Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The Greatest of These

Several years ago when I was living overseas and I learned that come winter, the sky would turn gray for months, I decided that I would need to buy a brightly colored bedspread to keep my mood cheerful during cold winter. At least the indoors would be bright if the outdoors insisted on shades of gray.

When we decided to move forward with our adoption of a child from Ethiopia and I began to hear about the marathon of paperwork, I decided to take a similar approach. After all, if it is going to be a frustrating mountain of paperwork, it might as well look cute, right?!


This is my adorable stripy adoption binder that I purchased at Target a few months ago. Isn't it presh? And I just LURRRRVE my colorful post-it tabs, too--if Mama has to be organized, she's gonna have fun doing it!


My colorful binder, my laptop and I have spent many hours at this white desk working on bringing our forever family together. I recently painted these three pieces and hung them above my desk.


I find them encouraging as we walk the path of adoption.  Faith, Hope, and Love--each plays an important role as we journey toward adopting our child(ren).  Faith:  God is leading us in faith on this adoption adventure. Hope: We have so much hope in our Great God and hope that He will bring us together with the child(ren) He has in mind for us.  Love:  Love for God and love for the child(ren) we've never met make this journey one of joy!


We thank You, Lord, for this opportunity to adopt!  We can't wait to meet our sweet kids!

13 comments:

kcinnova said...

Way to color your journey! :)

The Busters said...

Hi Tracy,
My name is Emily and my husband and I are also adopting from Ethiopia through Gladney. It looks like from your timeline that we are at a similar spot in the process. Our homestudy appts were split into 2 and our final one is Friday. We had our CIS fingerprinting on Saturday. I'd love to stay in touch through the process. It will be great to have support from others going through it too. My blog is www.ourlittlebuster.blogspot.com. I'll be hoping all goes smoothly for you guys! Emily :)

C said...

Tracy, you are AWESOME!!! I love this blog (and your other one too). Seriously, your warmth and kindness just radiates from these posts. Your child/ren is/are going to have one amazing Mama (and Papa)!

P.S. I LOVE the paintings!!!

Autumn's Mom said...

You're binder is way cute. It's good to be organized with something as important as this. Good thinking!! Your pictures are great, faith, hope, love I'm sending to you!

Sparkz said...

We do live in the Houston area. That is great b/c I know of one other family that lives in this area that has adopted from Houston so it will be SO nice to have another one. There are a lot outside of the Houston area (College Station) that have adopted from ET too!

Sparkz said...

Cool! Send me an email: chelseandavid@hotmail.com and we can work out a time to get together! That sounds like fun. We are on a different side of Houston (more towards Humble) but maybe we can meet in the middle :)!

Robyn :) said...

Great idea with the binder!!! And the artwork is beautiful.

Kim said...

So you are adopting two from Ethiopia? Very sweet!

Sparkz said...

Oh I love this post by the way. Clever! I think colorful is the perfect way to dress things up and it IS a long frustrating process! But well worth it of course! WE can't wait to hear about your two kids too!

J at www.jellyjules.com said...

I love the idea of making a tedious process more fun and bright. :) Good for you!

Christine said...

Beautiful!

personanongrata said...

I love your artwork. Fantastic job!

Dana Cheryl said...

Oh my! I would've done the very same thing. Colorful binder makes paperwork less daunting. I took the same approach in college. lol.

The artwork is fabulous! Love it!! The nursery is going to be incredible. Can't wait to see it!