One Year with Everly

It’s been a year of crossing bridges and constructing them. We’ve seen our girl cross milestones this first year together:  ABCs, shapes, colors and 123s.  Climbing, jumping, sorting, discovering.  Here’s where adoption is different though: our little girl has trekked mountains while passing through these expected milestones.  It wasn’t just ABCs, it was ABCs in … Continue reading One Year with Everly

6 months to a new normal

At our very first post adoption meeting, when we were still shaky and quietly wondering if things were really going to be okay in the end, our adoption specialist told us that we would probably feel “normal”  again in 6 months.  "Normal," meaning, we would probably forget what it felt like before Everly came home.  … Continue reading 6 months to a new normal

1 month home with Everly

On our flight to South Korea for our first trip to meet Everly, I wrote a piece about the capacity of our hearts for She Loves Magazine. Our new normal has my heart, mind and body stretched wide beyond what feels like capacity once again.  Daily, I have to remind myself that an immeasurable God … Continue reading 1 month home with Everly

Meeting E

Almost two weeks ago, we met our little girl face-to-face for the first time. I have been struggling to put to words all of the emotions I have about our time. Our week in Seoul was abundant with remarkable and sundry gifts. We arrived in the evening on a Saturday. It was cold, and as we weaved … Continue reading Meeting E

Thoughts and a Letter to E’s Birthmom

I knew she would have a name, but reading it changed everything. I said her name aloud, and then read every small bit of information we received about her again and again.   Our little girl's birth mom has a story.  It's bigger than what I could see as not he page where pieces were … Continue reading Thoughts and a Letter to E’s Birthmom