Friday, October 15, 2010

Sam is going to be a big brother!

A little over a year ago, we felt God's leading to pursue adding another child to our family. This time around, we decided to try to adopt through the local foster care system. Last fall, we completed 30 hours of required classes, filled out tons of paperwork, and were interviewed for our home study.

We completed everything in March, and began waiting. And waiting. And waiting. Our desire was to adopt a child who had been in foster care, whose parents' rights were terminated, and who was available for adoption.

A few weeks ago, we started discussing the idea of getting licensed as foster parents. We felt God might be leading us in a new direction, and the wait was getting harder.

Four days later, we got a call saying there was a 10-month-old girl available for adoptive placement! We couldn't believe it!

On Monday, our family was officially chosen as her family. And today, we finally got to hold her in our arms for the first time. In some ways, it reminded me of the first time we met Sam. It feels a little like a first date. You don't really know each other, but you know you want to know more. And so you do a little dance to try to figure each other out. But, unlike a first date, we are already committed to this precious little blessing forever!

We took Sam to Build-A-Bear this week, and he made a bear for "Sister" (choosing a new name is something we hope to do SOON!). He is so excited to meet her tomorrow, and bring her the new bear.

I do hope to post more about our journey and her story soon. But I do want to share a few pictures for now. Thanks for joining us on this crazy adventure of trusting God with our family and future!

Our Precious Blessing

With Daddy

With Mommy


Melissa said...

I can't wait to hear and see more. We are so excited to watch God grow your family. Beautiful family.

Kristina Kirsch said...

So very excited for you guys! Thanks so much for posting pictures and an update on your journey. What a precious little girl and how lucky she is to be joining your family. Our prayers are with you on this journey!

-Kristina & Josh

Lacy said...

She was meant to be...and she even has a bow ;) She is GORGEOUS!

Laura said...

I LOVE the smiles on your faces!!!! That JOY makes me want to cry! So excited for you guys!

Anonymous said...

Melissa I am so excited that God sees fit to grow your family this way! I cant wait to meet your daughter! Thanks for sharing this.

Casa de Sutton said...

I LOOOOOOVE her already!!! What a beautiful blessing to an amazing family!! I love watching and being a part of this journey!!!

jchaas said...

How exciting! I can't wait to hear more and see more photos!

Danielle said...

Beautiful!! Can't wait to meet her and for CB to have a new friend! God is so good!

melanie said...

absolutely beautiful girl!! what a gift.

Immeasurably More Mama said... sweet! We were THRILLED to hear about your newest little blessing! Can't wait to meet her!

Don and Elizabeth said...

She is so cute! Very happy for you as you build your family! Also, happy Sam is excited to be a big brother!

~Serra~ said...
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~Serra~ said...

Absolutely breathtaking! Just overjoyed for such a gift.
<3 Serra

Becky said...

Congratulations! We are so excited for your family of 4! Love the name you posted on facebook too! Lots of exclamations cause we are so happy for you!!!

aleksandra said...

Congratulations. I am very excited for you guys.

Have you picked out a name yet? said...

We are so excited for you! What a beautiful and precious addition to your family! Thank you Jesus!!

Grimes said...

Oh wow what great news she's just beautiful! Congrats!

Becca said...

congrats! She is absolutely beautiful! We're starting the same journey when we move to our new house!

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