Gratefulness

Colin and I have a sign hanging in our kitchen, with a message that constantly reminds us: “There is always, always, always, something to be thankful for.”

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Despite it’s grammatical incorrectness, this simple saying contains a very powerful message. No matter what we are going through in life, we always, always, ALWAYS, have something for which to be thankful. Whether in a really deep valley, or high on a mountain top, every one of us can dig deep in our hearts and find we are grateful for something (probably many things).

This Thanksgiving, I am particularly thankful for my dear family and friends. Colin and I have been overwhelmed by the support, encouragement, and congratulations for our adoption news. After carrying our grief for so long, it is such a sweet relief to share with others, even though it is scary to be so open about our personal life. My mama recently reflected on the day that Colin and I told her and my dad about our struggles. She said they could visibly see the weight lifted off of us; it was immediately evident in our demeanor that we felt more free. It’s true: when one shares their burden with others, the load becomes lighter and much easier to bear.

So I am thankful for family and friends who are walking through this journey alongside Colin and me, making our burden lighter. It is amazing to see what has happened in even just a few days of publicly sharing our story, and I am so excited to see where this goes, especially knowing that there are many people offering encouragement, support, and prayers.

This Thanksgiving Day, be sure to take a few minutes to think about what makes you thankful, and express your gratefulness to others and to God.

And remember:

There is always, always, always, something to be thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Love,

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National Adoption Month!

Here in the United States, November is celebrated as National Adoption Month.  Within this month, certain days are set aside to recognize and draw special attention to each form of adoption:  domestic, international, and foster care.  In fact, in an effort to highlight “the important role that adoption has played in the lives of children and families in our country and around the world,” President Obama recently issued a proclamation dedicating November as National Adoption Month. President Obama urged Americans to “continue strengthening the adoption process so that all children can learn, grow, and thrive with the support of a devoted and permanent family.”

I must admit that prior to our adoption journey, I was not aware of how prevalent adoption has become in the United States, nor how involved and detailed the process can be.  Consider the following statistics:

Currently in the United States, there are over 400,000 children who, through no fault of their own, have entered a state foster care system.  In fact, the average child waits nearly four years to be adopted out of foster care.

One out of every 25 families with children have an adopted child, with about 39% of all adoptions taking place in the private domestic arena. More than 18,000 families will successfully adopt a domestic newborn this year.

Over 5,500 international adoptions took place in 2015, with the majority of the children being originally born in China.  In Louisiana alone, 32 families adopted internationally.

Despite adoption and fostering’s relative lack of conversation and discussion in social circles, these statistics reveal to me that adoption and fostering are much more prevalent than what they seem.  These paths to parenthood carry with them negative assumptions and stereotypes; that they are somehow second-best options.  Yet, quite the opposite is true – adoption and fostering is all around us.  Whatever form it takes, many of our friends and neighbors have experienced the exciting process of adoption.  And though the journey definitely brings unique challenges, I’m convinced it is one worth pursuing.

Happy National Adoption Month!

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Anticipation of a good thing

We have some special news to share . . .

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That’s right, we’re excited to (finally) share that we are currently in the process of adoption! We’re looking forward to what is in store for our future and the life of the precious baby that will be a part of our family.

We realize that many of you reading this may be totally surprised by our announcement, and some of you have been praying for us, whether you know our history or not. Regardless, we are so happy you are a part of our life and are joining us in this process. We have started this blog first as a way to share our story – with the details we want to present – and keep our family and friends updated on our journey. The secondary reason, but likely more important, is to be a place of support and encouragement for others who may be searching for someone to walk alongside them in a similar situation.

Thank you for taking the time to read our news! Please look around our site and be on the lookout for future posts!

Much love,

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Photo credit: Carly McIntosh Photography

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