Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Commence Breathing

I have a very profound truth that I want to share with all of you on this fine, rainy, Wednesday morning. 

It is a truth that I experienced myself a year ago today.

It is a truth that I have witnessed countless times with numerous families over the last number of years.

It is profound.

It is this.....

Jumping off the cliff and into the world of adoption knocks the breath out of you. 
You don't honestly breath normally again until you walk off the plane with your child in your arms.

It is true.

We experienced this phenomenon a year ago today.

When we walked off the plane a year ago today with Aaron in our arms, we were not breathing.  We hadn't been breathing for so long we had lost track.  The walkways to get out of that airport seemed endless.  The red tape we had to wade through was pure torture.  Our longing to pass through the gates was beyond measure.  When we finally rounded the corner and saw our loving family and friends standing there waiting for us, when we fell into their arms holding on to them for dear life - only then did we begin to take our first real breath.   Only then.


You don't breath after you jump off that cliff.

You don't truly breath again until you are standing safe and secure on American soil.


A year ago today we stood with Aaron on American soil.

A year ago today we Commenced Breathing!

P.S.  Tonight we get to celebrate Aaron's One Year Home Anniversary in a very unusual way....

We sure could use some prayers for this unusual celebration....

Rob and I have been asked to speak before hundreds of Shriners and their wives at a banquet tonight.  We are sharing Aaron's story as it relates to Shriners.  Invited to the banquet are going to be representatives from all the major media outlets in the region.  All of them. 

To say we are a bit nervous would be putting it mildly.

As I said, we sure could use your prayers.


  1. Thinking of you Julia!! Congrats;) Happy 1 year Aaron!!

  2. Oh, how I hope this event makes YouTube! Good luck to all - just ask the Holy Spirit to guide your words and all will be well.

  3. If you share your hearts as beautifully as you do here, you're going to knock their socks off and there won't be a dry eye in the house!

  4. Wow... a year! Happy homecoming day to all of you, and may God be with you as you share your hearts tonight! Love yous!

  5. Love seeing God work through your family!


  6. What an awesome thing! You've got our prayers! Once again you are the voice that God will use to save more of His children. God will guide you and your words will be just the right ones that need to be heard! Sure wish we could be there too! There won't be a dry eye in the house I am positive! Blessings to you!!!!!!!!!
    The Hinz Family

  7. Julia-

    I feel so honored to follow your blog. I follow and donate to many families on RR, having not had a calling to adopt myself.

    Your blog uplifts, your commitments and honesty uplifts, and your story tonight will uplift and honor god.

    Happy One Year Home.

    a mom/reader in Los Angeles

  8. Something to look forward to, I suppose! I'll get my scuba gear! hah!



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