Saturday, September 20, 2014

Love Is Waiting

We just got confirmation this month that our dossier has been translated into Thai and received by the orphanage we'll be adopting from in Thailand. Our agency assured us it would get there, but it was still so good for this momma's heart to have it confirmed. And now, we really do know that there is nothing for us to do but wait. So it seemed like the perfect time to share these photos!

We are adopting from Pattaya, which is a coastal town, so a beach shoot seemed appropriate for our little beach baby! You would think (after my last post) that we took these on our recent beach trip - but this "Adoption Photo Shoot" was actually done on our Florida family vacation last October by my sweet baby brother (thanks Jaron!) At that time, we thought we'd be done with our paperwork by Christmas. We thought we'd share these within a few months. Little did we know it would be almost a year! But finally - after working for so long - the day has come that we can say, "We are waiting."

The song, "Love is Waiting" by Brooke Fraser is one that is really special to us. For those that don't know, Rusty and I dated long distance for 11 months before getting engaged. (And by "long distance", I mean that he was in a different country every month, on a trip called "The World Race".)

It was really difficult. We actually had very little time together, in person, to fall in love. We learned to love each other while we were apart - waiting to be together.

And so, the phrase "Love is Waiting" seemed appropriate for this shoot. We are here waiting, and our daughter is half a world away...

We don't even know her yet, but as we wait, we fall more and more in love with her.

Some families have a little empty chair in their home to remind them to pray for their child. 
We have a bunny.

We bought this little handmade bunny when we lived in Thailand in 2011 - long before we decided to adopt from there. I have a big thing for bunnies (Rusty's nickname for me is actually, Bunny!) and the idea was that it would sit on our child's bookshelf someday. Little did we know, that child would be a little girl from Thailand!

Baby girl, we cannot promise you that a perfect family will be waiting when you come home. We cannot promise you that a perfect house will be waiting when you come home. But my darling, we can promise you that so much LOVE will be waiting here for you.


  1. Erika, we used to go to church together at FBD when we were kids. I am blessed with five babies but wasn't called to adopt. I just wanted you to know that I love your blog. We've been friends on fb for some time and reading about your journey is so touching. It has made me appreciate my children even more. Isn't being a mom amazing? I know your road has been long and difficult but know that I have prayed for you to bring your Kate home soon! You are an inspiration to all moms, even those of us who haven't adopted. I love the fact that you are always so uplifting and positive even in times most of us might have broken down. Please continue to update us ab Kate...and I will continue to pray for a quick paper pregnancy for you so you can finally hold that sweet baby girl in your arms.
    God Bless.
    Tammy Poindexter

  2. This is so sweet! We are praying for you and your sweet little girl too!