Monday, August 31, 2015

Baby Stepping

As I went on my evening run tonight I considered the seemingly infinite parallels I can make between running and being an adopting family. Daring myself to ponder the finish line while at mile one often seems too big. "There is so much ground to cover, so many mile markers, hills, and rough terrain in front of me." I find myself thinking.

Baby Steps.. Baby Steps.. Baby Steps..I remind myself.

One step in front of the other.

With both running and adoption we know that we are preparing.  We will be ready, and we are called to this.

With running it looks like hours of training, stretching, and planning increasingly long runs as we prepare for race day.

Our original "fur babies" make excellent assistants during late night adoption paperwork sessions. 
With adoption, it is prayerfully following a desire kindling deep in our hearts to come to the child that God has ordained to be a part of our family forever.

We were running toward Isaac for three years, although we didn't always feel it. During some of the most difficult seasons when we felt like tossing our hands up and throwing in the towel, we allowed  that aforementioned desire to give us the strength to square our shoulders, put our heads down, and keep moving despite both heartache and resistance.

So maybe I am due a perspective change tonight. Here I stand at mile one again it seems, and I will choose to say "Sure, there is so much ground to cover, but there are so many sunrises and sunsets to see, there will be so many milestone celebrations as we reach the next step in the process, and of course there will be bumps along the way, but what a GOOD and FAITHFUL God we serve."

No matter what I know I will look back at the remarkable beauty of the story that is unfolding.

It is so much more than a race for us. It is so symbolic of our journey.

Chosen Marathon, we are coming for you!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Big News: Party of Four

We are so excited to announce that we are at it again! We have started our journey to Baby Henderson #2! As soon as we moved to Houston last year we began to research agencies in the area. We finally decided on an agency that we feel very confident with and we are beginning the beautiful, yet often tumultuous journey that will allow us to grow our family through the blessing of adoption once again. As I held the intimidatingly thick application in my hands, I  prayed for God's perfect plan to unfold and his provisions of grace and mercy all around it.

This time around feels very different. We understand the risk of heartache after our experience in Jamaica with our sweet Alex, but we have also encountered the mountaintop reality of becoming parents. We have been a little trio for almost two years now with our precious son, Isaac. He is our greatest earthly treasure and joy.

It has been an amazing journey since bringing our boy home in November 2013. Most certainly, it has been challenging at times, but worth every second! I hung up my  elementary school teacher hat for now, Adam took a new position which led to our move back to Houston, and I became trained as a Holy Yoga instructor and am teaching a few classes a week.

We are very excited to welcome another baby into our family and for Isaac to have a sibling. We are  moving forward with great faith and anticipation. The timeline, as always with adoption, is uncertain. 

In the meantime, we are planning to help raise funds to put towards the mounting adoption costs with this year’s Chosen Marathon in New Braunfels on November 21st. We will be running for our fourth year as team Baby Steps! This year Chosen has added a 5K component to the race and changed the half marathon course to include 10 miles of river-front running! There are so many ways to get involved with this race to support families that are adopting from all around the world! Click HERE to find out how to show support or join our team!

*We will also be selling some amazing shirts as a secondary fundraiser! Information coming soon, so stay tuned!

I'm so happy to resurrect my blog in order to keep everyone in the loop on our adoption progress. For now, we're preparing for our home study and the season of waiting. We appreciate your prayers and excitement as we step forward into this next chapter. Baby Steps, as always!

Much love,
Adam, Katti, & Isaac