This video is very special to our family. Dillon has been raised around my family. However, my husband Derrick was born and raised in The Philippines and his family still lives there. When a child is a foster child in New Mexico, they are not allowed to travel internationally. It is very difficult to get a passport seeing as a court hearing and order are needed to get approval.
Dillon had never met any of Derrick's family including Derrick's mom. When we finalized our adoption, getting a passport was the first item on our agenda. We knew that our first trip as an official forever family would be to introduce Dillon to his Filipino relatives in Manila.
The trip is one we will never forget. Dillon LOVED meeting his Ama (grandma), aunts, uncles, and especially his cousins. He even got to swim with whale sharks!
Dillon and I created the below video on his iPad throughout the whole trip. We used iMovie and Book Creator to capture moments we didn't want to forget. Please enjoy a little glimpse into a very special trip for our family.
Dillon continually surprises us. This past weekend, he passed the swim test at a local pool here in Hawaii. He promptly walked up to the high dive and jumped off. So much about this whole scenario perfectly sums up our son. He is resilient. He is fearless. He is strong. We finalized his adoption this past March and we all took a big leap into our new lives together as a forever family.
Right when we brought Dillon (our oldest son) we quickly realized we needed to think of what he would call us! He quickly named my husband Daddy and upon hearing his 2 year old friend call one of his 2 dads "Doda", Dillon decided on Dodie. After years of constantly lobbying for "Papa", I have grown to love and adore my name Dodie Here is a blog about my journey as Dillon and Jerry's Dodie!
My son Dillon was in foster care for 1,377 Days. We finalized our adoption of this firecracker boy in March of 2015 a few months before his 6th birthday. We are now in the process of adopting Dillon's younger brother "Jerry" from foster care! This blog will help paint a picture of two gay men raising two boys in this every changing world.