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one year ago...

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Shad and I have been doing a lot of reminiscing lately...talking about all of the last minute errands, packing and emotions of a year ago.
Three-hundred sixty-five days ago tomorrow we began the journey to find our little girl. It was the day Shad and I finally headed out to find Maddie.
Its hard to believe its been a year. In a way it seems like a lifetime since we 'lived' in Kiev...and yet it seems like just yesterday we were riding with the crazy cab driver through the streets of the capital city.
I've been reading Finding Maddie lately. I'm getting ready to publish Maddie's story with
Blurb, and the process has forced me to revisit the emotions of the paper chase, waiting and finally the trip. Its amazing how raw and at the same time how far removed those emotions are.
A year ago, someone was missing. We felt led to go to Ukraine to find our final family member...a little girl we did not know the name of but chose to call Maddie; a child we had never met, but yet already loved as our own.
A year later our family is whole.
I've been wanting to do something special during the next few weeks to celebrate our homecoming and so I've decided to republish my blog entries over on
Sage Brush Diaries over the course of the next eight weeks...unedited (except to correct spelling! :) but with authors notes about what we were experiencing and thinking during the process.
I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do.
I think it will be a learning process for all of us.
We get to revisit an incredibly joyful but painful time...experiencing the highs and lows...but with the insight only time can provide.
I hope you'll join me during the next eight weeks...and leave me comments. Let me know what you think. If you weren't with me from the very beginning this will give you some insight into what we went through
(and what didn't we go through, really?!) to find Maddie. And if you were with me, I hope it will remind you of all God did for us during this awesome and trying time.
The journey starts tomorrow.
Enjoy.

6 salty messages:

Troy and Rachel November 30, 2008 at 11:34 AM  

Has it been one year already? It's amazing to me how we all waited and waited and read each others blog and here we still are - sharing and still reading!

Jill November 30, 2008 at 12:11 PM  

Wow a year ago, eh? How has the adjustment gone with Maddie? Which region was she in?

Tina in CT November 30, 2008 at 6:23 PM  

It's hard to believe that it's been a year and we, your blogging friends, anxiously checked your blog for news.

Old DAN AND Little ANN December 1, 2008 at 12:29 PM  

That was a crazy span of events. I remember being glued to your blog and in awe of all you were going through. I think we go through a form of post-traumatic stress disorder after an adoption. After operating on such a high stress platform for so long and then slowly coming down back to normal ... feels strange after you've formulated that new normal. Still, I love the vantage point from here. So much easier to trace God's hand than it was in the midst of the hurricane.

Christine December 3, 2008 at 1:47 AM  

Wow- time flies! Isn't Blurb great?

PIPO December 3, 2008 at 9:56 PM  

Your family is just beautiful.

Thanks so much for coming by 'my place' and leaving kind wishes.

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