10 months….of continued bliss

Love, love, love our baby girl!  Adam and I celebrated our 10th year wedding anniversary in December, Adam turned 35 in January, and our girl is almost 11 months old!  Here are some updated pics!image(11) image(12) image(13) image(14) image(15) image(16)image(9) image(10) image(8)

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6 months of bliss

We have her official birth certificate!  It came in the mail this month………

Our dear friend, Moriah, took pictures of our sweet girl for her 6 month birthday!  We went over to the botanical gardens and she was such a good sport.  We did wardrobe changes and plopped her in the grass with flowers.  Oh, and it was hot.  Bless her heart!  She weighed in at 19 pounds and some change at her 6 month appointment.  She is developmental right on target and beyond.  Enjoy the beauty…… (these are just a few…..)

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5 Months Old!

image8image9image10image7image5image11image13image4annaalliephoto(30)imageOfficialAdoptionCourtDate06202013image3baptismRaffe (stuffed giraffe), teething, 98%tile, rice cereal, bananas, singing, johnny jumping toy, books, super saucer, bath time, tummy time, 9-month clothes (and she is 5 months old!), amazing hair….I mean AMAZING hair, kisses, giggles, dada cuddles, white noise, no swaddle, big girl crib, “you did it all by yourself!”, sleeping through the night, ….music, music, and more music……..words that I love!  Wow, it has been ages since I have logged in and posted anything.  We have been in heaven and busy, busy, busy!  Now that our angel is 5 months old, I thought you would like to see some updated pictures!  Our official court date was in June, and I love the picture we took in the court room.  Some of the pics are courtesy of Mimi (Adam’s mother) since she watches her during the day while we are at work.  It is the highlight of my day to get sweet pictures of my love.  Thank you Mimi!  The last photo was taken at her baptism on Father’s Day.  Lots of tears!  A day I will never, ever forget. Still pinching myself daily to make sure this is not a dream.  She is our daughter, forever.  We are so IN LOVE!  Thank you Jesus for your sweet, sweet favor.

Happiest of all Momma’s Day!

There are still no words to describe how blessed we are. We are celebrating my very first Mother’s Day! I have waited 7 years for this day. The wait, well…. it was worth all the waiting to have our sweet boo-boo! Our sweet baby girl is just a little over two months old and weighs 13 lbs! She is amazingly perfect!

We also received word this week that our court date to finalize the adoption is JUNE 20th! We will travel to Alabama and the judge will make this “official” even though we know that she is OURS! 
The transition back to work from my 7 week maternity leave was so very hard, but I know she is in wonderful hands with her MiMi (Adam’s mother). Thank you to Mimi for loving and taking such good care of our girl! I also had to leave my family and go to California for 5 days for a work conference. It was so hard to be away from her (and Adam) for so long, but we got through it. Life happens and we now have to work/juggle out schedules. We also went on our first trip as a family to Charlotte, NC for Adam’s last seminary class for the semester. I know he is relieved to have this first semester under his belt.

We are blessed beyond measure with all the love everyone has given us. We were showered with blessings at my work baby shower, church-wide baby shower, and Adam’s family baby shower (thank you Susan!). We are overwhelmed by the love. I think I will be writing thank-you cards until “F” is 18! Please know how thankful we are! There has been so much love shown! Amazing.

So really, enough about me……I know you want to see updated pics of “F” (still not posting her name, but it starts with an “F”)

Happy Mother’s Day to my mom too! I love you!
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Holding head up at 6 weeks

Holding head up at 6 weeks

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2 month Appointment and those yuckie shots

2 month Appointment and those yuckie shots

Animals made by Diana!  Thank you Diana!!

Animals made by Diana! Thank you Diana!!

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Work Baby Shower

Work Baby Shower

Baby Shower

Baby Shower

Sleep deprived with a Boppy on his head

Sleep deprived with a Boppy on his head

Grandpa Wishbone!

Grandpa Wishbone!

First Family Trip to Charlotte; this is how I roll while Daddy is in class.....

First Family Trip to Charlotte; this is how I roll while Daddy is in class…..

