Wednesday, April 4, 2012

A Year Ago Today- April 4, 2011

It is unbelievable how much has changed in a year.  One year ago today, our homestudy was completed and Kevin and I were "officially" placed on the wait list.

On April 4th, 2011 we received an email from our adoption worker with a draft of our homestudy.  She wanted us to look it over and note any inaccuracies, and then send it back to her to make any necessary changes.  We read it and it looked complete and accurate to us.  So we sent it back to her and the same day we became an "active" adoptive family.  Our profile went public, so to speak, and we basically began what we thought would be a big-long-wait to be matched. That's how the address of this blog even came about.  It's what we expected.

I remember seeing our profile among all of the other adoptive family profiles on Bethany's website and thinking "now it's real".  I remember driving home from work on my way to Kevin's softball game.  I remember posting this to my Facebook account- "It's official. Our homestudy was finalized today. We're adopting! Now we just get to wait!"  For some people, this was the first they had even heard of our adoption.

I can't believe how much has changed in the past year.  We thought there was a definite possibility that we'd still be waiting NOW, and never imagined that one year later we would have an almost 8 month old daughter.  We totally did not expect to be parents just 4 months after our homestudy was finalized, but we could not be any happier about it.  Kate has been one of the biggest blessings of our life and even if we had not been "matched" so soon and ended up having to wait much longer for her, we know we would feel the exact same way.  


What a difference a year makes!  God is sooo good and His blessings are far beyond what we could have hoped or imagined. 








14 comments:

  1. Congratulations on this milestone day! :) What a gift you have been given, and what an awesome year to look back on. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Congratulations! It's amazing to see what God had in store for your sweet family all along. These pictures are beautiful! My favorite is the one of Kate grinning with her little feet together!

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  3. Gorgeous photos!
    What a lucky and beautiful family!

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  4. Okay a long time ago I read your blog and I just found it again through kelly's korner!!! Your daughter is PRECIOUS!!! I just had a little girl and now she's 5 months! Doesn't time fly?!?! Glad I found your blog again!!!!

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    1. Oh my! I cannot believe that our little girl is 8 months old already, and I know you feel the same way! I just want to push the pause button on life sometimes! It already feels like my baby is growing up too fast. Glad you stopped by again. I popped over to your blog and your daughter is the cutest. I'm your newest follower! :)

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  5. What a beautiful little girl!! God is faithful!

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    1. Thank you! Yes He is. We are so grateful that we trusted Him with this adoption, and He worked it out perfectly. Kate is a true blessing.

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  6. Congrats! She is such a cutie! Visiting from Kelly's Korner. My husband's name is Kevin & my 5 year old is Kate. Great names :)

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    1. How funny! Yes, great names! Is your Kate short for Katherine too, or is it just Kate. I promised myself that I would never give my child one name and call her something else, but we did. She's Katherine Ava but we call her Kate. Thanks for stopping by! Nice to "meet" you!

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  7. Stopping by from Kelly's Korner--Kate is adorable! I love reading the blogs of moms who enjoy being moms!

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    1. I definitely LOVE being a mom. Nothing better! :) We think she's pretty cute too, but I know we are just a BIT biased. Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Your daughter is precious. Congratulations on a speedy adoption.

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    1. Thank you! She has been such a blessing!

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  9. Found you on the Open Adoption Bloggers blogroll. I love how God matches up parents with their children in such an amazing and beautiful way. We brought home our Olivia just two days after meeting her birth parents. I know she was meant to be our daughter because the way we found each other was so miraculous. I can only imagine how you must feel exactly the same way with your daughter.

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