This is real life. In real life, tasks are constantly demoted on the “to do” list. Things you really meant to do and just do not get around to doing… especially as a mom. This blog is one of those things.
So I apologize for staying away for so long… but here is an update on our family:
We had our little miracle Charlotte Elise on February 24, 2015 at 1:06 AM after several days of prodromal labor and two days of active labor. She is named after my dad and mom and arrived on their anniversary. (Dad’s first name was Charles and Mom’s middle name is Elizabeth).
She has completely changed our lives. After sleepless nights, cranky days and toothless smiles, all I can say is… we LOVE being her parents. She is AMAZING.
As for having a sibling in the future for our precious one or looking once again at adoption, we have put everything on hold for now. All of our focus is on Charlotte. We will wait on the Lord for the next step. For the time being, we are simply enjoying our little miracle.
Things are going well. We are officially 17 weeks into the pregnancy. In just a few short weeks, we will know the gender of our little miracle!!!
A few have asked, so I will address the question of whether or not we will still pursue adoption. As of right now, all adoption plans are on hold. We can only handle one thing at a time. 🙂 Once we get further down the road, we will be able to revisit our dreams of adoption, especially internationally. But for now, we are focusing on this surprise gift from the Lord.
I have noticed that there are times in life that as you are following the path the Lord set you on, He changes the course. Without notice, He gives you a surprise.
We have begun this journey towards parenthood. It was nothing like we imagined it would be. It was a broken path, a path full of hills and valleys. It seemed that the Lord would only show us a few feet ahead, never giving us the full view of what was before us. Maybe it was a lesson in trust. Maybe He was using this to mature and change us. All we know is that He is certainly in charge and He has a good plan for us.
So we were busy working towards the adoption, and one phone call changed our focus to foster care. We did our classes, prepared our home and got our paperwork in order. But with each step, there seemed to be something in our way. Things just were not turning out as we hoped.
In the midst of this craziness, God gave us a surprise. It scared us and gave us hope. But here we are, continuing on, doing our best to keep our faith.
So without further ado, the pups have something to announce:
And YES, things are going well. Our doctor is pleased and has released us to low-risk care. Praise God! This is certainly a miracle.
So it has been quite a while since our last post. Please forgive the silence.
Just know this… there IS a reason for it!
There are things going on behind the scenes that we are not able to share online yet. But we hope to be able to share some exciting news VERY soon!
What we can share is that we are completely finished with our foster care classes and we have received our home study paperwork this week… Hoping to have that completed soon.
Keep us in prayer, please. We need every prayer we can get!
In an unexpected plot twist for our crazy story, we are now on the path to become foster parents! Honestly never thought we would ever consider this path but as The Lord leads, we follow.
We also have our home study on a fast track. This includes spending most of our spare time gathering paperwork, getting the room ready (moving all the “catch all” items out), and getting all the random ducks in a row… All the while doing foster care classes and homework for DCS.
We met last week with our lovely case worker for our home study and have one more meeting to schedule with her!
Dad always said, “if God gives you a door, push on it and see what happens”. So we are pushing and waiting to see what The Lord does.
Last week was a quiet one. No blogs to post. Nothing changed on the adoption front.
But a week of reflection. This past Wednesday marked the one year anniversary of the loss of one of the greatest men we have ever known… My dad. Our lives are eternally changed by his absence. Nothing will ever be the same. We have had to find a “new normal”.
And just a few days later comes “Mother’s Day”. While enjoying focusing our attention on my mom, it continues to ache in my heart that I am a mother with empty arms. My four babies await me in heaven… but what do I say if someone asks the dreaded question “do you gave any kids?” Or a pastor asks all the mothers to stand up to be honored (which they SHOULD BE)… Do I stand?
And not knowing where or how this adoption journey will take us sometimes leaves my heart with a simple ache.
This week was a quiet week…. Of simple reflection.
My husband knows how to make my heart happy. #homestudy #safetyprep
It’s amazing how the gifts you want change when you are going through this process. *smile*
Be on the lookout for a new post about fundraising soon!
Well, it’s National Infertility Awareness Week this week. Not like we really need a reminder in our home.
We bought our home (our first house) in October. We filled it with furniture and boxes of possessions. It gets messy and crazy with our three dogs… and yet it’s still empty. We long to fill our home with the laughter of children. We never thought we would have to go an unconventional route to do so, but God knew. He has prepared us for this moment.
But out of awareness and kindness to others, please take a moment and pray for those who struggle with this burden of infertility. It’s a tough journey, and everyone’s story is different.
And PLEASE be careful of your words… just as you never ask a woman if she is pregnant, asking a woman when they are finally going to have kids or another child is not okay. You never know what struggle she might be keeping quiet. Just a Public Service Announcement. Thank you.