Church Baby Shower (Adam making faces)

Church Baby Shower (Adam making faces)

Lunch in Santa Monica with Paula (Patrick & Susan not pictured)

Lunch in Santa Monica with Paula (Patrick & Susan not pictured)

Hollywood with some random gal on the street corner

Hollywood with some random gal on the street corner

On the Queen Mary Ship in Long Beach having tea and about to see Princess Diana's dresses

On the Queen Mary Ship in Long Beach having tea and about to see Princess Diana’s dresses

Long Beach Hotel Lobby with Rockin Eames Chair

Long Beach Hotel Lobby with Rockin Eames Chair

Happy Mother’s Day to all the women in my family!

Home Sweet Home

Introducing, our baby girl!

Right out of the gate, I want to apologize for the lapse in blog updating. I have been mesmerized and hogging all my time with our precious baby girl. We have been a little bit busy. Due to confidentiality (she is not officially ours until after our court date), we have decided not to reveal her name on our blog, but message or email me, and I will be HAPPY to share her incredible name. She was named after Adam’s great grandmother and father’s mother. For those that follow Adam on facebook, he announced her name. The birthmom knows her first and middle name and she loves it.  🙂  Now, the rest of the beautiful story……
We got the call on Wednesday, the 6th around noon, that it was “Go Time”…..I just walked into work late after another round of fingerprinting, this time at another police station. My former boss graciously agreed to cover my maternity leave, so we had 2 ½ days to overlap with one another to get him up to speed before I took off. Right when I got the call that my birthmom was in labor, in another state, I called Adam and I put my “out-of-office” reply on my email, and was escorted out with cheering (everyone was lined up and cheering after my boss did a megaphone announcement—“We’re having a baby today”) and off I went. I called all the family to say that we were on our way to Alabama!!!
Rushed home, finishing packing (for the most part, we were prepared), and took off. I gave updates to everyone along the way. Once we arrived at the hospital we were told to go to the labor and delivery waiting room. It took us about 3 hours to get there. Once in the waiting room, we received word that we could go back and see my birthmom. She was in the room with her two daughters and her birthmom counselor. We had an awesome time hanging out and she gave me pictures of her daughters to keep. The hospital staff was VERY busy delivery babies in the hospital that day. My birthmom had gone into labor that evening and made it through labor without any assistance. Adam had to go and get a nurse when her contractions were three minutes apart. We made sure her daughters were out of the room and the birthmom counselor took them to the cafeteria. Adam was in the waiting room, pacing, and I was asked if I would like to be in the room for the birth. Wow, now I did not know that was possible, but I said, YES! So there I was, watching, praying, and sending texts of the play-by-play to Adam and family. Our birthmom did an amazing job. She had already made it through labor and was barely able to have an epidural in time. Our baby girl was born in no time. Yes, it was confirmed…..a BABY GIRL!!! The birthmom held her for a brief second, and they ushered baby Jones across the room to do vitals and such. I was able to take pictures of it all! I was so proud of my precious birthmom! She did sooooo well! We high-fived each other and I just kept telling her, thank you, thank you.
Quickly, they sent me out and ushered our girl out to meet daddy. They had a separate room on the L & D floor that they put us in and we were in AWE! God’s perfect gift, pure perfection.
We got to spend some time with baby Jones, and then they moved us up to the recovery floor and nursery wing. We were so blessed that the hospital social worker reserved us our very own hospital room. Our birthmom was in a room on the other side of the wing, and we were able to visit with her that night, early morning, and at discharge time. Our girl was born on Wednesday afternoon, and her birthmom was discharged the next day (early afternoon). All our time was so treasured. We took tons of pictures and I was a devastated to tell “K” good-bye. How do you say thank you enough to the one that gave you this gift. I hope one day she will want to connect again. We left that door wide open for if she changes her mind.  I think about her daily.  The five-day wait was the longest wait of our lives, but we made it!!  I love my birthmom.  She is so beautiful (inside and out)and courageous, and one day I hope to post pictures of our one big family.  We have tons of pictures to show our baby girl and will frame the pictures for her nursery of her sisters and birthmom.
Our baby girl was discharged on Friday and she had the BEST report. She is so healthy! We loved her doctor and staff. They treated us with such dignity and honor. They even wheeled me out of the hospital in a wheelchair like all moms do after giving birth. It was hysterical! I got lots of looks and confused faces! I loved every minute of it.
Adam’s mom was able to stay with us once we got to our hotel. We stayed in the hotel until Adoption Day, which was Wednesday the 13th (I will try to figure out how to upload the Adoption Day video). We met with the attorney on the 12th and finalized the interstate compact paperwork on the 12th as well. Our official court date will be around 90 days after adoption day.

