A miracle named Jack
Published: November 21, 2005 | 2793rd good news item since 2003
This is the time of year usually set aside for giving thanks, and Scott and Kathy Wetton of Lake Linden are doing just that.
In September, the Wettons opened their hearts and their home to 8-pound, 1-ounce Jack Robert Wetton, who became their son through adoption. [Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew]
Three years ago, the Wettons, unable to conceive a child of their own, contacted Lutheran Social Services of Marquette, an adoption resource center. Their hope was to one day become parents..
In August, when they were informed they had been selected as adoptive parents, their dream was beginning to become a reality.
“We are so thankful that there was some way that we could be parents and be a family,” Kathy explained. “We are so blessed that his family chose life and chose us. We are just so happy.”
The Wettons are one of thousands of adoptive parents across the country being recognized during November, National Adoption Month.
Micki Silva, co-president of the local Adoption Resources group, said the designation is “designed to recognize the hundreds of thousands of adoptive families in the country as well as designed to look at all of the positives (adoption) brings to the children, adoptive parents and birth parents.”
“It is also designed to make people aware of the many children still awaiting permanent family homes,” she said, noting there has been a variety of awareness promotions across the Upper Peninsula.
Recalling a time when it had almost seemed impossible they would ever have a child they could call their own, Scott said it was one of the most devastating moments they had ever experienced.
“We had got to the point where we said ‘we know this was a time that we have got to move on.’ It was the hardest thing we ever went through,” he explained. “But now we can say that dreams do come true.”
At 11:07 a.m. on Sept. 4, one month after they met their son’s birth parents in Escanaba, the Wetton’s dream came true.
Born Jack Robert Wetton, he was named after each of their fathers. Jack is now 11 weeks old, and continues to bring love and joy into their lives.
“We’re enjoying all of his firsts,” Kathy said. “The smiles, coos, squeals and talks and even the dirty diapers and waking up at 3 a.m. He’s brought so much into our lives and into our family’s and friend’s as well.”
Infants tend to grow faster than their parents would like, but Scott has been enjoying the changes he sees in Jack.
“Everyday it’s something different. When he smiles, I forget everything that was bothering me. Words can’t even describe it,” he said.
“I’m enjoying everything that’s changing about him, I never thought I would ever be so excited about all of those changes.” [What the Heck Were You Expecting? : A Complete Guide for the Perplexed Father]
Adoption Resources has been around since 1986 with a current membership of 60 adoptive families.
While there are a variety of adoptions that can occur, whether it’s domestic, single parent, and grand parent, Sliva said adoption provides an answer for birth mothers who may not be ready to parent.
“Many couples aren’t able to have children and want to add to their family even though they can’t,” she explained. “Adoption is a positive answer to all who are involved.”
Little Jack still seems like a dream to the Wettons, who have been married for 14 years. Kathy, a fourth-grade teacher at C-L-K Elementary, said she still finds herself waking in the night to find her child in the bassinet next to her.
“At night time I will wake up and think that I am dreaming, and then I reach over and touch him and know that he’s right there next to me,” she said.