Monday, September 20, 2010

{Exciting News -- You Don't Want to Miss}

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Have you ever had that feeling in your gut that let you know that you were right smack dab in the middle of somthing amazing?  Adam and I have always had a special comfort and peace in knowing that our lives have been set on this amazing path -- not left to navigate on our own -- but rather intricetly orchestrated by God through our seasons of life.

We have lived an amazing life together as a family.  We have two beautiful children who each in their own way was given a special gift to touch and teach this world the meaning of true life, beatiful peace and amazing hope!  After Gavin's death Adam and I felt that Gavin left behind a special gift for our family -- the ability to continue on.  Our family will never "get over" or "move on" from the death of our little boy.  Rather, we choose to continue on with life, holding his memory and legacy deep in our hearts.

Gavin also left us with another amazing gift -- to care for another child.  


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Adam and I are so extremly happy to announce that the Owens' family is growing!  Adam and I have been in the process of adopting a beautiful little one to join us on this crazy cool life we call our own.  We are doing a domestic adoption, taking a child out of the foster care system and giving them a chance at a wonderful life.  We will be taking a child under the age of 3 with special needs, not as intense as Gavin's, but a child who needs a family just like us.  

Madison is so exctied!  She is very ready to have a sibling around to play with and grow up with.  We certianly have taken Madison's needs into consideration when deciding on what level of care our new child will need.  

We have been in this process for about seven months and are exctied to begin to share this part of our lives with you all!  To be very honest we have been very anxious about sharing this news with the general public.  Mainly becasue, one thing that we have learned throughout our journey, is that it can be very difficult for people to truly understand our lives through reading the pages of a blog.  We fully realize that not everyone will be able to understand how this will work for us.  To be honest, before I walked in my current style shoe, I may not have fully understood.  Adam and I have prayed, talked and utilized the supports around us to come to the descision that this was right for our famiy at this time.  And yes -- we are so stinkin' excited!

Adoption is an exciting process.  It's a beautiful process.  It's also a God directed process.

We are finished up our home study and will begin the matching process in the next few weeks!  Once we are matched with a child, which will be done by looking a children's profiles given to us by our social worker, we will then begin to process of bringing our little one home!

As a mommie, the thought that I have a child is waiting out there just for me, is breathtaking. 


To think that God has already choosen another sister or brother for my little girl totally blows my mind.  


Having faith that God is directing our steps, just like he has all along, brings so much peace to this process.  

Our seat belts are fastened -- we are ready for our next huge adventure!





60 comments:

Laura Anne said...

Wow.

This is incredible news, and I have so much respect for you, Adam and your little girl.

Praying for you Owens clan as you grow!

Raeann Schoudt said...

Congratulations!!!!!! I am so excited for you guys! Yay for big sister Madi!!! I bet she's been nearly bursting to share the news. I can't wait to meet him or her. Whoever they are they will be so blessed to have such an amazing family to be a part of! Ok that's a lot of exclamation points, can you tell I'm excited for you :)

Raeann

cuddlepenguin said...

Oh goodness! So excited for you all. I'm misting up over here. There is a super special, blessed little one out there to join your loving family.

Karen (Henry's Mom)

Ellen said...

Oh my gosh...that is sooo exciting...it gave me goosebumps!!
I am really happy for you guys and for the lucky child who will soon be apart of your wonderful family!

Jenn W said...

I've been reading your blog (and following your twitter) since before Gavin passed away but have never left a comment until now...but i just have to say that that is such exciting news, can't wait to follow your blog through the process of adopting a child with special needs, ya'll will be GREAT parents to whoever God has chosen for your family :)

carrie-anne said...

Karen and Adam and Madison too...so very excited for you all. God is so good and I can't wait to see the next chapter unfold. Tons of Love and Blessings to all of you!

Anonymous said...

So. Very. Happy.
This little girl doesn't know yet how much she has hit the lottery. I can't wait to meet your new daughter!!!!!!!!!!!

Much, much love from all the Leongs.

3saints said...

Amazing...I'm over the moon excited for you!

Hugs
Kate

Jennjilla said...

This is such great news, congrats! I was adopted as a baby and let me tell you - its the best thing that has ever happened to me! Good luck in your journey and I wish y'all the best of luck!!!

Sarah said...

So happy for all of you! This is so awesome! I know God has such blessings in store for you! SO EXCITED for you, Adam, and Madi!!!!

Lori Logan-Marcelli said...

