adoption · Enjoying The Journey

I’m Back + Month in Review {January 2023}

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Hello friends! I took the month of January off from blogging as we transitioned to a family of five. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, you can read all about our adoption journey here.

As I’ve mentioned before, I can’t share photos or many details about our kiddos online. I’ll do my best to give you a peek into life at our house during January, so come on in and take a peek at life at my house last month!

Beautiful views on the morning commute – and learning the unspoken rules of car line at three different schools.

Meals fixed and delivered by loving families – some who had never even met us in person.

Waiting at the DMV while a kiddo takes their driver’s permit test. We now have a very eager (and pretty capable) student driver!

Reading and searching for wisdom – and trying not to fall asleep after a long day!

Moments that make Mom and the little one laugh and that make the big kids say “you’re so cringe.” Haha!

Towels eagerly folded by a six year old who loves to help.

100 googly eyes hot glued on a shirt for 100 days of K5.

The privilege of introducing our kiddos to the truth of the Gospel – whether it’s family devotions in the evening or a conversation in the car. (Also we love this book for family devotions!)

Coffee with caring friends and lunch with supportive parents.

The kindness of friends, once again. A friend hosted an adoption celebration shower for our family where our local friends could meet our kiddos. It was so kind of them to host us and so kind of our local friends to spend time with us!

“When God saved us, He made us members of His household, and He gave us as gifts to one another. Each brother and sister is a portion of my gospel inheritance from God, and I am a portion of their inheritance as well. We are significant players in each other’s gospel narrative, and it is in relationship with one another that we experience the fullness of God in Christ. 

Hence, the more I comprehend the full scope of the gospel, the more I value the church for which Christ died, the more I value the role that I play in the lives of my fellow Christians, and the more I appreciate the role that they must be allowed to play in mine.” (Milton Vincent)

Paul and I are so thankful for our family and friends (including you!) who are playing this role in our lives.

I’m sure you’re wondering, “So, how is it going?” Just like any family, any group of people learning living together, or any human going through a major life change, it’s been both beautiful and hard. Adoption isn’t easy for anyone involved. It always involves loss, grief, and pain.

Therefore we do not give up. Even though our outer person is being destroyed, our inner person is being renewed day by day. For our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory. So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)

Thank you so much for praying, for giving, and for loving all five of us. We continue to be overwhelmed by the kindness of so many. You reflect the heart of our loving Father and we’re so grateful.

I hope to be back with regular content this month. Thank you so much for being here!

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17 thoughts on “I’m Back + Month in Review {January 2023}

  1. It’s so good to hear from you, Whitney! Thank you for the little glimpse into your life. Continued prayers and blessings for your family of five! ❤️


  2. This post made me smile! I am glad to see you back to blogging! You were missed. I loved that stack of towels folded with love. 6 year olds are so eager to help and I’m happy you’re embracing the help and the mess. I’ve had to practice that combination with my kids. You’re a great mom already. Praying for your family!


  3. So happy to see your update! I’m glad you’re back even if not consistently! Also, no one knows the rules of carline, it’s a free for all every time I’ve been in one!


  4. I talk to you every day, but it felt so good to see you blogging again. I guess it reminds me that the Lord is helping you to get back into a flow of routine in your new stage of life.
    It has been such a joy to watch the Lord weave all the pieces together for your family. You and Paul are loving them so well. I love all five of you and thank the Lord for the joy of having a front row seat to watch Him work in your lives and your home. ~XO


  5. So good to hear from you . I thought of your family numerous times over the holidays. Praying for continued blessings to you all. Thank you for sharing with us . 🙂


  6. I was just thinking about you this morning and then saw on Instagram that you had a post up. So glad you are all well and that you are fully supported by family and friends. May God bless you in this journey!


  7. It was so good to read this, Whitney! Realizing the approximate ages of your kids gives a better idea of how to pray for you. It’s so wonderful that you have such a great support team in your family and friends.

    And that quote you shared … I love it. So profoundly true! Milton Vincent is evidently an author I need to read.


    1. Thank you so much – please keep praying! We all need it so much. Definitely check out that book by Milton Vincent. It’s a small book with short chapters that is a great addition to a devotion routine.


      1. I just wanted to let you know that I did get a copy of Milton Vincent’s book on Thriftbooks. What a blessing! I’m looking forward to sharing it with others.

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