Thursday, December 20, 2012

One less and one more.


The other day I was sitting and thinking a little bit about this time last year.  We were in the process of bringing Jayden home, which ended up being a long four month process.  I would drive almost everyday to go be with my new little boy.  I would pack up a bag of special toys and go spend a few hours loving on Jayden and giving him the attention and affection he needed.  



Although we loved Jayden from the moment we saw him and were totally committed to the process of bringing him home -- it was so difficult.  He was so close, in location, to us.  I just couldn't not visit him.  It was so difficult to leave him everyday -- I loved him so much and longed for the day he could come home forever.

This year, He is home.

Such a good feeling.


Adam and I have been blessed beyond words.  I know everyone says we did such a great thing -- and I know we are special people, but I just wish I could show you how amazing this life is.  To be given the chance to love a child who was once just a number in a system, and to claim them as our own and watch as their hearts, minds and bodies heal.  It takes my breath away.

We are ready for one more blessing.

We have begun the process to find and bring home one last precious little one.


I can't think of a better gift to give our children this Christmas then to allow them to be apart of something big -- something bigger than ourselves, bigger than our understanding -- a beautiful display of God's perfect plan. 

My home is not my own -- I don't want it to be.  Adam and I want our family to be God's family, each member chosen, longed for and divinely placed.  This is the meaning of family.  We can't close our doors -- we can't close our hearts.  The need is great and the numbers of waiting children right here in our community is overwhelming.


We are excited to have you join us for yet another journey. Are you ready for the ride?  I know I am. My heart is overwhelmed with joy for what is soon about to happen...

One less orphan and one more child to love and call our very own.


Dreams and Chocolate said...

That's amazing!! I can wait to know more about the new lucky member of your wonderful family :)

All the best,
Mónica from Portugal

Vertical Mom said...

HOORAY! Can't wait to hear about the newest story!

ShaunaQ said...

You guys are the embodiment of love and what it is to be parents. Really what is is to be a Christian. I mention your story a lot of others and I am blessed to know your story. I love seeing your kids. Light radiates from them. You all should be on that list circulating about restoring faith in humanity. I'm starting a petition! Just kidding. Kind of.

That Guy K.C. said...

You all blow me away. Your love is so encouraging and touching. You warm my heart this holiday season. God bless you all and godspeed on the next adoption!

tripntwinmom said...

That is great news! I wish you only the best in this newest leg of your exciting journey. :) How fortunate for both you and the lucky child who will join you!

charity said...

yay can't wait to see who the new member will be as well. are you thinking of another child with special needs?

Holli Taylor said...

I have just recently started following...everytime I see you have posted, I ask for strength to just get through the entire post without sobbing. You make me want to be a better mom, nurse, and wife. I take care of these kids that you are adopting for a living, but don;t usually get to hear about the side effects from a traumatic or very early birth from a parent perspective later on. Keep going, you are such an amazing writer. Can't wait to see what will happen next for your family!

Laura said...

Can not wait to follow you on this Journey...God Bless :-)

meghan said...

My eyes are teary. I am so amazed by your family and your willingness to serve the Lord. I love following your blog and following you guys on instagram. You are such an inspiration to me. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I read your family's story on a news site and it had my eyes filling up with tears of sadness and joy. You have an absolutely amazing family. Your family's story is an inspiration to all. Have a safe and Merry Christmas!

Linda said...

I happened upon your blog one day by accident.....and ever since I have followed your family. We lost a five and a half month old grandaughter to neonatal marfans syndrome a year and a half ago. I know I can never fully understand what you have gone through .....but have a little idea. Adele, our angel, was adopted ...and since her death her parents have adopted two beautiful boys. I will continue to follow your all are an inspiration!! Merry Christmas to you all!!!! Linda in Indiana

Anonymous said...

I'm excited for y'all! Can't wait to hear more about it! I hope y'all have a Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

hello dear Karen,
I've been reading your amazing story about your marvellous little boy. I am very touched. I am a full time working French mother of one little boy and I really enjoy your beautiful thoughts and courage. Each child is a blessing.

love from Paris