Happy snow day here in North Carolina. It’s actually the second snow day and church has already cancelled for tomorrow, so it's a whole snowed in weekend! January 6th marks 3 months of us waiting and as you can see from the photo above, were getting ready to paint the nursery soon. Doing things like this help make this “expecting” time more real. Friends have given us baby hand me downs which I simply love. Baby stuff in the house is a constant reminder that a baby will be here “soon”! Being snowed in also gives me far too much time looking on the internet at baby related items. One can get overwhelmed with the sheer amount of options out there.
There isn't much of an update to give, which I wish there was. I hope when you guys ask if there is any update on the adoption front I don't give too disappointing of an answer. We're just… waiting! What that means is, we are waiting for a birth mother to pick us to adopt their child. We have a profile book in the 3 offices of our agency has here in North Carolina for birth mothers who are making an adoption plan for their child to look through. If a birth mother wants to met us, we’ll get a call with the case and we have to agree to met her. Then after meeting, we (birth mother and us) have to agree again we want to proceed with the adoption. That is the most likely scenario. Since Jason and I put down that we are open to a child that is 6 months or younger, we could get a call that they have a baby and we’d have very short amount of time to get them. Crazy if you think about it too hard, which is why I try to sit in the peace God has given to me to not freak out by the lack of planning I can do to control what our story will be.
Our social worker did check in on us on my birthday because as part of the waiting process we are to have 3 educational hours each quarter that we wait. Reading books on adoption, adoption support group or watching videos on adoption. Part of me wants to start reading “What to Expect the First Year” type books. While being educated on adoption is hugely important and knowing how to take care of an infant is also very important. I did read Paul Reiser’s “Babyhood” for a comical view on parenting during the first year. Hmmm I wonder if that reading counts towards our educational hours…
One of the most exciting things to happened recently is that we hit the $18k mark in our adoption fundraising! That is beyond encouraging and humbling to be a part of such a generous community of people. To each and everyone of you who has helped us make it this far...thank you just doesnt feel like enough. Please know your gift to us means so much and I wish I had the proper words to tell you how much hope you bring to us. The idea that we have $6,700 left to raise… seriously just amazes me. In little over a year, you guys have given so much to us that you didnt have to give, so thank you, thank you, thank you.
(And I leave you with a cute photo of Oliver in the stroller our friends gave to us. I think he thought it was for him... he's in for a big surprise!)