Saturday, January 21, 2012

Family Snapshot

This was an exciting week in the Block household.  Our oldest son turned 10!  Double digits.  Wow.

On the morning of his birthday, with still sleepy eyes, he shuffled up to me and whispered, "I'm so glad I made you a mom ten years ago!"  Birthdays have a way of highlighting the fleetingness of time, of childhood and of the way our family is--right now in this moment.  

Particularly, on this birthday, I've felt the tension of wanting to hold on to every moment with each child, while I also find myself anxiously wanting time to speed by until we can bring our baby girl home from Haiti. This is a delicate balance: savoring the family routines and joys we experience now yet joyously anticipating the unknown adjustments of adding another child.  I know that adding this precious baby to our family will require hard work and lots of prayer.  It already has.  But I can't wait for the extra work--the long nights, the extra laundry or for the extra sweetness:  hugs and kisses on chubby hands and cheeks.    

As some of you know, we are adopting through the agency Love Basket, which my father-in-law directs.
This week has been particularly sweet because some of my father-in-law's friends are in Haiti, serving at the creche where our little girl lives.  They have sent updates and photos that have melted our hearts, and they have answered some of the never-ending questions we have about our baby: What is her personality like?  What is her schedule?  What is her favorite . . . .?  We are greedy for every piece of information about this little one.  We have learned that she is, at 8 months, just over 10lbs, which is honestly hard for me to imagine.  I'm pretty sure our other three were 10 lbs. in a matter of weeks.  She smiles and is deeply loved.  We are so thankful for the prayers that God is already answering on our behalf!  

In other exciting news our redhead lost a tooth this week.  
 I am so thankful for my sweet little family!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Our 2012 New Year's Resolution

I haven't blogged in so long, in part because of the amazing journey God initiated for our family in 2011. Toward the end of the summer, Joel and I felt the Lord stirring our hearts to add to our family through adoption. And so we began the long process of forms and paperwork that over the course of months led us to this sweet little seven-month-old baby girl in Haiti.  She is living in a wonderful home called Children of the Promise, and we are expectantly waiting to bring her home.  

This journey is teaching our family so many important lessons, not the least of which is how to believe with hope that God will indeed work all things--the delays and frustrations along with the joys and excitement--together for our good.

Thus, our New Year's resolution this year is to hope and expect for God to do His amazing work in our lives and to bring our little girl home.

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope."  Romans 15:13