This month we have spent a lot of time around little ones, and it fills me with joy! It is so amazing to see how God has transformed my mind and heart in this regard - infertility so often robbed me of joy in the types of situations we've experienced lately, and I am so happy to be moving on in my journey and beginning to heal. A couple close to us had their first baby at the end of October, and they have been so amazing about letting us come over to visit and hold the baby. We also got to babysit her when she was 4 weeks old, which was so fun.
Since then, Tyler's cousin and her husband have been blessed with their first child. They are also adopting, and there was a lot of drama with the birth mother for several weeks after the baby was born, but the situation has been resolved and they have a precious baby boy. Holding him on Thanksgiving gave me hope that next year we'll have our own baby to show off to the family.
Thanksgiving weekend was spent in Roswell, NM, where we got to hang out with Tyler's family, including 6 kids under the age of 5. We had a great time. Everyone spent some time asking us about our adoption plans and learning about that process, and the support we've received from everyone is just amazing. Also, watching Tyler play with the kids is priceless. He is so patient with them, and he is great at going along with their games. I know he'll be an amazing dad, and that he loves getting to 'practice' with our niece, nephew, and cousin's kiddos.
I can finally reveal some of the news I mentioned in our last post! We met with the woman in charge of support groups at our church this week, and we will be launching an infertility support group in January. We feel called to lead out in this ministry, because we know there are so many couples out there struggling with infertility who could use some support and somewhere to vent. We're hoping to call it "For Those Who Wait" after the Fireflight song. This song has a lot of significance for the two of us throughout this infertility journey, and we feel the name will give our group members a feeling of hope rather than despair.
Another realization that I had this week was the fact that our future birth mother could be getting pregnant with the child that will someday be ours any day now. This is rather optimistic, since we have no idea how long it will take us to get through our home study process and onto the wait list at our agency, but I'm trying to bring more positivity into our journey. Women who are becoming pregnant right now have due dates in August. It would be amazing if we were placed that quickly after completing our home study, which we hope will happen in the late spring, around the time that I'm set to graduate. How crazy is that?
That's pretty much all the updating I have for today, but I'm hoping to get Tyler to write a post soon, so keep your eyes open for that! In the meantime, please be praying for our family, and for the woman that will be blessing us with a child someday. We really appreciate your support!