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Front Row Seat: We're Expecting

We just had an epic week-long getaway to Milwaukee. Erik and I adventured all around our favorite city. We lived there for a decade. That's where we met, that's where we grew up as young adults and that's where we discovered ourselves. That city will always have the most special place in our hearts.

We celebrated one of my dear friends getting married. We decided to make it a week-long adventure. We visited the place we got married six years ago. The owner of the property was actually there (it was late at night) and he let us go inside. I can tell you what... we love being married to each other. Erik is my person. We have so much fun together. I'm so thankful I get to do life with this guy.

Erik had surprised me a few months ago with Packers tickets to celebrate our anniversary. Epic. Grateful. All the feels. We cheered for the Packers at Lambeau. I cried. I was so happy and excited. That place is MAGICAL. It's electric. It's truly incredible to watch a game there. I was hoping to see a thunderstorm (we don't get those in California) and during the game, it poured rain. It was awesome.

It's been a minute since I've written a blog to update you on our Open Adoption journey. There's not much to report on other than we are so grateful for all the prayers and messages. It's been so incredible to connect with so many of you. I love hearing your stories, experiences and answering questions.

We actually just got a message from a dear friend who knows someone who might be considering Open Adoption. She reached out, shared our information and we wait. The biggest thing I need you to do is pray for "her". Pray for her heart. I'm sure it's such a load to carry. I'm sure the emotions are overwhelming. I just pray for her.

This is the second connection we've had (that I know of) where our story has been specifically sent to someone. It's special to think about that happening. I'm grateful that you've thought of us, shared our story, and continue to pray for us.

We are expecting. But, we don't have a due date. We have no idea when our child will be with our family. All we can do is continue to pray, share our story, and have faith. Our faith is strong.

I pray that when we get connected to the right family, they feel a sense of peace. I hope that their worries lessen. I hope that they find comfort in knowing that we will love this precious child with everything we've got.

I just know. I know it in my heart. We are going to get connected to someone. It's going to be the perfect fit. The perfect match.

Even so.

I know that grief is in the midst of our wait.

I know that grief sits in the beating heart of a birth mom who is making the hardest, best decision for her child.

This quote will always stick with me.

"A child born to another woman calls me mom. The depth of the tragedy and the magnitude of the privilege are not lost on me."



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