Before I go on my blogging break (beginning next week!), I wanted to give you all a little adoption update…
…. we’re still waiting 😉
As I explained in this post, when you’re in the waiting period of the adoption process, there are no updates to give. (Other than how we’re doing while waiting – which, today, is really great.) Our Home Study has been completed for some time now and we’re just waiting to get a call from our agency, either telling us that a birth mother would like to meet with us, or that our baby is at the hospital. (Yes, the latter is the reason we have a carseat, ready to be put into action.) (It’s the cutest carseat you’ve ever seen in your life. Like, ever.) (I may walk into the nursery on a weekly basis just to squeal over its cuteness.)
There is a lot of information about adoption online, so I probably don’t need to tell you all how long it COULD take – it seriously varies and there is no “one way” of an adoption journey. Each journey, each story, is different. And I’m really thankful that I’ve finally gotten to the point where I’m really okay with that. We could get The Call today or we could be waiting a year. We have always said from the very beginning we’re not waiting for A baby, we’re waiting for OUR baby. And that alone, believing and knowing that God’s GOT THIS, brings great comfort in the waiting time.
This time of waiting is such an interesting thing. It’s incredible, actually. Over the past 7 months I have learned how important it is – for me personally – to do away with comparing and any previous expectations of what “expecting” would be like for me, for us. Essentially, we are expecting right now. Which is AMAZING and exciting. And while we may not be going through or experiencing the things we would have if I were pregnant, the things we are experiencing while we wait are incredibly precious. While my belly may not be growing and expanding with each passing week, I can tell you right now that my heart sure is. (Dang it, queue the tears. I swear, I can’t even think about the ways in which my heart is already growing for our person without crying.) (See?! Hormones?! haha). While Christian may not be taking “bump update” photos of me each month, we do have pictures of all the adventures we’re continuing to go on while we wait for our family of two to become a family of three. While we may not have an official countdown – which obviously is the hardest part of the waiting – we have chosen to celebrate every day because we know that means we’re one day closer to meeting our son or daughter. Our journey may look different from how I grew up picturing it to be, but my gosh – already I wouldn’t ask for it to be any other way. Even on the hard days. And I love that all of these special things are a part of our story.
Another part of this journey that will be different is the baby shower throwing thing. My mom cannot wait to host a shower for us, but that will most likely happen after we already have our person in our arms – which really will be so much fun 🙂 But in the meantime, we have friends who are doing all they can to encourage us, support us, and celebrate with us in this time of expecting. And seriously- I cannot even begin to tell you how much that means to us.
One of my dear, dear friends here in Tennessee, who is also a truly gifted photographer, asked me a few months ago if she could throw us a Noonday Shower/Adoption Fundraiser. Are you all familiar with Noonday? Noonday is a line of unique jewelry, bags, and accessories handcrafted by men and women in vulnerable communities around the world.
This company is committed to creating sustainable, safe, fair-paying jobs that empower people to provide for their families. And guys? I LOVE companies like this. And to know that the gals who purchase items at this shower tomorrow are not only helping support our adoption fund (a portion of the proceeds will go directly to our account at our adoption agency), but that they’re also helping someone else on the other side of the world – I cannot begin to tell you how much I love that this will be a part of our story. I can’t wait to share these things with our child – what an incredible part of their story. My heart could burst.
Since I can’t invite ALL of you to my friend’s house tomorrow (although how awesome would that be?!), I wanted to share the online link you can use if you might like to do a little shopping, while supporting our adoption in the process. This link will be “active” until Feb. 26th!
This is a really exciting time for us, even though the status of Waiting remains. If you’d like to read the short version of how we made the decision to adopt, you can read more about that on our YouCaring page. This will probably be the last post I’ll share in this space regarding our adoption, until we have our babe, since that’s the next step of the process. (YAY!) I am so, so grateful for everyone’s support and encouragement – seriously, thank you.
As for this impending blogging hiatus, it’s not goodbye, it’s just a see you later 😉 Like, see you on February 24th for the recap & linkup of this month’s Twelve Months of Bliss! How’s everyone doing with that, by the way??
Have the BEST weekend, friends!