A friend stumbled upon this fancy find at a garage sale recently and passed it along our way. We were sad to have missed out on that thrill of the hunt but we couldn't be happier to house the new addition.
It's full of great potential. Just needs some handyman help from the DrewB and she'll soon be shining bright.
Consider this the "before" and we'll fill you in as soon as we have the beauty hung in our bedroom.
A couple weekends ago we thought we were headed to the Ackley's for a casual Saturday hangout, but instead we were surprised by our friend-family with an adoption celebration!
We were definitely caught off guard (as we had just finished a long day of yard work and I was still recovering from a slumber party the previous night - good thing we didn't cancel:)). We just weren't expecting it at all. It was the perfect surprise!
My homegirls did an amazing job of personalizing the party. It was extremely thoughtful.
Needless to say, we feel incredibly blessed by the support from our Erie-family in this process.
What's Girls Group, you may ask? Allow me to break it down. Girls Group, or GG, is a group of besties brought together through the bond of medical school (most of the homegirls are partners to a medical student). We meet weekly to support each other through thick and thin during the season of medical school. It's an honor to be a part of this beautiful group of girls. They are truly a blessing from Lord.
This cosmic event is one for the history books. It's an all-nighter of fun full of dancing, and munching, and laughing, and plenty of girl-talk. We even created a mix-tape of music to serenade the night away. And of course, we made friendship bracelets.
Check these scenes from this year's party:
The set-up pre-party-food.
Simple party decor.
Sangria and margaritas go here:
Jumping-up-and-down-excitement as we welcome
our special guest!
(I think Brooke is hurling in the corner here?
Perhaps, too star-struck?)
There are a number of steps in the process of becoming adoptive parents through foster care (i.e. interviews, meetings, a home inspection, background checks, doctor's visits, paperwork, and more paperwork).
Another hurdle in the process is the 10-week training class. So far we've completed 8 of 10 of the training sessions (I can't believe we only have 2 left)!
While the classes can be much of what seems to be common knowledge (in other words, a drag), they can also be really informative. I am very thankful for the discussions that the classes spark between Drew and I. And sometimes it's fun to feel like we're too cool for school and we're back in college taking a lame-o night class together. The classes have definitely given us much to think about and process through regarding this life-changing decision. Despite the lengthy 3-hour Thursday nights, we're happy to be doing them especially given that we have a lot to learn as first-time parents.
For those curious, here's some TMI or a timeline detailing where we've come in the process and where we're headed:
Drew and I "conceived" our decision to pursue adoption through the foster care system.
Contacted a caseworker to begin the process.
Met with our caseworker for the first time to open our case.
Began week 1 of our 10-week training class.
Week 2 of our training class.
Week 3 of our training class.
Week 4 of our training class.
Week 5 of our training class.
Completed our application and met with our caseworker to discuss our application.
Week 6 of our training classes.
Week 7 of our training classes.
Submitted our individual autobiographies.
Sarah's individual interview with caseworker.
Week 8 of our training classes.
Super surprised and blessed with a celebration from our supportive friend-family! (See pictures below. We have an amazing family!)
And still to come:
Drew has his individual interview.
Week 9 of our training class.
Week 10 of our training class.
Complete process and ready for placement.
Wait on the Lord.
It's crazy to me that this has all happened only over the last couple months. It seems fast. I'm still surprised daily that it is all really happening and that we're expecting. All in all, we are overwhelmed by the Lord's goodness throughout this process.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen