"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

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

18 months and in awe

Sadie and Kynlee at the Science Museum yesterday.

Ky, I love your hair dude!

I love it when he lets me take his pic! You have such a sweet spirit about you Coop!

You couldn't say no to that face either, could you? Admit it!
She loves the clown wig. It cracks me up, but she really likes to wear it around. In fact, she wore it when the social worker came to do our home study last week! She's a hoot!

Happy 18 month birthday Sadie Cakes! We cannot believe that you are getting so big!
Sadie wears size 5 shoes, size 18 month clothes and is still in a size 2 diaper. She has 12 perfectly gappy teeth and all 4 of us wrapped around her pinky. She LOVES anything sweet, but is not really picky when it comes to food...she's just hardly ever hungry enough to get serious about eating. She definitely doesn't get that from me! Liking the sweets, perhaps...but Sadie just eats like a bird and that's not my style! She's pretty girly and loves stuffed animals, baby dolls and purses. She still likes to give a good growl and play with trucks and trains though. She has a new love for slides and swings, so we've been play in the back a lot on our swing set.

She has finally started talking more and we feel like she's developing more and more of her personality these last few weeks. She LOVES to catch your eye and make you smile. Even perfect strangers, she walks up to them and touches them and cuddles them. It can make for some awkward moments as I try to peel her off of people at the Omniplex. And at the same time, if someone gives her attention first, she gives you this evil look. Kinda like this...

It looks so mean, and people wonder why this sweetie can be so intense. But most of the time she is all smiles.

We've started rearranging everything to fit Miss Kennedy Kate into our lives! Isn't that a sweet name? Kennedy (although perhaps a tid more popular than we'd prefer) was on both C's name list and ours. So we thought it was perfect. Kate is after me. I can just hear us calling her "KK", but I think most of the time she'll be Kennedy. I just folded all of the bitty clothes and put them in her drawers in the girls' room. We are all SO excited to bring her home!

C is doing well. We've talked several times on the phone. She is pretty miserable and ready for things to move along. She is not going to be induced at this time and we don't expect a C-section. So we are just waiting for labor to start. As you can imagine I am sleeping right next to my phone. Our families have all stepped up to take care of our kids so that we can be there at the hospital with C. We feel like this is a dream and we need to pinch ourselves.

We've been blessed by so many wonderful friendships and family members that want to walk next to us in this journey. A dear friend had a wonderful idea to give C a duffel bag with her name on it to take to the hospital. I can't tell you how this touched me that people are not only praying for C, but want to bless her life the way she is blessing ours. Thank you Tickled Sew Pink for your heart! I know you are going to kill me for sharing what you did, but I just can't get over it. We are overwhelmed by these actions.
This is being the body of Christ, thank you for not only celebrating with us as we wait for Kennedy to arrive...but thank you for getting in the middle of this with us. Thank you for every prayer for C. Thank you for respecting her privacy and not asking a lot of questions. Thank you for trying to put yourself in her shoes and imagine what this week must be like knowing you are about to lose something so dear because you know it's what's best. Thank you will never be enough. We are humbled.


Kim H. said...

HI! A friend of mine sent me a link to your blog - and I have to say that your family is beautiful. My husband and I are in the process of trying to adopt our first child, and recently experienced our first loss in that process. We were chosen by a birth mother about 3 weeks ago, 10 days before she gave birth on 2/19... and while we were at the hospital she changed her mind and kept the baby. We are still mourning the loss of our baby girl that we lost, but have hope that another baby will come along at the right time. I would love to follow your story - and can't wait to see pictures of the new princess to come!

Betty S. said...

We love you and the family so very much and are so excited that Kennedy Kate is coming into your lives very/very soon. We continue to keep 'C' in our prayers and hope the delivery is a success. We are here for you all as we know that you will be there for us.

Kristy said...

I kept waiting to read you are trying to sleep as much as possible,(through the night) but I'm sure thats not happening with all the excitement. I'm deffintly keeping C in my prayers!

Courtney Connelly said...

Miss Sadie sure is a cutie and is stylin in the clown hair! Can't stop thinking and praying for you all. What an amazing woman C is, I am so in awe of these strong birth mommas! Much love to all!

Charissa said...

I recognize the two extra kids in your science museum pics. :)

Melodie said...

Loved your Sadie update. And just so excited that she is gonna have a sissy! And also thrilled that my 2 boys won't need to go to battle for miss Sadie. There will be plenty of Shockley girls to go around ... Unless of course, we get another boy. :)

Ursula said...

My gosh Sadie is cute. Her stats are EXACTLY the same as Ephraim's at that age. I'm telling you, their perfect for each other. : )

Katie H - We experienced a failed placement. It is so hard. And yet, when I look at the daughter we now have, I would have gone down any hard road in the world to get there. I'm praying for you.

Ursula said...

I'm such a goober. You're Kim H. Not Katie. Sorry. Still praying.

Krista said...

Sadie is so darn cute!! Love, love, love her 'serious' face! I am praying for C and for the safe arrival of Kennedy! It's so exciting that Saide will have a sister!

Courtney said...

Molly I love you! Thank you from the bottom of my heart fir being an amazing mother ,friend, and most importantly follower of Jesus. You are spreading the word by your lifesong and I love it. Thank you for your heart fir adoption and specifically birthmothers. You guys are awesome. I love the name for sure!!!! Can't wait to meet the sweet bundle and cuddle with Sadie!!! She's too much I love the wig