Our Anniversary

On this day, four years ago, Jonathan and I took our wedding vows, before God and all our family and friends. When I stood at the doorway with my Dad, looking down the aisle, to the altar where Jonathan was waiting, I didn’t feel one bit nervous. I knew, with absolute certainty, that I was marrying my God-given husband. I felt such overwhelming joy and peace as we moved down the aisle, I was even chatting to people and smiling at everyone. It all felt completely right and I remember wanting to savor every second, so I would never forget how I felt then. In our pictures from that day, we look so incredibly happy, because we were… and we are. Marriage has changed us certainly, but in ways I never could imagine. We’ve gone through some difficult times, but we have grown together and become closer, more ourselves somehow.

I am still amazed each and every day that he is my husband. I can’t wait to see what the years ahead bring and can’t imagine going through any if it without him. He is the best friend I have ever had. Knowing and loving him has made me a better person. Our daughter will be so blessed having him as a father and I can’t wait to see the two of them together...to hear her say "Daddy" and for us to be family. Happy Anniversary my sweet husband!


Stork Alert (no, not for us yet!)

The CCAA has updated their web site with the following information:

The CCAA has finished the review of the adoption application documents registered with our office before September 30, 2005.

The CCAA has finished the placement of children for the families whose adoption application documents were registered with our office before June 6, 2005

Congratulations to Vicki and all the EAC families who will get their referrals this coming Thursday or Friday, as well as all the waiting families everywhere who are logged in as of June 6. Just a few more days before you see your babies faces for the first time!

This group just missed the last cut-off, so it's been a tough month. They have been waiting almost 11 months since their LID.

With September in the review room, we are moving ever closer to our daughter. She is out there somewhere, just waiting for us. We send all out love to her and those who are caring for her!


Easter Recap

We had a really great Easter Weekend. Seeing the Passion of the Christ again on Friday really put things in perspective for me. It's a tough film to watch on many levels, but doing the Easter Cantata and hearing the story again made things really resonate with me.

Our cantata was called Three Days. We had a 19-piece orchestra and a 40+ member choir. Our church is relatively small, so you can imagine it was pretty powerful! I enjoy singing in the choir so much and it's a blessing to be a part of such a loving, dedicated and talented group of people. I am moved beyond words by their love and acceptance of me. I have never felt so at home in a church and am so very grateful for such a warm and wonderful church family.

The dinner Saturday night for my Dad's birthday turned out great. It's hard to believe my Dad just turned 70! He doesn't look it and stays extremely active and busy - probably even busier than before he retired. My brother Steve and sister-in-law Cindy were there as well, along with our niece Erica (wassup E!), who made the long drive from Carrollton. It was a fun night.

My parents also came last night to hear us sing, so it was good to see so much of them this weekend. We were also glad to see our friends, Tim and Melanie and Jonathan's grandparents last night as well. What a great end to a beautiful weekend!


Happy Easter!

Easter weekend is a busy one for us. This year, it starts tonight, with a screening of The Passion of the Christ at church. Tomorrow morning we have Cantata practice, after which I will be running around getting things ready for my Dad’s birthday dinner, which is at our place. Sunday starts early with Sunrise Service at 6:30, breakfast right after, followed by Sunday school and church service. Then, it’s over to J’s mom’s house for lunch, after which we can (hopefully) squeeze in a nap, then back to church that evening for the Cantata. I’m exhausted just writing all that!

As I do on every holiday now, I think to myself, next year, we will have Lily Kate and things will be different. We will have Easter baskets to make, pretty dresses and new shoes to buy, pictures to take as a family….those thoughts keep me going. When I hear news about things slowing down, and wait times getting longer, I hold on to those images in my mind. I thought for sure we would have her with us for Thanksgiving this year, maybe even Halloween, but now it’s so uncertain.

I am thankful for every good thing, for a husband who loves me, for family and friends who are always there for us, for a church that is everything I always wanted from a place of worship, and for all the countless blessings in my life. I just want her here, with us, sharing the special occasions, as well the simple, everyday moments that make up our lives. She is part of us and has already carved out a big place in our hearts. Happy Easter our sweet Lily Kate!


Three months and counting

I know I haven’t posted anything in over a week. You don’t have to tell me that I’m a slacker, I know this. It’s just that, well, we are going through one of those stages where nothing is happening. No adoption news at all right now. Referrals are rumored to be coming soon for the late May-early June groups, but all is quiet on the eastern front. Tomorrow, we celebrate three months since our dossier was sent to China! That’s something, but hard to get excited when you don’t know how many more months we have to go...

We have been busy around the house getting stuff done, although the longest bathroom renovation in the history of the world is still not over. Once that is done, we can move onto bigger and better things (i.e. the nursery). I will post some pictures of the finished rooms, so you can see what we have been up to. In other news on the home front, we are having a yard sale this weekend, to clear out some clutter and hopefully, make a little $$. It’s actually a multi-family sale, with some neighbors and friends joining in the fun. The weather promises to be good, so it won’t be a bad way to spend a Saturday.

There are so many little jobs to do around the house before Lily Kate comes home. I think we are going to need the extra time the slowdown has afforded us to get ready. You think you have so much time, and before you know it, three entire months have gone by in a flash. We need to get started on the overall baby-proofing of the house. It’s very apparent when children come to visit, that we have a long way to go. Sharp corners, knick-knacks, unprotected outlets and doors…it’s a virtual minefield!

So, we are hanging in there, living our lives, getting things done and enjoying the last few months we have to ourselves, before it all changes. Life as we know it will never be the same and we couldn’t be happier at the prospect!