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(originally posted on The Arizona Experiment)

Everywhere in nature we are taught the lessons of patience and waiting. We want things a long time before we get them, and the fact that we want them a long time makes them all the more precious when they come. ~Joseph F. Smith

I've been thinking about this quote all week, ever since mrs. r shared it on facebook. It is exactly what I needed right now. I've been trying to focus on how amazing it will feel when we finally are able to add to our little family, just as it was indescribably precious when we finally met CJ. I think I was in pure bliss nonstop (I'm serious) for at least the first three to six months CJ was in our home. I just remember smiling and snuggling him all day long every day. Sometimes it's hard to remember those times when faced with the craziness of current daily life with an opinionated, strong-willed, stubborn almost-three-year-old! But when we have those now seemingly rare moments of him snuggling into me and reaching up, lips puckered, to give me a "smoochie" it's a little bit easier to recall.

What helps you get through the hard times, whether you are waiting to add to your family or missing the child you placed?

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Comment by Kristen on June 24, 2009 at 3:41pm
Oh my goodness, soooo precious indeed!
Comment by Cristen Rasmussen Muro on June 23, 2009 at 2:23pm
That is a very sweet picture!
Comment by Andrea Allen on June 22, 2009 at 6:57pm
Being too busy to pile on one more thing seems to do the trick for me...although at some times it also makes me want to say "stop the world, I want to get off." I guess it's easier for me to just keep plugging along trusting that God will see my work and know that I am trying my best to be faithful, even if I am still in need of a swift kick in the bum sometimes. I find that talking about adoption, enjoying my friends, serving in the adoption community and "preparing" for our next child by shopping for great deals on diapers, clothes and accessories really keeps me from getting too caught up in worrying about the timing and "what ifs" of it all.
Probably the best way for me to "bide my time" has been to put my effort and energy into raising my beautiful daughter and documenting (probably way more than I should) her progress. It has been a joy to watch her grow and soon enough these days will be gone. As much as we want to add to our family we know this time is precious and somehow I'm ok with "waiting" a while longer. I'm sure once I have been "waiting" for a while, it will be harder and harder to take. But, I'm sure there will always be one more thing I can add to my plate of distractions :)
We're all rooting for you!! You're the best!



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