"So promise me you'll never forget...that you aren't an accident or an incident...you are a gift to the world, a divine work of art, signed by God. You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and lovingly positioned on this earth...Flooded by emotion, overcome by pride, the Starmaker turns to us, one by one, and says, 'You are my child. I love you dearly.'" Max Lucado, God Thinks You're Wonderful

Thursday, February 25, 2010

And...we're finished!

** Sadie helping fill out the application for her baby. I had to paint over the picture when I realized it wasn't something I wanted post on the Internet!!!**

Let the waiting begin.

We did our home study on Monday and I have to say it was the most fun yet. The agency has been crazy busy, so the director was the one who came out. She is so easy to talk to and she was the very first person who interviewed Blake and I almost 5 years ago when we started with Owen! What a wonderful support we have in her...she has taught us so much!
Our interviews are also complete and I took Sis in this morning so that they could fill out her paperwork. Your pediatrician has to sign off that the kids are taken care of health wise and brought in regularly and all. Good idea I think! If you can't take care of what you have, you should not have more!
So at nearly 18 months (eek, I can't believe our baby is 1.5 next week!!!) Sadie weighs in at a whopping 21.5 lbs (15th percentile)! And get this, she's 32 inches long (75th percentile)! What I wouldn't give for that body! How sad!!! Even though she's not really talking much, he assured me she is on track and "talking" we just don't understand it. The crazy thing is that at this age the boys were singing songs and having conversations with me, so I am a bit off on my ideas of what's normal. We hadn't been there for 5 minutes and he asked me if she was bossy! I laughed out loud! This guy is good and hit the nail on the head just by listening to her "talk".
I wish I could lick the icing for the cinnamon rolls and still be a stick!!!!
For those of you not familiar with domestic adoption, from here the agency shows our profile or Life book to those birth moms that fit our openness. Meaning, those that fit what child we are open to: race, open adoption, etc. Once she finds a family for her child, she lets the agency know and then they make "the call". The fact that the birth mom picks her family makes it a somewhat open adoption: she knows first names and some info about the adoptive family. From there it can be semi-open or fully open. Rarely, but sometimes a birth mom chooses to have a closed adoption and chooses not to meet the adoptive family. Our agency encourages (and so do we) semi-open or open adoptions for the health of everyone involved in the journey.
Going through this process again brings up so many wonderful memories of our journeys before. As we know that being picked does not assure us that child, we also know that God has carried us through it before...and He will again. He is faithful. We think about the baby we lost before Sadie and we know full well, had we taken her home, we would not have our Sadie bug! Whoa!

I feel like I never give updates on this guy. Oh how he melts my heart! This is an older picture, but so Owen!!! Today at Sadie's Dr.'s appt, the first thing he asked the nurse was if she was going to get a shot. When she kindly told him yes, he begged her not to do it. Then he begged the same of the Dr. After the Dr. left he tried to get us out of the room before the nurse returned. When I told him that Sadie would be fine and that she would only cry for a bit, he then hid in the corner so that he didn't have to watch her in pain. When the nurse returned, he jumped on the table with Sadie and got in her face telling her it would be okay. Then as she got her second shot he just started kissing her head and told her how brave she was. This is just one of the many examples of his kind and sensitive heart. He is so stinking thoughtful and sweet as could be! He is SO super excited about another baby!!! He often tells me how he thinks we should have 6!!!


Kristy said...

For some reason I think you all might just have those 6blessings what a gorgeous family you have all the way around!

Hendrick Family said...

Can't wait to see this next baby!! SO excited for you all!


Kelly said...

We too just finished out physicals and fingerprints this weeks for our second adoption, its an exciting time! Its neat to read about others who are in the same process as well!!

Melodie said...

oooooh you should have 6! i might want 6 . . . so happy for you guys. and so glad you are working on your shuffle as you wait. didn't you call it a shuffle or maybe a scoot? i know exactly what you mean!

Katie said...

Thanks for sharing your journey, I can't believe it has been a year and a half since sweet Sadie was born! I love your story about Owen, Ben tells me I have two more babies in my belly because he needs another brother and sister, HA, got to love these boys.

norma murphy said...

I'm so stinking excited.... Keep us posted, sweetie... Give Owen a kiss from me for taking such great care of Sadie! He will always be the BEST big brother, even to yet another!! Love, Noonie

Anonymous said...

Hello Molly,

My name is Matt St. Pierre. I serve with the Christian Alliance for Orphans, which is a coalition of more than fifty respected Christian ministries committed to adoption, foster care and global orphan care. We’ve really appreciated some of your blog posts on this front, and wanted to ask if you’d be willing to be a part of an effort we’re now organizing.

If you are interested, please contact me at matt@christianalliancefororphans.org!

With Appreciation,

Kristin said...

I want to ask you to pray for my family. My MIL is against us adopting a black or bi-racial child and feels this will pull our family apart. We have tried to explain ourselves and encouraged her to inform herself on adoption and she is just not getting it. Anyways, she has been asked to go to Haiti on a medical missions trip and will leave March 8th and I just know that God could use this to soften her heart. Could you please pray with me that she will find a love for these children and maybe her heart will be changed. This has really put a damper on something that could be so wonderful for all of us and I just pray that she will come back to us and say that we have her blessing and that she is in fact excited about what God is doing in our lives. We don't need her approval but it sure would help to know that she has changed her mind about us adopting. I would have emailed you but I couldn't find your address. I hope you don't think this is too forward, but I feel just from reading your blog that you would pray. Thanks! My email is jkduke622@hotmail.com