Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Dear Junebug,

You will have your first Thanksgiving this week! I'm sad that it's just a little early for you to get to enjoy the mashed potatoes. But, maybe for Christmas! During a meal enjoyed with friends recently, we all shared one thing we were thankful for and one thing we longed for. You fit both categories for me. I long for the day we get to know for sure that you'll always be ours, and I'm grateful that you are ours right now.

I've been wondering if some of the people reading these letters might be very scared for us as they read this story. Because I bet they realize by now that we are pretty attached to you. And judging by the way you now lift your arms to be picked up, and smile wide at us in the morning, you feel the same way about us. (Getting attached means warm fuzzies and trust growing in your heart for someone you didn't know before. Really, it's just a big word for love.) Well, I just want to let folks know that it's okay to be scared. I'd be lying if I said I can't stand to even think about you leaving us. But, I also want everyone to know that you are worth the risk. Actually, you are worth far more.

We had to say goodbye to a baby boy before you came into our world. I will talk more about him later in our story. But, I just wanted other readers to know that it's because I loved him so much, that I will always be grateful for the three months I got to be a mama to him. Even though I don't know how I would handle not getting to keep you forever and ever, you (like him) are precious enough to be worthy of my heart breaking.

This Thanksgiving I am thankful that I've come to know this:
having you is worth the risk of losing you.

I just had to share that before we move on to Julia.
I promise we'll get to her in the next letter.


  1. *sniff* Your posts are beautiful. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving, my friend!

  2. Oh Jenny, you are so right, having her is worth the risk of losing her. Even though there are tears on my laptop as I write it.

    Happy Thanksgiving!


  3. I found your blog on fosterpodcast facebook page. I love it! My husband and I are officially certified this week and it's refreshing and inspiring to read stories of others going through what we will soon. I can't wait to keep reading!

  4. Thank you Amanda and Amy! Hope you both had a wonderful thanksgiving!

  5. Hi Mindy!

    That's so exciting that you're "expecting"! Congratulations! I really enjoyed reading your blog too! My hubby and I often joke that we "were going into labor" we were so wound up the day we got that first call! (We got our call, and were certified all in one day...quite the whirlwind!). Can't wait to read what happens next for you!