Friday, November 9, 2018

 We have some fun news!!!

We are MATCHED!!!

I honestly can't believe it!  Half of me is so excited and the other half is still in shock.  Our sweet, precious baby will be joining us in February!!

Dustin and I found out last Friday, so keeping it a secret has been the hardest thing ever--and now I'm so glad that I can talk about it!  Sabrina, our consultant, called me at school during my planning to tell me, and after I stopped crying, I jumped in my car and ran home to tell Dustin...who happened to be off work!  Except that he wasn't at home and I had to lie to him to get him to meet me in a parking lot haha!

We took these photos at my sister's house and literally two minutes into taking these pictures, Dustin...

...lost the "B" and Rachel took these in the midst haha!  

I asked on IG for any questions and I got A LOT!!!  I won't be able to answer all of them (some things we are keeping private), but I am going to answer as many as I can!

Will you find out the gender/do you already know the gender?
Okay, this was literally asked by 20 people and I laughed out loud because my small group asked me this a million times yesterday!!  We knew the gender when we said yes to presenting to this birth mom, but we're not sharing yet!  I've always wanted to have a gender reveal party, and we'll have one in a few weeks.

Do you get a maternity leave for adoptions?
Yes!!  I would take off the rest of the year if I could afford it ha!

Will y'all have to travel out of Alabama?
We will!  For ICPC, we're told to plan for 10-14 days out of state, so basically if anyone wants to let us stay with them for a few days to save money, we'd appreciate it 😜😂

Will you get to be at the hospital when the baby is born?
That's the goal!

Is your church or family throwing you a shower?
This always makes me feel so awkward because the people who bring up showers are the ones who have done so much for us already and I don't want anyone to think I expect a shower at all....because I don't!  But I have had a lot of people talk about throwing us showers, and it just reminds me that we have so many people who support us and this adoption!

Did you cry so many happy tears?
I'm still crying haha!

What are specific ways to pray from this point forward?
I really appreciated this question!!  First, please pray for this expectant mom and her heart.  I'm so thankful that she's choosing life for this baby.  Adoption is born out of brokenness and I pray that her heart is comforted by God and that she knows she is loved!  Please pray for her health and this baby's health for the duration of her pregnancy.  Also, please pray for Dustin and I to continue trusting in God and His sovereign plan!

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  1. Oh what wonderfully awesome news! God bless your family through this journey

  2. This is absolutely amazing news!!!! I am so happy for you guys!!!

  3. God's plan all long! OVER the BIG OLE MOON happy for you!!!! I cried when I saw this Insta, your heart so full, your baby is on its way to the BEST parents in the World!

  4. This was the best news to see yesterday and I’m still just so elated and excited for you guys!!

  5. BEST. NEWS. EVER. SOOOOO excited for you guys!!! And I am dying at the 'blooper' pictures. Too funny - you guys got great ones in that first two minutes, though! :)

  6. I am so freaking excited about this, I just cannot stand it!!!!!!!

  7. Oh sweet happy tears!!! Overjoyed for you & Dustin, saying lots of prayers and looking forward to more from your journey!

  8. Congrats!! I'm so excited for you all!! Love how many people are continuing to bless you in so many ways through this journey!

  9. Congratulations! So happy for you and your family!

  10. I know I already told you on your Facebook post, but I am just SO excited for you & Dustin! Since having Charlie, I realize truly what a gift being a mother is and I cannot wait for you to experience that too! If there is anything that I can do for you, please let me know!

    xoxo, Jordyn

    Southern and Style

  11. Congratulations! I'm a fairly new reader, but watching you go through this journey has given me all the feels, not least because I was adopted as an infant myself! (Closed adoption through the state in the 80s--SUCH a different process for my parents than what you have to go through today!) Being adopted is one of the reasons my faith is so strong--how could I NOT believe in a loving God when I have the most wonderful parents in the world? Congratulations again, you are going to be amazing parents!

  12. So excited for your growing family!! We will keep praying for you as you prepare for your new little one at the beginning of the year. You're going to be the best parents. I LOL'd at Dustin losing the balloon. Did you get a replacement or did you have enough pictures from the two minutes of shooting to make it work?

  13. Congratulations!!! I am so excited for y'all!!!!

  14. This is amazing!! May God continue to guide you and your future family!

  15. Oh that is so amazing! I'm so excited for you and Dustin! Congrats!!

  16. SO excited for your guys! Our babies will be a month and a half apart!!

  17. The best news!! So so excited for you guys!!

  18. Best news ever!! So happy for you guys (your face at the missing B is priceless)

  19. I teared up when I saw your announcement on FB and IG. I am just SO SO happy for y'all!!

  20. Congratulations to you both! What wonderful news!

  21. So happy for you all! So glad I found your blog. I look forward to finding you on IG.

  22. yay!! so excited for you!! I have been following your journey for a few years now and i'm happy for you and Dustin. Ps. the look on both of your faces when he lost the balloon is priceless!

  23. I am so excited for your family :) . We are waiting for our match from China very anxiously! Congrats!!!!


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