Here's their story written by Tiffany Blackmon, Bradyn's new mommy:
Troy and I met in August 1991, during college at Texas A&M. We dated for several years and were married in January 1994. We have 5 biological children. The oldest is 14 and our baby turned 3 today. Our adoption story started in October when we saw a picture of Steven. In the past, we had said that one day we may adopt, but never had taken any steps toward it. A few weeks after seeing Steven’s picture, Troy and I sat at dinner one night and seriously discussed Steven. We had never considered a special needs child, but because of our experience with our son, Colton, we felt like this was something we were being called to do.
Within a week, we had received information of Steven and had committed to him.
This long process was beginning. During the next few months, we started looking to add another child to our adoption. We felt like we could care for another child, but “our” child was never available. Every time we found a child waiting (that we were drawn to), there was some reason that we could not adopt. They were either with another agency or had a family already commit to them. It was a very frustrating time!
Our dossier was mailed to Bulgaria on March 5 for only 1 child, Steven. It was translated, authenticated and ready to submit on March 22, the same day I got an e-mail from our agency with information on Bradyn. We immediately knew he was the one! We got more pictures of him on March 25 and drove to Austin to Apostille commitment papers the next day. During this time, I was able to get information about AMC from Alexis and several other momma’s which has been so valuable in planning Bradyn’s care.
Currently, our dossier has been verbally approved. We are waiting on a signature from the Minister of Justice and travel dates for our first trip. We should get to meet our boys soon, hopefully the week of May 18th.
Bradyn turned 3 yesterday. He spent it without a party, without a cake and balloons, without a family. It will be his last birthday alone. We are excited to add him to our family!
This was the first picture we saw of Bradyn
We believe that all children are a blessing. God has called our family to love and care for these two boys. He has blessed us with so much! He has blessed us with the ability to provide a great place for these little guys to grow and to call home.Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after
orphans and widows in their distress. James 1:27
Adoption is expensive! Total cost for bringing the boys home is estimated at $32,000. We are currently raising money to pay our final fees to our agency and our travel expenses for our first trip. We need $5200 for this step.
You can follow our adoption story at www.fiveplusonemore.blogspot.com