Sunday, March 22, 2009

Last Year - This Time

Last year on this day, we were having a fundraiser -- hot dogs and burgers to bring home Ellie. WOW. We were also nearing the end of our dossier and preparing it to mail on the 24th. I had pneumonia and was doing my taxes, making lists of things to do/take for trip 1 and thinking we were somewhere between #2-#5 on the list.

And on the other side of the world, a woman was about to give birth -- two months early -- to our daughter.

My heart is heavy during these days/weeks leading up to Ellie's birthday. I'm excited for her, sad that the time is passing so quickly, sad for her birthmom's loss but still very happy for our addition to our family, and nostalgic about the process leading up to getting our referral. Yes, it was some of the hardest times in our lives, but looking back and watching God's hands move in our lives and seeing Him orchestrate all of this is a beautiful thing.

Thank you, again, God for our two beautiful children.


April Taylor said...

It is a time full of poignant anniversaries for many of us. We are nearing the time when we so unexpectedly received Noah's referral. We think he was born on the day of our failed domestic adoption, or on the day we saw 3 things pointing to Kyrgyzstan all in one afternoon.
Send your thoughts and prayers out to the birthmother. She'll get them. Somehow, she'll get them.

Happy almost birthday beautiful Ellie. I have a beautiful boy who is equally as happy as you to present to you as a future husband. I think you guys would be a scorching couple;)

Kimberly said...

So much can change in a year, can't it?
Happy almost birthday sweet Ellie.
Blessings to you!