Happy Hearts

10:30 am. The house is sparkling clean.  The candles are lit. The dogs are groomed. The croissants just came out of the oven. The coffee is made. The rhododendrons have bloomed. The sun is shining.

Yeah, it's pretty obvious how hard we were trying. ;)

Yeah, it’s pretty obvious how hard we were trying. And she loved it! 😉

All groomed and clean!

All groomed and clean!

And I was a nervous, giggly mess. “Are you excited?!” “Are you nervous?!” “Are you ready?!” I couldn’t stop asking Arundel questions as our social worker parked outside our house. He was as steady as a rock.

Every ounce of energy we had over the last week had been preparing for this moment. We had done all we could to make our house and ourselves ready. We had amazing friends who came over and helped us landscape and cleaned with me. (Seriously, who does that?! Our friends. That’s who.)

Our amazing friends dug up LITERALLY a truck load full of plants from their garden and spent 3 hours on Tuesday morning planting them in ours. Another sweet friend came and cleaned every floor in our house. Thank you to those that are keeping us sane!

Our amazing friends dug up LITERALLY a truck load full of plants from their garden and spent 3 hours on Tuesday morning planting them in ours. Another sweet friend came and cleaned every floor in our house. Thank you to those that are keeping us sane!

And, as we stood there, jittery and jumping with nerves, we looked at each other and said, “This is it.”

It was the first time we had met our sweet social worker, Amanda, face to face. She was just as we had expected. She came into our home with the biggest smile, loved on our pups, and encouraged us — You’re doing great. You’re going to make it. You’re going to be parents.

Okay, well, maybe she didn’t say it in those exact words, but that’s what exuded from her as we sat at our dining table and shared with her about our lives, our families, our hopes, and our dreams. She had already read 22,000 words about us, so she had a pretty firm grip on what our backgrounds were and what our thoughts are on adoption. Still, she listened, she asked questions, and she connected with us. I don’t know why I had this expectation that it was going to be a very clinical, scary meeting. After all, she is here to help us find our babies. The ones we will love and treasure more than we can imagine right now. The ones we have been fighting for, praying for, and dreaming of. How could that be clinical?

She connected with us so easily in part because she shared our faith. She loves God. And we had no idea about that when we chose her. But, of course, He did. At the end of our meeting with her, she let us know that she didn’t see any need for additional interviews, and that as soon as our medical report and the last of our references come in, our home study will be APPROVED!

Seriously, you guys! Just like that!

Anyway, it’s late, and we haven’t had much sleep the last few days, so I’m going to keep this short:

Our hearts are happy. We have seen God’s hand in this process time and time again, and His leading us to Amanda was no different. She is perfect for us, and we are just thrilled to be moving forward so quickly.

These words, which carry so much meaning to us right now, are hanging on the wall in our kids' room!

These words, which carry so much meaning to us right now, are hanging on the wall in our kids’ room!

We will share more soon about what our next steps are, and what the process is for finding a birthmother from here on out.

Thank you to each one of you that has been praying for us, standing with us, and encouraging us throughout this entire process. We let Amanda know that we have lots of amazing people supporting us through this adoption, and how valuable that is to us. She agrees. 🙂

Jane

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5 thoughts on “Happy Hearts

  1. I LOVE the canvas you made Kim!! So beautiful and S0 inspiring. It’s exciting to be on this adventure with you! XX

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  2. Oh my goodness Arundel and Jane! Beyond exciting, fulfilling and encouraging to read! GOD IS FAITHFUL! I cannot wait to meet the incredibly blessed baby that gets to have you guys for parents!!!!

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