- Get home from work about 4:00 PM.
- Eat dinner.
- Watch TV until about 9:00 PM.
- Read until 9:30 PM.
- Read my Bible for 15 minutes.
- Pray for 15 minutes.
For those of you who don’t know, Katie is really my granddaughter and that is by my wife’s youngest daughter. So when Sammie became a part of our family I became a father not in just name alone.
When we brought Katie home I was content to be “Poppa” for her. When she started to talk she started calling everyone “Mommy,” including me and the other kids in the day care.
As she got older she learned to differentiate names of different individuals, so then I became “Poppa.” I loved it.
I remember the first time she called me “Daddy.” We were having a party and she wandered through the house hollering for “Daddy.” There was no real urgency, she just wanted something from me. I don’t remember what.
One day I picked her up from daycare and she was having a conversation with one of the other children. I believe they told her that I was “Poppa” and not “Daddy.” She turned to me and asked “Are you Poppa or Daddy?” I said “Honey, I’m whoever you need me to be.” She turned to the other child and said, “That’s my Daddy.” I’ve been “Daddy” ever since and glad to be.
It’s been a long week, but a great week. Last Monday, the 5th of July, we made a special trip to Dairy Queen. The next thing I know Janet’s looking at Stephanie asking her if she needed to go to the hospital. Stephanie said she wanted ice cream first.
We ordered ice cream and sat down. After watching Stephanie have a few contractions we knew we needed to move. We made our way to the hospital and began the wait. About 7:00 or 8:00 I took Katie home and let her get some rest.
At about midnight Janet texted me that they had decided to do a c-section. So I got Katie up and we headed back to the hospital. We arrived at the hospital about 12:30. Janet came down to meet us and we waited.
Sammie arrived at 12:53 but we didn’t get to see her until the next morning. But we hung around until about 4:3o hoping to see her. Finally I took Katie home, but she was up by about 8:30. She was anxious.
Sammie makes a great addition to the family and Katie loves her immensely. She is always asking to feed her or hold her. That’s Katie holding Sammie with Janet’s help.
After five long years we have been blessed with an adoptive child. I’m glad I didn’t have to wait as long as Abraham.