We recently had our Christmas card pictures taken. Thanks to C's The Day Photography, we now have some pictures that we all love so much!
Although the main goal of our little photo shoot was to get this shot...
That's right... TWO boys! We may not know when these two little boys are going to join our family, but their sweet little faces have already brought so much hope and joy to our family.
To my sons,
You are so loved already. You have a big sister that can't wait to carry you (I don't think she realizes that you both know how to walk...maybe she should start lifting weights!), share her toys (maybe when you are here the toys will actually get played with!!), and read you stories before bed each night. She has a lot of love to share, and promises to be the best big sister ever. You have a Papa that is ready to wrestle, throw the ball, and do all things boy with you. He'll be your daddy, coach, and best friend (when you are older that is!). We pray for you often. We pray for your safety, health, and protection. We ask God to prepare your little hearts for the day we will meet and become a family. We pray that He will help your little minds and hearts to know that everything is going to be okay. Somedays we pray that God will do BIG things and allow a miracle to bring you home very soon. And then somedays we don't know what to pray. Waiting can be tough, so on those days we pray that we would always trust and have faith that God will bring our family together in His timing. You see, HE did that with Joelle. We've seen how BIG and GOOD our God is, and that helps on the tough days.
We may not have you here, but you are already a part of our hearts and family. You have stockings hanging on our fireplace. You have rooms that are slowly being prepared. Your pictures sit around our house reminding us to pray for you often. You are the central topic of many conversations because so many people care about you already. While we eagerly await the day we have all five family members under one roof (which is kinda crazy in and of itself) we promise that we will fight for you. We will persevere and fill out paperwork. We will make phone calls, write emails, and light up with hope when we get updates. We will look at your pictures and analyze every detail (I've already tried to count your teeth...I don't know why except that I'm a crazy mom). We will imagine what it is like to hold you in our arms and cuddle you. We will long for the days when we get to kiss all FOUR chubby cheeks!
It could be a year or more until you are here... we just don't know. We promise that we will come for you as soon as we get the phone call. And when we get there we will scoop you up, hug you through the tears, and try to be everything you need. That moment...it makes all the waiting worth it.