It's been one year since we arrived home with our little Brighten. I vividly remember walking through the door, into our playroom, holding Brighten and introducing her to her home. Obviously, she didn't understand what I was saying or showing her, but I was so proud to bring her into the place that we'd prepared for her.
It's been kind of a bizarre season of life for me. In May, I quit my job at a nonprofit that served kids in care to stay home with Brighten and to start my own consulting business. In June, we found out that we were not going to be able to continue to pursue international adoption in Ethiopia after almost four years in process. Now, I'm learning contentment, which, if I'm honest, is uncomfortable and completely unfamiliar.
When Jason and I began our Ethiopia adoption process in December of 2013, we had no clue what the next several years would bring. We were, admittedly, blindly optimistic. We thought it'd only take a few months to do our home study (try 7.5), be on the waiting list by summer (it was the end of September), and be booking flights to Ethiopia by Christmas 2015. Thankfully, even basking in our optimism, we'd heard that adoption is not for the faint of heart, so we had the foresight to set some "guidelines" - rules for ourselves if the going got tough.
This quote from an article that really resonated with me is about how to wait on God and what He's doing in your life. It gives 5 things to do to honor God while we're in the midst of waiting:
I know we're already a week into April, but I'm just now getting around to posting our April Prayer Request list on the blog. But, I've been a tad bit busy, what with starting a new job, finishing my autobiography, selling Mary Kay, and going on a mini-Spring Break trip home. So, it's better late than never, and we are still in the first half of the month.
I'm a big picture person.
But I'm also extremely detail oriented.