Well, hold on to your hats, the agency was in shock……we got several messages that Alabama and Georgia had approved us to cross the state lines and go home to Georgia on the 14th! That quick turn around was unheard of…..God is amazing! As we were checking out of the hotel to head south (had to stay in the state of Alabama until we had clearance), we got clearance to GO HOME! Home sweet home! Such a miracle! We were all home by Thursday evening!!!!! What a huge blessing!!!
Here is our precious baby girl……
Born March 6th, 7 lbs 2 oz, 19 ¼ inches, healthy and PERFECT!!!

Get ready for ah-guh-jillion pictures! (with no apologies!) HA!

When I first held my baby girl!

When I first held my baby girl!

1st Family Photo

1st Family Photo

Daddy and Baby Jones

Daddy and Baby Jones

At the hospital

At the hospital

Grandmother and Baby Jones

Grandmother and Baby Jones (Thank you for all your help with our sweet newborn through our hotel visit!!  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You thought of everything!)

Baby Girl Jones and Grandfather

Baby Girl Jones and Grandfather

Leaving the hospital--Happy Day!

Leaving the hospital–Happy Day!

Heather, twins, and Baby Girl Jones

Aunt Heather, cousins Chasynn and Lawsynn, and Baby Girl Jones

Brother Chase and Baby Jones

My brother, Uncle Chase and Baby Jones

Morris Family and Jones Family

Morris Family and Jones Family

Cousins Jackie & Wes and Baby Jones

Cousins Jackie & Wes and Baby Jones

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Adoption Day!  Wednesday, March 13th!

Adoption Day! Wednesday, March 13th!

Adoption Day!  Signing the papers!

Adoption Day! Signing the papers!

Agency Angels! Birthmother counselor on far right!

Agency Angels! Birthmother counselor on far right!

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Going Home!!!!

Going Home!!!!

Going HOME to Georgia!

Going HOME to Georgia!

Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

Glo and Baby Girl Jones

Glo and Baby Girl Jones (Thank you for helping us at home while I am on maternity leave!  You are a jewel!)

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Adam's Brother Andy and Baby Jones

Adam’s Brother Andy and Baby Jones

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Our first pediatrician visit yesterday was wonderful.  We are so in love with our daughter.  God is so good and we are overwhelmed by all the love we are receiving.  Adam announced this on his facebook page the day she was OURS:

“Today, it is official. We now have a daughter. The journey has been long and tough, but God never left us and He was good the whole time. Thanks to our family, friends, everyone at Redeemer; those who have called, emailed, texted, donated, helped, encouraged, hugged, and lifted us up when it was hard to keep going. It was all worth it. Adoption is beautiful and God is good.”

I could not have expressed this any better.  We are one big happy family!  Praise be to God who is faithful.

Our Baby Girl is Here!

I CANNOT WAIT to share all the amazing details with everyone!  Born March 6th, Healthy, Beautiful, 7 lbs. 2 oz, 19 1/4 inches of PURE PERFECTION.  We are at the hospital and should be discharged today with our precious gift.  Our AMAZING birthmom was discharged yesterday and signed the relinquishment papers.  I had the privilege to be in the room when our baby girl was born, and the honor to get to know my birthmom a little more, even in a short period of time.  I cannot wait to share pictures of our baby girl and her name, but know that we have watched God’s hand hold each of the big and small details.  Oh, and Adam is the BEST daddy ever 🙂

Please pray for the 5-day wait period.  Our projected Adoption Day is tentatively set for Wednesday!!!!  We are headed to our hotel for the days leading up to ADOPTION DAY!  Since we are in a different state, we will be here until they let us cross the state lines.  Oh, Glory Day!

Outside the hospital nursery, a Bible was open to Psalm 150 that I read at 5:00 AM yesterday morning………………….

Let Everything Praise the Lord

150 Praise the Lord!

Praise God in his sanctuary;

praise him in his mighty heavens!

2 Praise him for his mighty deeds;

praise him according to his excellent greatness!

3 Praise him with trumpet sound;

praise him with lute and harp!

4 Praise him with tambourine and dance;

praise him with strings and pipe!

5 Praise him with sounding cymbals;

praise him with loud clashing cymbals!

