A Storm, A Song And A Son

“They say a person needs just three things
to be truly happy in this world:
someone to love, something to do,
and something to hope for.”
-Tom Bodett

A winter storm blew through on Tuesday. Rain turned to ice mid-morning and our shrubs slowly leaned stiff into place with each freezing drop.

Winter | Icicles | Snow

By lunchtime, icy roads meant no more trips to town, so I pulled on thick pajama pants and curled up on the couch with hot soup and a sandwich filled with warm cheese. I watched for snow from the living room window, and by late afternoon- yahoo!

Snow House

Just like ice cold confetti floating down from a silver-white sky.

Snow Heart

Snow doesn’t happen but once every few years around here, so you understand why I had to pull on my boots and take a few pictures. :-)


Today, I’m painting more wood on the second floor, while Kevin finishes a song on the first.


Kevin Palmer | Piano | Guitar

This house was dark and empty for seven straight years, but now there’s music in her soul, and I’m convinced she was built to blossom.


I’ve been hearing (daily) from one of the other adoptive Mamas while she’s in Haiti. She and her husband walked through the big green gates at the Three Angels (for the first time) last Saturday, and my pulse quickens whenever I see that she’s written. There’s no telling how many times I’ve read and re-read her updates. It’s like I can’t read them hard enough, do you know what I mean? It’s hard to believe I’ll be jotting down the details of my own experience there very soon, too.

And guess what?

Sweet P has our photo book.

On day 2, my friend said he carried it around “all. morning. long.” and climbed up next to anyone sitting still so they’d look through it with him. She said, “Layla, he was OUTLINING your FACES with his finger and babbling.” She said, “He is so ready for you to come and be HIS.”

See what I mean?

Can’t. Read. Hard enough.

Feeling incredibly thankful for Love, and letters, and hope that outlines and babbles today. :-)

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  1. Patty B. says

    I have to say I look forward to your posts, first it was just for your wonderful decorating ideas and now it is so much more. Now I feel somehow a part of your lives. I can hear Kevin’s music filling your home and I picture you reading a book to your beautiful son. I look forward to seeing pictures of him in his new room surrounded by the love of his (and your) wonderful new life. So happy for your wonderful journey.

  2. Betsy Gordon says

    I’m so happy to read this post and to hear that your little one has already connected with you through the picture book you’ve sent.
    You must be smiling, dreaming and waiting each day until you get to hold that little child.
    Continued prayers for all of you!
    Betsy Gordon
    West of the Square Designs

  3. Dana says

    Ah the image of Sweet P with your photo book brought me to tears! What a blessing he is to you and what a blessing you will be to him! Can’t wait to read about more progress being made in your journey to him!

  4. says

    WOW! That is so amazing…and just gives me goosebumps! Praying HARD for y’all!! And…wasn’t that snow/ice crazy? We have quite the stories here in ATL!!! :) Happy Friday!!

  5. Lee Ann says

    Tears in my eyes as I read this, just imagining the scene of him carrying that book and showing it to everyone. Thank you for sharing these poignant moments of your experience with us “imaginary” friends. Cannot wait to “meet” Sweet P!

  6. Kate says

    I firmly believe that children KNOW who loves them, even if they haven’t met them yet. Your son will be such a blessing in your life, as you will be in his. And, a SON! What a wonderful gift for you and your husband. All your moments have led to this. This child. This time.

  7. says

    I want to “like” this a times a million.
    This makes me so very happy and I am just flat-out overjoyed for you guys. What a beautiful life.

  8. says

    Oh my, I can feel the excitement and anticipation that has to be filling your home right now. That little one is so blessed. He doesn’t even realize the blessing that he is. I cannot wait to read more of your adventures in parenthood and the love that will be flowing. Thank you for sharing this experience with us.

  9. says

    This is so amazing to me. I am SO excited for you all. The three of you are going to have such a grand adventure in this life!

  10. says

    I LOVE that he has your picture book ahead of time! That will be wonderful for him as he prepares and adjusts to his new life. My daughter didn’t get her picture book (that I sent many months earlier) until she was in the car on the way to the adoption offices on the day she met us. She was scared of course, and I wish she had been given a little more time to prepare for the new family that was coming for her. Your little guy is lucky already. Must be why he is coming in the Year of the Horse. Joy is galloping your way…

  11. says

    My heart!! I am beyond excited for the birth of your family! What an incredible and beautiful blessing you are giving one another. A family. Absolutely amazing. May God bless you and your child and make you all whole.

