We may not have intended to write adoption into our story, but it’s been so cool to see how God was weaving preparatory details into our narrative, in the weeks leading up to our Gotcha Day and the days following. A few examples:
- We picked Teddy up during National Adoption Week, which is part of National Adoption Month.
- A friend makes blankets for the babies of her friends. She had several she should have been working on in the weeks before we got the call, but during a weekend away with us in October, she was knitting a new blanket with some yarn she had just purchased — red, white, and blue yarn. She wasn’t sure whom she was knitting it for. Turns out, a patriotic blanket is perfect for a little boy named Teddy.
- My parents (who don’t get out to the East Coast very often) were in town the day we got the news, so we were able to tell them in person. They had just returned from a cruise out of Baltimore,where Teddy was born.
- I had a random urge to “nest” a few weeks before our Gotcha Day.
- Several weeks before, we had signed up to run the Anything Is Possible 5k the day before our Gotcha Day. It’s named because the race starts at 1:50 am the morning we fall back from Daylight Saving Time, so runners finish before they started. But it took on a special meaning that day =)
- That same Sunday, our friend who founded the adoption advocacy nonprofit New Rhythm Project performed his fundraising album’s title track, Rescue Me, at our church service. Afterward, our pastor interviewed our friend about his work and what the church can do to help. Our friend shared our news, and our pastor took an offering for us–which will be a big help with coming needs.
- A new friend who has a passion for adoption offered to take pictures of the three of us free of charge on Saturday, which was National Adoption Day.
And in general, the outpouring of love and support from friends, acquaintances, and colleagues has been overwhelming. We’re so excited about this new chapter in our lives!