More than a profile

Bart dedication - glasses

Before we adopted our son we knew he had an undiagnosed genetic syndrome,

We didn’t know how unique and individual his personality would be.

We knew he had vision challenges,

We didn’t know how desperately we’d long to see the world through his eyes.

We knew he had kidney disease,

We didn’t know how diseased our own hearts were.

We knew he was in an orphanage for 4.5 years,

We didn’t know how much we would ache for those lost years with him.

We knew he had speech delays and spoke a different language,

We didn’t know how easy it would be to communicate love with a laugh, a song, and a snuggle.

We knew he had developmental delays,

We didn’t know how delayed our own spiritual development was.

We knew he had challenges with eating and growing,

We didn’t know the intense joy and pride that could be felt at his first bite of a new food.

We knew his muscles were physically weak,

but we did not know how strong he really was – the intense weights he carried daily.

We knew we’d be spending a lot of time at the doctors,

We didn’t know how special that one-on-one time would be.  How much bonding would occur in that setting.

We knew about the risks involved in adopting an older child, out of birth order, and with special medical and developmental concerns,

We didn’t know how much the fears associated with those risks would melt away into the intense love for our child, our son – not of our flesh, but still miraculously ours.


Before we adopted we had a profile.

We had paperwork.

We had reports.

And we had fears.

We had doubts.


But now?

Now we have a son.


And nothing else matters anymore.


3 thoughts on “More than a profile”

  1. I’m very happy for bart and for your family. No words can express how much thankful i am as bart’s social worker. I was about to resign from my work but i stayed because i promised bart that i will find his forever family. There were times when i was about to lose hope but everytime i saw Bart smiling, laughing and actively playing as if he was not sick, i remind myself not to give up since Bart is not giving up. God is so good that he granted what we had wished for. He is now with his forever family that accepted him unconditionally. I left HMV fulfilled and contented knowing that i have done great things in the life of these children who needed families that will love and accept them. Thank you so much Terhune family. I miss you so much Bart.


    1. Grace! Oh my! Thank you so much for these sweet words. We are forever grateful for the love and dedication you showed our sweet Bart!! You are an incredible woman with a beautiful heart! Bart sends his sweet hugs your way! Please keep in touch! And give our love to handsome Maximus!


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