“Release yourself from well-intentioned plans that have become burdensome.” That line stopped me in my tracks last week. It was from my devotion (Savor, Shauna Niequist), and I cannot stop thinking about it. Letting go of expectations and focusing on the small moments of joy. Savoring the season.
This week alone, a friend I met through social media adopted their 4th foster child into their family forever, a dear couple we know is in China with their children finalizing their second adoption of a Chinese toddler with the Chinese government, a couple we love in Austin finalized their domestic adoption today, and another
We are flying up to Detroit to visit Seester and her hubby for Thanksgiving, and I cannot wait to take Punkadoodle on her first plane ride!! I am so grateful for 4 full days with my family that I will endure the freezing cold temperatures of Michigan to be with them. In the spirit of
This is the start of a hugely bittersweet* season for us. We celebrated Punkadoodle’s half birthday Monday (it’s a thing in our house!), we are rolling into my favorite time of year (fall because I’m #basic) so camping trips and football are in full swing, the holidays are coming, and I am finally looking pregnant
So I have to apologize for being intentionally vague last week. We knew what eligibility requirement we didn’t meet, but weren’t ready to share yet which one. There were so many changes that affected a lot of families, and this one is not that different from any others, except that there’s some sweetness to cover
Well, after some of you have been on pins and needles, here’s an adoption update. True to our story thus far, it’s a bittersweet update. At the beginning of July we received news that the Chinese adoption authority, the CCCWA (China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption), changed the eligibility requirements for adoption. This
I hope y’all had a wonderful day celebrating America’s independence and freedom, where we are free because of the brave. We had sweet time with family chilling in the pool, grilling out, and then went to our local fireworks show with some friends. Always fun to celebrate with the ones you love! We thought
Hey y’all! First and foremost, we are so very grateful for your support, love, partnership and interest in our adoption journey thus far! We have a new update, and we are so appreciative for your involvement in our story. As most of you know by now, we have had three matches since September, and
Husbeast made an astute observation about our current situation the other week, and I cannot stop thinking about it. He said “it’s ok to say no, if for no other reason than the fact that we are so empty right now and have nothing to give.” Empty. Empty arms. Empty energy reserves.
We celebrated Easter, Tonks had puppies (woot woot!), and I’ve been adding pieces to The Barefoot Evergreen Collective. Here’s our life lately, in photos! . We dyed eggs with turmeric and blackberries this year, and Punkadoodle got the sweetest book about a unicorn who believes in