Krista Miranda

By Krista Miranda

LifeBuzz Staff

Little Boy Gets Framed Photo As Gift, But Realizes The Real Present Is In The Note.

With the Kipharts looking on, Carter finished opening his gift.

As he finished pulling out all of the tissue paper, he grabbed the present out of the box. In Carter's hands were a framed picture and a note. Carter was about to find out that this was going to be his best Christmas yet.

Carter looked up and smiled when he realized that the picture was of the whole Kiphart family.

Carter grabbed the note and began to read it out loud. Halfway through the note, Carter began to cry. “Carter,” the note reads. “Here is the most recent picture of our family. All of us would love for you to be in the next picture, and for you to be a part of our family. Carter, would you like to be a Kiphart and be our son and brother?” This WAS the best Christmas yet!

Overcome with emotion, Leah walked over to her nephew and wrapped her arms around him.

“What do you think, buddy? We’re going to adopt you, Carter,” said Leah's husband. Carter nodded and said, "I want to thank you so much.” Because of changes in Carter's case, Leah and her family had to make a quick decision.

Carter was transferred to open status, which meant that anyone could adopt him, not just family.

“This was not planned. We discussed with our other children Sunday night and shared with him Monday morning," explained Leah. “This might have been the last time that we were ever going to see Carter, and felt that it was really important for us to keep him in the family. A lot of people talk about how lucky he is. We are just as fortunate to have him join our family.”

Thanks to their love, Carter was able to have a brand new family, and the best Christmas yet!

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