Madine Family

One Year Ago


Posted on : 5/11/2011 | By : Joanna

One year ago we got "THE" call...the call that told us about a little girl on the other side of the world who would become our daughter. That day it all became very real. Maybe it was really going to happen; maybe we really were going to get to be parents. That day we put a face to the love that had been growing in our hearts. That day...everything changed.

Here is my original post about Maeve's referral

 What a difference a year makes :)



Posted on : 5/06/2011 | By : Joanna

I mean to post this a while ago, but forgot. It's Maeve and Kayla during our Zoo weekend.
Just about the cutest thing ever!

Mothers, birth-mothers, and "wanna be" mothers


Posted on : 5/06/2011 | By : Joanna

As we approach Mother’s Day, I am beyond grateful to be a mom…finally. I praise God for His many blessings! While my heart is full, it also aches.  Today and every day, my thoughts turn to our daughter’s birth-mom, the most beautiful spirit I have ever met. She is a part of our daughter and a part of our hearts. We miss her. We long for her. We cry for her. We pray for her. I cannot imagine her pain…her loss. She is an amazing mother. If there are any birth-moms reading this, know that you are loved, honored, and cherished.

My thoughts also turn to the women, many are my friends, who are trying to start a family. I was in the same boat not too long ago. I know first had the agony of uncertainty, the loss, the torture of the highs and lows, hope and despair, living your life a couple of weeks at a time. I know all about the endless string of baby showers, everyone you know getting pregnant seemingly without much difficulty, the unknowingly hurtful comments from friends…it all sucks…a lot. I remember being a church on Mother’s Day a couple o f years ago when they asked for all of the mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers to stand up for a round of applause (I had just lost our second child a couple of months before). I sat there for what seemed like an eternity…with all of the children and men…chanting in my head “don’t burst into tears, don’t burst into tears”.  For those of you struggling, I don’t have any words of comfort….just know that I know.

This year, I am finally a mom. I am grateful and fully aware of how sweet it is. THIS year in church I will stand…and probably still burst into tears. I’m kind of picturing something like a scene out of The Lion King… with me holding my daughter above my head. LOL!

I hope you all have a great weekend.