10 December 2011


Adam and I have been really good about trusting in the Lord and His timing with our adoption.  Some days it's really easy to think that "we will get our baby when it's the right time."  Other days, it's really easy to think, "I want a baby NOW."
There are many things that I do, to keep my mind off of the wait. 

 For example:
1.  I shop for baby things (not a good alternative but it's true).  MOST of the time, they only end up on my amazon wish list though.
2.  I make things for the baby (i.e. bibs, burp cloths, crib sheets, bassinet sheets, toys, dolls, etc.)
3.  I work.
4.  I focus on the excitement of my sister's pregnancy.
5.  I tackle other huge projects (i.e. reupholstering furniture, rearranging our house, re-painting rooms, quilts, etc.)

So, I never get "feelings."  Adam will get the feeling I want ice cream and go and get me ice cream.  That is the kind of "feeling" I am talking about.  Last week, I had this really strong feeling that we would be getting a call this week.  I don't know why I had that feeling, but I did, and a part of me really grasped on to that feeling.  I was crazy about checking my phone and my email.
Needless to say, we didn't get a call.
Today was a little hard.
Today, to survive the wait, I made a quilt, cleaned the entire house, shopped online, organized all of my parent's old photos, made a Christmas present for my aunt, and made a ton of bracelets for my etsy shop.

I am surviving.  
We are surviving the wait.
As I mentioned, I made a ton of bracelets today.  I am dubbing them survivor bracelets. The meaning is two-fold.

1.  These bracelets are a representation of how I am surviving the wait for our child. The wait is a struggle but "I can do anything through Christ who gives me strength" (Phil 4:13).  It's my adoption mantra these days :)

2.  The construction of the bracelet is perfection for survival application.  The survivor bracelet enables you to carry several feet of Para-Cord that can be used in an emergency for countless survival applications. The way that it is woven makes it so that every inch of your wrist diameter equals approximately one foot of Para-Cord.

Rad right?
They are cute, serve a purpose, and have a special meaning.
All the more reason to purchase one for yourself or someone you are shopping for this season!!!

All of the proceeds from the bracelets go directly into our adoption fund (which needs to grow considerably by the time we do get "the call")
If you would like one of your own, visit the shop and grab it!!!

Thank you for listening to my ramblings :)  Your comments, kind words, and emails are a constant source of inspiration and another way to help me survive the wait :)
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.


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  1. Can't say how cool it is that you are making these. I know a lot of people that hunt and fish that have one, as do I. They are great. Also I know that God will bless you all and can't wait to see your family grow. Shannon and I both love you all and miss you and Adam. keep up the great work and remember that we are praying for you guys

  2. Ditto what Willie said.

  3. Love them, wish I was that gifted.

  4. The waiting is the hardest part. You are in my prayers. You will be blessed with a wonderful gift for sure.

  5. I totally love that Janel! The concept of your bracelets is AWESOME.
    Having many friends who have adopted I just have to say that God totally honors the hearts of those who are willing to parent the orphans. I truly believe it is so precious to Him.

  6. First of all, gosh, I want to hug you.

    Second, those bracelets are awesome. My hubs bought me one in Iraq a few years back. I just wish he would have gotten one with prettier colors or neutral colors. I still wear it when we go on hikes, but pretty it always better :)

  7. I can definitely relate to how you're feeling. My husband and I are trying to have a baby of our own and it has taken a few years. But, we remain patient and hopeful that we will be blessed with a child soon, and I pray for the same for you.

    Also, I featured you on a top blogs post over on my blog.

  8. If you need more "surviving" you can always come visit :) I have two babies you can play with... And I promise Elsie will keep you busy busy busy (she'd probably ask you to read books to her... all... day... long :))

    Hang in there! You're sooooo close!!



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