On the same day that 4-year-old Jeremiah Dickerson was told that he would be adopted into a loving family, he also found out that he was going to be a big brother. What a fantastic double surprise!
Jordan Dickerson, the boy’s new mom, met Jeremiah in January 2017 while he was staying at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.
She works there as a pediatric nurse.
“We fell in love with his smile and his joy,” Jeremiah’s mom told Good Morning America. “We just knew he was going to fit in our family. There was no denying it.”
At the time, he was waiting for a family to take him in. But because of his condition, he had to have medical professionals assist with the trach tube he wore.
This made Jeremiah’s search for a family an even harder ordeal than most.
“I knew there was something different about him,” Dickerson said of her son. “I couldn’t get him out of my head. I called my husband and said, ‘Pray that we can bring Jeremiah home.'”
When Dickerson learned that Jeremiah already went home with another foster family, she was heartbroken.
“I knew that he was supposed to be our son, so I was confused and upset,” she said.
But during an anniversary trip with her husband, Cole, her fellow employees at the hospital called to tell her that Jeremiah had returned.
Later, the Dickersons went through the necessary foster care training and background checks, just so that Jeremiah could come live with them.
Finally, on June 2017, the happy couple was able to bring him home.
A little over a year later, on July 16, 2018, they officially adopted Jeremiah.
The ceremony was held at a Tennessee courthouse.
During a photography session held afterwards, Jeremiah proudly posed with a sign that said: “Today I became a Dickerson. Up next… big brother.”
“It was an emotional day,” Dickerson recalled. “In the end, Jeremiah has blessed our family more than we could ever imagined.”