Thursday, December 29, 2011

New Year! New Possibilities!

     It's hard to believe that there are only a few days left in 2011.  As the year draws to a close there is definitely some sadness that our baby did not come to us this year.  Jim and I both really felt that this would be our year.   We had several almost situations and a match that unfortunately didn't work out.  It would be easy to look back and question our choices.  What if we had said this?  What if we had done that?  Would things have turned out differently?  Did we miss our chance?  
     The answer is a resounding no!  We don't understand why the wait has been so long, but we still believe more than ever that there is a baby for us.  There is an inner peace in us that just won't let us give up hope and for that I am very thankful. 
     This year has had its difficulties, but it also has had it's blessings.  

     We saw an increase in our contacts:  We updated our letter and did lots of personal networking.   Many friends passed along our contact information and blogs.  As a result, many more potential birthmothers have the ability to find us

     We did have a match:  Even though that match did not work out, someone picked us!  And if it happened once, it can happen again.  We gained valuable experience about the match meeting and matching process.  We also gained gratitude for the amazing workers at our agency who showed us so much compassion and encouragement after the match fell through.

     I started writing again:   I love to write and it has always been a way for me to express my thoughts and feelings.  I stopped writing for a time after we lost our baby.  It was just too painful.  But thanks to my friend Cindy's encouragement, I started this blog and am loving writing again.  My blogs often end up being mini-devotionals to encourage me.  And someday this blog will be a great record of our adoption journey.

     Many friends and family have joined our journey this year:  God really has blessed us with great family and friends who love us, pray for us and encourage us on a daily basis.  With our facebook page and blog we are able to keep in contact much more easily and regularly.  We are amazed at how many of you go out of your way to post my blog, send us an encouraging word, or just check in and say hi:)   Thank you!!!

     We do have much to be thankful for this year!  Most importantly, God continues to walk with us on this journey.  He provides the resources, strength, and hope for us to continue on each step.  He has a plan for our future and we continue to put our trust in Him.  We look forward to 2012.  It's a new year with new possibilities:)



  1. I have been thinking about you two a LOT this week, knowing it is the last of 2011. It is good and right to sing praises to Him for all His blessings even as you (we) wait for Baby.

    We love you!

  2. Thank you Cindy:) It's a blessing to have awesome friends like you to wait with. We love you too!

  3. Love reading about your progress and thoughts. Praying that this will be your year.

  4. Amy thank you so much for sharing your heart with us. I am sure you have touched lives in ways you may never know, because you have also touched mine. A ministry that the Lord has given you for a long time now. You have the ability to share your heart and story in such a way that people not only understand your blogs but can truly sense the pain and joy that you are telling them about. There are not too many people that would open their heart and their lives up the way you have. We are so happy to be your mom and dad and are so happy you are able to write once again. 2012 is only a few hours away and we look forward to the possibilities that God has in store for you and Jim. We love you and continue to pray with you. Love mom

  5. Thanks Leola and Mom! We appreciate your love and support:) We are hoping that 2012 is our year!