So Monday night I was laying in bed thinking about the week. I had a lot in front of me for the week and a very busy weekend. Then my mind turned to the blog. I was thinking, what in the world would I possibly write about this week? I had no idea, so I just went to bed. Around six in the morning on Tuesday I heard my phone ringing. Missing the call I looked at the phone and saw I missed a phone call from my sister. In my mind all I thought was, why in the world would she be calling me so early in the morning? So I called back, on the other end of the phone my sister told me that she was in labor and then asked the magical words, “would you like to be in the room for the delivery?” I have been asking her this since she had her oldest and was in shock that she asked the question. I was so excited and felt so honored she would allow me and my other sister witness our new nephew being born.

So I hustled to get ready, get some snacks for everyone and coffee for my bother-in-law and mom. Once as at the hospital we waited for a couple hours. At about 1:15 pm the nurse came back in to check Kim and see how far along she was. Kari and I went into the waiting room for about 15 minutes before Manny came and said it was time. I was so excited, it was time, time to see my nephew come into this world. It all happened much faster than expected and it was a life changing event. I now  believe every single person should see a baby being born before they die. The raw strength of my sister was absolutely incredible. The sweet quiet coaching of my bother-in-law amazing. Then to hear the very first cries of my nephews. That is a beautiful noise I will never forget. The whole experience was an amazing display of God’s love for us. An amazing display of love between my sister and my brother-in-law.

To Kim and Manny,

I thank you from the bottom of my heart  for letting me be in the room. I will never be able to truly repay you for letting me witness this. You opened my eyes to another form of God’s love I had yet to experience. Kim, you are an incredibly strong and beautiful person. I loved seeing the instant love you and Manny had for Brooks the moment you first saw him. To hear your sweet voice as you calmed his cries. To see how Brooks responded when he heard Manny’s voice and turned to it. I am forever grateful to you both and so proud of you both!

 

So the adoption, nothing new to share. Just waiting. But we did get the diaper bag and pack and play this week. That was fun and my diaper bag is super cute! We also got a baby duck, I wanted a female duck and my friend was getting some as well, so I decided to get a female. She is cute. So we keep waiting and trusting in the Lord. I am very thankful for this last week and the birth of my beautiful new nephew! God is good, God is good all the time!

~Karla

Adoption Book

So this week has been kind of a rough one. Stomach flu followed by a crazy migraine. Plus work was a tough one this week. But today I’m on the mend and in my “migraine hangover phase” so I’m at least functioning! YAY! 

So the adoption book, its a book that birth mothers who are going to make an adoption plan look at to pick  potential adoptive parents. So it is kind of a big part of the adoption process. Well we finally got ours in the mail yesterday! Dan will be taking them to our adoption agency this afternoon. They will then be in the hands of social workers all over the state of Colorado. Kind of crazy to think about. I don’t want to share all of our adoption book but I have included some pictures of parts of it. 

Making this book was pretty intense, but I also enjoyed it a lot. The hardest part was the letter to the birth parent and then the thank you. It was hard to find the exact words to let a person we have never met know how much we will love their child we have never met. To let them know that we are already in awe of their strength for choosing life and an adoption plan. To let them know we are open to an open adoption and always want their child to know and understand his or her story. That was hard, but then my great friend who is also adopting reminded me that God already has this birth mom picked out, already has a child in mind, and while my words may make one person not pick us they will be perfect words for the one who does. I was thankful for that reminder from my sweet friend and after I put my mind in that perspective, the words just came. 

The rest of the book was pretty fun to make. Just picking out the right pictures and giving them a look into our lives. My favorite page to make was the one on our pets…Well duh, I love them! So it was so easy and fun! For the pages on Dan and I, we wrote about each other. So I explained Dan and he explained me. That way we aren’t like well I’m so great because of this and I’m the best singer in the whole world, or I’m so good with technology I’m better than Steve Jobs…HA! Not that we would actually write that!!! Then there are pages on our incredible family, our friends, home, fun facts and the thank you. I wanted to keep the design fun but not to loud or over the top. 

So with the books in the hands of the social workers the wait truly does begin. I know God already has a perfect plan for it all. I can’t wait to see it unfold. I am holding on to this knowledge to help me stay calm and peaceful. Yesterday in my sickness I was laying on the couch and Mike & Molly came on. The two episodes I watched was the ones when they were making their adoption book and then when they finally got the baby. In these episodes they showed them just being absolutely crazy while waiting for “the call” and the struggle to stay sane. All I kept thinking was “Oh Lord, please, please don’t let me get that crazy during this process!” I had to giggle at it all but know that God is our peace during this time.

Thanks for reading. This week please pray for our adoption books. Please pray for the people who open and look at these books. Whether they pick us or not these girls are trying to make probably the hardest decision they have ever made.  

~Karla 

It’s true! We are Adopting!

If you find yourself on this page first off thank you so much for taking the time to look at this blog. Second, it’s true! We’re Adopting. Many may be wondering why, how long does this take, why not biological children? Im here to answer those questions but I’m also here to tell our adoption journey. To share with people, to bring awareness to adoption and to hopefully get all of your prayers during this time.

So why not biological children? This is a topic people feel afraid to ask, they dont want to upset or hurt us. Since starting this journey I have become a lot more open about it. Dan and I do want to have biological children, we hope God does bless us with one someday. But for me, adoption has ALWAYS been something I knew was part of my story. Dan learned I wanted to adopt, I think on our first date! So with prayers and God, Dan’s heart also turned to adoption. So when we learned I had endometriosis almost 3 years ago and learned it may take longer for us to conceive, we really began to seek and pray for God’s plan on how we would start a family. Last fall we both heard loud and clear that it was time to Adopt. We both feel so blessed that we have been chosen to walk this path.

How long does it take? This process can take a while. We started paperwork and the home study in late October last year and just finished with it and was approved earlier this week! We just order our adoption profile books, that birth mothers will look at and decide if they want to meet us. So now that we are in the “waiting pool” it can literally take 24 hours to 2 years. For our agency their average wait time last year was about 12.5 months. With some couples waiting longer and some shorter. So a lot of the time if we wont know anything until we know everything. There are many things I wont be able to share on this blog. But also things I can. So if you feel compelled to follow our journey know I will update with information when I can.

We feel so blessed to be walking this journey. This journey that can be a roller coaster of emotions. We are so grateful to have the support of our family and small group. We are very happy to be also walking this journey with another couple in our small group. God is so good!  So the praying and waiting has started. We know that God already has the perfect birth mom and child in mind (even if that child hasn’t been conceived yet). That knowledge is amazing! So if you can pray for peace for us during this wait that would be wonderful! Thank you for joining us on this journey!