Friday, January 13, 2012

A Tale of Two Agencies

We have been on a waiting list for a local adoption agency since 2 summers ago.  We were waiting for the agency to schedule an orientation.  Once we realized it may never happen, we started the process of foster-to-adopt with our current agency and four days after we got our foster home license, I got an unexpected email.  After all this time, the adoption agency scheduled an orientation for January 31st.  Is that not the craziest timing?!?!

I will definitely be at that meeting.  What does this mean for the other agency?  We don't have any idea.

Just when I think I have the next week, month, or year planned out perfectly, something like this happens.  A week ago I was sure that I would be receiving a foster-baby in March and start the process of weekly biological parent visitations at the agency, therapy sessions and lots of unknowns.  And now, I am going to a meeting about adopting a newborn from a local teenage mom.  I have no idea what my life will be like after our trip to France.  I have no idea what my life will be like tomorrow!

Either way, we are 95% sure that we will become parents this year - one way or another!  And we will continue to try and seize the day, no matter how stressed, content, happy, sad, or broke we are.
I have been so overwhelmed by this whole situation.  The other night, I realized how tense I was so I took an evening stroll to think and pray about everything.  Once I got moving, I realized my shoulders weren't as tight and I was walking with ease and felt peace in my heart.  Was I relaxing?  Maybe!

As I began to feel better, I started to look around and realized what a beautiful night it was.  I rarely take evening photos so I went home for the tripod and camera and headed back out to experiment with some night time photos in the neighborhood.

We will keep you posted!  Have a great weekend!


  1. What an exciting time for you! I hope all goes well. Love the pictures too.

  2. So much to learn from your adventure, there must be a reason it has turned this way right? It will all work out and you'll look back at think it happened exactly the way it was supposed to, it always does.

    1. I think so, too! Thanks for your encouragement!!!

  3. I am in tears I am so excited for you guys!! and us #12 HOW BLESSED THIS BABY WILL BE TO HAVE YOU AND DAN AS HIS PARENTS! I understand your tension. Every time I went into labor I wanted to run away 'cause I didn't feel ready. You just get through the moment and then you go on living and snuggling! Love you guys!

  4. Isn't that last picture Josh and Becca's old house? It looks so different.

    1. Yes! It's their old house. We live about a block away from it. Funny.


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