A year of prayers.
A year of lots of paperwork.
A year of lots of waiting and then hurry up and then waiting some more.
A year of wondering when we would see our child’s face. A year of wondering if we would see her face this year.
The year we saw her face–in a picture–but we saw her face.
A year where we walked by faith – a new business, special needs adoption (questions about “Why would you ever adopt a child with ______?”.) Walking by faith. Just walking. Hard questions, valid questions…but we are walking.
A year of challenges.
A year of seeing God move mountains in our lives. Wow, just wow. Mountains moved.
A year of seeing the goodness of people – yes, you. The ones who encourage, validate feelings, listen, and give so freely of your time, talent, and resources. A year where we realized the amazing family we have in our community – love makes a family, and we just love you. You have showed us love too.
A year of back ground checks and finger prints. Lots.
A year of asking you to write a reference letter to vouch that we will be good parents.
A year of making new friendships. A year of rekindling friendships too. A year of seeing the strength in friendships.
A year of the Lord breaking our heart for the orphan. Learning so much about suffering–the type of stuff that kids should be sheltered from, not experience first hand. The kind of stuff I would want to shelter her from, but couldn’t.
A year of trusting–trusting in Him.
A year of feeling the Lord’s discernment.
A year of recognizing that Bryson and I really do make a good team.
A year of convictions.
A year of re-evaluating once held values and beliefs. A year of redefining some things.
A year of hope. A year of expectancy. A year of longing.
A year of seeing the Lord multiply our efforts in our work – watching students win an Effie and shine – seeing Verge take off.
A year of learning that there is not a single part of this that we can control.
What a year. What a year to come. 2014, we are looking forward to you – the year we get to hold her for the first time. A year of many firsts for our family of three.
Thanks for loving us in 2013.