Monday, April 23, 2012

this little wonder :: a referral anniversary

Josh and I were that couple. The one that wanted kiddos right outta the gate. We had plans and we were ready, baby. 

But then we were that couple. The infertile one. The one left with empty arms and heavy hearts while the rest of the couples of the entire world conceived without even trying and gave birth to baby after baby. At least it seemed that way. 

And then we were that couple. The one with a spring in our step and smiles as wide as the sea. We held onto hope like it was a kite bouncing in the wind. With adoption everything is up in the air, so we grabbed on and titled our faces to the sun, catching a glimpse of the beauty at the end of that long string. We pulled tight and waited. 

April 23rd came and hope tagged along for the ride across the world. We heard the name and held the photo of that tiny babe with dark almond eyes and fell in love. Hard and fast and something fierce. For the first time in what felt like years, we breathed deep. This little wonder all wrapped up in that blue sweater with stars was our own. The one we had prayed for all along.

Josiah YeJoon, you are a fighter and a light. You have carried a unique story of grief and joy and love in your three little years and by God's grace, love sits on top. Being a part of your story and living this life as your mama is a dream and a gift. Your Daddy and I are so very proud of you.



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**You can read more about our adoption here.**



15 comments:

  1. i've enjoyed seeing the joy in your journey, my friend. such a beautiful one. ;)

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  2. I remember that day you shared your joy with all of us. Isn't adoption amazing !!!

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  3. love. wiping away the tears. miss you, dear friend!

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  4. God's plans aren't always our plans, but they are perfect, aren't they? What a blessing that little boy is!

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  5. I love the tradition of Si with his referral photo - they are wonderful photos, all of them, but best of all is that all you knew about him was in that picture and now, you know all of him. Happy referral-versary!!

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  6. Precious! I love the pics of Si and watching him grow! It's so great to see y'all's story of love and adoption grow even more through the years. Very inspiring! =)

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  7. This is so sweet and so perfect. Happy referral-versary!

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  8. This is beautiful! Happy Referral Anniversary to you all!

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  9. made me cry, such great pics as always! should I admit this....I don't know my referral dates....I wish I did now :)

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  10. Referral days are the best! I love this post and this series...

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  11. he could not be any cuter! i have two adopted nieces (from china and ethiopia) soon to be three (from Haiti) and i know about how big those referral dates are!!!

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  12. The love for your boy just oozes out of you, and you are all so blessed to have found each other!

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  13. I love seeing him on that rocking chair again - great tradition! Happy Referral Anniversary. These photos are beautiful and your words? Even more so, Rachel.

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