Once upon a time there was a two week old baby girl who Kevin and I wept for and prayed over while pregnant with our son. We loved her fiercely and longed to provide for her the stability that we knew she needed. "Lord, show us what you want us to do and make a … Continue reading He Knows
On this day seven years ago- morning came with no sleep, but plenty of adrenaline and excitement to push us through. We dressed our 4 1/2 month old Layla and our 4 day old Bryson. Between morning feedings and trying to get dressed ourselves we barely made it out on time. We snapped them in their car … Continue reading Happy 7th Adoption Day, Layla!
Because Layla looks so much like Bryson and Jordyn...and because we have so much love in our hearts for her...it FEELS like she's our biological child most of the time. Sure, she has some issues that are different than Bryson and Jordyn...but that doesn't mean much. We could have given birth to a child with … Continue reading Ours Forever
One minute she’s with us and then the next minute she’s gone. All is well when she gets in the car after school. I hand her a snack and she tells us she earned a sticker. We make our way to Target and the mood shifts. I can see the manic look in her eyes and … Continue reading Sometimes she leaves us…
Matthew 5:38–48 Serving with Safe Families for Children I have learned that you cannot walk alongside people who are in crisis without love to give. But I think sometimes we assume that love will just come naturally and when it doesn't, it means we aren't obligated to act. That's why we hear things like "Adoption isn't … Continue reading Limitless Love
This Friday morning, Layla will have another appointment. It is the opinion of her neurologist, her primary care doctor, her occupational therapist, her teacher, and Kevin & myself, that there is something more going on than her sensory issues. While she has made worlds of progress with self regulating when dealing with sensory stimuli and … Continue reading Recent News on Layla
Layla, When you came to stay, there were these nights. Ones that I tend to forget. Then, these reminiscent moments hit me out of nowhere and I remember every second. Daddy was working a lot of late shifts, not getting home until early morning hours. And it was just me and you, kiddo! We were … Continue reading “Sometimes when you sleep, I watch you dream and I dream, too…”