The Clearing

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I've been very shy about actually saying it out loud, but now that we've officially completed the paperwork, and done the home-study, and met all of the other requirements, I think I can tell you: Andy and I are hoping to adopt a baby girl. To say we are excited doesn't really even begin to describe our feelings; for once I am pretty much speechless. We have wanted to be parents for . . . ever. Our road to parenthood has been filled with puzzling twists, unmarked trails, and lost breadcrumbs. But it has led us here, to this bright clearing that, in its own strange, special way, feels like somewhere we were always meant to come.

Somewhere else, someone is traveling her own winding path toward us, I know. We wish her safe journey, and wait (on our little patch of meadow) to see her through the trees.


Janet Caldwell says: February 23, 2010 at 08:44 AM

Congratulations!!!! I'm an adoptive parent too, both International. It seems that the process can drag on forever, but you will forget all that when your baby finds you. I'm so happy for you! Whee!


What a sweet post. I will be waiting to hear the good news.

I will be anxiously awaiting the successful results of your journey. It will happen.

Fantastic news !! congratulations and much love to you both (and to Clover Meadow and feline companions too !)

blessings to you three...may the path lead to the meadow quickly.

i wish you all the best! you will be in my prayers. blessings to you and andy.

Oh, Alicia! Congratulations! I can just imagine the perfect little one that will find her way to you, hopefully soon. :) Thanks for sharing!

Congratulations! Some good friends just welcomed two little ones from Ethiopia and it has been so awesome to see all four of them blossom and enjoy each other *so much*. EXCITED for you guys!

Could there be any more exciting news? Wonderful. =) I absolutely love her baby blanket. It looks PERFECT with the crib. Congrats. =)

I'm so happy for you! I want to get up and do a happy dance but I'm holding one of my own little ones; I can't wait for you to have this experience! Yay for all three of you!

I'm sooooo excited for you!!!! My husband and I adopted our son 6 months ago at birth and it has been a wonderful wonderful experience.

I feel overjoyed for you and Andy. Having a baby/child is truly one of the best blessings in life. You never knew you could love SO much until a child comes in to your heart and home. Congratulations!

I just got goosebumps over my whole body. How exciting for you guys!!

How wonderful :) No matter how a child comes into your life, s/he turns your world around, in all the best ways. Congratulations!

This is the best news ever! You have put a very large smile on my face today! I've been reading your blog for so long I feel like family and I couldn't be more happy for you! Jamie V in MT

many, many, many congrats. 'we' many not know all 'we' need to know about you, but i can tell you will be amazing parents. just amazing. congrats. and best of lunk in the process. i just became an uncle to a beauitful niece... and just that, has changed my life forever.

congratulations! so exciting :)

I was wondering with all the baby knits queued up on Ravelry!

I'm having a baby girl in April. I'm so excited to be a new mom with you!

Congrats, can't say I'm surprised, because I always felt something was up. God bless your impending family. All the very best. LindaSonia

What wonderful news! Wishing you smooth sailing through this process. (My four sisters and three of my brothers came to our family through international adoption--I remember all of their arrival days with such clarity and joy.)

Joy! I am so glad for you both. This child will find a loving home with you!

Oh I wish you both such great joy !!

Congratulations to you both! I am so excited for you. Can't wait to meet her, and can't wait to share in all the handmade goodness that she will grow up with.

Congratulations, and your description is lovely! I always think of how we waited, then found our children; however, waiting while they find you is such a peaceful picture.

Congratulations! I have been reading your blog forever, and I just wanted to say I am so happy for you both.

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My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at