On Tuesday, we sat in a Louisville family court room next to our lawyer, with the support of a dozen friends and family. Our court was under the rule of a very kind judge who spoke one powerful word- irrevocable. This one word spoke volumes to us. The judge used it to communicate that what had just happened was unchangeable, something no one could ever take away from us. He had just made the adoption of Asia into our family official. She was ours and we were hers. No one or no thing could change this ruling. It was irrevocable.
So there it is. It’s official. Our little Asia is a Sloan.
In less than 9 months we went from deciding to adopt, to being placed with a birth mom, to raising over $18,000 to now having this precious little girl as a part of our family. It would not have been possible in any way without the ongoing support, fervent prayers and sacrificial giving of those who love us deeply. Thank you for making our family possible.
As a way of saying thank you, and because we are proud parents; here is an endless supply of baby pictures that we can finally show. Enjoy!
It’s been quite an adventure.
On Friday, Asia was finally released from the hospital after a 3.5 week stay. She is doing incredibly well and to our surprise, she is already in a good sleeping routine. Though the sleeping routine may not continue, we will enjoy it as long as it lasts. Thanks to my very kind employer, I have two weeks of paternity leave to spend with my wonderful family.
People have been asking me why we named our daughter Anastasia and why we are calling her Asia. All along we have wanted to give our child a name with deep meaning that would tell a story. A story that would let her know just how good our God is. The name Anastasia is a very old word that means “resurrection”. Anastasia has been used as a name by Christians for well over a thousand years. Given our last 18 months of hardship and the fact that our little girl is being adopted into our family, we felt the name resurrection was a prefect fit- from death to life. Secondly, the name can also mean, “the one who will be born again.” The greatest hope we have for our daughter is that she would come to know and love Jesus. What better way to say that than by giving her a name that means as much. Finally, we decided to call her Asia because it was in Asia where Sarah and I first met and fell in love. Living in Asia was one of the most memorable events of our lives and our love and passion for that part of the world is deeply rooted in us.
As we have thought about all the great travels and adventures we’ve had as a married couple, all that was and all that is to come; we can’t help but know that little Asia is our greatest adventure.
Last week we were finally able to come to the hospital and see our daughter Anastasia “Asia” Elaine Sloan. It’s been quite a ride.
People have been asking me what it’s like to be a dad. What feelings do I have for my new adopted daughter. Keep in mind that I have nothing to compare it to but it feels just like I imagined having a child would. Emotions of awe and beauty come over me every time I lay my eyes on her. I feel a deep sense of pride in her little accomplishments like growing an ounce or moving her tiny head around. When I hold her, and she snuggles her face into my shoulder, my heart pounds out of my chest. So what’s it like having an adopted daughter? You should try it. It will change you.
We are still here in the NICU spending time with and caring for Asia. She has had some struggles in her first few weeks but is on her way to making a full recovery and should be able to go home very soon. We are as ready as new parents can be- so not ready at all! We are looking forward to introducing our Asia to our new home, our church family, our extended family and to this great big world. Since we first learned that we would be adopting this little girl, we have been praying a passage of Scripture for her from Colossians 1:9-14. We ask that you join us in praying this prayer over our daughter. May every word ring true for her.
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.