Karen, Adam and Madi!!! Congrats! You will be great parents to anyone who is lucky enough to be matched with you! We will be praying for a "Godly" match.
Lori Logan-Marcelli

reesha said...

That is so very awesome!!! Congratulations on your new family of 5! YAY!!!

Mónica said...

I'm so happy !!! Congratulations !!! :D Madi must be really excited!
You are a wonderful family ;)

With love from Portugal,
Mónica

Michele said...

Congratulations!

machroi said...

We're so thrilled for you all, we really really are!! It's absolutely brilliant & we're beyond happy to read this post.

Praying for smooth processes & procedures, transitions and joys.

Lots of love from the Goodwins xx

Ash said...

Ahhh! This is such thrilling news!

Congratulations!

I'm very happy and excited for each of you. I can't wait to see and hear about this very blessed little person that is about to enter into your lives.

If I could hug you, I would! So happy and excited for you.

Shari said...

Oh, I got goosebumps when I read that! I am so excited for you and can't wait to see what God has in store for you and your new baby! I bet Madison is excited!

Heidi said...

WOW, this is exciting news! And look at Madi's face, she is glowing holding up that sign! Im so happy for you and Adam, what a wonderful gift and a true blessing. I cant wait!
Heidi & Jack.

Anonymous said...

Adam, Karen and Madi I am so excited and happy for you. Crying happy tears as I read this. You are a truely amazing family and this new child is going to be incredibly lucky to be part of your family. God Bless you all.

Wendy

Reagan Leigh said...

SO exciting! I'm so happy for your whole family. And I think it's especially awesome that you are going to be adopting a special needs child. You guys are the best and this is going to be one lucky kiddo!

Hall Family in MD said...

That is awesome news! Will be praying for you and your family while you continue on this process.

Phyllis said...

Oh my gosh!! That is so exciting!! I am so happy for you guys!! 7 months you've kept this?Can't wait to hear all about the new little one God will be having join your family!

Shauna Quintero said...

That is such exciting and inspiring news! I got goosebumps when I read and tears in my eyes.

I can't wait to read about your journey!

bryan said...

Awesome and Congrats.

The Hill Family is so excited for you!!

Tara said...

Wow, congratulations! I'm so excited for you guys! That's wonderful news.

Wishing you all the best as you prepare for this addition to your family. God is a good God.

Anonymous said...

YOU GUYS THIS IS AWESOME!!!I have followed your blog for a while now, pray everyday for you, during the really rough times when Gavin took his trip up to heaven, and now you begin a new journey! You are amazing parents, (hello! Look @ Madi!), with God at the fore front you will do great! I'll be praying, and Congratulations!!!!!

Bekah said...

What lovely news! I have a family who has adopted three special needs children out of foster care and it was a beautiful experience for everyone involved. Bless you all and your new addition...whomever he or she might be.

Erin said...

Do hearts come any bigger than yours? I thought you were amazing for sharing your family's story so honestly and giving such hope and inspiration to families like ours who were learning to live with chronic medical needs. Now you are making the incredibly beautiful choice to adopt from the foster system. Your generosity is simply breathtaking. Congratulations and best wishes!

Makenzies Miracle said...

That is SO great!

I have started to pray about that option as well. Since Makenzie's accident I have learned so much
about the system and diabilities. I know that I would have so much to offer another child who has not been as lucky as Makenzie to have a family to love and advocate for their needs. For now I will continue to pray and wait for the right time in our lives.

I am so very happy for your family and couldn't think of a more perfect family with so much love and knowedge to take on such an important job!

Tons of Hugs and Prayers!
Pam and Makenzie
www.makenziesmiracle.org

Cammie Heflin said...

Woo hoo!!! SOOOOO happy for you guys!

Anonymous said...

What amazing news! I've always wondered if you planned to add to your family in one way or another, but never felt comfortable asking since it's such a personal issue. In fact, I've never left a comment until now. I am thrilled for your family. Can't wait to "meet" your third child! Every kid deserves a forever family : )

OHN said...

The day we met our son was nothing short of a miraculous day. The social worker walked in with him, and I fell completely and madly in love.

Now that I look back, I know that this boy was sent to us for a reason. I didn't know it at the time, but you are right.....there is already a child out there that is yours. You just haven't met him/her yet.

I am so excited for your wonderful news.

Rich, Stacy & Billy Gerlach said...

OH LORD I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
HOW AWESOME IT WILL BE...

I'M HEARING A BABY SHOWER SHOULD BE IN THE WORKS!!!!!!

Tons of hugs & prayers guys!

tripntwinmom said...

