So, while my brain is on information overload from doing excessive research regarding various methods of adoption, I thought I'd share with you one of the blessings that the Lord has given me since starting our adoption journey.
Her name is Carrie and, oh, how she has been a God send. Carrie's sister, Amy, and I went to college together at ETBU(East Texas Baptist University, for you non-Texans). We are from the same area and met through a mutual friend on move-in day our freshman year. We lived on the same dorm, on the same side of the same hall, with only one room in between us. Needless to say, we became good friends. Amy, her roommate, me, and my roommate all had the same 8am class on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Old Testament 1. The four of us always made the hike from our dorm to the religion building together. We sat together. Studied together. Got in trouble together. But that's another story...
Amy was quite a morning person, while I, on the other hand, was not. Amy was always chipper and talkative as we walked, while I was lucky if my baseball cap even remotely matched my sweatshirt. After college, Amy and I ended up moving back to the same area and her husband is the youth minister at one of our local churches. I still see her from time to time and in fact, our daughters are in the same dance class this year.
By now you are probably wondering how Carrie even fits in to this equation and why I even brought her up in the first place....so I'll tell you. I knew that Carrie had adopted her daughter, so I asked Amy if it she thought it would be ok to email Carrie and ask her some questions. She said absolutely! Being that she is Amy's sister, I knew that Carrie would be a sweetheart, and boy was I right! She has been extremely sweet and helpful! But besides being a sweetheart, we have discovered that we have alot in common! Carrie loves the Lord, homeschools, has a precious daughter that she adopted from China, and has lost a child. In fact, our little ones are buried in the same cemetary, only a few rows apart. Pretty amazing, right?!
After reveling her her amazingness(taking artistic liberty with the word because it just fits), I thought that I couldn't keep her all to myself and I just had to share her with you all. Some of you locals might actually know her already. Her blog is totally artsy and cute, and she is an excellent photographer. She blogs mostly about homeschooling, but there is plenty of other topics blogged about which she blogs about for you non-homeschooling folks, such as losing a child, adoption, and loving the Lord. You should really go check her out at Live, Learn, and Love.