Thursday, April 28, 2011

the marathon...

I started running again last night, for the first time in months.

And as I ran I pondered life-for many have compared the adoption process to a marathon.

I've been to the Chicago marathon a couple of times-cheering on friends who are dear to my heart. I love watching the crowds-spectators-paramedics-and runners alike. I love watching the joy and excitement that fills the air at the starting line. I love watching the elite runners-who run with such ease and grace. I love standing at the finish line and watching runners cross and collapse in the arms of loved ones. I love the smell of sweat and the endurance behind it. I love witnessing such a physically demanding and inspiring story unfold....

It's such a beautiful thing, but it doesn't go without difficulties. The training is grueling. The mental game is half the battle. The road is long and weather unpredictable.

And, that's exactly how I feel these days about our adoption. Some weeks are easier than others. Some days the finish line feels like a moving target-with no end in sight. Some days I am filled with complete peace and most days this all feels surreal.

So,we're still here...still waiting and still relying on God as He writes our story.
{thanks for checking in.}

and we're rejoicing tonight because:
we're officially #26!!!

thanks for being our cheering section.
life is more fun when we do it together.

blessings tonight & always.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

More Movement!

We've moved again!!!
We're now #28!

Our home study was also updated today
{which was required due to the change in our age preference}
We're spreading our wings and leaping out in faith!
{and we're super excited about it!}
Our NEW preference is for a boy, 0-30 months, healthy or special needs.
We'll see how many more times this changes before our little one gets home :)

...waiting to see what God has in store for our family.
{AND, for our new I 171-H!!!!}

with joy,

Friday, April 1, 2011

Adoption Rocks Tees

THIS special family has graced our life and
 has made our adoption journey so much sweeter.
We're right behind them on the wait list and
it's our prayer we may meet someday {soon!} in Ethiopia!

They are making and selling sweet tees to bring home their kiddo{s} from Ethiopia.
Will you consider supporting them?!

For more information click HERE
We love you, Chase Family!

AND, we moved another spot today!

it's true...we're now 29!!!
have a wonderful weekend!