What a wonderful year!
As much as my little blog has grown infinite cobwebs, I haven't given up completely on my hope of blogging more often... Perhaps 2016 will be the year I figure out how to update it more regularly in the midst of crazy chaotic regular life!
Unfortunately this is not a snailmail-card-sending year for us but we wanted to share some bits and pieces from our year here. One of our biggest highlights was marking one year home for our little Vera! She has an incredible spunk and lively spirit... There's so much I would like to say about this year and about her, but I will have to save that for another time. For now, I will say, with a very very humble and grateful heart,
She fits into our family SO very well ~and~
we cannot imagine our life without her!
I do not say these things lightly, as I know that there are certainly families raw-into adoption, at this very moment, who would not honestly feel or be able to say either of those things. And prior to our actually meeting this sweet treasure of ours, I fought hard against the insidious fear that my heart would be in that boat. So while I'm grateful to be able to honestly say those blessing-feelings are true, I know, and I think it's important to remember, that even if they did not feel true in the first month...first year...whatever, that would NOT be an indication that this precious child was Not meant for our family and us for her. Adoption is just hard. Sometimes very hard. But this initial adjustment and first year together for the six of us has been relatively smooth and delightful. I do not take it for granted.
This year our family is also grateful for the abundance of smiles, laughter, music, shows, travel, books to read, people to connect with, activities and projects and subjects to learn, mess... and even the mistakes, missteps, misunderstandings and missed opportunities that daily remind us we are in need of, and grateful for, the immeasurable grace, love, light and hope that Jesus brings.
We hope 2016 is filled with opportunities to develop a new habit or two, get inspired one way or another, clear the table, cherish the time and hearts entrusted to us, change over the laundry, deepen friendships...
And remember that everyone who crosses our path, whether at the dinner table, on the screen, or in the checkout line--everyone has a story, a heartache, a hope.
Let's learn to limp out loud together... (thank you, sara! -a friend of a friend who writes so thoughtfully!)
I'm also learning not to try so hard to carpe the diem- seizing 15 minutes in a row is hard enough, let alone 24 hours! But if I, and if you--maybe if we notice a Kairos moment once in a while... and also maybe if we use our words and ways to be a just a little more gentle with ourselves and others, seize that instead. After all, we belong to each other. (thank you, glennon)
Why do we belong to each other? FOR THE LOVE, of course!! (thank you, jen! -her book, for the love, has quickly become one of my very favorites...released right around my birthday! maybe a kindred spirit??)
Before I share a few highlights from our year in photos, I want to share one more link. Glennon has a beautiful way of expressing a Christmas contrast, compelling & stirring hearts & hopes around the world.
Here's to new mercies & new hope in a brand new year. Happy 2016!
Now here, in random order, are some highlights of the past year for our family...
Thanks for checking in!
Oh! P.S. If you are looking for another way to bless others this season, we learned this year about an incredible group helping sick babies in China and Uganda & India to stay with their first families... Orphan prevention: what a BEAUTIFUL thing!!!... Check it out here.