Adopting Pickles

July 16, 2016 – Whirlwinds and Waterworks

July 16, 2016 – Whirlwinds and Waterworks

July 16, 2016

SO much has happened in the last 10 days! Here is the Cliff Notes version…

We accepted the referral to our sweet girl (we thought about it for all of 2 seconds over some ice cream) but we did talk  to folks who know more about Sickle Cell Anemia. We know who the specialist is that we want to work with here at U of M, he’s one of the top Pediatric Hematologists and works specifically on SCA. We also made new friends who lives just up the road from us who has a child with SCA. This Mama is amazing and I am so thankful we will get to walk through Pickles’ health journey with such a strong, knowledgeable person.


We have travel dates! We will leave very soon for 3 weeks with Pickles!!! We are so excited to think that one week from now we will be hugging her, reading her books, coloring together… I just can’t wait to get to know her and soak in the time we have as a family. I have no idea how we will leave her when the three weeks are up, but I just can’t think of that right now. It has to be part of God’s Master plan for our family, I just have to accept that and see that there will be a blessing, or time to prepare at that time.


We sent back the next set of court documents. We will meet with what they call a probation officer who will gather information about our case, and we will also meet with Isaac, our lawyer in Uganda. It’s coming together! We hope to go back in the fall and go to court then. I’m a little scared of going to court, I’ve only been for jury duty, and I even thought that was intimidating.


We are nesting like mad! I have to say, I do love the feeling of nesting…preparing our home for the new family member. Our new egress window has been installed, we have started moving our bedroom downstairs and the thought of painting Pickles’ room is such a thrill! Today we will pack like mad. Our dear friend Marion is coming to help us, 1 – keep on track, 2 – get together any other last minute bits.

So many wonderful clothing, books and toys have been given to Pickles already. She has her first animal print coat! I can tell you that her father is going to be the worst offender with the adorable clothing!


I have every emotion… all at once. I’m having trouble containing myself, and I can’t keep 2 thoughts in my head at the same time.  I also cannot stop the spontaneous waterworks. Pretty much everything makes me cry (happy tears) but still they come. And I make other people cry now as well. If you see me crying, pat me on the back and continue on, it’ll pass. I was like this when I was pregnant with Liam too…I am just so overjoyed that I will finally know her.

I’ve been waiting for my Pickles for 10.5 years. When I came through the gazillion drugs from my knocked-out C-section with Liam, and held my beautiful boy, I was overcome with love and emotion.  I remember telling Bill “I’m ready to do this all over again.” I couldn’t wait to expand our family, and she’s been growing in my heart all that time.  Aw dang, I’m crying again!

I’ve been waiting for my Pickles for 10.5 years…She’s been growing in my heart all that time.

Please keep the prayers coming as we prepare for this awesome adventure!


Much love,

2 Comments so far:

  1. Vickie Balzer says:

    Pickles couldn’t have found a better family. Prayers for you all Amy!!!🙏🙏. You, Bill and Liam are very special, not everyone can do what you are doing. I am blessed to call you family. God be with you on your trip and give Pickles our love!

  2. Lori Colyer says:

    Oh, well I know I’ve already cried when you spoke of her with me a few weeks back and just reading this ?? Oh Lord, Bubbling up while I sit here at my desk and following your journey! Blessings my friends!

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