Rather than write an introduction post, I decided to just get started posting to my blog! After becoming a “blogaholic” over the past couple of months, I have decided to start my own blog as a way to track my own health and fitness endeavors. I would like to use this to keep myself accountable with my eating and running, and as a way to track my journey to our Bella (and possibly Bella’s brother or sister) this year!
This blog will chronicle our journey to Ethiopia, as we adopt our daughter, Bella (and possibly a brother or sister) home forever into our arms! It will cover “all things” that go on in our lives….knowing that we can do “all things through Christ who gives us strength.” (Phil. 4:13).
After Thanksgiving I decided to join in Runner’s World “Holiday Streak” by running at least one mile everyday from Thanksgiving to Christmas. I enjoyed this challenge as a way to keep myself accountable during the holiday season and to keep up with my running. Running as been so therapeutic for me as I wait for our Bella. My husband, Brian, and I ran a marathon last year to raise money for our adoption, and we have continued running since then.
I know that it may sound weird, but when I run, I feel closer to my Bella. I can feel her, I talk to her, and it makes me feel calmer on my “crazy” days.
When we ran the marathon last fall, we thought for sure that our Bella would be home for this Christmas. However, this Christmas we are still on the waiting list in the Ethiopia program of our agency, All God’s Children International. Currently, we are #31 on the girls list and #6 on the sibling list. This fall we felt so desperate and so upset, waiting for God to give us the gift of our child(ren). We are so.so.so.SO.ready! As we wait, we draw support from our family, our friends, and our church. My mom has been so supportive throughout these past couple of months, when the waiting seemed so difficult. On Christmas morning, my mom surprised us with a poem and told us about a secret fundraiser that she started. We are going to get a 1,000 piece puzzle and sell each puzzle piece for $10. When we sell a piece, we will write the donor(s) name on the back. My mom will put together the puzzle and we will hang it in a special frame, that showcases both the front and the back of the puzzle. When Bella comes home, we will complete the puzzle, as she will complete our hearts! We had been talking about doing this for awhile…..little did we know that my mom already started it for us! She surprised us on Christmas morning with enough donations to pay for one plane ticket to Ethiopia!! PRAISE GOD! We are so blessed to have so many people in our life that love us and love our child(ren) so much already! Thank you, mama, for being the best…you are amazing!! ❤
Bri and I were absolutely surprised and just felt so loved on Christmas morning. We were buzzing!! So, we decided to go for a Christmas morning run! On the run we talked all about our amazing family and about our hopes and dreams for the future. THANK YOU to everyone that has helped us to bring our child(ren) home to us. We cannot even begin to tell everyone what your donations, thoughts, prayers, encouragement, listening, love….everything has meant to us. We are on a long journey, but feel so encouraged by everyone in our lives.
During our run, I decided that I am going to keep my running streak going and run at least one mile everyday until our Bella (plus maybe a brother or sister!!) come home. It is my way of connecting to my child(ren) and to God. I cannot wait for the day that I can stop running, because that means that my baby (or babies) are in my arms FOREVER!
I will keep up with “All Things” in my life through this blog, knowing that it is through HIM that I can do ALL THINGS. Thanks for reading.