Sunday, November 28, 2010

Gotcha Day!

One year ago, November 28, 2009, we met our precious Grace face to face. We had seen pictures of her but nothing compares to holding her in your arms. We landed in Kigali with our travel group and headed straight to the orphanage. It was so surreal and I love looking back and seeing God's hands all over us.

She didn't want to come to us. She was scared of the white people. But a cookie helped persuade her to come to me. Then to Ryan and she hasn't let go of him since.

First Family picture as a family of 5

Our 3rd blessing

Our travel group: Bowers, Smiths, Spores

Kay with the sister she had hoped for

Today Grace is doing great. What a difference just a year makes. You can see it in her face in the pictures above: fear, loneliness, not sure of what is going on. But then take a look below. Grace with her family and you can see the happiness all over her face...

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

1 year ago

One year ago today, we were on a business trip to Florida. Ryan and I spent a long weekend there. It was Monday, November 9, and we were packing up to head back home. We had breakfast then headed back to our room to gather our things before we got on the airport shuttle.

An email was sitting in my inbox. An email that I had been waiting for since March, well really since we decided to go down this adoption road. This email had a picture of a beautiful little girl who was waiting for us to come and get her. A little girl who had no idea of what was about to happen to the only world she knew.

Elina Muhoza was dressed in a sweet white dress with her little toes peeking out of her sandals. Her hair was cut short. Her lips were the sweetest that I had ever seen.

This was the child that I prayed for. This was the child that God ordained for our family. This was my daughter.

Fast forward one year, Grace Elina, our daughter, is home and is thriving. She is the onery and stubborn light of our life and we cannot imagine our family without her. She is beautiful and unique. She is loving and sweet. She is the child that God made for us.

Friday, November 5, 2010

the stick test

When we were trying to get pregnant and I was few days late, I always rushed to the drug store to buy a pregnancy test. I would anxiously do what you do with that kind of stick and wait for a positive reading. More times then not, the test would be negative. I went through so many tests in those precious years that we should have bought stock in the test makers (read: I am impatient and want to know NOW!).

When we were in the process of adopting Grace, I got the same impatient feelings back. I was not good at waiting and with each step of the process would hope and pray and be frustrated then content and felt like I was constantly thinking about wherever we were in the process. Did I mention patience is not my strong suit? But she is here in God's timing and everything has worked out wonderfully and perfectly.

So guess what. We are doing it again.

We have submitted our paperwork to bring home the next Smith kiddo! We are going the domestic route this time and are hoping to get a little african american boy who is 0-2 years old. I pray that I am more patient and content this go round.

So what steps do we have in front of us:
1) Homestudy
2) 27 hour required training
3) placement

This adoption will definitely look different than Grace's adoption. The time table will be different, the requirements will be different. There won't be any long plane rides or visas to obtain. We won't have to be approved by an embassy or fedex a dossier. However, our prayers will be the same!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Today is a new day. We found out last night which way our life will go. We are little disappointed in the possibilities of what could have been but rest in the truth that He has a plan for us.

The "heaby" pressure isn't gone. I thought I would wake up and magically feel different. Wrong. But I do feel the heaviness slowly slipping away. Since it took a year of our lives, I am sure that the feelings will take some time to pass.

I am excited to see where our lives will now go. I love being obedient to His calling. Such satisfaction is felt knowing that we are listening to Him no matter what he calls us to do. Curious to see what is next! We are celebrating "get your life back" day today!