Todd and Meredith

Todd and Meredith
A blog about the love and joy that came to us through adoption!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

God is great

Todd and I have been enjoying the Advent devotions by Mark Neilsen, "What Are We Waiting For."
We have been setting a side time every day to read the lessons and we find some of them so fitting. Like on Sunday the title was, "Waiting in Hope." That could be the title for our adoption, waiting in hope, waiting in hope for our home study to be complete and approved, waiting in hope for our birth mother to pick us, waiting in hope for our child to be born, and waiting in hope to bring our child home and introduce the bundle of joy to all our family and friends!
The next title was "What To Do" What to do when you feel over joyed by all the love and support you have received? What to do when you feel ready just to beg every pregnant person you see to give you their child? What to do when you don't know what to do in the crazy joys of adoption?
The title today was "Living with Questions," this could summarize my life. I always say at work, "I have a question." Who does not have questions? Who really won't have a question when you don't know when you will have a baby added to your family? Or who won't have questions when you just want your home study to be complete so you can apply for grants towards the adoption? And who would not have questions when we live a life that is relying fully on God for guidance and strength?
In all the preparation for the season we are continually grateful for the support that we have received and we are thankful for the devotions that center us back on God. "I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given to you in Christ Jesus"
1 Corinthians 1:4

Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us to be patient and to trust in your enduring love for us. Help us to follow you, to walk in your life-giving ways and Lord, help us to prepare our hearts to receive your guidance and love always! Amen

Meredith Peters (and Todd :)
7 Poplar Lane
South Dennis, MA 02660
*We are grateful for any and all financial support! Thank you to everyone who has supported us financial in this process to adopt!*

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

1 Chronicles 16:34 "Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever."

Today is Thanksgiving and we are thankful for my family! We were together at the house and I was able to have the time to be thankful to God for many things! The list could go on forever but we will list our top five things that we are thankful for...

5. Health and Insurance- We are thankful for the good health we have and we are thankful for health insurance when we need to see a doctor (like Todd with his kidney stone- yes, he still has it so please keep him in your prayers, no pain now but it needs to pass)
4. Family- We have a wonderful family, both our families are such blessings to us and we are thankful for who they are and all they teach us and also the fun and love we have together and for each other! Our families, both families and friends, have been so gracious in supporting our adoption process and their willingness to give and we are so grateful! God is so good!
3. Shelter and Food- How can you not be thankful for food on Thanksgiving but to have a safe warm place to live day and night is a truly blessing that we take for granted sometimes. We are thankful for jobs that help us pay our bills! It is a blessing and we pray for the people out there that were short food today and have a cold place to stay tonight, it breaks our hearts to think that someone didn't have enough food today when we had more than enough.
2. Marriage- We got to share today what we are thankful for and we both shared that we are thankful for each other and we love that we will be able to give the gift of a strong Christian marriage as an example for our future child. We love being married, through the good and the bad, we love each other and continue to grow closer to God and each other, a major blessing!
1.God- We would be lost and lonely and full of stress, worry, anger and missing our relationship without God. God loves us and wants a relationship with everyone and we are thankful for the relationships we do have with God and for all the ways He provides to us. The ways we see and notice and the ways he provides that we don't see or notice. We give thanks for his unfailing love!

We are both very thankful! We hope you all had a great day and were able to reflect on what you are thankful for, Happy Thanksgiving!

Love, Todd and Meredith Peters
7 Poplar Lane
South Dennis, MA 02660

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Hats and pictures

We are getting the ball rolling with the adoption and one of the first few things we have to do is to get together 15-20 pictures of Todd and I together, no problem but there is a catch. You can not have sunglasses or hats on or being in bathing suits or have them be your wedding pictures.
Obviously this elements every photo but maybe 4, Todd LOVES to wear hats! He would wear them to bed sometimes if he could. It was funny to go through all the pictures and see how many failed the approved picture list. We will be going out and taking some new pictures though so we can get that done.
Then on the list was about us, what memories do you have together, favorite traditions, favorite movies, books, etc. Easy but then we have to write the Birthmother letter.
To say this letter intimidates me is an understatement. How do you explain to a woman through a letter that you would like her child? It seems so crazy to me. I can not wait to hold my child and love them and I can not figure out how a letter (1/2 page typed) is going to be the starting point for a connection with a lady to trust us to parent her child.
I want to tell her that my husband is the best, he works hard and is the most honest person I know. I want her to know that we have a crazy life and that Todd and I love each other more than we love ourselves. I want to explain to the birthmother that we long to be parents together and raise your child to love themselves and love others and mostly to love God. I want to tell her that our families are the best, that they are supportive and so excited to have a new person in our family to love and have fun with. We do have the best families. I want to explain to this woman that people are praying for her and hoping that she fully understands the joy that she is bringing to our life but making a decision that will change all of our lives. I just don't know how to express it best so I will leave it up to God. God knows the birthmother that he has picked out for us and He knows the words we should write so I continue to pray and trust Him for all the wisdom in this process.
Please continue to pray for us as we go through this journey, as of now we are still enjoying the process and we are so thankful to all our friends and family for their prayers and support. You don't know how much it means to us to hear you say you are praying for us or when we receive a check from someone. It is truly amazing!

Prayer: God please be with us as we write our Birthmother letter. Help us to express our honest thoughts and feelings and help us connect with the Birthmother that you have in mind for us. Please help us continue to trust you to help us through this process in all ways, financially, emotionally, and mentally. God keep our future child safe and thank you for the love and support of our friends and family. Amen

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Children of God

We have had the joy of finding out that we were accepted into the adoption program and with being accepted comes the need to pay out of pocket for the adoption. It has been such a blessing and a joy to be able to have our family and friends support us. We do not like to ask for help, gifts or a loan but we know that we are called to adopt so we sucked up our pride and were able to send in our first payment towards our adoption.
It is now official. We are in the adoption phase. It is amazing to be able to hear all the adoption stories out there, both good and bad, and we look forward to sharing our adoption story with all of you.
Our next stage is still saving up money and working on figuring that out but God always provides so we will continue to trust Him! We will do our homestudy at the same time that Angel Adoption looks for a birthmother for us. We pray that we connect with the right mother, it is exciting to us to think that someone is concerned about raising a child or about being pregnant and we will get an opportunity to meet this mother and offer their child a family full of love!
This month is national adoption awareness month and my friend posted a video about adoption and it was perfect for us! It is by Third Day and it talks about us all being the Children of God and the video is beautiful! If you would like to watch it,
Thank you to all of you who are praying with us and a special thank you to our friends and family who have donated to our adoption! If you would like to donate please make checks out to Meredith and Todd Peters and in memo write adoption. Our mailing address is 7 Poplar Lane South Dennis, MA 02660.

Pray: God, help us be patience and faithful in our prayers about our adoption. We always want to follow your will for our lives and we look to you for guidance. Please protect our child and the birthmother, help them feel your love around them! Thank you for our friends and family who support us! Thank you for your unfailing loving and help us to always remember that we are your children and that we have been redeemed and forgiven and that we truly are your sons and daughters! Amen!