"Once our eyes are opened, we can't pretend we don't know what to do.
God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows what we know,
and holds us responsible to act." Prov 24:12

Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas

Today is hard because one of our sons is halfway across the world without his family on such a special day. Many tears have been shed and oh, how we wish our beautiful ray of light was here with us today but we also have hearts full of joy this holiday season. Our lives are changing on a daily basis during this adoption journey and for that we couldn't be more grateful. This Christmas, we truly understand the meaning of Christmas and I cannot express how much that means to us. Sean has brought so much to our lives already and we cannot wait to spend our lives with him.

Merry Christmas Sean, we love you and cannot wait until the day we get to hold you in our arms. We pray that this will be the last Christmas you have to spend without your family. Sweet dreams little one.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

A Little About What Brought Us Here



I wanted to write a little about what has brought us to this point. I have known that I have wanted to adopt since I was 19. So for 15 years I have been dreaming about our adoption. I wondered where we would adopt from, if we would adopt a boy or a girl, how old the child would be, if we would adopt sibilings, if we would adopt a special needs child, etc. I was never quite sure what would happen and I wanted to leave our options open. In that last few years, my husband and I have been talking about special needs adoptions and thought this may be the road that we would travel down but again, we didn't want to put limits on ourselves because we did not want to close any doors to our child.

I have honestly felt that when the time was right, our child would find us. I truly felt we would be brought together in one way or another. So for the last few years, when people would ask where we wanted to adopt, what age, etc. I would simply state "We're not really sure. We want to leave our options open so our child can find us". Well, on October 1, 2009 this is precisely what happened. After having an adoption conversation with two of my good friends, I came home and looked on Reece's Rainbow. Now, this was nothing new for me. I have been looking at Reece's Rainbow for years. I would always find amazing kids on there but I never felt that push to pursue a specific child because as I know now, my child had not even been born yet. On that beautiful October day however, everything changed! Our lives changed forever that day and for that we are so grateful.

I wasn't really thinking when I went to the site, I was just kind of on automatic pilot. I went directly to the Other Angels link and then went directly to the Boys (0-5 years) link. I truly believe I was led there. I started scrolling down the page and the moment I saw Sean I just could not take my eyes off of him. I instantly felt a connection and I did not go any further on the page. I just looked at him for... I honestly don't know how long I looked at him because I truly could not take my eyes off of this beautiful little boy. I sent the facilitator at Reece's Rainbow an email shortly there after requesting more information (something I have never done). And when my husband came home that night, boy was he in for a surprise! One week to the day that I saw this beautifully perfect child, we commited to adopting Sean. To us, he is perfect. To us, he is a dream come true. This picture of Sean is the the picture that changed all of our lives forever!




Saturday, December 5, 2009

My First Post

I have been wanting to start this blog for awhile and now it's finally happening! This is all happening because of a beautiful baby boy that has captured our hearts. I want to document our journey with him and share the beautiful gift of adoption to all those who come across our blog. The name One Stitch at a Time came to me as I was sitting here knitting. I have been doing a lot of that lately. While we will be able to come up with most of the money toward our adoption, we still need to earn some money to be able to bring our baby boy home. One of the ways we are doing this is through an idea I came up with, which is Scarves for Sean. My goal is to sell 50 of my scarves to earn $1000 toward our adoption expenses. So needless to say, I have been knitting quite a bit since I started this goal.

The idea of one stitch at a time means a lot to me. For one, as I am knitting these scarves, it is one stitch at a time that is bringing us that much closer to being able to hold our son in our arms for the first time. With each stitch I do, we are that much closer. It is also a metaphor for our family though. As we start this journey with Sean, we are growing in so many ways as a family, one stitch at a time. It is my hope that this blog will be here as an inspiration to all those wanting to adopt, for all those who have opened their hearts to special needs adoptions, to all those who have a child or know someone with limb differences... basically, in one way or another, I hope it is an inspiration to all those who visit.

One stitch at a time our family is growing and changing and being blessed in so many ways. When I knit a scarf, it takes awhile but the end result is something beautiful that is both warm and comforting. This is how I feel about our family. One stitch at a time our family is evolving. Our family is growing in so many wonderful ways and in the end, it is our hope that we have created a place of warmth and comfort for our children along the way... one stitch at a time.