Our Little Family

Our Little Family

Friday, August 15, 2014

May We Introduce......


Ezra Faith Chapman
Born on August 13, 2014
6lbs 14oz

That's right folks!  You are not seeing things!  Our journey to Ezra has led us to Ezra!

As most of you know we were home study approved at the beginning of June and were available to be matched with a birth mom.  Well, on August 6th, we received a call from our case worker saying a birth mom had seen our family profile book and wanted to meet us!  We got to meet her and talk together on Tuesday, August 12th.  Our meeting went really well!  We all felt comfortable with each other and decided it was a good fit and that we would move forward with an adoption plan.  Her baby girl was due on August 22nd.  Well, the next morning at 8am, we got a call from our case worker saying birth mom had gone into labor overnight and baby girl was born at 4am on the 13th!  We got to see her later that same day and got to spend more time with her at the hospital the next day as well.  Today we went to the hospital, signed all of the paperwork and officially brought home our baby girl!!!

Our family is over the moon in love with this sweet one!  We are so blessed and so thankful for this sweet little gift.  Thank you all for your love, encouragement and support along our journey to Ezra Faith!!


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Approved!!!!!

We just got the word that our home study was approved by the head of our adoption agency!!  We are once again home study approved, only this time in South Carolina! You know, exactly one year ago, we were just home study approved the first time for our international adoption process.  It is so crazy how much can change in a year!

Okay, so what's next?  We are ready to be matched!!!  This could happen in two different ways.  The first is that we could receive a call saying a birth mom has seen our profile book (basically a scrapbook telling our story) and would like to meet us.  If at that meeting, both parties feel like we are a good fit for each other, we will be matched up together!  The second way it could happen is that we could receive a call saying a baby has just been born and the birth mom has picked our family after looking at the profile books.  In that scenario, we may or may not get to meet the birth mom.  We are very much hoping to be able to meet her and have an on-going relationship though!

The time frame on all of this varies greatly.  Honestly, it could be two weeks, two months, or two years!  We are just praying that God brings all of us together at exactly the time we are suppose to.  The boys however are praying that God brings their new baby sister fast, like this summer! ;-)

So, now we are in "get ready" mode!  We have started getting her nursery ready.  Here's a couple of pics for you all of that!


We are also starting to collect the other baby items we need like a carseat, stroller, bedding, clothes, diapers, bottles, oh my!  You kind of forget how much one tiny little person needs until you need it all again!  The boys are LOVING getting to be a part of picking things out for her!

So, from this point on, you may not be hearing a ton from us.  We're simply in waiting mode now!  We'll update you all as we know more, but for now, please keep our family in your thoughts and prayers and hopefully we'll have a new little addition to introduce you all to soon!!



Thursday, May 8, 2014

We're Movin and Grovin!

I am beyond happy to report that we had our first home visit today!!  No more delays!!  It looks like we should be done with all of our interviews and home visits by the end of May, which means that by the beginning of June, we will be ready to be matched!  It's gettin real up in here!!

Also, thanks to a sweet friend, we now have our first baby item in this house!


The boys were adorable when they were checking it out, and Titus ran to get his bear to test it for the new baby. ;-)

Our next update should be that we are once again home study approved and include pictures of Ezra's room.  At the moment, there is nothing in there, so y'all wouldn't find it very exciting. :-)  Until next month then!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Out of Your Control

I have been putting off updating our blog for one reason alone - delays.  Honestly you guys, I'm tired of that word!  Going into this adoption journey, we heard that there would be delays.  Yes, got it, no problem, minor hiccups (probably not going to happen to me).  That is honestly what I was thinking two and a half years ago when this whole process began.  Two and a half years later, I'm starting to get it.  You know, on one hand, I hate the delays because I just want it all to be easy and smooth!  You decide something, bam, it happens!  But that's not how life in general works, so why do I expect adoption to work like that?  So I am learning to accept the delays.  I am learning to love them.  Why?  Well, for me, it gives me a sort of reality check.  I can tend to be a "happily ever after" kind of girl and approach pretty much everything with that mindset.  Delays bring be back to reality.  It helps me to remember that anything worth having is worth working for and not giving up on!  Delays build my faith and my endurance. Delays remind me that I am NOT in control.  Delays help me to learn to surrender my selfish wants and immediate gratifications.  No, I am not in control of this process, but I never have been.  However, I DO know the Person who is in control.  I will never be able to have this process look the way that I want it to, but I can have peace and joy throughout it, no matter what it looks like!

This is what I have been wrestling with and learning during the past two months, and this is why you have not heard from me.  My goal through all of this is to learn and grow, not to just hunker down and hold on til it gets better.  And so that is what I am doing.  Some days are harder then others, but I know that I am going to be better because of it, a better person, friend, wife and mom.

So what are these delays I keep referring to?  Well, we were all set up to have our first home visit and interview at the end of January.  Send in the first Polar Vortex.  Yup, ice on the roadways equals a reschedule for the home visit.  No problem, rescheduled for two weeks later.  Send in the second Polar Vortex.  Ice on the bridges and roadways, trees down everywhere, home visit cancelled again.

Another delay we have been dealing with is construction on the condo building we are currently living in.  About a month after we moved in, we found out that the HOA here just awarded a contract to completely rehab all of the outside of the condo buildings and to fix some issues they were having with mold and flooding.  We were told it would start some time after the holidays and take about four to six weeks to complete for each building.  Our building was first on the list.  Well, we are now eight weeks into the rehab and still no end in sight.  It is chaos around our building right now, and all of this construction was not going to look well in our home study.

So, because of the ice storms and the construction delays, we were now just seven weeks from the end of our lease at our condo.  We had decided to move to a house in a neighborhood closer to work and church at the end of our lease.  This posed yet another problem.  The home study interviews and finalization time frame is five weeks.  We would finish it and then move two weeks later and need an update.  We talked everything over with our case worker and have decided that the best thing to do is just delay our interviews until we get into our new place.  That way we won't have the construction to worry about and won't have to pay for another update to our home study.

In light of all of this, it is now looking like, our home study will be finalized at the end of May.  From that point on, we will be ready to be matched.  Honestly, sometimes I wonder if it really will happen, if we really will come to the end of this long journey.  But then I remember that life is just a series of journeys.  When this chapter ends, we will be starting a new one.  None of these chapters in our lives are perfect or without ups and downs, but that is what makes our life so good, so full, so interesting and so dear!  We would become quickly bored with the perfect life and never be challenged.  So, I am looking ahead to the rest of this journey with excitement and anticipation, both of seeing it come to an end and also just seeing how it all plays out.

Our next update will probably come from our new home and may very well include a picture of a certain little girl's nursery, so stay tuned! :-D  And thank you all once again for walking this journey with us!!