Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Back to Blogging: Updates, National Adoption Month & Etsy Re-Opening!

Hey friends! It's been a while since I've posted on our blog...six months to be exact! 
After Noah was born, I took a time away from blogging to focus on our transition to a family of four. Adding Noah to our family has been INCREDIBLE, but as you can imagine, it was quite the juggling act caring for two babies only 14 months apart at first! ;)

 After 6 months as a family of four, we've developed a great routine & we are doing wonderful! Cary & I absolutely love this stage of life with our sweet babies. Our lives aren't glamorous these days, but they are something better…FULL! Our arms are full of cuddling babies, our hearts are full of love, our days are full of hilarious parents moments…our life is full of joy, gratitude & hope. Some days are chaotic & these kiddos sure do keep us busy, but we truly cherish each day! 

Noah is such an adorable baby boy! His smile melts our hearts & his snuggles are the sweetest. We are incredibly grateful for Noah's health; He is doing great developmentally & is getting to be such a big boy. Love watching him grow & master new skills.

It's been such a joy to watch Isabel embrace her role as big sister. She's done SO well with all the changes over the past few months. She has become quite the active, curious, silly, happy & sometimes mischievous little toddler. We are head over heels for our precious Izzy! 

I love seeing my two precious babies laughing & enjoying one another! Nothing like sibling love :) My heart is so excited to see their bond strengthen as they grow. 

Some of you might be wondering what's next for our family. Right now we don't have a clear answer to that question, but are praying for guidance for the future of our family. We still desire to have a large family, but right now we feel so content with where the Lord has us!

We did recently start using the Creighton Model Fertility Method. This method uses daily charting of biological markers to help couples understand the woman's fertility. It can be used to diagnose & treat reproductive health issues, as well as achieve & avoid pregnancy. You can learn more about the Creighton Method here
By using the Creighton Model we are learning so much more about my health, my cycles & our fertility. For the first time in almost 3 years, I finally feel peace about slowly starting to explore fertility related topics again. I know the Lord has given me this peace. And just to clarify, we've never stopped trying to conceive per say, it just hasn't been our focus since the Lord put adoption on our hearts 2.5 years ago. We will see where using the Creighton Model takes us & are praying that by using this method, we will be able to conceive naturally. 
It's scary sharing that desire. Voicing it puts my heart in a vulnerable position again, but we know God holds our tender hearts, dreams & future in His loving hands. We have seen His mighty power displayed in our family over & over again & will continue to put our trust in Him. 

 We are also starting to talk about, pray & will soon begin to do more research about all avenues of adoption. Foster care adoption has been on my heart a lot lately. We love adoption & our hearts will always be open to all avenues (domestic, international, foster care adoption)! :) I'm excited to continue to see what God has planned for us. 

Regardless of what happens as we slowly step back into fertility related efforts & dream adoption dreams, we know God is so good & has a perfect purpose for where we are in our journey. We are open to whatever God has next & trust He will speak to us about what avenue to pursue when the time is right. 
Right now we are quite content loving on our babies & spending quality time together as a family as often as possible. We could not be more grateful for our family of four!!! Anyway, people have started to ask what's next for us, so I wanted to share an update with everyone who has so faithfully prayed for & supported our family over the past couple of years! 

As some of you know, November is National Adoption MonthI'm excited to join with so many others in sharing our adoption story on social media throughout the month of November. I'll be posting my thoughts on adoption related topics here & on our adoption Instagram account @theadventuresofbaby
If you know of anyone considering adoption or needing encouragement as they go through the process, please feel free to share our story & info. 

We are celebrating National Adoption Month by supporting another family that's growing (again) by adoption. We will be re-opening our Etsy shop for 3 DAYS ONLY this coming weekend, November 4th, 5th & 6th. Half of the proceeds from our shop will go to our friend Lena, who is currently in the process of adopting from Bulgaria for a second time! 
We absolutely love Lena's heart for the Lord & Down syndrome adoption. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to help her bring another little ray of sunshine into her beautiful family! Earlier this year, Lena shared a bit of her story on our blog in a series called Choosing Adoption. You can read her post here -scroll down to until you see "Lena's Story". I'll be sharing an updated blog post from Lena later this week so stay tuned! Until then, if you're interested in reading more about her adoption story or want to donate straight to her adoption fund for Baby #2, check out her blog for more info: www.heartofgraceadoption.com

The other half of the proceeds from our Etsy shop will go towards our remaining adoption fees from Noah's adoption. I'll be sharing more info about our Etsy shop reopening in the next few days, so be sure to check back! 

As always, thank you for praying for & loving our family so well. Not a day goes by without us thanking God for the amazing community that helped us bring our sweet babies home!

With love, gratitude & full hearts, 
Tyler, Cary, Izzy & Noah 

"Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think." ~Eph 3:20 

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