Week 11: I missed posting last week because we had an impromptu visit to STL for K's job. Since the girls didn't start swim lessons until this week and they have those for the rest of June, we decided to take the opportunity to visit family there!
While we were out of town we were able to get our new profile book done and get a final copy. It looks fabulous and we were very pleased with the results! Other than finishing our book, we had a pretty quiet week adoption-wise. We heard one "no" from a case that we'd found out about the Saturday before we left (which never gets easier to hear) but otherwise we had no new presentations on the table the entire week we were there.
In a way, it felt like we were able to take a breather and almost start again with a new book--and new hope. We haven't been waiting long in comparison to other couples and we are not blind to that fact, but I am sure any adoptive parent would say that no matter how long the wait, it was very hard to bare and yet 100% worth it! We don't know how long of a wait we have to be matched or to have our precious baby in our arms, but we know it will be worth the wait!
While we were in STL, we were able to spend lots of time with family. We had a busy week celebrating M's birthday with family. She helped grandma make a special birthday cake and had fun blowing out the candles again! We also had lots of fun with cousins and we were able to go to the Zoo and have a special girl's cousins night.
While the girls were busy with cousins, I was able to spend time with two of my best girl friends and it was so refreshing to be able to go out for some "mommy time" with them!
Here are some photos from our trip:
M didn't want to take her eyes off the seals!
This might be my favorite photo of the girls! M, of course, had a rock in her shoe and missed it!
Week 12: We started out the week with swim lessons for M and she is loving it! She has the same teacher she adored last year and this year is not at all shy! H will start lessons during the next two week session but she's enjoying going to the pool every day. I have to admit that I am already kinda tired of going every day! Ha ha!
Adoption-wise, we have three new precious birth moms to present our new book to this week. One of those moms has a little one who is already born. The other babies are due later in July/August. We should hear back from these by the end of the week/early next week. It's so much harder for me to wait for an answer after reading the birthmom/baby info and saying "yes" to presenting. I know there is a real possibility that one of these birthmoms will choose us and that is exciting but it's heart wrenching to wait and to know that "no" is a very real possibility too. At this point, I think "no" seems to be the answer we almost expect to hear. However, we have a new book and, of course, bigger than books or anything else is God's plan and how it is unfolding according to His purpose, in His time.
Please pray for these birthmoms. They have chosen life for their sweet babies and are in the process of making one of the most difficult decisions they may ever face. They are so brave and selfless. Please pray for the little ones--for health. for their futures with their forever families. Please pray for us--for patience, peace, and the ability to love our birthmom in a big way when the time comes.
Today, I overheard the girls talking about "our new baby". H was diligently trying to convince M that a brother would be the best. She was selling it by saying that they'd have a "boy room" in our house with lots of boy toys (now these girls play with bugs, trains, trucks, and cars too!). M wasn't having that and was adamant about needing a "little sister". It was so funny to hear them talking, but it also brought tears to my eyes too. They have so much love to give as sisters and they are anxiously waiting for "their baby" to come home too! As much as my arms ache to hold our next precious little one, I know theirs are aching to wrap around their new brother or sister as well. I guess it never occurred to me that they might be also feeling the anxiety of waiting and the unknown right now--in their own childlike ways. Please pray for H and M, as they prepare for a new sibling and for their precious hearts as they wait too!
Thank you for praying for us.