Heart melting on the regular with this one
It’s world adoption day. Photo 1 was taken on the side of a Chick-fil-A as we were over our heads in paperwork during our home study. I had no idea the journey that was ahead or how Nico’s birth mom would forever change the course of our lives. Photo 2 was taken snuggling in our beds with our 9 month old son after he had finished his bottle whispering between each other ... is this real life? How undeserving I feel. Photo 3 was with a 21 month old toddler stepping into my dream job as an adoption consultant helping others walk their own adoption journey well and leaning into the greatest personal education seasons of my life. Photo 4 is where we are now. Fiercely advocating daily for Nico, and never giving up on the call to stand boldly for his life. Adoption is birthed out of pure brokenness and lots of days don’t necessarily feel like a smile on our hands. Sometimes I want to write loss, grief, redemption, love, and so many other words that are hand in hand with adoption. But what I do know is God is trusting us with our son, his amazing birth mom trusted us with every memory and milestone and no matter what our son might ask, question, or struggle with one day...I know I’ll humbly and lovingly be right there beside him advocating for him then the way I advocated in this first 9 month photo. To the entire adoption triad ... you are seen.
Everyday I’m in awe of what I get the privilege to do. When I first talked with Cate and Dave I could hear how weary they were in their journey. But behind her voice was strength, hope, and perseverance to grow their family through adoption and walk along side an expecting mom incredibly well. Today I shared her story, her words, and what brought them to sweet Phoenix. Link in bio.
Two years ago today was our forever family day. It was surreal to be honest. The moment we sat in utter and complete awe and gratitude as we swore before a judge, family and friends then Nico took our last name forever. I talked to his amazing birth mom that day, a conversation that I have scripted in my heart. All the time it took to find you and for your brave birth mom to find us leaves me speechless. It’s my greatest honor to be your mom Nico, and forever I’ll spend everyday on this earth wildly loving you. 📷:// @laurenscotti