6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord!

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Our hearts are filled with JOY over the wonders of His love, Praise God from whom ALL blessings flow!

Almost Time for Happy Birthday!

“K’s” doctor visit the past Monday went well.  She is still dilated the same as last week.  If we do not have a baby this weekend, she will go back to the doctor on Monday to discuss an inducing plan for one day next week!  “K” decided that Adam and I can go ahead and name our child at the hospital for the birth certificate, which is a treasured thing.  We will not have to legally change the name since she is allowing us to name our child! We have names picked out, and we will reveal the name when we announce their arrival.   “K” is still set on having a hospital placement rather than interim care during the 5-day window, so please pray for us all.  We are going to stay in the birth city during that 5-day wait, and then head to Adam’s grandfather’s house for the remainder of the wait in Alabama. It could be 2 1/2 weeks total before we can cross the state line and come home as a family.  All the plans are falling into place.

We had a nightmare of a week with fingerprinting mishaps, but thanks to a good friend, we were able to get the old school rolling ink prints completed.  I’d rather not get into all the fingerprinting stories, because if you have followed our journey, fingerprints have always been a hassle.  The ABI (Alabama) and FBI prints should be mailed out today.  We completed the GBI (Georgia) last week since the GBI and FBI prints expired after a year of waiting to adopt.

The travel system arrived at our doorstep this Wednesday and we put it together last night.  We are all packed, and we have someone who is willing to house and dog sit when we get the call!  So thankful!

Maternity leave plans are falling into place.  Whoooo-hoooo!  Small glitch with the FMLA paperwork since I am not giving birth, nor have a physician.  I know it will all work out.  Trust!

We have lots of errands to do today:  Mail out fingerprints, get a new birthmom present, go to the fire station to install the car seat, hit Target for a few more items, and the list goes on……..

By the way, I almost parked in the “expectant mother parking space” in front of Buy-buy Baby last weekend.  I thought to myself….why not!  I am!!! 🙂

Thank you for the continued prayers!

Maxi-Cosi Travel System

Maxi-Cosi Travel System

Homemade Knitted Beanies from Jessica!  We love them!!!

Homemade Knitted Beanies from Jessica! We love them!!!

My Beautiful "Womb" chair- thank you to my precious husband!

My Beautiful “Womb” chair- thank you to my precious husband!

Small "special" onsie from Emily!!! Plus she gave us tons of baby stuff (floor mat, swing, and things that make loud noises!)

Small “special” onsie from Emily!!! Plus she gave us tons of baby stuff (floor mat, swing, and things that make loud noises!)

Walking to the Building- 1st Day of school! It snowed that weekend!

Walking to the Building- 1st Day of school! It snowed that weekend!

Drum Roll—We found out last week that Adam’s application for a full scholarship to seminary was ACCEPTED!  He will have his whole tuition paid for (excluding books, travel/hotel)  by the seminary as long as he maintains 10 sponsors!  This is HUGE news!  God’s provision is blowing my mind!  We are blessed beyond words and thankful for our church for partnering with Adam.

Baby Jones!  We cannot wait to meet you.  I can hardly sleep!

Meeting Our Birthmom

On Thursday, February 21, 2013 we traveled to Birmingham to meet our birthmom at our agency’s domestic office.  We received her profile last weekend when we traveled to North Carolina for Adam’s seminary classes.  We checked out “K’s” profile and I emailed our case worker from our hotel that it was a-go.  “K” viewed profiles on Tuesday, we got the call on Wednesday that she PICKED US, and traveled to Bama on Thursday.  We left around 9:30 Georgia time and started our trek over.  I drove so that Adam could catch up on reading.  Holy cow…he has a ton to read in seminary.  When we reached Birmingham, grabbed a quick bite for lunch (I didn’t eat much–too nervous! and Adam had one of his favorite things—Milo’s!).

