Free Hand Lettered Printable: Love You Forever

My palms are sweating and there are butterflies in my stomach. I can’t focus on anything or sit still. The last time I remember feeling this way was the night before my wedding fifteen years ago. I knew then that I was on the edge of something that would change the entire course of the rest of my life…and so I am again.

In less than six hours, I will get to speak to my son for the first time. I’ve seen his photo and even seen videos of him playing, but this time he will see me too. He will see all three of us; hubby, Little Crafter, and me, and we will speak our first words to each other. I have waited for this moment for seven months, and now that it’s here I have no idea what to say.

When Little Crafter was born, those first moments were completely different. I held him, kissed his tiny head, sang to him, and just stared at him, marveling at how perfect he seemed. I fed him, rocked him, and in those moments, we started a bond that lasts a lifetime. He has never not known he is loved. He has grown up in our embrace, secure and happy. Tonight will be nothing like that.

Tonight, we will connect thanks to technology, {WeChat} with a little boy who is thousands of miles away. We will finally be able to say all the things we have wanted to tell him and ask him questions. He will finally be able to see the family who is coming to claim him as our own. I can’t imagine how he must feel. He is gaining a family, but preparing to leave all he has ever known.

So, what are the right words? How can I possibly explain that even though we are strangers, somehow I love him as deeply and fiercely as if he were a part of myself? That I have been fighting for months to bring him home and would try to move heaven and earth to get him here with us one day sooner? How do we assure him that our commitment to him is forever and that he is truly wanted when his past tells him a different kind of story? How do I convey that he is the bravest person I’ve ever met to leave behind his country and culture at ten years old and start a brand new life in a new place with new people?

The answer is that I honestly have no answers. I’m just waiting. Counting the hours and the minutes until I see his sweet face and hoping that I won’t be reduced to a blubbering mess. Hoping that he will give us the adorable and mischievous smile we’ve only seen in photos. Hoping he won’t be too shy to let us see his personality. It’s all I can do…wait, hope, and pray.

To help me pass the time, I lettered this sign to frame and put in his new room. I turned it into a printable so that you can download and use it too if it speaks to you. For me, it’s clearly about the love of an adoptive family, but it could be for a biological child or even a spouse instead. It’s a gift for anyone in your life who you feel that connection with and know that you will love forever, no matter what. Today, it’s my gift to you. You can save it to your computer from here, then print it out and put it in whatever frame you like. It’s sized to 8×10, but you can crop it to any size or shape you want. Enjoy it, and as you do, remember that it all comes down to love.


Lettered Printable: Love You Forever

If you prefer a version without the watercolor effect, you can download this black and white print instead.

Be sure to check out some of the other things we’ve made for “Scout,” like the Panda Bear Wall Hanging!

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  1. I am so excited for you and your family…but mostly, for the little guy who is entering a new phase of his life that is chock-full of love! I can only imagine the excitement you are feeling. Each minute must feel like an hour! Blessings to you all! Keep us posted!

  2. I’m so happy for you & your family as you begin this next chapter in your life with this courageous lil one! Can’t wait to read the updates/see pics!!! Thoughts, blessings & prayers are with you!

  3. I came to your blog through Jackie’s newsletter from I am so touched by your adoption story and will be praying for you and your son in the days ahead!

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