I wouldn't be me if I didn't procrastinate and update the Blog by (hopefully) quick bullet points--ha, we all know I don't blog "quickly"....anyway, here it goes...
1. I know I haven't been the best at updating lately, but we are still adopting! We have been on the waiting list since the end of July, and there are some easy days and some hard days during the waiting process. Each step involves some kind of waiting, so if you weren't patient before, through lots of hard work and trials, you learn to be patient in the end. You wait to be approved to be on the waiting list. You wait to get monthly emails from the agency updating you on how many birth families they are currently working with. You wait to get phone calls about birth parents. You wait to be "chosen" by the birth family. You wait to meet the birth family. You wait for the birth. You wait for the court date. So. Much. Waiting. But--I know it's worth it. So we wait.
2. (Some of these aren't actually "updates" but they are important enough to me to deserve their own number.) First of all, isn't God amazing? I know we haven't been "waiting" all that long, just a few short months, but it is so easy to doubt when those around you are getting chosen to be adoptive parents. I specifically remember wondering and praying and questioning if I had misread God leading us to adopt. Not because I was having a change of heart, but because I felt like something must be wrong with us since we weren't being picked or even getting any phone calls from the agency about birth families. I prayed, "God, I really want to adopt. It has been on my heart for a while now, but if this is not the plan you have for us, please let us know somehow." Within the month, we have received 4 phone calls from the agency. Thank you, God, again for sending me the sign, the encouragement that I so desperately needed to hang in there and have a little faith.....
3. Through this whole Adoption Journey, we have heard some amazing stories and met some wonderful people. I don't know what I would do without my Monday Night Waiting Moms group. They are some of the sweetest, most amazing faithful women I have ever met. We meet every Monday night at a cute little tea place to share where we are in our journey. Most have already been matched and have sweet kiddos at home--I actually joked 2 weeks ago that our group should now be called, "The Adoptive Moms and the Waiting Mom, Lindsay."--some have adopted more than one child, some have both biological and adoptive children, and some just have one sweet adoptive baby. We are all at different places and all have our own unique stories to share. I can't stress enough how much I appreciate them and their constant encouraging words and stories.
4. With all that said above, we have been blessed with an amazing supportive family and friends that continue to shower us with love, especially through this whole process--whether it be prayers, phone calls, emails, cards in the mail, supporting my Scentsy business, donation of items, donation of money, donation of time, etc. I hope all of you know how much we love you and appreciate you--I know your "segment" isn't as long, but we've known you all or most of our lives, so surely you know how much you mean to us?! :)
5. We STILL have puzzle pieces for sale! $15 a piece. We are just under 200 pieces left, and I would LOVE to have this completed and hanging in the nursery by Christmas. Chad is going to write all the names of those that have purchased a piece on the back of the puzzle so that we can share it with our sweet baby someday and show him/her all the family and friends that helped create their story. Please help us reach our goal!!! Email me or comment on this blog for details. firstname.lastname@example.org
6. My MIL has been busy busy BUSY quilting away. She is making adorable table-runners for $20 a piece. All proceeds go towards our Adoption. Email or comment for details!
|This is an example of a Fall one she made me. I love it!|
|Close up. How pretty!|
8. A guy from Chad's work donated this OU football and all proceeds will go towards our Adoption. It has the Heisman trophy winners' signatures on it, except for Sam Bradford. Signatures include: Steve Owens, Billy Sims, & Jason White. The bidding will start at $150. We will close the bidding on Thursday, November 17th at 10:00 P.M.
|The 'OU' and 'Sooners' (on the back) are not printed but stitched on the ball, making it look extra special and nice!|
Ok, if you haven't noticed, it is NOVEMBER, and we know what happens next month. I just gave you LOTS of ideas for Christmas presents. You're Welcome. ;) and I'll remind you again, along with adding a few extra:
~Scentsy! There is Scentsy for everyone on your list. What a GREAT gift at a low price! If nothing else, what great stocking stuffers for loved ones! Gift certificates are available, too!
~Quilted Table Runners! For the newly married, your parents, your grandparents, your friends, etc!
~OSU Quilt! I know I have lots of friends and family that are Cowboy fans! What a beautiful one-of-a-kind blanket to give or receive as a Christmas present!
~OU Football! What OU fan wouldn't want this awesome gift?! Perfect for your husband, your son, your dad, etc!
~Knitted items! I have adorable baby bibs & hats (perfect for your own babies, nieces/nephews, friends' babies), coffee cozies/mug sweaters (pair it with a cute mug and a Starbuck's gift card and you've got a great gift for your mom, grandma, sister, friend, your child's teacher, etc!), dish cloths (pair them with your favorite Bath & Body Works soap, and you've got another great gift for someone!)
I hope you are able to mark some people off your Christmas list SOON and support a GREAT cause while you are at it!!! :)
**Just for those of you curious readers out there, it is now 9. If you didn't have the answer before on why I don't blog often, now you do.**
**And I do apologize for creating what I believe to be the Longest. Blog. In. History.**