We reached the agency and went in the meeting room to go over the “rules” and go over tons of paperwork with our newly assigned case worker.  Since our case worker lives in Georgia, we had a “substitute” case worker for the day to advocate on our behalf if needed.  We knew that our birthmom and her birthmom counselor would be together AND, a special gift, the birthmom’s two little girls (ages 2 and 4). “K” (I asked her if when I talk to people about her if I could call her “K” and she said that is fine with her), so “K” entered the room with her two little cuties and we hugged.  It was an amazing visit.  So peaceful, right, laid-back, and normal.  “K” and her daughters were beautiful inside and out.  “K” had the sweetest spirit, kind, loving, smiled the whole time, and shows much independence for being 24 years of age and a single mom.  “K” is a wonderful mother.  I witnessed someone who cares and loves her daughters deeply.  We also have so much in common.   It took “K” a little while to open up more, but she did.  We were together a little over 3 hours.  When it was time to go, we had our pictures made together with our whole big family.  It is hard to type through all of the emotions.  After she left with her birthmom counselor, we signed a ton of paperwork.  Wow, this is really happening.  “K” is due March 9th but expected to delivery early.  With both of her girls, “K” delivered two weeks early.  Her next appointment with her doctor will be on Monday, the 25th.  We have a good idea of what the gender is, but not confirmed.  “K” prefers a hospital placement and for us to be with her when she delivers.  She will not have any family or friends with her other than her birthmother counselor and us.  She also does not want an open adoption.  She has agreed to the minimal required correspondence.  Letters and pictures will be sent to the agency per their guidelines, and she can decide whether or not she would like to receive updates.  I cried on the way home because I cannot imagine not ever seeing her again after we leave the hospital.  I love her already.  Her little girls drew me a picture of their family and gave it to me before we left.  It details their first and middle names on the picture (with a little help with writing from the counselor).  I am going to frame it and put it in the nursery.  My new most priced possession.  My heart is breaking, but know that God has reasons for everything.  Here are prayer requests:

1)  Pray for “K” and her little girls.  Pray for a smooth delivery and for her to continue to have God’s peace.  She said when she read our profile, “God told her this is your family.”  She is confident in her decision, and wants us with her at the birth.  Pray for birthmom counselor, “A”–she is all she has right now to help guide “K” through the doctor’s visits and delivery. There are so many details I wish I could share.  I let “K” know how thankful we are for her and for the gift she is giving to us.   “K” started off in another agency before finding ours, and I am so thankful to God for the story she shared on how she found our agency.  Pray for us the day we get the “labor” call.  We have to drop everything and go……..

2)  Pray for work schedules, maternity leave logistics, money transfers, finding a pediatrician, packing bags, buying car seat and cradle, traveling logistics (we have to stay in the state of Alabama for 2 1/2 weeks—much longer than the 5 day wait period), who will doggie sit, paperwork updates (have to have both FBI and GBI fingerprints again, and other home study updates since it is now over a year)

3) Pray for the 5 day wait period.  Since the birthmom insists on hospital placement, we will not have the protection of interim placement care (where baby goes to “foster” parents for the wait period).

4)  Pray for Adam and I as we prepare our hearts to be parents.  We are SO excited!  I am a little overwhelmed by the things listed in the #3 prayer requests above, so pray for me to not be anxious and trust!

This baby should be here any day now.  Can you believe it?!  Now, off to tackle all the things in #3 above.

40 love and MATCH POINT!

Hold on to your hats!!  We got a call late afternoon yesterday that a birthmom had PICKED US!!!  Bithmom, “K”—- I got a text from our case worker that said “when will you and Adam be together so that she could call us.”  I texted her that Adam had youth group and would not be home until 9:30 pm, but that I could break away from work to have a phone call if needed.  She immediately called and said, “are you ready for the next ride on your journey?” ….to which, we both laughed.  “Oh mercy, what do you have for us now??…..”  Never has any couple been picked so many times, so quickly, and fallen through.  We just have to laugh now.  We are headed to Alabama TODAY to meet the birthmom in person at noon, Bama time.  I don’t think I slept much last night.  I am nervous and excited about meeting her!  The due date is fast approaching, and I will give more details later.  Thanks for rallying up the prayers as we travel today.  Of course, there are no guarantees, but our case worker feels more confident about this situation than any other.  This really is like a tennis match!  Ball is in God’s court (I know that sounded cheesy, but it is the TRUTH!)  GAME on!

 

Imitating Christ’s Humility

We received a text from our case worker that she needed to speak to both of us last night. I responded that I was leaving work and we could connect once I was home. Our case worker needed to attend her bible study at the time we would both be together to hear the update, so our phone call was pushed back to around 8:30. The time period between 5:15 and 8:30 was a long wait, but we ate dinner, watched a movie and waited for the call.  Phone rang and we did “small talk” and then…….our case worker said that the birthmother and her husband finally reached a point of peace and they decided to keep their baby. They were thankful that God answered their prayers for peace.

