, there he is!" Tracey said "Are you sure?" I replied, "Yes, it's Carson." I could not take Carson fast enough from his foster mother. As I was holding Carson for the first time, my heart was so light and I was praising the Lord. Carson's foster mother and I exchanged a few words, shed many tears together, and smiled. June 3, 2007 has changed my life forever. Carson, I love you sweet baby boy!
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Donna said...

Happy Forever Day! What an amazing year it's been watching you grow and thrive in your mother's loving care!
You're an awesome little boy and your Mom sure is lucky and very, very happy to have you!

Sarah said...

I am not a regular poster but followed you from Becca's blog. Your Carson is beautiful! Happy Forever Family Day! I love your story of how you were joined together on that very special day!

Nicole said...

What a GREAT picture!

I love to hear stories about the first time we meet our little ones. Hope you enjoyed celebrating and reflecting today!

Reba said...

Happy Forever Day! I felt like I was there watching the whole scene unfold...what a precious memory for Mom. I look forward to reading about many more Forever Days you have together. All glory to God for bringing you together!

Natalie C. said...

Happy 1 year Forever Family Day!!! They grow so fast.

Christina said...

Happy Forever Family Day Greta Jo and Carson.

Anonymous said...


Reading that story was like being there all over again and hearing you say you "Can't do this". We are going to have some great stories for Carson!


Anonymous said...

What a great day "Forever Family Day". Carson, I am so glad you are part of our family. You have a wonderful mother and she has a wonderful son. Happy Forever Family Day!

Aunt Sandy

Heidi said...

Happy Forever Family Day! What a special little boy. I loved reading about your feelings of anticipation. Of course you knew him when you saw him!

Anonymous said...

I wanted to wish you and Carson a very happy anniversary!!
I enjoy reading the blog and seeing the pictures. My goodness how he has grown!
Take care and enjoy your most precious gift.


Anonymous said...

I want to wish you and (maaaa-ma) a very "Happy Forever Day"
You are so precious. You have a million dollar smile that I hope along with your intelligence will take you to all of those dollars as you go through life. I am sure that your (maaaa-ma) with her everlasting loving care will guide you well. You are so awesome. I love you!!!!!!

Becky said...

Happy Forever Family Day! What a special story and memory from the day you became a family.

Anonymous said...

To My Baby Grandson: I can't believe a full year has flown by. You are a very special little boy and I am so glad that we were able to add you to our list of Grandchildren. When I look at you I think back to the day your Mommma got the call. A day for me that was filled with saddness and a day filled with joy. Since then everytime I look at you I know that God put you into our family. I am very thankful for that. Hope you will always know how much everyone loves you. You will always have a very special Angel watching over you, and I know she will do everying to keep you safe as she did me.
Love You.......... Mom Mom

JuJu - said...

Love it:):)

Happy Endings - are the best;)

Robyn said...

What a cutie!! Happy One Year Anniversary!!


Anonymous said...

Happy Forever Day! I know that you can't believe that a whole year has past since you were introduced to your beautiful baby boy. Treasure every moment together, as he is a blessing from God, who will bring you an abundance of joy and heartfelt love each day. Caron, we're so proud to know you. You're a special gift sent from above.

kelkel2933 said...

Dear Carson,
It seems like it was just yesterday that your mom and I were out having dinner talking about you. What would your personality be like? When would your mom finally get to hold you in her arms for the first time? But, most of all, I remember how she was nervous. Hoping that she could handle all the new responsibilities of motherhood. All along, not realizing she already was a mother. She just hadn't gotten to meet you yet. The anxiety that she felt was that of any mother.
Now a year has passed and I've gotten to witness firsthand how much happiness you've brought into so may people's lives. Your smile melts the hearts of everyone you meet!
God bless both of you on this very special day! Lots of love,

Becca said...

Happy Forever Family Day! Wow - I got chills reading this post. It took me back to when Ella was placed in my arms...

Carson - your Mommy loves you so much! I've read the posts she's written for you, and it is obvious that the Lord brought you two together for a special reason.

Greta Jo - thanks for being such a great friend. I'm happy the Lord brought you in my life, too!

Peace and Xtra Hugs,

Bobbi said...

Happy Forever Family Day Mom and Carson. The story was great. I cried as you told your sister you would know your son, and you did. Gives me chills.

Forever Family Days are so special in our hearts. But, sad as we think about the families they left behind. Today is your day soak up the love.

The Milner Family said...

Greta Jo,

First congratulations on reaching this special milestone. It was such an emotional day for me. We celebrated his gotcha day one year later in Colorado with family.

Carson is a very handsome boy. I look forward to reading through your blog and learning more about your story.

If we did live in NJ I would so give you a call. We are in AR. I know that the family is trying to reach out and to any resources that they can. Thanks for the info. I will pass along the facts about room and board being paid for.

I tried to email you instead of leaving a comment but could not find your email address and our computer is set up to not allow outside email links (I think that is the hang up) Please fell free to email me any time.

Ginger--Maya's mommy said...

Happy Forever Day!!! What a cute/funny story to tell Carson one day. First time meeting stories always make me cry. He is such a blessed little boy.

Janet said...

Happy anniversary. He is such a beautiful boy!

jajbs said...

Happy Forever Family Day!!!Carson is such a handsome little man!! Thanks for sharing the details of your special day... I LOVE reading about how families are joined together forever!!!


Sharon said...

Congratulations! We are so very blessed!

Steve & Amy said...

Happy Family Day! My how time flies! Carson has changed so much over the past year and I can't wait to see what the future holds for him. He has grown into such a handsome man. It's so neat to hear your story it brings back memories of our pick up trips. You never forget what was going through your mind and joy and nrevousness you were feeling. Sending you lots of love to celebrate this special day!

Erin said...

Congratulations, Carson and Greta Jo! What a special day. I can't wait to meet you -- very soon!

Ruthanne said...

Happy Forever Family Day!! My stomach is doing flips remembering those same nervous feelings that I had while I was waiting for Andrew. The 10 minutes before they are placed in our arms is TORTURE!! And they are feelings that I'm sure none of us will ever forget.

Congratulations!! The picture of Carson is beautiful. What a handsome little boy.

Kimmie said...

Rejoicing greatly with you Greta Jo- He certainly has blessed you! Your son is beautiful indeed.

mama to 6
one homemade and 5 adopted

Greta Jo said...
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Anonymous said...

Gret and Carson,
I love you both so very much.
Gret- you are a wonderful mother.
Carson- you are such a special boy.
You both really know how to make me smile. Gret, you say some of the funniest things. Carson, your smile makes my heart sing.

Happy Forever Family Day!

Kimberly said...

What a great memory! Happy Forever Day!!! Carson is so lucky to have such a wonderful and LOVING mother!