best week ever?

Tuesday was the day for which we had been waiting over 11 months. After all that, it still came quicker than we expected. We got word that our adoption would be moving forward. Concerns have been cleared up, and everyone involved agreed it was time to go to the next step. (Much still needs to happen before we can travel.)

The worst case scenario has seemed very real in the past few months, so the best case scenario happening was surprising. Once it sank in, I started crying. Though I had expected the worse almost the whole time, the last few weeks have been filled with much hope and peace. I had begun to feel God was telling me it would all be okay, but I didn’t tell anyone — even Dan — because I was so afraid to believe it. So, when I sat down to share the news with our closest family and friends, I couldn’t help but cry.


I have learned a whole lot about adoption ethics. And honestly, I had chosen to be naive to a lot. My eyes have been opened to the importance of advocating for an ethical adoption. And opened to the yuckyness of the international adoption world and some of the people in it. That’s another post.

Because more importantly: I have learned a lot about expecting good, huge things out of God. And accepting the confirmation that good, huge things will happen. I know there may be times in my life I misunderstand what He’s telling me. And I’ll willingly admit that. But why not give Him the benefit of the doubt? I wish I had all along with this one.

High on excitement, we got cupcakes to celebrate. Forget weight loss challenges, this family celebrates with dessert! (No #alittletoofluffy this week, because you guys, Meredith’s visit + tons of happiness + date night = no weight loss.)


The next day, we got update photos of our sweet boys. Such wonderful timing! They are so big, though still tiny. E was wearing a university shirt that we didn’t send. And funny enough, it’s Dan’s residency program university! It felt like God was winking at us.

We were also awarded another grant this week! We’ve always been committed to contributing as much of our money as possible while working our butts off to apply for grants and fundraise.

And to top it all off, we happily agreed to host another kiddo through Safe Families. Miss A came today, and she’ll be here for a week. Dan’s schedule is a little rough right now, so it’s going to be a difficult week, I think. But a realistic week. I’m happy to have any unrealistic views I still have of kids + residency + dog life shattered. Well, I’m saying that right now. Check in with me next week.

For now, we’re going to ride this adoption high that comes from good news for the first time in a long time. 
  • Kirstee

    Congratulations!!! So happy to hear! I have been praying for your little family. I pray that your travel comes soon. We have had good news on our adoption end as well. God is moving! May the mountains continue to crumble before His glory.

  • You have been on my mind this week and I’m so thrilled to hear the news! I wish you a wonderful week with Dan and little Miss A and I will continue to pray about the little ones still waiting to arrive safely to you.

  • What great news!! I am so happy for you guys.

  • SUCH great news! This occasion definitely calls for cupcakes (and more) to celebrate. 🙂 So happy for your growing family!

  • Congratulations, Natalie and Dan! Praying God continues to bless this adoption and your growing beautiful family!

  • Woohoo! Congratulations you guys! I feel the adoption process is such a spiritual journey, but it is still hard to fully trust God. I love seeing Him work when He does act! Hoping you get your boys soon!

  • Yes!!!!!!!!

  • Tears of joy are rolling down my cheeks !!

  • <3 Yippppppppppeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm rejoicing with you Natalie! I'm totally with you on the, wanting to be naive to the lack of adoption ethics sometimes . . . but anyway, soooooo happy for your good news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • What great news! Celebrate! Thanks for blogging through this, what a wonderful moment!

  • hey! someone pinned one of your posts, so i hopped over to read it and i’m instantly drawn into your story! my husband and i just started information-gathering on adoption. we’ve always wanted to adopt and now we’re starting to figure all the ins and outs. i’m adding you to my rss reader and i’m so excited to follow along on your journey!

    (i went to school in indiana and i live in nashville now [originally from louisville – i’ve lived up and down i-65 my whole life!] so i feel a hoosier connection too. 🙂

    • natalie

      jamie, I’m glad you found me! love all the random connections. I’d be happy to answer any questions you have!

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  • So happy to hear the good news! I havent been reading lately but decided to pop on over to see if there were any updates! Yay!!!

    • natalie

      thanks, Laura! we are happy to be moving forward!