Sweet Emmalyn Elise arrived on Tuesday April 3, 2012. Check out the family blog for more info and pictures:
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Today we received this.....
We are so excited to announce that we are expecting a new addition this Spring!!! (And yes, baby #2 definitely showed a lot faster than baby #1. Chris is convinced there are two in there, but I have had 2 ultrasounds to prove him otherwise.)
This has definitely not been the plan for the last two years, but we knew we really wanted to have another biological child. It wasn't a quick and easy process with Lilli, so when the "great slow down" with the adoption happened, we decided to leave it up to God as to which child would join our family next. Two months later we were pregnant.
We have made the very difficult decision to leave Gladney (current process requires that we go on hold until the new baby is 6 months old or terminate our contract). This was not easy. We still feel like adoption is God's plan for our family. Once the baby is born, we will start looking into different adoption options that will be open to us because we are older than we were when we started the Ethiopian process and because God has opened our hearts to different avenues of adoption we weren't previously open to.
I will still be following each and every one of your family's adoption stories. I can't wait to hear about all of your great news!! Since our adoption process is on hold, I will probably start our family blog back up, but more to come on that later. Thank you for all of the support you've given us over the last two years! It means more than you could ever know.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Some of you may know my mom, some may not. She has watched Lilli, who lovingly refers to her as Nana, since she was just 6 weeks old. Do the math, that makes about 3.5 years. About a year and a half ago, she decided her days weren't crazy enough chasing around my busy toddler so she started a quilt ministry at her church. She and a group of friends get together and sew (and continue to sew individually) to make quilts to give to people who have been diagnosed with illness, injured in an accident, etc.
Recently her quilt ministry became more important than ever. You see, about a month ago my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, and her sweet, sweet friends in the ministry made her a quilt last week. Would you hop over to my mom's blog, see the gorgeous quilt they made her, and leave her a message of encouragement?
Mom started chemo yesterday and so far she is doing well. She will continue through chemo for about 18 weeks and then have surgery and radiation. My baby Lilli, who isn't really a baby anymore, will be starting preschool in just a couple of weeks. Lots of changes for all of us.
Would you say a prayer for my mom, Lilli, and our family? That Mom will continue to feel good through her treatments and that those treatments will work to rid her body of cancer. That Lilli will love her new school and handle the transition well.
Mom - if you made it this far - know that I love you very much. You are the strongest, most independent, headstrong woman I know. And while those traits may drive me crazy sometimes, I know for a fact that those traits were given to you for times like these. The next year will hold its challenges but we will face them together as a family with God by our side. I love you!
"You will forget your misery; you will remember it as waters that have passed away. And your life will be brighter than the noonday; its darkness will be like the morning. And you will feel secure, because there is hope; you will look around and take your rest in security." Job 11:16-18
Sunday, May 22, 2011
On the 17th we hit 8 months in the waitlist. 13 months since the first time we went on the waitlist. Honestly forgot we had moved up another month until yesterday. Not sure if that is good or not. Kind of feels like we haven't made any progress with all the changes going on recently. I'm trying to come to terms with the fact that it will be many months before we get a referral.