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adopted as sons.

January 28, 2013


If you haven’t watch the latest Parenthood (Season 4 finale), then maybe you don’t want to read this.


Colby and I started watching Parenthood last fall. We quickly watched all the episodes that Netflix had to offer, and then eventually caught up to being like every other chump in America waiting till next week for the newest episode to air. It’s a really good show. It’s far from perfect; sometimes the plot inconsistencies drive me nuts. The thing that I absolutely love about the show, however, is its portrayal of family.

The show follows the lives of the Braverman siblings (Adam, Sarah, Crosby, and Julia). Although the individual family drama is fun to watch, my absolutely favorite scenes are those in which the entire Braverman clan is together. They are a loud, crazy, fun bunch who is far from perfect, but they love each other.

This season has chronicled the process that Julia and her husband Joel have gone through to adopt a little 8-year old boy named Victor. It’s been cool to see  (although I have no idea how realistic the show’s portrayal of the situation really is).


The point I’m getting to is that in the season finale, Julia and Joel meet with a judge to finish the adoption. Of course, the entire Braverman family comes to be a part of the special day. The judge says his spiel about how this is final, and Victor will have all the rights of a natural-born child. At this point, Zeke, the grandpa, jumps in and says that he promises to love Victor and treat him like any other family member and teach him how to play baseball. After that, one by one each family member says some way in which they are going to support and love Victor.

It was really beautiful, guys. Colby and I both cried.

I loved it so much. It was such a beautiful example of how a family should be. I love that when Victor was adopted into one smaller branch of the family, the entire family saw the significance that it had for each of them. I love that they all had a special way in which they could love and welcome him in. I love that God does this for us. God seeks after us, rescues us, adopts us into his family, and gives us everything we could ever need. I love that God gives us earthly families through biology and through knitting hearts of friendship together.

A mentor of mine has adopted two kids from within the United States. She told me a story about how her case worker came to know the Lord because my mentor and her husband shared with her about all the Bible has to say about adoption. It’s really beautiful.

After each family member speaks up, the judge says to Victor, “That’s quite a family you’re coming into.”

So cool.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 29, 2013 5:33 am

    I love parenthood. I love how much they love eachother at the end of everyday.I cried like a baby at the adoption ceremony. And when victor told Sydney he wanted her there because she’s his sister. I hope that one day we’re able to impact a life in such a way as they portrayed. Adoption is such a beautiful thing. Full of love and sacrifice.

  2. January 29, 2013 12:20 pm

    It’s a picture of heaven!

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