Sunday, October 3, 2010

A timely gift

The scarf in the background is one that I found during our trip to bring home Anya Rashi.
Well, we are officially in October. Although I absolutely love autumn, I haven't been looking forward to it this year. This is the month when we can expect nothing to happen with our adoption, due to the Hindu holidays Diwali and Durga Puja.

In general, I've been handling the wait pretty well, but my friend Laurie totally undid me this morning. She brought a birthday gift to church this morning for me, and when I opened it I just started to cry. The photo doesn't do it justice, but the pendant shows a family of two parents with four children -- a little reminder of what our family will look like, hopefully sometime in 2011.

What a thoughtful friend -- and a truly beautiful reminder to keep my eyes on the finish line of this long journey that began in March of 2009. I treasure this gift even more because Laurie herself was adopted when she was an infant, and has been so supportive as we wait. She is a gem!

I also want to say thank you to everyone who left a comment about my last post. I was feeling the love from all of you who have been there (or are currently in the poopy-training trenches with me!). I was so happy to read them that Peter shook his head and said, "Only a mother would be this excited to read comments about poop." And he's right!


theheartofachild said...

Oh this pendant is just beautiful! Isn't fun to have things like this to remind you of the end goal and why you do what you do! Hang in there...prayers coming your way this month to carry you through!!!

Athena said...

What a beautiful gift with lovely symbolism. I understand just how hard the wait is. Just remember that when we finally get to hold your little ones, the wait will be a thing of the past. I always try to remember that each day we wait is another day we don't have to. And each day that's behind us is one day closer to that amazing day that's coming :) Hang in there!

As a side note, I was able to see your adorable Anya Rashi yesterday at church as she's in my little guy's class (yesterday was the first time we've been back to church in 5 weeks as things have been crazy) :) She is such a little doll.

Emily said...

What a lovely and thoughtful gift! Isn't is amazing how others love our little ones with us, even when we've never seen their sweet faces? I always feel so touched when someone recognizes our longing and at the same time, holds in the light our dream of being a family of 3 (and for you, a family of 6!) I really like your idea of calculating the amount of time Anya Rashi has been with you, versus her time in the children's home. It's nice to find a fellow analyzer :) Emily

Tina and Todd said...

Oh my word ... just tears! What a precious gift!

Julie & Patrick said...

Isn't it interesting that we try and convince ourselves that while waiting we put thoughts of our new ones out of our mind, when really they are ever present all the time...even with our family and friends.

What a wonderful gift!


Shad and Maggie Alsworth said...

Love the necklace! A perfect gift while you wait. Prayers coming to you during this rough month.

SarahinOK said...

Sooo beautiful. love it. I've been hearing such beautiful encouragement in regard to other families pursuing adoption, and other amazing stories of God's faithfuless in the process... I'm so glad for your encouragement too!
Hanging in there with you,

Dorothee said...

Dear Nancy,
I try to answer on your comment in my blog, but I don`t know if this email is now send to blogger or to you.
May you just write me your email adress to that I can send you the email?

Cindy said...

What a special friend you have awesome gift and a peek at your future.

Sending love and prayers. Hang in there--it will be over and you will be a family of 6 before you know it.