Posted on February 12, 2016
So much has gone on and I've devoted so little time to my computer that I haven't updated here, my blog, or even Facebook as much or as often as I like to. Time flies when you're having fun... or when you have a newborn! (And four other kids and are living on-the-go.)
I'll go back and add more information later, but for now, I just wanted to write a note as I sit here on my last night on the east coast... the last night of this part of the adventure.
My family is sleeping soundly spread all over my parents' house. My boys in the bonus room, Matt in the guest room, and Anna in my parents' room in the little rocker-sleeper our birth mother gave to us. Since my dad has to work so early I decided to put Anna in their room after her 0400 feeding so that when he wakes up he can get some good snuggles!
I, on the other hand, am wired! My dear friend Kari met her son a few hours ago and I'm beyond excited for them. They're in China and are just now feeding him his dinner for the first time. I could cry with mixed emotions: happy they're finally with him, sad their other four kids are missing them, jealous that I can't be there to share these moments they way they were with us as we met our little one. Anyway, I woke up to feed Anna and read some updates from them, and then got too worked up to sleep.
I decided I'd get up and at least briefly update here.
Tomorrow morning our not-so-little family will load up the mini-van and head back toward Texas. My heart breaks at the thought of missing so many people here in North Carolina/East Coast There are at least 50 people I could count that, given better circumstances, I'd want to introduce Anna to. But due to the timing of our release from VA, we simply don't have time.
I'm really torn about leaving but since we left home over a month ago, I'm really excited to be heading back! We have been blessed beyond measure by the hospitality of family and friends and by the generosity of those who have donated toward our adventure. I am still amazed that just over three months ago we didn't even know about Anna and now, we've done our home studies, driven across the country, made it to the hospital to meet her, survived the Snowpocalypse, been to court, passed the revocation period, and eventually were released from Virginia.
I'm taking this little one home to a house full of baby stuff that I was not 100% sure we'd need. There were so many things that could go wrong and my heart was slightly guarded. Matt's even more than mine. But here we are. Parents of the most beautiful baby girl on the planet and we most definitely do need the baby items we've been collecting since November 4th. I'm excited to get her home and start taking pictures of her "firsts" at home.
Your prayers are coveted as we start our drive in the morning. Forgiveness, please, from those who were so close to us physically and yet we weren't able to see. And patience as I get back to Texas and into a good routine so that I can write out our story and share it in detail.
I can't begin to tell you just how much I treasure each message, text, note on Facebook, letter, card, gift. We have the best community around us and we do not want you to think for a minute you are not treasured.