CONGRATULATIONS!

Who better to open up their home to a child who needs a little extra love and care than you guys???

It will be a perfect fit! :)

Can't wait to meet you newest member....

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! That is wonderful news! I can't wait to hear what lucky child gets to join your wonderful family. Best of Luck!!
Debbie S. in CT

Lisa Marie said...

CONGRATULATIONS Adam, Karen, and Madi!! We are so excited for you! I've often thought, Madi is such a caring and loving and wonderful big sister...and it's SO exciting that she will have a new sibling to love and grow and play with! I grew up being a foster sister, my family took care of so many babies before they were adopted and I have such wonderful memories. We'd love to adopt some day, what an awesome journey God has called you to! We are so happy for you and will be praying for you and your new child. God is good! Ah! Just so excited for you!
Love and Blessings,
The Walk Family

Anonymous said...

That is so exciting to hear, Good luck with the process can't wait to read all about it.

Zoey's mom said...

Congratulations you guys ... cannot think of a more incredible family to be blessed and to bless, another life with their amazing ,amazing love and faith.So excited to watch this newest journey unfold.

Sending love and prayers from California.

~ Katie ~ said...

Awesome! I'm so happy for you guys!

D. Marie said...

Hooray! I'm so happy for your family. It's funny. A few weeks ago, I wondered if having another child would be something you guys would ever consider. Crazy how God moves. So excited! Congratulations.

Francine said...

Your family never ceases to amaze me. For you to have so much love in your hearts that you can share it with another child who will need you so much is such an awesome and wonderful gift. I've been wondering for a while if having another baby would help to heal your hearts, but of course, would never ask such a thing and I honestly never thought of adopting. May God give you the perfect addition to your family.
Francine from Connecticut

Gilda said...

Congratulations! what exciting news. I think you guys are wonderful people. And yes what a blessed child that is about to join your great family.

Stacy Kline said...

Hi there we are actually in the area where you live and I was wondering if we could e-mail back and forth as we are foster/adoptive parents also, we have adopted 1 and are in the process of adopting another, we also have a older child around Madison's age. Here is my email address, slj41380@ptd.net

Mo said...

Oh, you people are just beautiful in so many ways...congratulations! Can't wait to hear more about this 'growth spurt'... ;0)

jennifer said...

Wow, I just got chills! Congratulations and good luck!

jennifer said...

Wow, I just got CHILLS! Congrats!!!

Laura said...

I've been following your blog for sometime and your journey has been so inspiring to me..I have two of my cousin's who have adopted and these children are such a joy to my family! Much love and prayers to your family..May the LORD richly bless you!

Brayden'smom said...

Wow! Congratulations!!! This is wonderful news. Madi looks so excited about the news. Can't wait to see pictures of the new addition. We will be a perfect fit for a new little boy or girl.

joann tingle said...

OH SO YAY!! Happy for you all!

brandiandboys said...

karen, i'm so incredibly excited for you, adam, and maddie. your little one will be so blessed to join the owens family. can't wait to follow this part of your story!

Elaine Stein said...

Karen, as I drove past your house on Tuesday morning, I thought about you alone in the house while Madi's at school. I asked the Lord to fill that little house with kids and love. A few minutes later I read your blog - amazing!

JayCee said...

CONGRATS....SO STINKIN' EXCITED FOR YOU!!

All the Marletts said...

Simply...AMAZING!

Congratulations! We will be looking forward to meeting the newest Owen's family memeber.

Bronx Cataldo's said...

So happy for you.
I am happy for the child that will be placed in your home. It will have a home full of love.

Catherine said...

that is the most wonderful news, what a gift all around, so happy for all of you, and the child to be yours soon!!!!!

Anonymous said...

How wonderful! I am so excited for you guys!!! You guys will make a little girl so so so happy and I bet Madi will be a wonderful big sister (again!). Good luck to you guys I am jumping for joy :)!

Cortney Parker said...

That is so amazing! I stumbled upon your blog from a fellow blogger and I have loved reading your story ever since. We to are in the domestice adoption process. We just started but by next year we are hoping to have a baby girl! Good luck on your journey!

Anonymous said...

This is amazing news!!! We are also in the process of adopting two young children out of foster care- one which is special needs. It is a long process but oh so worth it!!!!

Tina

RELH said...

What wonderful news!

Anonymous said...

I've followed your blog and story for some time now. And I was SO excited to just read this post! I'm an adoptive mom of two...people say my kids are lucky, but I'm the lucky one! Congratulations to all of you!