It’s been all kinds of exciting around here lately. Below are three of our best kept, life changing happenings.
A Baby // The long awaited child:
I would say “finally,” but the truth is that this timing is perfect and everything about it just feels so right! We have all been anticipating Zac and Kat having a beautiful baby and I just had this feeling about 5 weeks back that it was happening. Like now. I texted my brother, “Is Kate pregnant?” To which he replied, “We don’t know yet.” Which is obviously the answer you give when you think you are pregnant, but aren’t telling anyone yet! (I knew it!) When they told the family we were all sworn to secrecy until they had made it official on Thanksgiving Day.
So we of course spent the holiday talking about the baby, name possibilities, and morning sickness which has hit Katie full strength. Our girls wrote out a list of their favorite names for their new little cousin, but in reality Zac and Katie need no help as their name list is already bliss.
Back to school // Joel’s getting his PhD:
Is it less exciting or more exciting when you finally make it to your PhD? Because it’s been 14 years of school (with some breaks in there) so it’s really more like, “Joel’s in school… AGAIN!” I am obviously so proud that he is at this place in his life, and I know his professors and mentors in this program will love him just as much as all his past teachers. He’s basically the most likable guy ever, and he’s smart, and handsome (speaking of handsome, did you see my instagram of the boys playing football yet?) I think the big (and frequent) question that comes up with an announcement like this is, “So what does he want to do with this degree? What job does he want?” And it’s always said as if it expects to be answered with some dramatic aspiration or fame or fortune. The truth is though, that we are staying right where we are going to keep do exactly what we are doing because he loves what he does. This degree will just better him for what he does!
Adoption // Three years of change:
We are coming up the the three year mark with “this” adoption. It has been bumpy, to say the least, and after a lot of agency difficulties (on their part, not ours) we made the decision to switch programs and attempt to pursue foster care which has been on our hearts for a lonnnnnggg time. The best and the worst part of this decision is that foster care is our last and only option. I love that it’s clearly the route we should take, and I hate that it is the last thing available so if for some reason it doesn’t work out and we don’t get a placement with them, we will never be able to adopt again. (Ouch.) The consolation is that we will always, always, always find ways to support adoption and there are so many ways to do that even if you aren’t personally adopting a child. That being said, we are holding our breath hoping and praying that this will work out because the number of children in foster care is ungodly and it breaks our hearts to sit through the meetings and hear what these kids go through! (I’d take a dozen children if the state would give them to me.) We will hopefully be able to share more on this in the near future, but for now if you could just pray that it will work out we would be so thankful!
So there it is. Our super crazy huge three things that have been taking up a lot of our time and energy the last few months. xxoo