It has been an insanely busy couple of months. Daniel and I moved in to our new home in November and had just a few quick weeks to get settled before we found ourselves wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season like Christmas gifts under the tree. Spending time with all of our family and friends is always an incredible way to book end the year. We were blessed with time away from our daily lives to reflect on where we are in this journey together. It also reminded us of how much love and support surround us as we seek to bring another beautiful human being into our family. Our child will have so many aunts, uncles, and grandparents (both honorary and literally) and so many cousins and friends to teach them, love them, and help guide them through life.
Daniel and I have also been able to spend an enormous amount of time with our newly Christened Godsons. They were baptized in the presence of all their family and friends in January and we couldn't be more honored and thrilled to be a part of these boys lives and to be entrusted with the task of being a guiding hand in their faith. It's a huge responsibility and the weight of that is unlike anything I have ever felt. Of course I am fully aware that it's just a taste of what is to come for us. I have never been given the opportunity to be so present though the first months of a child's life. Daniel and I have many nieces and nephews whom we adore, but distance and circumstance have kept us from physically being there for them as much as we would like. It has been a blessing for us to have the ability to see Ethan and Skyler grow up before our eyes. We've had a chance to babysit, change diapers, feed them dinner, and even take them on outings with their Dads. All of the initial nervousness of caring for them has started to melt away in to instinct. At the end of the day, Daniel and I get to go home and leave the hard part, the day-to-day parenting, to Adam & Shawn. On that drive home though, I look over at my husband and grab his hand, and we both know how ready we are to be parents. The most difficult thing to remember now is patience. When the time is right, we will be ready.