A Journey

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Tomorrow Andy and I will board a cross-country train as our adoption journey takes us to a place I never in a million light-years thought it would take us: back home, to Illinois.

That we are going to Illinois now and that we came from Illinois then are total coincidences, and not even as strange as so many other things that have happened in the past three weeks to bring us to this point. The situation is still fluid and uncertain; at the center of it there is a very brave and beautiful young woman and her baby who need all our love and prayers. I will hold Andy's hand tightly as we watch the mountains, then the forest, then the prairie, and then the fields roll by, as we have done so many times together already. Though this journey is so unique, and its territories so unknown, something seems familiar. I feel a sense of destiny, and deeply trust that no matter how things turn out, they will turn out exactly as they should.


Blessings and best wishes!!!

Keep you in my thoughts and prayers and hoping for a safe and wonderful journey!

Melissa Spivey says: August 31, 2011 at 08:44 PM

Thoughts and prayers with you, Andy, this young woman and this baby. With you, I will be praying and trusting that it will turn out as it should. Warmly, Melissa

Melissa T says: August 31, 2011 at 08:46 PM

hugs and prayers.

Oh, all the best to you and Andy, as well as to the little one and birth mum. Here's hoping that things go smoothly. What better reason to return to Illinois?

I have *just this* in mind every time I read your blog. all good wishes as you travel east. may every person who's a part of this story find peace. so glad that andy is right by your side!!!

It's happening. And it's amazing. Alicia, you draw us in so close to your heart, sharing thoughts that one might otherwise only say to God. Bless you, for doing that. I pray that you are All blessed to overflowing. Safe journey and much love dear Paulsons.

Catherine says: August 31, 2011 at 08:49 PM

Savor this journey, every moment, no matter what the final destination. Remember that it is your love for each other, and your bright hopes for the future that have brought you to this moment. My heart is full of best wishes for all of you.

Good luck and godspeed. And blessings on the brave birth mama.

Beginning an adoption journey of our own, I can only imagine what you must be feeling. Sending warm thoughts your way and prayers upward.

welcome home. amazing time for you all. safe travels.

Sue Collins says: August 31, 2011 at 08:52 PM

I do believe you will have many friends holding your hand on this journey. I wish you all well and wait with anticipation for your return. Regards.

Oh lawsy! Finally the post from you that I have been praying for! Do try to update us as much as you can comfortably do. And I'll double the prayers and light a candle!

Our two little boys came to us through adoptions, so I must confess that I read every day, waiting for word on your own little one. My heart just skipped a beat.
I will keep you (and all of you) in my prayers. Wishing you continued peace and all the best of luck and love.

I am so happy for you and Andy, Alicia. We will be praying for you both.

oh, I've been waiting for this news. My thoughts are with you all.

Much love and prayers to everyone!

Wishing you good travels and I agree...things will turn out just as they should. I will be lifting up mom and child, in prayer. Take care.

You are right...it will turn out how it should. And I hope your dream is fulfilled on this trip. I have goosebumps...

I can't imagine what you'd be feeling right now. My best wishes that things turn out best for all involved. Oh wow.

May the Universe hold you all with great love and compassion. You are incredibly brave to take this journey. Hold each other's hand, hold each other, hold each other.

I've only been reading your blog for a few months but I wish you the best of luck. Always. And congratulations.

Thoughts and prayers as you set out on your journey and next chapter of your lives.

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About Alicia Paulson


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 aliciapaulson.com