Today is the final day of our foster/adoption classes. It’s such a bittersweet ending because we got to know a great couple along the way, and had a great instructor (Udonna Williams) that we will miss dearly!
To say we have been through a little LOT in these past few weeks, would be an understatement. We haven’t even driven this much, this often, ever (around 180 miles daily) and getting home around 11:30pm on average, has been taken it’s toll. But one thing that we recognized is that we have become stronger, pushed our limits further than ever before, and realized a whole new “reality” out there that is just waiting for us to explore.
Shane and I have heard so many things from other people (mostly positive, thank you to those people), but some words of advice opinions have not been nice, to say the least. Of course everyone is entitled to their doubts, fears, and worries about what our future may hold or how this may affect Brielle, but have you ever thought that we thought about this, way before you did? We prayed and we waited for God to show us when is the right time to open this door into an unknown world. We can’t predict the future, but we do know that we will try our hardest to make sure that we always remember to put God first, and everything else will just fall into place.
We are beyond excited to finish this paperwork journey (if you remember my post here where we first talked about this journey, then you’d be surprised to know that we only have another home visit/inspection and our home study to be completely ready) and actually get to open our doors to another child and share all that we can with them. Just to either be that bright light that got them through a dark period so they can be re-unified with their family, or to be that additional blessing in our family and add to the Johnsons, is all in Gods hands, and we cannot wait to see what the future holds!
I hope you definitely stay along for the ride of our lives, and if you ever want to find me to connect on any social media platforms, you can always find me here:
Wow, I can’t believe that today is my 200th blog post! I started blogging on Feb. 10, 2014 and I never thought I would be where I am now. I have learned so much in the past 6 months that I wish I would have learned in the beginning of this journey, but I am so thankful that I have learned it now. Thank you so much Helene for hosting such an awesome instgram webinar, that I am so excited to pursue! Cheers to 200!
I want to compile some of my most favorite happenings with my family through out these past couple of months!
I hope these next 100 posts are filled with hope to spend more time with our loved ones, that I learn to laugh more and not live life so seriously, and to really pursue my hobbies of photography, crafting, and blogging! 🙂
Today it amazes me that our baby girl turned 8 months!! Where has all the time gone?? We have been savoring these precious moments because before we know it, she will be turning 1!! She is in such a fun stage now (I think it gets better and better every month), I can’t wait to see how much she develops in these next months!
17 pounds 15 ounces.
-She LOVES food, I mean anytime anyone is eating around her, she just wants to try it and most of the time she likes it. Her new favorites are vanilla yogurt, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and cheerios, spaghetti noodles- mostly everything is still baby food consistency and she loves homemade food I try to stick with organic most of the time but baby jar food is ok when we are out and about.
-Looking at herself in anything (mirrors, pictures, my tablet)
– Her wubbanub (pacifier with a stuffed animal) and her daytime naps.
-Peeking around the corner when she crawls and finds who she is looking for.
-She has grown to love her walker, she can really walk from one room of the house to the complete opposite ( I can’t believe she going to be WALKING soon, just blows my mind.)
-Pulling all of the pieces of the puzzle out (she hasn’t quite gotten that they go back in the puzzle board yet.)
-Making loud noises.
-The song Old MacDonald Had a Farm
-Going to bed at night (she still cries for a few minutes unless she is really tired and goes straight to sleep.)
-Missing nap times.
-When you take away something she really wants (She will throw a fit!)
-Long car rides (getting better though!)
Teeth: 2 (bottom middle teeth, even though I really do think more are coming soon-she is starting to stick her fingers and everything else in her mouth to chew on again! )
Language:Signing and One and two syllable words
Signing: Milk, more (almost!), and all done
-Boon (trying to say balloon-haha)
Since this holiday was another first for Brielle, we decided to take cute pictures and go out to breakfast and get her a balloon which she LOVES. We hope everyone has a great Valentine’s day and love from our family to yours!