Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Happy Birthday to Me!

Birthdays are a great time to take stock. They are milestones that are the perfect opportunity to reflect on growth and struggles over the past year. This past year has been the busiest and craziest yet. This day last year I took the day off and spent it at the spa. Jarrod got me the gift of an entire day to myself. I got a facial, massage, and pedicure. It was absolutely delightful. Jarrod was trucking along at school and we were trying to figure out our next steps in adoption.

Last April this blog went radio silence because of what happened on April 23rd, 2014.

The day after my birthday I went to lunch with a friend. We ate at a Mediterranean restaurant full of pregnant women. I shared my frustration with the foster process. She shared her knowledge of a baby coming in June and a family praying for an open adoption. I wrote about that day and the days that followed in our journey to our little girl.

I can hardly believe it's only been a year. I remember this day last year so well. It was such a calm day, the calm before the storm, I think. The next days and weeks left me so anxious. I was desperate for this baby girl. I prayed for the best outcome for our previous birth family and their darling baby. I could hardly function in my daily life because of this intense secret.

So much has happened since then. We made more family, got our little girl, changed jobs, and grew as a family. We traveled and learned so much. Our daughter has blessed our family in ways I never imagined. It's been an incredible year.

This morning I dressed my big girl in one of my favorite outfits, lace socks, and polka dot TOMS. I pulled her hair into a top pony and added a pink bow. Wesley wore his signature Super Wes shirt.

I received a new charm on my charm bracelet. I shared it on instagram yesterday. 
It's not all sunshine. In fact, this has been an incredibly challenging year. But it's always interesting to look back at the past year and reflect on the changes - good and bad - that have occurred. I don't know what this next year will bring, but most of my hopes it is less eventful than this past year! 
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