“You have filled my heart with a greater joy” –Psalm 4:7
What does it mean to feel joy? It should be no surprise that the meaning of joy is to rejoice! Our lives are filled with joy each and every day. We may find joy in our work, our families, or our faith. We may find joy in the things we already have or the things hope to accomplish. At this point in our lives, our joy comes from our child we hope to soon meet.
A little bit of background on our journey…
Months before we ever announced to our families that we would be adopting, Jay and I took a leap of faith and submitted our first application for infant adoption. Without telling anyone our plan, we submitted our application in July. A few short weeks later, our first application was accepted on July 24, 2017. We were officially on the list! What a sigh of relief and huge blessing this was to our little family. We felt so much joy in our decision! We wanted to keep it a secret, so that we could surprise our family with the amazing news. I first got the idea for an adoption announcement on Pinterest. I had been anxiously thinking of unique ways that we could share our announcement with friends and family. I finally found our beautifully painted wooden sign on Etsy and scheduled the photo shoot with our amazing photographer Renee Clasen from 10 Little Chickens Photography. If you live in the Fargo/Moorhead area, we highly encourage you to check out her beautiful work!
Each month since our first application was accepted, we are updated by our adoption agency of our placement on the registration hold list. We cannot move forward with application part two until we are off the hold list and invited into the program. In order to be invited to the program, we have to complete the required training classes and reach 0 on the wait list. We will be traveling to St. Paul in February for part of our training. Initially, we had started off on the wait list somewhere in the 50’s, and have now dwindled down to #7 on the list! What sweet joy! We are so excited to officially move forward in the program. However, if we are successful with our own outreach efforts, we can move forward with the application part two right away. Your prayers and support as we continue our journey are so appreciated.
As the months continue to pass, we have been holding on to specific bible verses with our specific # on the hold list, to keep our hearts on what is really important. We know that this process would be difficult without the support of our faith. We anxiously await our child’s arrival with each passing month and hold on to the hope that we find in our God.
Joy. After our announcement in December, this is the one feeling that has been lifting up our hearts! We are so joyful for your arrival, little one. Just the thought of you brings us unending joy. We have felt God speaking life to us of your existence. We do not know the day we will get to meet you and our timeline is unclear, but the joy we have for you is continually unending. As we continue in the wait, we will always remain joyful!