  12. Erica says

    This brought tears to my eyes! It makes the world seem so small. What a wonderful story. Best wishes to you and your family!

  13. Beki H says

    Your post brought tears to my eyes. So excited for you to meet your Sweet P. Thank you for sharing your journey.

  14. Sherri Farrell says

    Tears of joy!!! I think all of us are waiting to hear from you everyday to see if you’ve heard anything from Haiti!!! What a happy time for you both, full of anticipation of a new little boy in your lives!!!

  15. says

    It brings tears to my eyes, reading about Sweet P going around and sharing his picture book. He is going to be so excited to come home with y’all. Looking forward to that day with y’all. Take care!


  16. Carrie says

    What a blessing to have someone witness your child seeing your pictures and learning to love you from the first moment!
    God is good

  17. Wendy says

    Oh my this post made me cry. How wonderful for all 3 of you to know that you’re going to have each other soon! I realize that you look at Sweet P as a gift to you, but the gift your giving him is enormous! Look at the hope he has already. How amazing!!!

    Love love love hearing about all this!

  18. Dana Ross Solomon says

    …..absolutely FEEL this post with you. Amazing how WORDS on a blog…on a page….a STORY followed….an Eye caught into the Design of the Whole Plan…..can gather human souls into community. Thank you for the privilege to Peek into your hearts…..beautiful.

  19. Diane says

    OMG is all I can say, that’s just amazing. The life of this little boy will forever be transformed into something so beautiful he doesn’t even comprehend. And if you think your heart is full of love now and ready to explode, just wait until he’s just yours, at home with no one else around but you and your husband….just wait…….

  20. Barbara says

    Oh Layla I am so thrilled for you! I’m praying that the days pass swiftly till you hold that precious child in your arms!

  21. Sharon Herbitter says

    Such a day. My own Sweet P turned 26 today — and he and his wife and their son pulled out of my driveway at 5:30 a.m. to begin their long drive north to a new job, new lives, new adventures. Sad, happy, sad again. Your post made me cry for you — because you’re beginning what I’m just now ending. I can’t wait to follow your new adventures, too.

  22. Sylly D says

    Seriously, had my eyes just well up reading this post. I don’t even know you but your excitement makes my heart feels light. Sending much love and well wishes your way (from Hubbards, NS).

  23. says

    WOW! that brought tears to my eyes. How amazing. How precious. I reread that a few times too! What a special little boy you have waiting for you. You are going to be wonderful parents :)

  24. Julie says

    That just gave me “Jesus bumps”! So excited for you all to experience the blessings God has waiting for you in parenthood.

  25. Barbara Ankrum says

    Layla, Your post this morning made me well up with happy tears. I can’t wait for you and your Sweet P to be together at last. I love when souls find each other in this world.

  26. Janet says

    When a new post comes up on my email from you I open it quickly! Every other blog waits til mommy time! Love the outlining of the faces…. Glad you have things to do to keep you “busy”. He sounds wonderful.

  27. Kim a says

    Thanks for sharing all the details of this very personal journey. This story warms my heart and you both will be such amazing parents. Lucky little sweet p :)

  28. says

    I understand the “can’t read hard enough”…like you need to see every word and ingrain it in your head, to get the meaning and feeling out of each written word. I get it! Even with blogs that speak love and truth (like yours and HandsFreeMama) I dig deep into those words, trying to get all I can out of them. What a beautiful time for you both. Enjoy these days together to prepare, dream, and enjoy each other. :) I am so thrilled to hear your son has the book you made him. You and Kevin were so clever to make that!

  29. says

    Hi Layla,
    I typically read your posts through email and rarely comment, but just had to today. I totally teared up reading that last bit. I could picture him doing that. My daughter is 16mo and it’s something she would totally do, too. What a lucky little boy he is – and how lucky you will be to bring him into your world. Best of luck to you. I can’t wait to read your updates when you finally go meet him.

  30. Jordan says

    Oh. My. Goodness.

    I can’t imagine how filled to the brim, and yet not quite full enough your heart must feel. Bursting at the seams at the thought of how close you are, but not content until he is in your arms. My prayers to you, mama, for peace while you wait and for the days to go quickly. And to your sweetie to know that you are coming. Just as soon as they will let you, you will be there. God, let it be quick.

