Monday, June 8, 2009


One year ago this blog was born.

So much happened in the last 365 days and In His Hands has served as the perfect place to record it all....

Well over 200 blog posts were thought about and written. Baby preparations were made. Countless prayers were said. Friendships were formed and blossomed.

I learned, I shared, I laughed.

I cried, I waited, I prayed.

I chatted, I grew, I celebrated.
I had a blast.

I became a mother. My Josh became a daddy.

How's that for a year?!?

So, yes, a celebration of sorts is in order....especially since the Lord of all held each day, each moment in His almighty hands. His love and faithfulness and forgiveness overflowing.

I cannot say enough how thankful I am to all of you who have (and continue to) come along on our adoption journey! Your support and kind words are a huge blessing. It is a privilege to share this road to parenthood with you and "introduce" you to our precious Josiah.

Speaking of our adorable little peanut.....right now we are waiting for Josiah's legal documents (birth certificate, etc) to arrive from Korea. I've been feeling down that they aren't here yet, so if you would, please keep us in your prayers as we try to patiently wait for those papers so the next step of the process can begin!

As a small token of my appreciation and to celebrate this "blogiversary", I am so excited to give away two pieces of the lovely Willow Tree collection! I have a number of the Willow Tree figures and cherish them dearly.

It is so incredibly humbling to have such loving folks praying for us and celebrating with us, so I chose these....

Angel of Celebration
Angel of Celebration

Willow tree prayer
Angel of Prayer

To enter to win one of these Willow Tree figures, simply leave a comment or two (since there are 2 prizes!) on this post. Please feel free to share what you are thankful for today or a prayer request of your own.

For obvious reasons, the last year truly has been one of my favorites so far! As I look forward to what is ahead, I know one thing for certain...

...everything is In His Hands!

Now that's something to celebrate.


  1. Happy Blogiversary! From someone who delt with infertility, I know that the waiting is the hardest. My heart goes out to you. Praying...

  2. Happy 1 year!! What a great year you have had! I am thankful for all the blog friendship I have made - so corny but true! :-) I love willow figurines!!

  3. Hallelujah! I am so excited for you. I often get on your page just to look at Sweet Josiah's face. :)

  4. Happy Blogiversary! Hubs and I are talking about going to Korea on vacation this summer. Let's stay in touch! Who knows? We might be able to meet up on the east side.

  5. Happy Blogiversary, Rach!

    What am I Thankful for? That I'm gonna be a momma X's 2!

    Prayer Requests? We have now known about the boys for over 3 months! it is starting to wear on me... Pray our final docs and Travel Approval will come soon....

    Can't wait for you to hold that baby! :)

  6. What a year! Praying that things will get moving soon...I'm sure that the waiting does not get any easier now that you have seen his beautiful face (in fact I'm guessing that probably makes it harder!!!)

    I am thankful for the Lord's strength each day and that His grace is sufficient. And so thankful for my dear hubby and that I get to go through life with him :)

    I pray this paper work speeds up. I remember the waiting like it was yesterday dear!!!! Keep yourself busy is my best answer. And I pray everyday for the three of you to be a family soon. I sat next to your Aunt Jan at a ball game and we were discussing the all the excitment coming into your life.

    I am so thankful for my family!!!

    Hey - I will see you in about a week and a half. Can't wait.

    Blessings to you!!!!

  8. Happy Blogiversary! How exciting. This past year has definitely been a lot of changes in your life. All great changes of course. Can't wait to get more updates on your Josiah!

    I am thankful for everyday God gives me and for the health and safety of my precious family. I am thankful that someday soon I will be bringing home a baby girl!

  9. What a fun blogiversary! Your sweet words bless me every time I read them, and I am so thankful to have met you through your blog.

    And I can't wait for little Josiah to be in your arms. It will be so special to read the next chapter of your journey as a mom. I'm praying it's soon!

  10. Happy Blogiversarry!

    What a wonderful celebration!

    Of course I am thankful for my beautiful children, Joshua and Claire. How sweet one of these angels would be to watch over them as they sleep!

  11. Ok, two comments it is!

    We are so blessed to have been given a referral so soon. We are absolutely in love with our Claire, and simply cannot wait to have her home!

  12. Happy Blogiversary! How fun has it been! It's such a great outlet! My sister has several of the Willow figurines, but I don't have any and I love them!

  13. Happy Blogiversary! I have really enjoyed reading your blog this past year. It has really helped lift me up during our journey this year as well for Kaiden. I am praying and hoping that you hear news about your legal documents this week.

  14. Happy Blogiversary! I surprise myself by how much I love to write my blog and read others. It's a whole new world/community that I'm so glad I joined!
    I pray for those legals every day! It's time for you get them already.

  15. I pray that I can get past my unexpected divorce. I pray that I can be both a mom and dad to the best 6 year old little girl ever. I pray that I can move on and find out who I am. I pray that God has a plan for me and my daughter. I pray that I can follow that plan to come out of the darkness a better person when this is over.

