November 15th, 2019. This is our “Gotcha Day” – the day Charlotte legally and officially became part of our family. She is forever now a Triplett. FOR.EV.ER. (If you said that like Squints from The Sandlot, we can be friends)
As I have had time to decompress and process everything that happened not only yesterday but throughout our entire adoption journey, I can’t help but be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of support and love that has surrounded us.
To the friends that sent sporadic texts throughout the adoption process to check in, see how I/we am/are doing, to the running friends that would go on a slower than usual run with me but just listen to me talk as I processed things, to the coworkers that checked in on me throughout the journey, I say thank you for listening and checking in on us.
To our church small group that lifted us up in prayer constantly, who gave us shoulders to cry on and were willing to just be there for us in some of our darkest times, you will never fully know the full impact of your love and kindness.
To the framily that rallied behind us when we found out that we had a Charlotte on our hands and not the Noah for which we had planned and prepared, I am sincerely indebted to you. You reached out to all of your friends and moms groups to give us the things we needed at such an important and special time for us. On top of that, the same people threw us a baby shower and did it will smiles on their faces and love in their hearts despite hectic life schedules.
Thank you to the families that brought us dinner when were at home with a newborn and absolutely NO CLUE as to what we were doing. Trying to keep a micro human alive and happy is hard work so the visits were appreciated and to come with food was even more amazing!!
To the friends of our families that have followed us throughout this whole ordeal either via our family or this blog, your kind words of encouragement were always noticed and appreciated. They helped us in our times of need. Your prayers were felt.
I also can’t help but be reminded of a bible verse from 2 Timothy 4:7. It states “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith”. We went into adoption because we wanted to have a family and were unsuccessful naturally. We knew we would be able to change the trajectory of the life of the human we adopted and put in our family. We are called to take care of the elderly, the widows, and the orphans. We finished the race. Our Gotcha Day solidified Charlotte being our daughter and ended this chapter of our adoption journey. I have kept the faith. I only say that I have kept the faith, however, because of two important factors: the people that surround us and the magnitude of God’s love. I honestly do.not.know. how people can pursue adoption without knowing Christ – there were so many times I did not see an end in sight nor did I think I could continue. The prayers that surrounded and covered us, especially in the last 72 hours before paperwork was signed for Charlotte to be in our custody were not only felt but I am convinced that they are the only thing that kept me functioning and upright.
Some of you may have noticed that our blog theme is “Raising Arrows”. This theme is derived from scripture, Psalms to be exact. The verse says, “Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.” As her parents, we have the opportunity and the charge to mold her and shape her so that when she is old enough to go out on her own, she will be grounded in truth (and change the world if I have anything to do with it).
Charlotte is our reward. We have weathered this adoption journey together, with the village and army of people around us encouraging, lifting us up, and walking alongside us.
We are finally three. But that does not mean our journey is over. Far from it. We are simply closing that chapter of our adoption journey and starting a new one as we navigate parenthood. Stick around – I have a feeing this is going to be a wild ride.