(Advent Week 3: JOY) Today!

December 19 is HOME DAY for our family;  many adoptive families recognize it as  “gotcha day.”  Today. A day of great joy.  I can’t imagine what life would be without this day. It’s unthinkable.

Today is an integral part of our family’s story.

Today is not just about joy.  It’s about hope.

If, someone presses me about what adoption is all about , I will say it with one word, “Hope.”

Today’s joy and hope flow from the power of love.

Twenty-six years ago, a woman, who I know is one of the most generous women in the world, gave her son to me. We don’t know each other. But. We do. I think of her every day. . .

I’m grateful, so grateful for today.

Today . . . light the candle symbolizing hope . . .  light the candle symbolizing love . . . and light the candle symbolizing joy.

It matters–Kerrie

 Flashback Friday:  December 19, 1988

looking at the flight schedule

WAITING for Tim’s plane . . . we had WAITED for years . . . but the last four hours were excruciating. I forgot how young we were! I mean.  Seriously.

mom shelley and dad

My momma and sister WAITING in the first row.  Tricia and my dad sat behind them.

chris and gregg

Gregg and Chris.

Chris entertained us all.  As always.

Kelly and Chris

Kelly and Chris.

Tim is given to me

A holy moment in my life.  I will never forget when Tim was handed to me.

dad and geoff meeting tim

Dad introduced his grandsons to one another.

Nancy taking pics of tim

Nancy!  Wow.

t 3 c

My Loves.  The girls helped designTim’s nursery–red-white-blue with the theme welcome to US– we took black and white photos for our announcements. Clever.t3 bt 3


Advent 2014

1.    Advent  . . . telling the story

2.  (Advent Week 1: Hope) . . . More To Come

3.  (Advent Week 1: Hope) There’s Always Hope. Always.

4.  (Advent Week 1: Hope) A Perfect Day

5.  (Advent Week 1: Hope) Pouring Down From Heaven

6.  Advent Week 2: LOVE . . . It’s BIG

7.  (Advent Week 2: Love) Get It?

8.  (Advent Week 2: Love) Timing

9.  (Advent Week 2: Love) More Than A Day

10.  Advent Week 3: Heaven’s gift of JOY

11.  (Advent Week 3: JOY) One Long Night

12.  (Advent Week 3: JOY) STOP. Pause. Breathe. Enjoy.

13.  (Advent Week 3: JOY) TO DO List

(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2014 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

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