adoption

A Huge Epic Life Update

Ok, fine, the title might be a little misleading. No big news here, but it’s been so long since I updated this space and actually finding time to sit down and write something certainly feels big :).

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I realized recently how nice it is to have something to look back on and see what I was thinking/feeling during a certain time in life, especially while we in the process of adopting our girl girls ;). I wish I had been better about writing here during the last year because it was such a unique one. But the truth is, I’m exhausted. Like literally I think most of what we’ve experienced in the last 12 months has felt like a complete blur because it was all so overwhelming with the highs and the lows and the life changes–some having to do with adjusting to life as a family of four, some things that we brought on ourselves that added to the stress of it all. I feel like I’m just now starting to climb out of the fog that has covered me for a year. Just the other day I was trying to think what I was thinking and feeling last year at this time (when we had been home with our girls for just a couple weeks), what our days looked like and what we were doing with our time. The only thing I could come up with was that I was tired. Just sheer exhaustion.

In a lot of ways this year has been a struggle. I’ve been so happy but there have been many days that I’ve felt overwhelmed, frustrated, and really alone. Adoption is such a funny thing, there’s so much support while you’re walking through it, but at the same time it can be a very isolating journey–for adoptive parents and adopted kiddos alike. There are a lot of things that happened surrounding our adoptions that I’m just now beginning to process. Part of coming out of the fog of the last year, perhaps. But while I feel like some semblance of peace has settled over our home life, these feelings of anger and confusion are starting to come to the surface. Obviously, things to deal with so we can move on in a healthy way. If you’re an adoptive parent reading this and processing things that seem overwhelming to you, you are not alone. Adoption is amazing, yes, but it is also hard and admitting that it feels like more than you can bear at times does not diminish the sheer miracle of adoption! In fact, I think it only serves to highlight God’s amazing grace.

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Our crazy family. Literally, this was the best picture we took. Sigh.

So, what about the good stuff? Oh friends, there is so so very much. These little girls are such a joy. There have been lots of shenanigans in the Hart household over the last year.

We’ve been busy with work and play…

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learning so much in homeschool…

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visiting our favorite aunties…

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and somewhere in there I got a little crazy and started my very own business (which, seriously, am I nuts?  …don’t answer that).

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This wasn’t a great all-encompassing update, but I hope it got you up to speed a little bit with what is going on with us. My goal over the next couple months is to write here a couple times a week. And maybe I’ll even start on that adoption story I promised you guys over a year ago ;)! Thank you for reading and following along with the life of our family.

 

 

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Hello from Jinja!!

Well, we made it to Uganda! After a couple sleepless nights (Literally. From Saturday morning until Tuesday night, we really only slept a couple hours. Total. Not fun.), we feel like we’re getting back on track. So far, our trip has been enjoyable. We are in love with Jinja. We totally lucked out and are staying in an apartment of a friend’s friend. It is the cutest place and the people here have been so good to us. We have a nice little routine of waking up in the morning and having coffee (and cold showers….brrr!) before heading out. We’ve been able to cook our own food, which is nice when you’re away from home.

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Corey made an amazing vegetable curry the second night we were here.

We met one of met one of our girls yesterday and it went really well. She is such a sweetie and just loves being held. We’re looking forward to another couple of days spent bonding before we head back to Kampala.

I’ll post more about some of the things we’re doing in Jinja in the next couple of days. It is the cutest town. We’re kind of in love with it. Corey is already scheming about our next trip here.

Thank you everyone for your prayers while we’re here. Please keep praying that things will move along quickly.

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Just When Things Become Predictable…

So, this was supposed to be a season of no more surprises. Of relative stability…knowing what to expect out of life. We have a travel date for Uganda, we have a court date, we’re getting on with what we’ve been waiting for for over a year. We’re preparing for travel, preparing for the big change of adding a child to our family. God always has such different plans than I do….

Last weekend I posted this picture on Instagram saying we were ready for our daughter to come home.

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Well, now it seems my car will look a little more like this

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There’s a long back story here. But basically, we are now anticipating bringing home two girls instead of one in January. We are awaiting a second referral for a little girl we’ve known about and prayed for for 2 years. We had no clue she would show up at the baby home we’re adopting from several weeks ago. Over the past week Corey and I have prayed really hard about what God wants us to do in this situation. We feel certain that we are being led to adopt this little girl. So in January when we get home, we’ll most likely be a family of four rather than three :).

We’re excited and nervous and scared. There’s a lot that needs to happen in order for this to be successful, so please pray that things move quickly and this second adoption can be completed while we’re in Uganda. I’ll be back with more later, so stay tuned!

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