2.20.2008

Our Journey

Before we "had" kids, Matt and I lived a quiet, predictable, happy life. It was just the two of us, and we were content. We loved spending time together, having long talks, going to movies, eating out, taking trips, whatever we wanted.
Everyone asked us when we were going to get pregnant and we would just shrug our shoulders. We didn't know, we didn't feel worried about it, only worried that we might be letting people down. We were wondering what God might have for us.
Then God put adoption on our hearts. In a really powerful, undeniable way. I couldn't stop thinking about it, reading about, hurting for children whose parents weren't able to care for them. Since that time, God has continued to lead us down a very exciting, unpredictable, sometimes bumpy path.
We are in such a different place now. Life isn't quiet or predictable anymore. It is loud, sometimes really loud, and messy. Our time is no longer our own. Instead of movies we give baths and put on jammies, instead of long talks we grab time together after the girls are asleep. We are busy. We are overwhelmed.
And it is beautiful.

11 comments:

Carrie Haughey said...

such sweet sentiments, I love it!!

Robin said...

It is beautiful. Glad I got to see it all in action last night. Thanks for the prayers.

Shan said...

Life is so unpredictable huh? I'm so glad that it is all in God's hands and he knows the future....that is comforting.

Kelly said...

This brings tears to my eyes...I can't wait to see you in action with your precious girls. Your stories make me laugh often. Thanks!

Sarah Markley said...

Motherhood is messy, but perhaps the best journey, nonetheless. I am so happy for you and Matt and that you decided to put on "walking shoes". I love you, Mama!

ladybug12 said...

I have come on over from your sister's blog and I can honestly say I don't think I have ever met two more grounded, genuine and wonderful people than the two of you. The faith that you both have is remarkable and something that I am working on these days myself.

I will be back to read more of your journey.

The Schmidt Family said...

It is beautiful. Thanks for letting us see a glimpse of it. :)

Lisa Leonard said...

It is crazy but so fun. You give up a lot but gain so much as well. You guys are doing such a wonderful job and you are natural parents. We love those girlies!

asnipofgoodness said...

I so totally get what you mean! Sometimes i long for quiet times with the love of my life, and then when I get them, like this past Valentines day, although entirely wonderful, it usually serves as a reminder of what a preciouse gift my children are, beautiful!!yes it is!(How's that for a run on sentence)lol! By the way, we miss Lisas posts, please tell her so!!!

Brianna Heldt said...

what a beautiful post! of course adoption is near and dear to my heart, and it's so exciting to see God working!

Jon and Jenetta said...

Hey -thanks for your blog. I got the info for it from Courtney. My hubby and are are looking to follow a similar path and have just almost finished our foster care paperwork- adoption is moving a lot slower.

thanks for sharing- it is good to hear about your experiences.