(the photo above is taken of a picture we have hanging on our living room wall)
I have really skimped on my Thursday’s Thoughts posts. Last fall I wrote a few and found it refreshing to not talk coupon shop in them. But, like many ventures I undertake, my weekly series got lost in a sea of deals related posts that I found to be somewhat “more pressing”. At least for today, I wanted to go back to Thursday’s Thoughts because I have some non-couponing thoughts and news that I actually wanted to share with all of you.
The past year has been a whirlwind. My husband and I were able to leave the world of blogging for a few weeks last spring as my friend Kelly diligently watched over Addicted to Saving. Upon our return, my best dog friend in the world was diagnosed with anal cancer and had surgery to remove said cancer. We spent 10 nights lying on the floor and couch watching over him. He has since recovered from the surgery although the cancer was not fully removed. Over the summer we went to Colorado for a family reunion on my in-laws’ side. We had a great time but realized that our bodies are not equipped for the altitude of Breckenridge as we both were sick every day there. This past fall was spent giving Addicted to Saving classes, lots of television appearances and brainstorming for future ventures. Of course the holidays flew by as we (yes – hubby helped a ton) spent way too many hours posting holiday gift ideas and then spending time with family near and far. And, our family grew as my husband surprised me with an adorable puppy the week before Christmas. Hubby is already trying to prepare me for the inevitable loss of my best dog friend. The past year was also spent with my running (as always). I was training to run the Disney marathon again when I tore my quad and groin. So, my running and marathon plans went down the drain and a week and I celebrated with a week and half long pity party. But I’m healing and able to run again albeit slowly so I am focusing on that. But through it all, this past year was awesome. God has taken care of my family, blessed us with constant reminders of His presence and reminders that He is in control.
There is one major component of last year that I haven’t shared…
My husband and I made a decision that I am finally ready to tell all of you. The past 6 months my husband and I have been distracted from life, work and all responsibilities as we have been working on a dossier to adopt a baby boy from Ethiopia. We have been swimming in an endless sea of paperwork, required reading, home studies and legal documents. Just this past week we officially completed our dossier which will be overnighted to Ethiopia Friday. The wait time for a baby boy is 10-16 months (although that is subject to change) and as of this Monday, we are now officially “in-line” and waiting for our baby. To make our lives even busier, we also decided to adopt a baby girl from Haiti. We have completed our home study for Haiti and are basically gathering documents and swimming in a sea of Haiti’s adoption paperwork as I type this post. We are not and will not be in-line for Haiti until we have that dossier completed.
It has been an interesting ride thus far. We have shared our adoption plans with family, close friends and our church. The reaction thus far has been almost all positive although I am already sensing that racism is alive and well. Adopting is a personal decision and adopting internationally is an even more personal decision. God led both my husband and myself down this path separately. So separately that when we both talked to each other about adopting internationally, our hearts were already open and interested in pursing adoption. So we jumped headfirst without much deliberation. We have talked about and are open to foster care and also domestic adoption but for now, we are pursing these two babies and are focusing on our immediate goals which are to bring them home.
We will be starting an adoption blog shortly (I will let you know once it is live) and you can follow our blog to track our progress bringing both of our babies home. We will also begin fundraising for our adoptions soon (if you have held any adoption fundraisers, I would love to hear what you did). And, if our Ethiopian adoption goes smoothly and the wait time does not increase, we will probably be in Ethiopia a little over a year from now. Wow. And, if you all haven’t figured this out already, I am now saving every penny to put towards our adoptions. And, I’m focusing on even more baby related deals since I’m already starting to figure out how to get good deals on baby furniture, diapers, wipes, toys, etc. If you pray, we would appreciate prayers as we tackle adoption paperwork for Haiti, as we begin fundraising, and that the Ethiopian and Haitian governments will continue to allow international adoptions to occur.
And, if you have adopted domestically or internationally, I would love to hear your thoughts, experiences, tips, etc.
And with that, my Thursday’s Thoughts are officially over and I’m going to go back to blogging about coupons, deals and more. Thanks for taking the time to read this and please know that I value all of your friendships and support.
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