08 March 2006

Women's Day, 2006

I tend to go through life looking for connections. And, I find them...everywhere! (I can hear my close friends groaning and laughing as I type...) These might be construed as signs. I think they're gentle reminders that God is in charge of EVERYTHING and that he has a sense of humour.

Today being Women's Day (a lovely holiday that has filled my arms with gifts, roses & chocolates and my ears with wishes of "continued beauty" "a long life filled with happiness and flowers blooming" and similar loveliness) seems the right time to make a momentous announcement.

I am getting ready to adopt.

I have prayed about this and thought about this and worked toward this for years. I am debt-free. My list of selfish things I wanted to do before I had a family is basically exhausted. And, I'm 36, for goodness sake!

So many things are buzzing around in my head and my heart! But, right now I need to get focused and get busy. Living in St. Petersburg makes adopting from Russia very tricky. The number of ex-pat adoptions worldwide is relatively low. I'm busy looking for a reputable agency who can best serve me. And, I need to find ways of paying for this adoption...But I thought it was time to let everyone know what it is I'm working and praying towards.

It may be that this in not the path God has set out for me. I believe it is. However, if we've learned ANYthing from the life of Kate thus far (and I've really tried to learn from my life thus far...), it is that our plans are not always God's plans. That doesn't stop me from planning and hoping and working. It just reminds me that what I think the end result will be is not always what the end result IS.

For now, I'm trusting in the promise Jesus made to us--and I'm making it myself:
"I will not leave you as orphans. I will come to you." John 14:18

Happy Women's Day.


Anonymous said...

Happy Women's Day! I will continue to pray about the adoption. Love, Nif

Anonymous said...

Wow! What wonderful news! We will be praying for you and your future children. And I know what a great mother you are, as you have been one to so many. Many joyous times. Love, Amy, Lance, Lizzie Bee, and Benjabug.

Julie H. said...

Just let me know where to write the letter. Happy Women's Day and eat some chocolate for me too. Love, Julie

Anonymous said...

How exciting! You will be an absolutly fabulous mother. After watching you with little kids, I know that your child will have an amazing childhood!

PS: Julia and I scrapbooked "Midsummer" last week. So many great memories...

Anonymous said...

Kate! What wonderful news... I am beside myself with excitement! You are going to be the best mom! Keep me posted on everything, and let me know if you need anything! How many more exclamation points can I use!!! Ack! much love, devon

Anonymous said...

Hey, Miss Kate - Sounds like you've been doing lots of thinking and are ready to travel a new road ... or dance on a new stage ... Whereever that road or dance takes you, you are sure to bring joy to the many who love you.
Bring your family to 33 Water St if you dare . .. I still have my bicycle, and I'll stock up on yellow bubble gum! :)
Do you realize that it was 34 years ago that you walked down the aisle with us????? lovelove