Josh and I realized a few days ago that in order to get a Christmas tree from our favorite tree farm the weekend before Thanksgiving (what we usually do), it meant we needed to get our tree this Saturday. That's November 17th. This is insane to me. How can we be at Christmas already?
The last few weeks have been a bit of a roller coaster for our crew. Josh is facing an unexpected employment shift. My dad's parents are both facing seriously health challenges, kind of all of a sudden. Josh's precious Aunt Stefani went home to Jesus after a year long battle with lung cancer. Come to think of it, that's not so much a roller coaster as it is a hail storm. My family wellness alarm bells are going off about all kinds of things.
About a month ago, Andrew got right in my lap, snuggled under my arm (he barely fits under there, but we make it work) and said "Mom, I just think you, me, dad, Anna and Sam, Grama and Pagra, Nana and Papa, and everybody, we are just the happiest family in the world." I nearly laughed out loud. Us? The Happiest? But then I laughed with joy! You know what, we are pretty happy still. Not about everything (or even most things), but the things we have more than sustain us: we have each other, we have the love of Christ, and we have the hope of heaven. My seven year old thinks he's part of the happiest family in the world. I guess we are doing ok. :)
In adoption news, we are still on the paperwork trail. We've hit a minor slow down due to Josh's job situation, but we are still on track to get our documents to China in the early part of 2019. Woohoo! We've had a bunch of people ask us about reordering t-shirts for Christmas gifts, so we've relaunched our campaign with all of our styles in one place! If you want to reorder a style or color from our earliest campaign, or if you want another long sleeve tee or sweatshirt, you can find them all here! The campaign will only be open until Nov 30th, and all the orders should be delivered before Christmas. All the money we raise from our shirts goes straight to our agency to cover fees. If you want to join us on our journey, we'd love to see you sporting your shirts in your holiday Facebook pics. :)
We love you so much. Thanks for helping us bring our daughter home to the happiest family in the world!
Josh and Emily
We hope that by sharing our steps, challenges, and milestones of our adoption, you will see yourself as part of the community we hope to build around our child as she grows up.