I have never intended to be a serial blogger and had just planned to blog during the adoption process or, as I’ve called it in my mind, the “adoption journey”. But really, I’m realizing that the journey is just now beginning. We have our whole lives ahead of us with this precious girl. I can’t get my mind around the enormity of it all, the miracle of how she came to be a Williams, the fact that God reached down and said, “No! I will not leave this one an orphan,” and that He called Caleb and I to be her Mommy and Daddy. It’s too much to comprehend. It takes my breath away and leaves a lump in my throat and I don’t often have the time or energy to dwell on it’s magnitude. So I have tried to just live in the moment and trust that as the story unfolds, I will have ample opportunity to ponder the mysteries and beauty of God’s divine plan and glimpse new views of His love and grace. Already, I have learned so much.
Rosalie Faith is doing amazingly well. I could not have imagined a smoother transition (after the first week of sickness and jet lag). She is so sweet and content. She smiles at anyone who looks at her and endears herself to everyone she meets. As the receptionist at the doctor’s office said, “She’s so cute, I just can’t stop looking at her.” She truly is irresistible. She has the deepest belly laugh you’ve ever heard on a baby. It is contagious. She is very inquisitive. Every day we witness new skills and milestones, hear new sounds, coos, and shrieks of happiness coming from her. Her personality is beginning to shine. She is eating a lot and has already gained weight.
The kids adore her and fight over who gets to “play” with her, (which usually just means shaking a rattle in her face or making her laugh with silly antics). Rosalie was immediately embraced into the folds of the family, both immediate and extended. She is a Williams. It feels natural. It feels right. I look at my little entourage and cannot believe that I have four children. How did this happen?? I’m sure the reality will set in tomorrow when I take them all to Costco for the first time by myself 🙂
I think this blog may be wrapping up for a while. It has been a blessing for me to share our story with you and I thank you for caring enough to read. So, until the Dreamgiver reveals His next dream…
So amazing following the story. Rosalie is quite sweet for sure and does seem like she is right where she belongs. The 4 kids look so adorable all together – aaah. ~ Alethea
Kara, my mom sent me to the link to your blog, and I'm so glad she did! I just read through each of your posts… wow! I am beyond excited for you and your family, rejoicing along with you. Thank you for sharing your thoughts throughout this process and for weaving Scripture into the story, teaching me about God and His love through your love for Rosalie. Congratualtions to your family and God's abundant blessings! Hope to get to see you all sometime when I'm in Salem!