Welcome to MY blog! And my first blog post! Do you like the facelift??? The new look is a bit more reflective of MY personality, and it brings a smile to my face each time I look at it. Since we are no longer in the adoption process of bringing more children home, the blog's focus will take a slight change of direction. Of course adoption will still be a big part of it (how could it not?) but now I hope to focus more on our home life and the things most important to me~
Faith, Family and Home
I'll be sharing how the Lord is working in our lives, adoption related topics, family news and doings, what we're doing in our homeschool, some family favorite recipes, and the like. Nothing fancy. Because we certainly are not fancy. Just our simple lives.
I spoke with Emily earlier today by phone, telling her about the new blog design and that I was, indeed, going to resurrect her blog, and I thanked her for the gift she has given our family over these 6-ish years. The gift of recording our lives as precious children were joining our family. You know, I appreciated what she did at the time. I really did. But since she's stopped blogging, I now REALLY realize how much I appreciated her blogging. I've missed it. I've missed this chronicle of our life as a family. How I wish she were still the one blogging. But time moves on. Seasons in our lives change. It is as it should be. She is moving on. Emily's love for her siblings has not changed. Her passion for the orphan has not changed. But her proximity to home and our family has changed. She's not in the midst of the daily flow of our lives much anymore. And it's hard to blog about it, when you're not living it! So, the baton has been passed, and now I'm the one who'll be doing the posting.
It's a new season for me as well. For the first time since I can remember, we are not in the process of adopting. Our children are home, and I finally feel like I can focus on who the Lord has given me. I'm not in the midst of paperwork or waiting on "A's." And oh, how I miss it. You adoptive mamas know. It just becomes a part of you. And I must say, it feels a bit empty not to be in the thick of it any more. Not on RQ. Not looking at "lists." Not waiting. But it's ok. And it's good. And it's a new season.
Part of this new season has to do with the ages of my older children, as well. The are now far from home. Leading their lives. As they should. As we've raised them to do. Drew is now working for the next 8 months in Kansas City, training to be a Federal Bank Examiner. He'll then move to Omaha, where his permanent home office will be. Will will be graduating in Dec. from Baylor. He plans to attend grad school (Lord willing) in Denver. This summer he's been in most of the Western states, collecting soil samples for a geology field camp. He was back to Waco for just a few days, and now he's off in Kenya to assist a doctoral student with research work. So he is far away, too. Emily, has been on staff at Camp Ozark this summer. And loving it, I might add! My baby girl~ also far away. So a big factor in resurrecting the blog is to keep in touch with my big kids~ allowing them to see all that's happening on the home front.
So, if you've read this far, thank you. I hope you'll come back and visit! And maybe even leave a comment, so I'll know if anyone out there is still reading. I'm going to try to post to the blog regularly. Perhaps not as regularly as Emily, but a couple of times a week, I hope.
And I did it! My very first blog post~ complete with photo!