Last year we took a few photos with these hunter boots for our holiday cards and adoption announcement, so it meant the absolute world to us to have our first family photos taken in those same boots. Looking back I remember so clearly all the phases throughout our adoption, some of them very difficult. I knew we had so much to look forward to, but I had no idea how truly special our little one would be.
I cried so many days, countless days, just wanting to be a someone’s mom. The wait felt so long, but I knew that in a blink we’d be together with our little one. And it was true! I realized this yesterday as we were driving to the grocery store together and we passed the UPS store where we had done countless notary appointments for our adoption paperwork. Last year were some of the most difficult months of my life, but it did all seem to be erased the first time Nova jumped into my arms.
I am so grateful for the season of life we are now in. Although the days are long and our sleep may be spotty, we’re living our dream and the beauty and magic of all of it is not lost on us. We really do consider Nova our Christmas miracle. Jeremy and I didn’t have time to buy each other gifts or anything like that this year and it just doesn’t matter at all right now… we’re just so in love with our little girl.
Our plans for Christmas are pretty minimal. We are making a couple of nostalgic recipes and going to open Nova’s gifts and then try to FaceTime with family in Missouri. It’s our first Christmas ever to be away from them. It’s not the easiest thing for Jeremy and I, but we knew it was the right thing for Nova as she settles into her new home.
Many people have asked if we are doing Santa and things like that. Not really. This year I guess I kind of consider it a practice year (for me) and a warm up year (for Nova). We can’t do all the holiday things yet, she’s just not ready. So we’re just taking it easy and honestly, just feeling really thankful that we get to spend this Christmas together.
Thank you for your love and support!
ps. thank you Laura for snapping these photos.