Oh, the sadness. I told our case worker that I had never experienced so much love, support and prayers from so many in my work place, church, and family. The prayer troops rallied hard-core with constant praying for “W” and her husband. Amazing how God answers prayers, even when I, wanted the prayers to go my way. Slanted prayers. Not intentional, but slanted such that the answer would benefit me and Adam. This one is hard. There were so many confirmations from folks who were praying, and many intimate times with God since we got the call that we were selected on January 24th (Adam’s birthday). I have to tell you that this feeling I have in the pit of my soul feels so much like our miscarriage. It is so difficult. It is a great loss.  Adam insisted that we both take a personal day off work today to be together and work through the pain. My faith is strong, no doubt; yet, we are deeply wounded this time. I am not one of those overly zealous adoptive parents that has to have a baby right now, or else. We have been through the waiting, and the waiting, and the waiting, knowing that God is faithful, just, merciful, and loving. Shouldn’t there be some reward for that? That is my flesh talking. What about all the things that God has been teaching me this past week. It has been intense. Now it feels so far away, yet I know that He is closer, more than ever. I do want others to see the human side of how hard this is, and for those to see that my faith does not waver; yet, I am asking God “why?” It is okay to ask that. Even our case worker said that we have been through a particularly hard journey, more out of the norm than most adoptive parents. (Since we have been selected twice and both birthmoms decided to parent and then there was the birthmom that narrowed down her selection to two couples, during the time I had the flu in November–we were not selected).  I know my case worker is sad for us too. So as I grieve this loss, I am leaning on my spouse, my Bible, the body, and my friends. I am trying to remember that God answered all our prayers. He gave the birthmom peace. That is what we asked for. For that I am thankful. God led me to this scripture this morning, and I was reminded of Christ’s example of humility in Philippians:
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2 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,[a] 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,[b] being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
God, continue to help me walk through this time of humility, to put others interests above my own. I want to be joyful, encouraged, a servant and remember that the name above every name is in control.  You are sovereign, even when things don’t make any sense.  Jesus help me suffer well, and may you continue to show “W” your love by reaffirming your peace day in and out as she raises this child. Out of a sensitive situation, your light and love does shine even when things are sad, lonely, and down right confusing.  Now, I pray for peace.

Ironically, we also have another birthmom profile (#12)  that came to us right after our conversation with our case worker.  After she told us the bad news, she gave us this news.  It is hard through tears to even look at another profile and open our hearts again.  Pray for us as we make the decision of whether or not we will have our profile shown.  The roller coaster is a bit overwhelming today.  I sometimes want to leave this “amusement park”(it is not amusing) and run away.

I want to say a special thank you to my precious mother-in-law who brought all the baby necessities we would need if we needed to leave on a whim.  We treasure all these beautiful baby gifts and will store them away for when we will need them in the future.  There is no doubt that we are prepared to travel at a moments notice.  We thank you.

I woke up this morning, with this song in my head:

“Never Once”
Standing on this mountaintop
Looking just how far we’ve come
Knowing that for every step
You were with us

Kneeling on this battle ground
Seeing just how much You’ve done
Knowing every victory
Was Your power in us

Scars and struggles on the way
But with joy our hearts can say
Yes, our hearts can say

Never once did we ever walk alone
Never once did You leave us on our own
You are faithful, God, You are faithful

Kneeling on this battle ground
Seeing just how much You’ve done
Knowing every victory
Was Your power in us

Scars and struggles on the way
But with joy our hearts can say
Yes, our hearts can say

Never once did we ever walk alone
Never once did You leave us on our own
You are faithful, God, You are faithful
You are faithful, God, You are faithful

Scars and struggles on the way
But with joy our hearts can say
Never once did we ever walk alone
Carried by Your constant grace
Held within Your perfect peace
Never once, no, we never walk alone

Never once did we ever walk alone
Never once did You leave us on our own
You are faithful, God, You are faithful

Every step we are breathing in Your grace
Evermore we’ll be breathing out Your praise
You are faithful, God, You are faithful
You are faithful, God, You are faithful

You are faithful, God, You are faithful
You are faithful, God, You are faithful