This time last year, we began our adventure in adoption. After quite a few months of grieving and struggling through our fertility issues, we decided to meet with a great friend, Helen, to just learn a bit from her adoption, but also to gain more knowledge of the adoption process as a whole. I was incredibly intimidated by the whole thing; however, after 3 1/2 hour breakfast followed by 1/2 hour coffee, I felt like I was being nudged along a new path, a very different path than I planned and dreamed of. J and I started praying through the idea that adoption was God’s plan for our lives. The more we prayed and sought advice from family and friends, the more we felt that this was His plan for us. The ironic thing about our journey is that we tried to have a family for 3 1/2 years, constantly praying to become pregnant, but once we changed our prayer for God’s will to happen, things started happening quickly and easily…like really fast!
Which brings us to today… This has quite possibly been the best and quickest year of my life. Sure, there have been moments of struggle but they are abundantly outweighed by extreme joy. Eli is a super-happy baby and he simply makes our lives better. J and I are constantly reflecting on how amazing it is to experience things with Eli for the first time. Watching Eli witness the beauty of his first snowfall or watching him delight in the wind makes me marvel at things I’ve taken for granted for quite some time. It also makes me realize how life flies by. I’m really trying to slow down and revel in each moment I’m blessed with.