Monday, December 29, 2008

Closing out 2008, Reflecting on our Adoption Journey

I changed our blog background to ladybugs because ladybugs are good luck symbols in adoption. All of my adoption community friends are nodding their heads and smiling because it is a good luck charm adoptive parents come to know. Since we are now closing out 2008 and a little more than a full year from the beginning of our paper chase/homestudy process to now being #10 on the wait list, we are eager for the exciting and magical things 2009 promises to bring---namely our daughter home to us. . . so ladybugs are on order!!!

Adoption is not something people fall into by accident. It is such a long and arduous and costly and emotional and trying process, that only the strongest, most determined make it to the finish line. And,many people are stopped short at various points in the process due to the rigorous standards and constant changes that go hand-in-hand with the adoption journey. I have heard many times that adoption is not for the faint of heart. That is true. It takes great faith, diligence, planning, optimism and patience to walk this road, and sometimes even then can end in heartbreak. But, I cling to the belief that when the time is right (I believe in God's timing), the diligence is rewarded---and the reward is something that cannot be measured in earthly measurements. The reward will go straight through your heart to the depths of the soul intertwining lives together, fulfilling purpose, completing families, making a difference and changing every life touched by the adoption.

The road that led Geoff and me to adoption began over a year ago---but really long before that--long before we even knew we were being called to adopt to complete our family. And, every day has been preparing us since then. Even the delays and heart-aches along the way. Every person arrives at the decision to adopt from different places--but the end result is the same. A child comes home and a family is created.

I look forward to the beautiful things 2009 brings---to our family and to the countless others I've met along this journey. And, my hope is that the other 143 million orphaned children in our world will also come to know their families.

Thank you for following, and hopefully soon there will be exciting referral news for our JOH families. I will post as soon as news occurs!

Happy New Year!


Sarah and Dan Sullivan said...

That was funny to read because I was nodding my head when I read that everyone would be nodding their heads!! It's true! The ladybugs work, I swear it! Sarah = )

Sarah k said...

OH sweetie, thank you for the validation in this post. I stand right next to you as we usher out the old year of 2008 and bring in the new year of 2009. It has been a long and trying year for us and I thank you so much for your words of love and encouragement. Your words were so true and I cherish them... "Here's to great things to come, Blessings to behold and children to hug in the new year!!!"

Sarah k.

Red Thread to my Daughter said...

Love the background. I am all about those ladybugs. This is your year to complete your family.
Happy New Year!
Lisa R.

Lisa said...

Beautiful reflections and aptly written post! I absolutely believe that your patience and faith will be rewarded and your family is wished numerous bright & amazing blessings in this new year to come!
Now that you have those delicate ladybugs on the job, good news is certain to follow! (and like, Sarah, I was nodding my head
How amazing to have found and shared these incredible connections with other families along this is something I'm so grateful for both in this year and in the year to come!
Thank you for being a bright spot for so many of us & never losing sight of the children who still await loving arms.
A joyous New year awaits your beautiful family!
Lisa C.
Oh, I wish we lived closer too!!

Journey to our baby said...

This was a beautiful post, I wish I could copy it and put it on my blog :) Thank you for the uplifting message, it really made me smile and is so true. Congrats on your special day by possibly falling in love with your daughter's name. We have our name and I catch myself doodling her name at work and then have to make sure no one sees since we have not told anyone yet. How exciting :)