Adopting a Child
- 12-04-2009, 08:59 AM
Adopting a Child
As many of you know, I recently had a small stint for strategic purposes downrange. While there, my Team came back from a 5 straight day of sweeps through towns that will remain nameless. The devastation that they encountered was somewhat life-changing for a few of my men. The damage didn't come by our hands, or any precision hits from the Navy/AF. It was done by the f*ckers that we are over there to erase. Anyway, they brought back the lone survivor - a 5 year old little boy. His entire family (which by traditional standards all lived together) was murdered. The little boy, whose name is Daren (DAH-rehn) clung to me and a few others. He actually speaks English very well, for his father was a teacher in town. He loves American Football and Baseball. Since he has no family, the boy was going to be turned over to the orphanage system, which isn't somewhere you would want to be. The scumbags that we hunt steal and sometimes purchase males in order to forcefully train to fight for their cause.
Long story short: I spoke to my wife and we decided to do what we can to adopt the boy. After a ton of red tape and having some very powerful friends help me out, we heard yesterday that we will be awarded custody of Daren. When we called him yesterday, he was so excited that he was crying. He packed his bag and was sitting near one of out BH saying that he wanted to leave NOW! Hahahaa! We are truly excited to have him. He has a lot to learn about this Country, but he is already telling people that he is going to be a freeman in America.
My wife and I were going to wait to have our own kids until this time next year. We are still planning on it. This may change our lives, but it's a wanted change. I have so many feelings right now that I cannot even express myself clearly. We will raise him as if he is our own. He's going through vaccinations at a Hospital in Germany as of right now. We're hoping to have him with us by mid-week.
I just wanted to let you all know.
- 12-04-2009, 09:02 AM
- 12-04-2009, 09:11 AM
TEARS! Wow, that is amazing, Major. The way you told of how he clung was so touching. Your compassion is wonderful. I wsih you and your family all the best with this little man. He is blessed to have found you.
12-04-2009, 09:11 AM
that is great Fin. Congrats to all of you
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12-04-2009, 09:19 AM
12-04-2009, 09:22 AM
That's such an enormous blessing for the boy, and you will most definitely be blessed in return. That's such great news.
12-04-2009, 09:30 AM
Thank you for your service!
That is a wonderful thing you are doing, for that boy.
Our best wishes are with you, and your family.
12-04-2009, 10:25 AM
Amazing. Major, you're a model of what's right in this country.
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12-04-2009, 10:27 AM
12-04-2009, 10:29 AM
Very compassionate Fin. We are planning to adopt one of our children as well. I commend you on doing your part to give back to the world. A nice spit in the face of all the anti military people claiming we brothers in arms are nothing but baby killers.
If you did nothing else in your life, you would be marked a hero for this act alone.
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12-04-2009, 10:44 AM
That's awesome Lungz! The best Christmas gift that kid could've hoped for. Too bad we don't hear about more situations like this in our media.
12-04-2009, 11:20 AM
12-04-2009, 12:23 PM
12-04-2009, 12:55 PM
Thats so cool man...I almost can't believe it. Good luck and wish the best for you and your family.
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12-04-2009, 01:36 PM
Thanks for sharing that story with us Fin and God bless you for your generosity and compassion for changing this boys life and giving him a family, may he reward you with endless great memories for you and your family. You're are a great role model Fin
12-04-2009, 01:42 PM
12-04-2009, 01:53 PM
12-04-2009, 04:01 PM
12-04-2009, 06:06 PM
Congrats on the new addition to your family, and thanks for sharing such an uplifting story. It says a lot about your character that you and your wife are willing to commit to this boys future. It thrills me to hear about when people are true to their principles even through war and this crappy economy.
12-04-2009, 07:19 PM
I just spoke to Daren over IN-Chat; he hates the Hospital, but he knows he will be leaving there shortly. He has never been on a plane, so he is nervous. I am flying over on Wednesday to get him and turning right around and coming home. It's going to suck to be on a plane that long; however, I believe that it is worth it.
12-04-2009, 07:33 PM
12-04-2009, 07:34 PM
A ranger adopting a middle east kid after what he has seen and his own experiences? You CAN'T make **** like this up, awesome stuff man, he will bring you nothing but joy. Added on top of having a ****ing ranger as his new dad, he will have a great life. Like someone else said, you are what brings out the good in America.
And to add my own thoughts, I came in this thread expecting to tell you NOT to adopt a kid, because I myself feel I couldn't love or have the same joy over someone elses kid over my own. But after reading your story, I have been proven wrong. I would do it in a heartbeat myself if I went thru the same thing.
12-04-2009, 09:21 PM
Wow, That's and amazing story i cant even imagine how estatic Daren must be, i mean thats truely a great story. Such an amazing thing to do its like from a movie almost.
12-05-2009, 12:05 AM
12-05-2009, 12:34 AM
12-05-2009, 12:42 AM
12-05-2009, 06:47 PM
Noble! Noble! Noble! I doff my hat, Iron. An incredibly selfless and exemplary move. I wish you and your wife the most rewarding of parental experiences with your son, Daren. May each day bring you and your family profound love! All the very best, my friend!
We'll definitely celebrate this the next time I am in the States.
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12-05-2009, 09:14 PM
12-05-2009, 09:18 PM
12-05-2009, 09:23 PM
What a truly amazing story! Congrats on the new addition to your family, Fin!
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12-05-2009, 10:00 PM
For those who may live beneath a rock, our favorite Pp Rep and his wife just had their first child!
Please make sure that you all stop by and welcome the new addition.
It's a Girl!!!
12-05-2009, 10:23 PM
I love hearing real life , life changing events like this. bless your whole Family Fin..what a Christmas this will be at your house this year. truly Stellar!
12-05-2009, 10:58 PM
It warms my heart to see acts of goodwill like that. Kudos to you Fe
12-10-2009, 05:15 PM
Update: Everything is good to go; home and tired.
This will be my last post here at AM. My hands are as full as they have ever been; however, that isn't the reason for the departure. I will refrain from further comment, as my view(s) often come at a different price as most others.
I appreciate all of you that have shown honest interest in what I have going on. For those who have my Yahoo, West Point email and/or my MIL email address, please feel free to drop a line at anytime.
Be good and get and involved with something that makes a difference.
Happy Holidays - Good bye all.
12-10-2009, 08:06 PM
12-11-2009, 03:17 PM
You will definitely be missed, bud. I wish you and your family the very best. Should you change your mind, we will leave a light on for you.
12-11-2009, 03:46 PM
Iron, this child couldn't have been brought in to a stronger more stable home than yours. Congrats bro.
But you can't leave here man. You're part of the backbone of this forum.
12-11-2009, 04:29 PM
12-11-2009, 06:38 PM
You will be missed for certain. I can certainly appreciate the full plate that is life right now, so I wish you and your family nothing but the best my friend.
I hope that one day you do return though, but if not, please keep in touch. I think what you've done here in adopting a child is an amazing life-changing event, and one that you'll cherish every minute of.
Happy Holidays, and much success in all your future endeavours, buddy.
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12-13-2009, 12:06 PM
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