It's been a long time coming and we're finally ready to make the official announcement to the world. We're at the very beginning of the journey of a lifetime.
We're starting the adoption process.
We've been "adoption curious" for a long time (Thanks Megan for the term.). We actually talked about adoption before we were even married and we've talked about it constantly since then. In the meantime we've been blessed with 3 beautiful daughters that I got to carry in my belly and give birth to.
Charis is 5 now. She's in Kindergarten this year. She's our quiet one. She soaks everything in and processes and thinks about things before she talks about them. She's so analytical and logical it makes me crazy. (Just like her Daddy.) She can often be found in a quiet corner with a favorite book or writing pad. She likes to be in charge...when she chooses to be but she doesn't like to be told what to do. She's a thoughtful girl and such a sweetheart.
Rowan is our little ball of fire. She is 4 years old and she started preschool this year. Rowan is outgoing and social. A born entertainer. She loves to play dress ups and pretend. Rowan is a caregiver and a cuddler. She loves to snuggle with anyone who needs a good cuddle. When she is working out a problem or building with leggos we love to watch her facial expressions. She's on the of most expressive kids I've ever met.
Theia is 2 years old now. She's so talkative and her little personality is really starting to shine. She already has a sense of humor and tries to (and usually succeeds) steal the attention from her older 2 sisters. This one has always been "into everything" and she continues the trend in her 2's. For now Theia is our youngest...but pretty soon she'll be a big sister....as soon as we find number 4.
What we don't know: We don't know anything at all about where this adoption journey will take us. We don't know who our future child is, where he/she is from, what gender he/she will be, how old he/she will be when we finally get to hold him/her. We don't know what else will happen along the journey but we have faith and we are praying for patience. We don't know how our friends and families are going to react to our announcement. We don't know much.
What we know for sure: We do know that it is a long process and that we want your support and encouragement along the way. We are still pre-paper but that doesn't matter. This is cemented in our hearts just like if we had a child in our arms or another baby in my belly. We know that God has a plan for all of us in this journey and we know that he will be with us along the way. We know that there is so much to be done. We know that along this journey there will be ups and downs. We know we have a LOT of waiting to do.
We'd love it if you'd journey with us....finding number 4.