  31. says

    tears!! how precious to have such a personal update!! hard to hear and not be the one with him, but oh such a gift of connection to him during the wait. can’t wait to see your boy in your arms!! eeek!

  32. AmandaH says

    So I never comment, but read your blog all the time and I just have to say, that this brought tears to my eyes! So happy for you two and for your son!

  33. Christine says

    I’ve followed your blog for a couple of years now but am terrible at commenting. But, I just had to today!

    I’m sitting here with such tears in my eyes. Outlining your faces. There really are no words. I’m so thankful that you and Kevin will soon have him to hold and that he will have you to hold him! As I thought about him outlining your faces I thought of the waiting from his perspective….how he is going to be yours and is waiting for the time that you can go get him. I can’t help but think that as he studies your faces that he is thinking, “they are coming to GET ME! I am going to be their’s. They.love.me.” And as I said…there really are no words.

  34. Rachel says

    Ok, it ticks me off that there is a little boy wanting his new parents. There are parents waiting for their little boy. It’s just CRAZY that this is taking so darn long!

    This just needs to go……..fasterrrrrrrrr

    • Layla says

      I wish things could go “fasterrrr” too, Rachel, but like my good friend in Haiti said, “this (new) process is like riding on a rollercoaster while it’s being built.” The Hague Convention is still in the process of restructuring the Haitian adoption process (this a VERY good thing) and searching for any possible relatives, scheduling court dates and appointments and visits and interviews, and the constant shuffle of paperwork between us and the state and the federal and the foreign, all takes time. Not a lot of time, in the grand scheme, but time nevertheless. I find myself thankful, this week more than ever, to receive the gift of so many specific details about how beyond well our boy is being loved on and cared for in the meantime. Touch therapy, individual playtime, prayers before meals, warm baths, clean clothes, music, books, and puzzles. These are just a few of the wonderful things the staff and nannies at the Angel House are making sure the kiddos experience every single day. Grateful for those folks, and can’t wait to hug all their necks in person next month! #hopefully ;-)

  35. Axelle the french reader says

    Layla, this is wonderful. I feel so happy and full of impatience for you. Did you ever mentionned the age of this little boy ? I’m sorry, i don’t remember.
    This is a great adventure who is close to start.

  36. Judy Forehand says

    Tears came as I read the last part. Truly these tears of joy were for you and your husband and especially Sweet P. It does not matter how God puts a family together. Bless you and yours.

  37. Tina Schiefer says

    I have three birth sons, and I can only imagine this as the emotions of feeling them kick…. same inner peace and excitement!!

  38. Elizabeth says

    I got chills reading about your baby boy! I have just recently started following your blog. I am originally from Greenville, so you’re not too far from my old stompin’ grounds. I have friends in the Montgomery area that adopted from Ethiopia. Their story was amazing to watch as it unfolded, and I am happy to be following yours too. Praying that God puts your family of three together very soon!

  39. says

    I don’t know you personally, only through your blog. But I must say, it couldn’t happen to a sweeter couple! Every time you post, I pop on to see if it’s time for you to make your trip. So happy for you, and also that you are enjoying your new home. You can have the sleet & snow though! We are ready for warm weather & sunshine up in our neck of the woods. :)

  40. Lisa says

    This post just melted my heart. I usually don’t post comments but had to let you know that I am so happy for you all. Thanks for sharing this journey with us. Bless you.

  41. vicky says

    You know they say that sometimes the anticipation is better than the actual event. Not so in your case. God is good. Can’t wait to meet Sweet P.

    By the way, I can send you some extra snow from Michigan.

  42. Amanda says

    Wow. I didn’t expect my emotions to overcome me. I was just drinking some coffee and catching up on my blog roll before playing with my girls. The entire post was just beautiful and thinking of your little boy learning your faces is very magical.

  43. says

    “She said, “Layla, he was OUTLINING your FACES with his finger and babbling.” She said, “He is so ready for you to come and be HIS.””

    Oh Layla – this brought tears to my eyes. Continued prayers and blessings for you and your hubby and you walk this amazing journey.


  44. Tiff says

    Layla, I very rarely comment but enjoy catching up with your news regularly. I just have to say that imagining your little one tracing the outline of your faces made me suddenly sob out loud with joy for him and you & Kevin. I can’t imagine how it feels to know he’s waiting to meet you and yet not be able to see him, hold him, love him from up close instead of afar … your heart must be full and aching all at once!
    What a joy to know that this little boy will be loved, cherished and brought up hearing about his Creator. :) Can’t stop sob-smiling!!

