Monday, February 01, 2010

The Beginning

I feel a little nervous to post this and I'm not sure why. I have mentioned it several times on this blog already so it shouldn't be a huge surprise. Maybe it's because it is possibly the biggest decision we've ever made and it's so personal. However, I'm all about being open and honest so here we go....

We have started trying for our third child by way of adoption. It took longer for Gary to get to this point as he really felt like he wanted 2 kids and I really wanted 3. What a difficult place to be in! I would've been more than happy with my 2 boys, but I just feel like there is a spot in our hearts and home for another little one. Through conversation and prayer, we are now starting the journey!

I feel like it is so right. Like marrying Gary. Like having our boys. I am a person who likes to feel in control, and I'm getting better at letting it go, but this will be hard for me in that respect and in many other ways I'm sure.

Documenting this `pregnancy' will be much different and I hope that there are things I can do to celebrate the milestones. It all starts at the end of next month when we have our first seminar day. So really, I guess it is two more months before things get started but I feel like making the decision is HUGE.

I feel like in one way, it's difficult to share because I feel like most people keep the first trimester of pregnancy quiet and I feel like I'm not even at that point yet. However, this is a huge part of our lives so I would love it if you all knew where we were at and could pray for us as well.

I don't know if any of you are wondering about my health in regards to having a third child, but I am at a new normal and I feel confident that health wise, I could raise at least 3 more (don't worry Gary, that is not my plan!). I should be off of my thyroid meds in one year and hopefully be in remission from Graves' Disease. Now that I know how to control it, things are much better.

So, that is the big, exciting news in the Chapman household. I've got a ton of learning to do and a whole lotta love to give! I think Koen will be a super fun big brother:) If you have any questions about it, ask away!

19 comments:

  1. Anonymous7:20 PM

    wow! so exciting!! thanks for sharing that big piece of news! I will definitely be praying for you guys- I'm sure it won't be an easy wait but what an amazing addition to look forward to hey?! Congrats Chapmans!!
    -Heidi.

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  2. Congratulations, Louise! Making the decision IS a big deal and I'm so glad you are sharing this with us at this stage. I can't wait to talk about this when I see you in a few weeks. We'll pray your process goes as smoothly as it possibly can. Adoption is unpredictable but God's timing is perfect! Blessings!

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  3. Congratulations! What an exciting journey to embark on! Thanks for being so open and honest... I will be praying! :)

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  4. Love grows - that's what it does. I'm excited to watch the love in the Chapman household grow with the addition of another little one.

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  5. I'm looking forward to having another niece or nephew!!! (I'm always looking forward to that!).
    Congrats!! :)

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  6. REALLY!?! WE ARE TOO! I just finished the first initial paperwork today! I know it is different than pregnancy but I think it is definitely a journey worth going on, talking about and celebrating!

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  7. How exciting and what a blessing! I think this will be an amazing experience for all of you. I will enjoy getting to follow along on your journey. I pray everything goes smoothly.

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  8. That's so awesome! I'm really excited for you guys! I look forward to hearing more updates as you get further into this process!

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  9. Louise! I got goosebumps as I read this...honestly! What an amazing adventure you are embarking on! Praying that God alone will guide and direct this journey to your family of five. Excited to follow along :)

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  10. that is so exciting!!!!! i look forward to following this 'pregnancy' as you go through it :)

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  11. congratulations, girl!! Big news!!!! Welcome, and huge props for the love you have and are willing to give. You'll be awesome.

    xo!

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  12. Anonymous9:25 PM

    Yay! That is so exciting! Are you guys thinking of adopting locally or internationally? A baby or an older child? See, so many ?s already ;) We will be praying for you guys!
    - Cath, Sean and Olivia

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  13. Congrats guys!! Super exciting!! Just wondering....local adoption, or international??

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  14. wow! what a huge step. looking forward to hearing more as the journey continues.

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  15. those are big&exciting news! congrats! i know lots of adopting families, because i worked for a home which "did" adoptions as well. i never thought that this journey is different from having a "real" baby. the parents were just as excited, anxious, nervous and in love as parents who give birth....
    i'm glad that you're letting us take part on your new journey!
    enjoy it!
    leslie

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  16. oh so excited for you guys as you start this journey! praying that the right child is placed in your family!

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  17. Congratulations! Thanks for sharing this with us. Erik and I will keep you in our prayers. I'm sure your boys will love having a little brother or sister.

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  18. Wow! So exciting! You (and little Chapman) will be in our prayers.

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  19. This is awesome! Congrats!

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