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This week was kind of action packed for us. May 29th was the 7 year anniversary of our very first date (we met through an online dating service, and after our first date on May 29, 2010, we closed our accounts! Sorry for being mushy, but we’re still pretty lovey dovey…) Anyway, we went back to the restaurant where we had our first date and had a romantic dinner followed by a long walk. It was really kind of perfect (and shorter than our original 5 hour marathon in 2010!).
It’s funny . . . since we began this adoption journey about a year ago, events like our “first date anniversary” take on an additional meaning. What we mean is, we enjoy our lives in the present very much, and we literally do live – daily – with a sense of gratitude for our many blessings. But we also often wonder, in the back of our minds, “How would this be different if we were lucky enough to have a match and eventual placement with a first mom and her child?” There are so many unknowns for us in this journey, as we’re sure there must be for am expectant mom or parents. There is no bigger deal in life, right? But (again, forgive the mushiness) our faith keeps us grounded in the belief that what God has in store for us will be what’s right. Sorry to be so serious! Going back to the original point, it was a really special, romantic “date” this year on May 29 and the last seven years have definitely been the best in our lives.
This week we also had a sleepover with our niece Charlie. Charlie and Bailey share the same day for a birthday and they did their “Pretend Birthday Party” that seems to happen a couple times a year. Basically, they pretend like it’s their birthday, even though it’s not, and make a pretend birthday cake together, we all sing with candles, they go somehwere special like the petting zoo or a kids museum, and Charlie gets a present. It’s pretty fun, we can’t lie. (We do the same for the other kids in our family too, but this week happened to be Charlie’s turn. Basically, we don’t need a special reason for parties…) In one of the pictures we attached to this entry, she’s modeling the present we got her – a Nelson Mandela tee-shirt in her favorite color: pink (Charlie really likes clothes; she’s desperate for a girl cousin to have fashion shows with). We also got her a few new books (we love books) and a water gun – which will be used on Uncle Steve when he’s not looking. The other picture is niece Charlie at the water park near our house – it’s a really cool kids-only area located inside the park/beach down the road from us. There are fountains, water toys, and spray guns and we were lucky to have a warm enough day to visit during “Pretend Birthday.”
Well, I guess that’s enough for this entry. It’s kind of weird writing these – to share what’s in our hearts not knowing who or really, if anyone will read these. But working on the assumption that an expectant mom and/or dad are out there reading this, please know – as always – that we couldn’t be more blown away by your infinite courage, strength, and selflessness in thinking about an adoption plan for your child. From the bottom of our hearts, we so deeply respect you and sincerely send you our prayers.