Happy 7th Birthday Ava Jackman!

Ava Eliot Jackman out for walk in the rain at the family's Manhattan residence

Name: Ava Eliot Jackman

Date of Birth: July 10, 2005

Parents: Hugh Jackman & Deborra Lee Furness

Siblings: Oscar, 12

Facts:

♥ Hugh and Deborra adopted their daughter in 2005

♥ She was reportedly born in Texas

Quotes:

♥ “When we went first to talk to someone in Los Angeles about adoption, I remember they said, ‘What do you want?’ I said, ‘Well, healthy would be good.’ [After they revealed their request to adopt a child of mixed race], he said, ‘Now listen. Please don’t just tick that because you think that’s the right thing to tick. And he said to me, ‘We turn away children every month who are mixed race, because we can’t find families for them.’ [So] the need was obviously mixed race children and that was it.” – Hugh on how their “deliberate” decision to adopt mixed race children was a “no-brainer.”

♥ “The things that I really cherish are the everyday moments, like sitting around cooking pancakes together on Sunday morning, or getting home after a tough day and my kids come up and give me a hug and remind me what’s really important. On Friday nights, we will all sit down and watch a movie together and cuddle up. It’s more everyday stuff that really is the goal.” – Hugh on life with his family.

♥ “The best is a hand written card. I don’t know where some of my awards are, but I can tell you exactly where those cards are. I treasure them most.” – Hugh on his father’s day gifts.

♥ “Becoming a father, I think it inevitably changes your perspective of life. I don’t get nearly enough sleep. And the simplest things in life are completely satisfying. I find you don’t have to do as much, like you don’t go on as many outings.” – Hugh on fatherhood.

♥ “The love for your children is so powerful. It’s different from the love for your partner. You can’t believe you have that capacity – you’d do anything for them and not even think about it.” – Hugh on the love he has for his children.

“A while back, there was a lot of shame attached to it and parents wouldn’t tell their kids they were adopted. What’s great is that the focus is now shifting to the care of the child. We were very fortunate and open – I can’t go into details because of the privacy of the birth parents, but I can tell you it was amicable. Adoption is a wonderful thing to do.” – Hugh on adoption.

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