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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Richardson, Party of 4!

Here is a little blurb that Ryan wrote a while back.

"Last night I found out that my wife is pregnant.  Whew!  There, I said it.  It will be quite some time before I am able to say those words out loud.

Unbeknownst to me it is customary to wait a certain amount of time (8-12 weeks) before you tell anyone about the pregnancy.  I have never gotten this...  I just got the biggest news of my life.  I am excited beyond belief but I cant share any of it!!!  Dang it!"

Just to let you all in on how this little journey has gone so far, I thought we'd share our story.

All along we have known we wanted to adopt. When we finally got to the point of wanting to grow our family, we battled with "Do we adopt first or do we wait?" We decided to try for biological children first.  Less than a year into that journey, the Lord continued to speak to us about adoption.  We weren't pregnant yet and doctors told both of us, "There is no reason that you can't have your own biological children." That was the moment that we just knew.  We just knew the Lord was leading us to adopt first.

5 1/2 months into that journey we received our referral for a precious, precious little girl.  We never knew we could love a child so much who has never even been in our arms. I remember looking at Ryan with tear filled eyes one trip down to College Station and saying, "We can't get pregnant now. It will mess up when we go get her!"

Little did I know we already had a little one growing inside me.

2 weeks after we accepted our referral for our little girl, we found out we were expecting. We were overwhelmed with emotion. Everything from, "What about the shots I need to get?", "What about the timing?",  "When will the doctor release me to travel?", "How can I prepare two rooms at once?", "Holy moly...we are going to have two munchkins here at about the same time!!" to "This can ONLY be explained by God."

I'm almost 15 weeks and while you think I'd be feeling better, I'm still throwing up when I least expect it.  So far, both the adoption and the pregnancy have been a roller coaster.  The Lord taught us early in the process that we MUST trust him with both.

So, it is with JOYFILLED hearts that we share that we will soon be "Richardson, party of 4!"


  1. OH MY GOODNESS AMANDA I AM SO EXCITED FOR Y'ALL!!!!!!!! What blessings!!!! God is so good with his timing and the way he leads and prepares the way for us. I am overjoyed for you!! I can't wait to read more about your adventure!!!!

  2. So excited for you guys Amanda! Congratulations! The Lord's timing is always perfect and I am excited for the plans that He has for both you and Ryan!!

    Becca :)
    First Grade in Foxwell Forest

  3. Congratulations! What an exciting journey you are on. Thinking of you and praying for you!