  16. Happy 1 year Blogiversary!!!

    I think it's a good excuse for a party. I'll bring the taco dip and chips!

    Today I'm thankful that you started your blog a year ago. It's been great geting to know you and sharing our adoption journeys together. What did adoptive parents do before the internet to get support while they were waiting? I'm so thankful for your support and hope to one day look back on this time (while sitting in lawn chairs sipping lemonade and watching our children play in the sprinkler) and remember it as that waiting period when I made some great friends.

  17. Congratulations! I hope this next year sees Josiah coming home very soon! Can't wait to see your transition from "adoption blogger" to "mommy blogger"!

  18. Congrats on one year! It really is fun, isn't it?

    You are always encouraging and I love your upbeat attitude.

    I'm thankful for God's new mercies everyday. AND His unwavering faithfulness.

  19. Happy Blogiversary. Can't wait til Josiah is home with ya'll :)

  20. I am so glad you started blogging Rachel! You have been such a source of encouragement and a great testimony of God's goodness!

    I have so much to be thankful for that I can hardly even narrow it down to an appropriate sized comment... ;)

    I'll just say that I am incredibly thankful for my amazing family.

  21. Happy Blogiversary as well. I love reading your blog. I have been praying for your Legals to get here and will continue to do so. Was Josiah born far from Seoul?
    Praise #1-I am so thankful to be a mother of 2 this year. One home grown and made. He is a precious gift from God and is the most loving 6 year old boy you will ever meet.
    Praise #2-My little girl in Korea is safe, healthy, and doing well until she gets home which I hope is soon!!!
    Prayer-My husband started his own business which is a praise as well but change is always difficult to get used to at first.

    I am thankful for all my new blog friends to share this journey with. Praying those Legals come this week!!!

  22. I too have enjoyed reading your blog over the past year. I've been thinking of your wait for legals and praying that this week will bring them! God's timing is perfect.

  23. Happy Blogiversary!!

    And yes - what would we do without blogs to share our journeys?!

  24. Congrats Rachel! What a year you've had, and what a year you have to look forward to!

  25. love these sort of landmarks....kinda makes you wonder how in the world we have so much to say! ☺ congrats to you! so glad i've metcha.

  26. Congratulations on your Blogiversary! What a beautiful little boy you are going to be blessed with soon!

    I am blessed to have 3 older sisters and 2 older brothers. I cherish their love and friendship more than ever now that our parents have passed.

    I am waiting (and trying to be patient) for our own referral. Hoping our baby's referral is soon! We are finally in the top 5 with our agency! That is worth celebrating!

  27. Congrats! Can't wait to hear that Josiah's docs are in your hands! (And of course, the whole thing is in HIS hands, LOL). :)

  28. This is such a GREAT giveaway! I have quite a few of these figurines myself. Both of these are SO precious!

    My prayer request is that you hear word about the information you need as soon as possible to bring your sweet baby home.

    So so very hapy for you Rachel!

  29. My SECOND prayer request is that God gives me the patience to wait for His plan...we have had so many wonderful blessings this year while we are TTC. I pray, and ask that all of your readers pray for me, that His plan will be revealed to us. That our journey with infertility will result in a precious little baby of our own.

    Many blessings to you Rachel!

  30. Happy anniversary!! I'm so thankful that in this past year you and Josh have finally become parents! I will pray that the Lord gives you a bit more patience as this journey comes to and end!!
    (This is Christina, by the way :)


    And now that I've joined the bloggers, I hope to be as successful as you have been! I always admired the Willow Tree figurines, but never had any....but now, Sam's godfather started giving her their ornaments at Christmas precious!

  32. We're glad you started blogging too and glad we got to share in this incredible journey with you. Happy Blogiversary, lady!

  33. happy blogoversary! it has been quite a year indeed.

    i'd love to win either of those...i have 5 or 6 of them, but neither of the ones you chose.


  34. I can sense your excitement. =) Happy blogaversary!!!

  35. Happy blogiversary!!

    Today, I am thankful for great friends! God has always provided me with wonderful friends no matter where he takes us!

    I have a willow tree collection too, but I don't have either of those!!

  36. Rachel-
    Talk about answer to day you are praying for patience as you await the arrival of Josiah's legal documents and the next day you have the new of their arrival. Wow, God sure is awesome.
    Today, I not only say a prayer of thanks for your wonderful news, but also a prayer for the other child our family eagerly awaits from a far off place in China. Of course, this will also come in His perfect timing.
    Love and hugs...will we see you this weekend?
    Aunt Jan

  37. love hearing about your story and praying you get your little baby boy home soon. He needs his momma! happy blogiversary!

  38. I love reading your blog. Adoption is such a beautiful thing and I appreciate you sharing your journey!



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