… I wrote my first blog post. And it was so not good.
Tori was 16, Zach was 13, Asher was 6 and Dalton was 4. Isabelle had been home for 7 months and we were knee-deep in paperwork to bring Sophie home.
Things were a little different.
I love to be able to look back at all that has happened since then – not because it’s perfectly captured, but because it perfectly captures our story. With God as the author.
Honestly, there were several times over the years that I considered pulling down my little bloggy shingle and closing up shop. Sometimes it just felt too personal. Sometimes it just felt too hard.
But God. I’m still not sure why God pressed on me to keep writing, sharing and posting during those times that I would have rather not. Honestly, I might never know. But I’m okay with that. Because this blog has become a real source of joy for me, not just in the looking back at our story, but in the sharing of our story with y’all – a beautiful community of friends, family, fellow adoptive parents. And probably a few curious onlookers.
I’ve received emails, messages and comments over the years from some of y’all to let me know that God has used our family’s story to encourage you as He writes your story. And I’ve been so blessed by the blogging community over the years, I can’t even tell you how many times a blog post or a link or a picture has spoken right to my heart.
He’s awesome that way, isn’t He?
But, well… I’m not the best at keeping things together. Or organizing anything. And, because on my 7 year bloggy-versary, I’d love to hear from y’all. Would you indulge a mama with one too many penguins on the iceberg?
Share about you and a bit of your story in the comments below. What God is doing in your heart for adoption. How your story might have been impacted by our story.
Come on, y’all. Pretty please?
And for all you lurkers – especially if you’ve been following silently for a while – please consider de-lurking just this once to say, “Hey!”, okay? It would make me smile so big to get to know you, even just a tiny bit.
And that’s it. That’s what I want on my big bloggy day.
Oh. And I want one more thing. If y’all would please say a prayer on our behalf, I’d be so grateful. I can’t tell you how much your prayers meant to us when Chris went in for that big interview. And ohmigoodness, how I laughed out loud at your guesses on my change of plans post: Secret Service. Pilot for AF1. Roadie for Toby Mac. QVC host. Working with the Chapmans. Or Hershey’s Chocolate.
Y’all are funny.
So anyway, I am headed out for a house-hunting trip for the next few days and we are praying for Jesus to take the wheel and lead us to the perfect house… the one He wants for us, not the one I might want for us. Because I just might be blinded by granite counter tops and travertine bathrooms. And, honestly, we just want His plan.