Tell me what it is you want to do with your one wild and precious life? -mary oliver

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas Blessings

With our paperwork in pause motion (still waiting on the great state of Ohio), I was going to get a small stocking for Sarah as an emblem of our journey of faith and then order a matching, embroidered one for next Christmas when she is home.  As with all good intentions and best-laid plans, I never got around to finding what I wanted.  Tuesday evening, when I went to pick up the kids at Andy's parents, Addy came to show me a stocking with Sarah's name on it.  My mother-in-law had ordered a stocking for Sarah this year, but they sent the wrong one.  Since it was already inscribed with the name Sarah, they let her keep it and she passed it on to us.  When our heart is seeking, a small moment arrives with HUGE symbolism.  
Psalm 37:4: ...and He shall give you the desires of your heart."

While visiting a craft show, my parents found a gift for Andy and I, on parenting a special needs little girl.

 And on the back, were these...
 Our hearts are in a constant state of gratitude.  Our parents have, not only embraced our decision to adopt, but are embracing and praying for her in their hearts. We are a family, living daily to make a difference, and embracing our journey. 

Today, we found out the vote in Eastern Europe was postponed and most likely will not halt adoptions.  Another blessing, another praise.  We'll continue one foot in front of the other, preparing the way to meet our little girl, born in our hearts.

Tomorrow, we'll be staying home, making cookies for Santa, preparing Christmas Eve dinner, and enjoying coffee with french vanilla creamer.(Our Christmas calorie splurge:)  We'll celebrate our family, watch Christmas movies, enjoy one another, and candles.   Playin' games and putting puzzles together, it's doesn't get much better than this.  

May you all have a blessed Christmas!!


  1. Merry Christmas, Shelly! I love seeing Sarah's stocking hanging with Addy and Austin's stockings :)! Last year, we had an extra stocking with an "A" on it, and tonight it will be full of goodies for Alina. Keep on keeping on :) foot in front of the other. You will be hugging Sarah before you know it!!

  2. Oh Shelly - that "Parenting Special Needs" poem brought tears to my eyes. What a beautiful gift. I'm absolutely loving that graphic of your fireplace. It feels so warm and inviting. Maybe because it looks a lot like ours - LOL! Merry Christmas!