This post is very adoption heavy. What can I say? One week ago I adopted four kids. It's to be expected, right?
I have loved sharing things I've learned each month, although I missed the last three months. I am glad to be back!
The last few months have really gone by in such a blur, it could actually be the last 19 months. Being a foster parent was a lot more difficult than I expected, and exhausting as well. Now I am an adoptive mom, and although being a mom to four kids is hard no matter if they are adopted or not, I am welcoming the more normal pace of life with open arms!
I know adoption is just the beginning of the rest of our lives, but I've got to say, I am really looking forward to just settling in to this life I am blessed to live.
Here are 8 things I learned in November:
1. As much as I loved October for the beauty and cooler weather, I loved the beginning of November even more. The leaves changing colors more drastically and falling to the ground has been taking my breath away more than this change of season ever has. It may also have a lot to do with the anticipation of the kid's adoption and trying to be present and enjoy each moment, but this short season of leavings changing colors and falling has been so beauty to me in so many different ways!
The picture above was taken right in our court. For a week my neighbor's tree had the most beautiful vibrant red leaves I have ever seen. The picture doesn't really do the leaves justice, yet it gives a glimpse.
2. The third trimester of foster adoption just gets more and more difficult until the very moment you hear the adoption date. True story. I was awake so many nights in worry and fear that something was still going to go wrong. After we heard our adoption day, I was still awake many nights. This time though, I was awake from excitement, although that didn't help my lack of sleep.
3. After a week of hardly sleeping in anticipation of our adoption date, a nap has been necessary every day since to try to eliminate the pure exhaustion I feel. The exhaustion is still here. It was worth it though:
4. I don't have to specifically like someone or be drawn to them for them to get the job done. Our adoption attorney was very highly recommended however most of the time I interacted with her she seemed short and to the point. Maybe that is why so many people recommended her. She got the job done quickly and right.
5. I have fed my stress over the last 19 months with food. I need to break up with this habit big time.
6. It's never too early to start preparing for Christmas. This month as others have been starting to think more about presents and such, I am done. I started in the middle of October and I already have all the presents for our kids. We do a very simplified present routine around here. 4 gifts. Something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read. It makes it so much simpler! I also use one wrapping paper for each child so that I don't have to do gift tags or anything like that either. Everything is bought and wrapped and resting in the top of my closet right now.
7. Weekends that my husband is off of work and we don't have any concrete plans are the absolute best! This has hardly ever happened, but it did during November and it was pure beauty.
8. I absolutely love to share our story to parenthood! I know, I haven't really blogged about our adoption day that was last week, or actually blogged at all since officially introducing our kids to you. But, I've been so busy just enjoying my kids and also started homeschooling them this week. I do plan to write a detailed post about that special day. I have been honored though to share our story with lots of people here, locally, in Louisville. I will leave you with the segment our local news station did on us: