Tuesday, November 18, 2014

An Adoption Update...

Did you know that November is National Adoption Month? It is. And because so many sweet friends have been asking for an update on our current adoption process, here it is- our news on the adoption front...

There is no news. No news, is... well, no news... We are still a "waiting family". That means that we are waiting for a birth mom to preview our family profile book, and select us as the parents she wants to raise her son. It's a very strange place to be, this kind of waiting. We have been waiting since September 2nd, which is currently less than three months. Average wait time is anywhere from nine to eighteen months. So we wait.

While we wait, we pray. These are a few things we have been praying for, and we'd appreciate your prayers if you'd like to join us.

For our son:
-That if his mother is smoking, or drinking, or doing drugs that God would protect him from the effects of her choices.
-That he will grow up to be healthy and strong and knowing that he was wanted and so very loved.
-That he will have a relationship with Christ, and follow him.

For our son's birthmother:
-That she would consider her lifestyle choices and behaviors, and do what is best for her child.
-We pray for her health and safety and pray that she would know the love of Christ.
-That if she truly can not provide a stable, loving and safe home for him, that she would find comfort and peace in choosing someone else, and that she would be blessed for her decision.

I can only imagine what some of these women have been through, to get to the place where they might be sitting in an adoption agency viewing our profile book. They all have a story of their own. Some are prostitutes, some are homeless, some are in high school, some were raped, some already have children and can barely afford to feed them, some of them had an affair, some of them didn't feel ready for a family, some of them changed their minds... Their hearts will ache, and there will undoubtedly be grief, some for years to come. But whatever their story, whatever their reason, these women have chosen to give their child life. They have chosen to give their child life. The ugliness of their story, is made beautiful in that one choice to choose life.

I am aware that this process will not be easy. I understand that there will be strain on everyone in the family. I know that there will be tears, and heartache, and sleepless nights, and exhaustion, and all out struggle. And I know that when I'm in the middle of it, and I go back and read these words, I will laugh at myself, and say "you had NO idea!". I know. I know.

But for now...

Thank you friends for sharing life with my family. Thank you for joining me in this little space in the middle of the world wide web. Thank you for your kind words of support, and for your prayers. They are cherished.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Grady's 6th Birthday Party: GAME ON!

It was a beautiful day. Beautiful, as in a high of 61 and a low of 49, and full Florida sun. That kind of weather does not come around very often, and we were blessed to have it drop in for Grady's sixth birthday party!

Grady requested a sports themed party this year, I think mostly so he could wear his soccer jersey to his party, but he also wanted everyone else to dress sporty as well, and "play lots of sports at the party"...  This mama I aims to please.

The chilly weather was a GREAT opportunity to serve hot tea and hot chocolate, and chili for dinner. We also had plenty of veggies and dip, hummus and chips, and plenty of peanuts to munch on.

When our friends arrived, the kids chose their hat and initial and received a whistle. 

I made the first few hats, but my sweet mama completed the vast majority of them. Thanks, mama! And this great little travel iron of my in-laws (pictured above) worked perfectly on these iron on appliques. Thanks, Buckmans!

After the kids were all dressed in their team gear, they headed out to the "obstacle course". There were twenty sports related activities to do, but I don't think any of them actually classify as "obstacles"... Either way, the kids had fun goofing off and playing around!

Rockin' the push ups!

I was so impressed with these girls, they were so serious!

 I chose 6 reps for most of the activities, since we were celebrating Grady's 6th birthday.

My mom took the following pictures. I asked for a picture of Bryan and I. She took the first, then took another "just in case"... fantastic photobomb, my friend! I will return the favor when you least expect it! Hahaha.


Oh, how I love this guy!

Grady requested cookies and brownies for dessert, and I was happy to oblige on that request! 

After presents, I had one last game planned. I brought all of the children's Trick-or-Treat candy from the night before, and we had a little candy scramble. 

I completely love scrambles! We have done peanut and candy scrambles in the past, and I love them both. There is something so funny to me about throwing candy into the air and watching kids scramble around screaming and screeching with glee. It's just good fun. (Plus it got all of that candy out of my house!)

It was a beautiful day, celebrating a very special little guy. He is funny and sweet, and full of energy (and wildness). He loves babies, he likes to take care of animals, and has such a compassionate heart. He likes every kind of sea creature and reptile and loves learning all about them. He likes to hold my hand, he tells me that I look pretty and that he lu-u-u-u-ves my cooking. He makes me laugh every single day, and I am so thankful that God chose me to be his mama.

We were so thankful to be able to spend this day with friends and family, and are truly grateful for the relationships we have in life. Bryan and I love birthday parties, because we really enjoy taking the opportunity to develop friendships, to hang out and relax a little, to share each other's company, and to celebrate life.
Thank you folks for celebrating our son.