  45. Juli P says

    wonderful! I sort of welled up with tears as I read that last part….
    “he is ready for YOU to come and be HIS!”
    such beautiful words! and I hope you friend may have gotten a photo of him with the book outlining your faces….for his bedroom wall…

  46. Jeana B says

    The last part brought tears to my eyes and gave me goose bumps. When human beings love each other from the depths of their hearts, it is as good as it gets. It is a treat to be able to read about this portion of your life and watch the story unfold. The developing relationship with your son, born out of you desire to love and adore, is just a joy to follow. Thank you for sharing.

  47. ellie says

    my pulse quickened reading that he is outlining your face with his finger – oh.my.goodness. just last night i was looking through our china adoption trip photos for the first time with our china girl (a name she made up and calls herself and other girls from china). such.wonderful.memories.

    i’m so excited for you!!

    xo ellie

  48. Janice says

    You can complete that heart in the snow when you have your sweet, little gift in your arms. God bless the 3 of you.

  49. Deborah says

    Layla, I continue to pray for you, Kevin and Sweet P. May God bless this journey to ffind each other.

  50. says

    I haven’t been reading blogs much lately and completely missed the big news that you are adopting. Congratulations!!! I know that the wait is long and trying (although you are in the fun part of the wait…post-match), but hang in there! My daughter has been home for 6 years and that never-ending wait is now a blip in the past. :-)

    • Layla says

      Thank you, Heather! Yes, we’ve still got about a year to go, but we are so thankful to be so close to turning this very exciting corner! :-D

  51. Jenny says

    Oh, that is precious. It makes me all teary so I can only imagine how you must be feeling. I hope you get to meet your baby soon.

  52. Jana H says

    So many beautiful pictures in my mind from reading your words. Your peaceful day at home with yummy food and coziness…and snow. And then your little love holding your pictures and tracing your faces with his finger…happy tears! God gives us good gifts even when we are waiting!

  53. says

    What beautiful news. Your home is wonderful and I like what you said about it feeling like it is ready to blossom and it will soon. When you get to go meet your son do you bring him home on that visit? So nice to know someone is spending time with him and giving him some love. I can’t wait for you to bring him home. ((((HUGS)))

    • Layla says

      Thank you, Debby. :-) No, we will only bond with him for 2 weeks on this first trip. After that, we hope to be officially matched with him, and after that, it may be as long as 12 months before we get to bring him home. They do allow bonding trips during that time though, so we’re hoping to spend time with him a few times this year.

  54. says

    This post brought tears to my eyes. As a momma with a heart that explodes with love for my little boy, I can not wait for you to have your little boy in your arms!

  55. pam says

    Sitting here with tears in my eyes imagining him climbing up next to someone to look at your book….. LOVE! Just think – won’t be too long and he will be climbing up in YOUR lap to read it…… :)

  56. MaryKay133 says

    I’m praying for your family and for Sweet P to be home with you soon!
    Blessings on all three of you!!

  57. Melissa says

    Oh my gosh Layla!!! My eyes fill with tears picturing your baby with your special book. What a lucky sweet p. Can’t wait to see pictures of all 5 of you in your most loving home. xo

  58. says

    I have to say that I can’t wait for updates as well…brings me to tears every time you do – All I can see are those 10 little fingers…how hard it must be for you to know that he is out there waiting – sending up prayers that you don’t have to wait much longer

  59. Kellie says

    Such a beautiful post today. You brought tears to my eyes and a smile to my heart.

    I’m a mom of three little boys. Boys are wonderful.

  60. Dee says

    As an adoptive mom, I am praying you, Kevin and your child through this process. God’s Hand is still seen in every step of our journey 13 years ago and I know you will feel the same. In HIS love!

  61. Moona says

    I am so incredibly happy for you. Your post brought tears to my eyes. I’m envious of the adventure you are about to begin. Enjoy all of it!

  62. Angela says

    Layla.. long time reader of your blog. Your excitment is so palpable. I had to comment.. happy for you and Kevin. There is so much love in your heart and your son is already so blessed. Good luck. All the way from Kuwait .. your wellwisher.

