Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Breaking the Silence...with news:)

When our blog goes silent, it's not usually that nothing's going on. It's usually quite the opposite. Life happens and suddenly I've missed important announcements, celebrations, holidays, and just documenting some fun thoughts and snippets on life. I feel so behind that my mind becomes mush when I sit down to blog and none of my disorganized thoughts make it to the computer. So, the question becomes, "where to start?" How do I blog about the past 3.5 months of life which have been jam-packed with sweet life happenings? Well, I'm not gonna try to play crazy catch-up with everything that's happened. I'm going to fill you in on the highlights of the past 3.5 months and then hopefully do a better job of keeping things up-to-date in the future. I want my kids to have this blog someday as a small tangible piece of sweet memories and childhood!

So, where to start. Let's start here....we are no longer a family of 5, but are working on becoming a family of 7!!!!!!!!! We're in process to adopt again from Ethiopia AND we're also expecting a "belly baby" end of October!

With Abel's adoption we were approved for 2 children, but obviously we just brought home 1 child. After some discussion with our agency, they approved us to immediately go back on the waitlist, rolling Abel's paperwork over into the next adoption. We were excited and ready for another adoption. Then, a few weeks later we found out we were pregnant! There was a small window of time where we could have accepted a referral and brought a child home, avoiding the end of pregnancy and birth. We also could have used all the same paperwork. But, that time has now passed with no referral, so we're officially "on hold" until our belly baby is 3 months old. This means we should be coming off of hold in February sometime. And, depending where we are on the waitlist, a referral could be quickly after that or quite a few months off yet. We'll have to wait and see. Unfortunately, we do have to update all our paperwork now too, boo. Homestudy update's done and we're currently working with USCIS on immigration stuff. And then soon, we'll start on a new dossier. How are we here again???? LOL!

Belly baby's due October 26th. We're gonna let this one be a surprise:). I'm about 24 weeks along and feeling really good now. The first trimester was hard with Abel having just come home and feeling so icky and tired. But, it was also a sweet time of finally having Abel home and sharing the joy of expecting new life in our family. And a very special time of rejoicing in God's faithfulness and goodness to our family the past few years.

We have some exciting news about Abel to share, but I think I'll leave that for next time. Another adoption and a pending birth is enough excitement for today, right? Abel's doing great and we've been having a really good adjustment. It's had it's ups and downs, but going on 6 months home is feeling really good these days! With M and H, 6 months home was a real turning point. It seemed every 3 months felt like a huge victory in adjustment, bonding/attachment, and things just starting to feel more and more natural. Abel is a super happy and easygoing baby. I'll leave you with some pictures of the past few months.
This was from Easter and is the best family picture we have since Abel's come home. New family photos is a priority this summer!

Abel is seriously so happy! It's crazy to think he could barely hold his head up when he came home. He's now crawling all over the place!


  1. Congratulations on both your belly baby and your plans for another adoption! How fun! What a blessing!

  2. LOVE the pictures Rebecca!! It was so great to see you! Lots of love to you and your very sweet family! Praying for you friend!!

  3. Such a great post! Wow you are so right, you have had so much going on in the past months! I am so excited for you guys! It is mean not to tell us all in this post :)!
    Please post more often, I love keeping up to date with you!

  4. Congrats! So excited for you guys and such a blessing watching your family unfold. Keep us posted!

  5. Oh. My. Goodness. How your family is exploding!!!!! Congrats on all the goodness God's bringing your way!