Wednesday, 15 January 2014

I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Jn 14:18

I've started this post about 4 times over the past month and a half, but it never felt like quite the right timing. Now I think we're ready to announce it. 
We're having a baby!!!! But not the traditional way.

Since the beginning of September we have been exploring the wide (slow/time consuming) world of adoption. It's been an interesting ride already, but we've seen God working already.
Last night we finally made our decision about what kind of adoption we're going to have and what agency we're going to go with! Whoohoo, it was quite a lot of soul searching and mind changing while we tried to seek God's will for our lives in even this small step.

I've read SO MANY great blogs and books on the subject that I'm feeling really inadequate when it comes to writing about it myself.  But, I really want to document our journey if for no other reason than to look back at it one day and be able to explain to our child how we felt as we made these decisions.

I guess I'll just start from the very beginning.
From the time I was young I always knew I wanted to have a lot of kids. I've always enjoyed caring for kids and loved the chaos that comes along with it. I remember at the baby shower for Xavier there was a game that everyone had to either say how many kids they had or how many they wanted and my answer was 5. For some reason I knew I was suited for a large family (even though I don't really consider 5 THAT big).
Well 12 years has gone by and we're at 4.
Now this is usually when people ask me "Why don't you just have another one of your 'own'." Honestly, it's because we want to be able to help someone else out, even if it's as simple as just giving a person an different option besides aborting their baby. I'll admit that wasn't MY first motive though. At first I didn't really know exactly WHY I felt like we could or even should adopt. I'm pretty sure every why you are thinking I've thought of and questioned myself with.
But in the end it all comes down to what I'm willing to do to live out the gospel in my life. Adoption is a very real picture of God's mercy given to Christians by allowing us to join His family.

Galatians 3
23 Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed. 24 So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith. 25 Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law.26 You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

We didn't start this process even considering taking an infant (but let's be real, there's no way we wouldn't want one!) but as doors opened and closed we've decided it will be the best for our family. We really love the adoption model our agency uses (they spend a lot of time and energy on their birthmothers and make sure she really understands what adoption means), and since they deal with domestic (USA) infant adoption that's what we're going to do.
Honestly, I'm pretty excited to hopefully meet the birth mom and build a relationship that I normally would never have had. I think our past can really help us to understand what she/they are going through. So that's where we are currently. From everything we've read it could be a very long process, but thankfully it's not really up to our timing anyway. 

I've read some really REALLY amazing books that I would encourage anyone who has even an inkling to adopt to read.

There's also some really great blogs out there (much better attended and well written than this one). 
My two favorites are:
-I love and agree whole heartedly with how she explains why they chose domestic infant adoption

-If you want to cry watch "Mareto's Gotcha Video" (I can't watch it without tearing up)

I still haven't found a blog with a family with children who isn't dealing with infertility but just wants to obey God yet. But, I'm hoping to come across one soon. I know there's more of us out there..somewhere.

Happy Wednesday!

Saturday, 16 November 2013

We're BAack...maybe.

It has been 8 months since we've talked I think. Our lives have just been extremely hectic, but I've missed chronicling it. So I'm hoping to get back to it this winter. Here's a little snapshot of what's been going on with us for the past 8 months.

  • New insulation, ceiling fans, 2 working toilets and some wiring for our big 'ol house. 
  • I spent my summer on my couch with a herniated-disc in my back- I definitely learned some valuable lessons though that.
  • LOTS of soccer and baseball playing, coaching, and watching.
  • Some camping
  • My photo business has remained consistent, which honestly I'm shocked about.
  • Navigating the world of Homeschooling 3 kids full-time. I can't get over how 3 kids raised the exact same way can have 3 entirely different learning styles. 
  • Lots of running and 2 races under our belts. Marc ran a 5K with me in May and Xavier ran a 3K with me in October.
  • Xavier has exceed me in the height department. It was his goal all summer. 
  • We've started eating really healthy. I only mention this because it was a BIG deal for Marc.

We have some major things in the works for our family. So stay tuned for that. Hopefully I'll be back soon!

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Spring Fever

Sorry we've been MIA for so long.

The Sears house is getting some major improvements...details coming soon!

Saturday, 29 December 2012

I'm pretty sure this should be our theme song.
The Customary Christmas Shot

 Christmas morn:
Sunny's Christmas gift from Leia

Our little Whitetail



Grandma Bonnie teaching Sho the fine art of photography!

Because who wouldn't want to be a bison for Christmas?!

Gaius with one of his favorites, Cassie (listening to The Christmas Story) 
Happy New Year!!

Monday, 3 December 2012

Dining Room Reveal

It's amazing what a little paint and paper can do! Seriously, wallpaper can be AWESOME!

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Make Over!

It's the dining room's turn!! And let me say... It needs it (spoken from the girl covered in joint compound)!!
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