7 Months: Dedicated, Official, Thankful

It’s been a busy couple of months since I last wrote about our adventures with Baby Lamb!  Last week she was 7 months old! (I missed the six month post all together-oops)

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Nancy Kate is still the joy of our lives, and we all the time can’t believe that we get to be her parents.  On October 25 we got to dedicate her to the Lord at church.  It’s just a sweet time to stand before our church family and promise to raise our girl to know and love Jesus, and for them to promise to support and pray for us as we do just that.  At each of these services our pastor always asks for couples who want children, but don’t have them yet to stand at the end so he can pray for them.  This is the reason we normally skipped big church if we knew it was Baby Dedication Sunday.  It was just too painful to watch the sweet, happy families on stage with their little one, and wonder if we would ever have the opportunity.  Most of our family was there to see her, and love on us, and I was overwhelmed at the thought of what a gift to all of us she is and how glad I am that she has such a great heritage of people who love Jesus and her so well.

It wasn’t all perfection over the past two months.  We lost KJ’s mom in October, and we miss her everyday.  Joyce had battled cancer for a very long time, and we are so thankful that she is now free from pain and with Jesus.  It’s still devastating to think that Kate will never know either of her grandmothers.  Both of them were such incredible women who would have loved her so, and helped her become who God designed her to be.  We will do our best to honor them in her for the rest of ever.  God has been so faithful to give us wonderful families and friends who fill in the huge spaces left by such loved people, but the loss of them isn’t something we can ever totally recover from.  We are so glad that we don’t have to mourn as those who have no hope. (1 Thessalonians 4:13)

Baby Lamb had her first Halloween!  She dressed up for approximately 6 minutes for school, and then got into her play clothes.  Being a Lamb is hard, y’all!

We also got to go to court and finalize her adoption on November 3rd!  We are so grateful that we didn’t have any of the complications that many adoptive families face between being matched with their child and finalizing the legal process.  We never had any reason to think that things wouldn’t go smoothly, and I’ll never be able to thank God enough for that.  But.  It was always in the back of our minds that it wasn’t yet “official”, and there was a nagging wonder of “what if” something went wrong.  So it was a huge relief and special moment to hear “adoption granted” by a judge.  He told us more than once to remember this was “forever” and “irrevocable”, and while I know those were supposed to be sobering words they were also some of the sweetest I could hear.  Don’t get me wrong, the responsibility of shepherding our girl forever is huge.  She only gets one childhood, and I know how far-reaching these days will be for her life, but we are so relieved to know that all of the legal part is behind us.  The Lord made her ours before the foundation of the world, and we’re glad that the paperwork now all matches 🙂

 

Nancy Kate has really gotten the hang of her walker, and enjoys going all over the house in it.  She uses the wand like a steering wheel!  She also eats her baby food pretty well.  She’ll eat almost anything we offer her except for bananas, and she has firmly rejected any of the meat we’ve tried!  I guess she’ll be a vegetarian until she gets a few more teeth and can have actual meat!

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Thanksgiving was last week, and we had a great day.  We were with my family in town, and it was low-key and fantastic.  We got to just enjoy each other and lots of great food and think about all that we have to be thankful for.  I’ll never figure out why God is so good to us in spite of ourselves, but man am I glad he is.  Of course we are most grateful for our little turkey!

It’s hard to believe we’ll be celebrating Christmas in a few weeks!  I would have never guessed last Christmas that we’d be doing this with our little one, but I am so grateful that we have her.  Everything is a lot more fun with her along!

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