Sunday, July 31, 2011

lately

What we've been up to:

Spending time with Drew's folks -
surprising them with the introduction
of their first grandson:


Cherishing visits with our precious son:



Celebrating seven years of marital bliss:

July 2004

July 2011

Happy and blessed are we.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

we're all smiles

to introduce our son Miles:






Our hearts are full and beyond blessed.
We couldn't be happier to welcome this joy to the family!
We love you Miles Benjamin!





Saturday, July 23, 2011

big-fat secret


I've been keeping a big-fat secret.

Let me explain...

So back in February 2011 (only 5 months ago!) I met with a friend who had gone through the same type of adoption (adoption through the foster care system) to glean some insight. At the time, my intentions were just to get an idea of the process out of pure curiosity. That night this friend filled me in on her blessed experiences through adoption, as well as the uncertainties and risks involved in the delicate process. She also shared that she had just learned of a baby boy that was in need of a home immediately if only we were through the process and ready to adopt. This was encouraging news to hear as it is supposedly uncommon to hear of infants ready for adoption. That night I shared all about the information I had learned about the foster-adoption process with Drew which in turn initiated our deep discussion that caused us to open our hearts and begin the process.

Shortly after, Drew and I met with our caseworker and eagerly began the training classes at the beginning of March. Since day one we have been overwhelmed by the Lord's clear direction and timeliness for this blessed path. Through each step of the process as we completed the classes, our homestudy, the paperwork, etc. the Lord has continually affirmed our convictions for this direction through the support and encouragement of friends and family and through the peace of his precious Holy Spirit.

Looking back it's unbelievable to me to see that several times during the process, I would hear again and again about a baby boy in need of a home. Honestly, I didn't think much of it until my friend assured me that this was the same baby boy I had heard of from the beginning. We completed the process in May, 3 months after we started, and we were approved and officially waiting by the beginning of July. Exactly a week after we got the "congratulations, you're officially waiting" call on July 6th, we got another very special call. The call was for a precious baby boy. We met our son the following Wednesday, July 20th! To say we are overwhelmed by the Lord's goodness is an understatement. This precious child is truly a gift from God. We are humbled to be called to serve as his parents.

Our updated timeline:

February 16
The beginning, aka the "conception" date.
Drew and I "conceived" our decision to pursue adoption through the foster care system.

February 17
Contacted a caseworker to begin the process.

February 28
Met with our caseworker for the first time to
open our case.

March 3
Began week 1 of our 10-week training class.

March 10
Week 2 of our training class.

March 17
Week 3 of our training class.

March 24
Week 4 of our training class.

March 31
Week 5 of our training class.

April 4
Completed our application and met with our caseworker
to discuss our application.

April 7
Week 6 of our training classes.

April 14
Week 7 of our training classes.

April 19
Submitted our individual autobiographies.
Sarah's individual interview with caseworker.

April 28
Week 8 of our training classes.

April 30
Super surprised and blessed with a celebration from
our supportive friend-family!

May 5
Drew's individual interview.
Week 9 of our training class.

May 12
Week 10 of our training class.

May 16
Home Inspection/Marital Interview.

End of May - June

July 6
Homestudy complete. Officially waiting and ready for placement!

July 13
Received the call for a baby boy!

July 18
Met with our caseworker and baby Cisco's caseworker.

July 20
Met our son for the first time!

Still to come:

End of July - August
Transition from foster family home to our home.

August - September
Permanently placed in our home!

Spring 2012
Adoption!

God is soooooo good.
Thank you all for your many prayers!
You are such blessings!


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

psalm 118:24

This is the day that the LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.





Thursday, July 7, 2011

blue table legs

On impulse, I painted the dining room table legs. 


I love that paint isn't permanent.


I'm more than willing to paint something just to paint it back if I don't like it (proof here).



So this is my go at blue table legs. We'll see if it sticks.


The table legs before in white:


And here's the table back when it was in a dark stain:


The dining room sure has changed since then.
And that was only 7ish months ago.

This was the inspiration for the paint job:

IMG_0205
Photo by Brooke



Wednesday, July 6, 2011

due date

We received the call today that our homestudy has been approved. 
And...

We are officially expecting now!
Like officially!
We are officially waiting!

Meaning it could happen any day (or week, or month, or year) now!
I guess our due date is anybody's guess.
See our timeline here and this post here, to track our ride thus far. 
Also, for your enjoyment, check out these videos here.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

neutral kid's room


This is the bedroom upstairs that we plan to use for our future family member. We have yet to know who we're expecting - boy or girl, infant or toddler.
So this is the room in it's neutral state readily awaiting to be occupied. Looking forward to the eventual changes according to age/gender.














Saturday, July 2, 2011

bedroom

Big shock: we rearranged our bedroom.
You can see the previous state of our bedroom here.