Friday, April 10, 2009

Joyful


Today is Evan's first birthday. Above is a picture of Sammie holding Evan the day he was born.

For those that don't know our story, last year we were in the process of adopting a baby boy. Everything seemed to be going fine, and our birth mom sure about her decision. We took Evan home and spent five amazing days together. On that last day, however, his mom changed her mind and we had to give him back to her. You can read about it if you go back through my blog archives.

Today could have been a very difficult day - a very sad day. Today we could have focused on our loss, and disappointment, but we are not. We serve a God who is good, caring, loving, and a God who brings hope. Our God knows the desire that we have for more children, and He will soon fulfill that dream.

Yesterday we got a call from our social worker Liz. A birth mom in Texas saw our profile and picked us to parent her baby girl! She is due to give birth in July and we are so very thrilled! I'll share more as I can, but for now please keep us and this birth mom in your prayers! We are so excited and trust that God will continue to work just as he has this past year.

Psalm 30:11-12 - "You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to You forever."

29 comments:

Karen said...

Nona! I am so excited for you. I cannot even begin to imagine the joy you and your family must be feeling right now. As hard as it was to lose Evan, what an amazing ray of sunshine that came into your life just as you celebrate his on year birthday. You are right. God is good. He knows each one of us personally and knows our needs. He loves us and will bless us with our righteous desires. Congratulations. You, your family, this little girl who is going to join your family, and her birth mother will be in my prayers.

sue said...

Nona, I know that we have never met or talked but I have been following your blog for a little over a year. I can't tell you how happy I'm for your family. I just started crying when I read your good news. I also know that Heavenly Father does watch over us and bless us. Congrats, you and your family and birth mother will be in my prayers.

Samantha said...

Oh wow I am so very happy for you all. This will be a very happy and exciting time for your family that you all truly deserve! Congrats!!

Lori said...

God is good. I am so happy to hear the news. I will keep your family, the birth mother and new baby in my prayers. Have a Blessed Easter.
Hugs,
Lori

Sarah said...

Such wonderful news...I will definitely pray for you.
I didn't know your story and was sooo saddened to read your post. BUT good for you not being negative, everything has a reason!
~hugs~

Stamp Your Art Out said...

Praising God with you and praying for you in this process. We know firsthand how difficult the waiting process is.

Yvonne Wickenkamp

Jeanne said...

Nona! This is wonderful news! I'm so very happy and excited for you all. I will keep you all in my thoughts that this journey will bring you great joy!

Amanda said...

My thoughts and prayers are with your family and the birth mother. I hope everything works out. I read your story a while back and it broke my heart. Have faith...

Alanna said...

Oh Nona, I've got tears in my eyes now. What wonderful news. I'll be praying that everything works out this time. I do know, as I know you do, that there is a purpose to everything. Sometimes we wonder what it is or why we have to know so much pain. I'm so glad for your positive outlook on things. Keep us posted as you can.

lisascreativecorner said...

I am so excited for you guys! God is soooo good! And, as usual, His timing couldn't be more perfect! I will be praying for all of you! Sending lots of love and blessings your way!
Big Hugs!!! *Ü*

The Peterson Family said...

I can't believe that it's already been a year since Evan touched your lives. How exciting for this new prospect. I really hope that it works out for you and your family - that baby would be so lucky to have you.

Carla Harrah said...

Nona,
Such wonderful news! God is sooo good. I read your story a few months back, my heart ached for you and your family, but God only does things to make us stronger. I will definately be praying for your family and for the birth mother and your new bundle of joy. Have a Joyous Easter.

Tanaia said...

Wow, what an amazing story!!1 I will be praying for your family and the baby girls that God's will will be done :) Easter Blessings!!!

Simply_Pam said...

What a wonderful gift to look forward to. I know how excited you must be. What a great blessing for your family. I hope that all goes well. That you will soon be sharing your life with a child made just for you to love.

Sparkle said...

Yeah, I'm so happy for you guys!

Elise said...

Wow! This is awesome news for you and your family. You will be in my prayers. Like I said last week, here's hoping that we DON'T see you at leadership! You'll be too busy with the baby! Yahoo!

HaleyD said...

May God continue to smile on you!

The Inkredible Crafter said...

Congrats Nona! That is amazing. God really has a unique way of working things out in the end. What a wonderful Easter present! You all will be in my prayers.
LeAnna

Melanie and family said...

Congrats again honey! I am so happy for the three of you. We will be praying.

How great of God to bless you on Evan's birthday. That makes it even sweeter.

Missy Hep said...

OH GOD BLESS!!!! You are in our prayers everyday and we will add the birth Mom!!!! We are also celebrating the 1 year birthday of the daughter my daughter put up for adoption. Nona Please know we truly pray for you and your family!!!

fancyMelissa said...

I had to read through your post twice to make sure I read it correctly - before I got so excited for you!!! And then I thought, well of course the birth mom would pick you from a bunch of profiles. The amount of love you have to give is limitless. You all will be in my prayers! Thank you for sharing this journey with us.

sharalyns said...

Oh Nona! That is wonderful! Praying for your family to be fully ready to accept this little girl into your home in July, and for this birth mom-that she would know the Lord, and that she would rely on him to help her through the heart-wrenching act of giving away her little girl. Praying for health for her and this little one, a safe labor and delivery, and ease in the transfer of care to you.

What a blessing!

Christina said...

Such wonderful news you have shared with us! I am so excited for your family and will keep you all in my prayers.

stampscrapnbowl said...

Nona - my prayers go out to you, your family, the birth mother & the baby she's carrying. God works in mysterious ways, and what a blessing & such joyous news to receive on Evan's Birthday!

Scrap Jaci said...

Nona, I am so excited for you and your family. I am praying for a great outcome!

Kat said...

Nona,

Congratulations! I'm soooo excited for you and your family! I've been following your blog and know what a hard time you and your family have had through this whole things, so I am delighted that you will be adding to your family again! You are all in my prayers!

Sheila Wilkerson - EzScrapbooks said...

Such a tender story about Evan. I am thrilled that you have been selected for a baby girl later this year.

nicole said...

That is amazing news. I follow your blog and feel like I know you. I read all of the book that you made about Evan and cried for you. I am so glad is going to bless you with another child. Congrats!

Twylabug said...

What wonderful news. We will definitely be praying for all of you. Congratulations Nona!