  63. Tina Crisas says

    I’ve been a lurker for ages, but could not help not posting on this one. I’m so very happy for you guys. You deserve it. I wish you all the happiness in the world.

  64. says

    That brings tears to my eyes. Even though he doesn’t know who you are (and maybe isn’t old enough to talk yet?), he so wants a mom and dad. God bless you all.

  65. rebecca says

    So thrilled for you!!! You and Kevin deserve all the happiness in the world!!!! Can’t wait to see him! XOOX

  66. says

    Dear sweet Layla I always read your blog and enjoy your journey !!
    I am sorry I am just now leaving a comment but not really good with words ! Reading this post made tears run down my face just thinking about your sweet boy showing off his photo book !
    I am a empty nester I have always been a stay at home mom so this year when our daughter went off to college it has been very lonely !
    Your post always bring joy to my day so Thank You so much !!
    All the best to you and Kevin and soon to be little one !!

  67. Graziela says

    “Layla, he was OUTLINING your FACES with his finger and babbling.” She said, “He is so ready for you to come and be HIS.”….this made me cry. What a blessing for you this child will be. God is GOOD!

  68. nancy says

    I should know.to be ready for happy tears when reading your posts. Thank you again for taking us with you on this wonderful journey.

  69. vicki says

    What a wonderful roller coater of emotions you are going through.. From someone who has adopted both of my children I understand all the ups and downs you are going through and look forward to reading daily how your progress is going. Adoption is such a blessing and rewarding event. I still remember to this day almost 17 years ago when they called and told us to come and pick up our daughter and then to be able to do it again for our son.
    . It was so unreal but so exciting at the same time. Good luck to both of you and I will be watching from the Lake up North!

  70. says

    You’ve got me tearing up over here in Mississippi. *wipes eye* Such a sweet, sweet visual to carry around with you, that your little boy knows and loves your faces already–“so ready for you to come and be his!” What a precious sentiment and such a blessing to have a friend who could/would convey that to you. I’m so happy for all of you.

  71. Linda says

    Thank you so much for sharing the experience of adopting your son. It is truly a beautiful moment from God to hear you talk about him. God bless your new family!

  72. Lindsey says

    I normally read and never comment BUT…

    this had my heart pouring over with love when i read the last part. So excited for the both of you!!!

    <3 from one MN girl to another!

  73. Kari says

    Such a beautiful post, it brought tears to my eyes. The joy you both must feel, and the imagery of your Sweet P tracing your faces is the sweetest thing I’ve heard. :)

  74. Amy says

    Ooof. The image of that little boy stroking your pictures made my heart swell. God can make a family in so many different ways, can’t He? Love never ceases to amaze me.

  75. Julie says

    I don’t know you, but I’m crying. What a beautiful image for you to keep close to your heart to get you through the waiting.

  76. Dawn says

    Oh Layla!

    It’s like what you would experience when you “see” your own in an ultrasound for the first time! I love that you are getting to experience the joys of (adoptive) motherhood and I really appreciate you sharing all of it with us!

  77. says

    Brings tears of joy to my eyes! I can not imagine how special this moment must be for you all! You MUST be overwhelmed by all of the different emotions you are feeling! They say things happen for a reason & I believe maybe your trip in late February will be sweeter because of gods plan for you to be patient & cherish every little detail. Blessed I happened upon this little blog of yours four years ago. By the way, I know this is kinda crazy but my bday is the end of February – I know I’ve probably mentioned this before in a comment here, but I truly feel like I’m meant to be following your journey. Gives me faith in our own hopes & dreams, ya know!

  78. Alison says

    Your note about the photo book brought tears to my eyes! I can’t even imagine how you felt when you read that from your friend. That is so special.

  79. Sharon Stinson says

    Oh Layla, happy tears sprang to my eyes while reading about how your little Sweet P now carries the book around babbling to anyone he can share it with and outlining your faces with this finger! What a huge, huge blessing package God has been assembling, wrapping up with love, and tying with a ribbon of grace – can’t wait for it to be opened very soon and to see/hear/read about the joy it brings to all recipients. Continued blessings, Sharon

  80. says

    I don’t often comment, but I always read.
    I didn’t read all the comments, so maybe it’s already been said…

    but, I couldn’t help but liken your photo album to God’s word, and your son to us–God’s sons and daughters. He gave us a book for when He couldn’t be present. and one day, ONE DAY, after outlining and studying and savoring his word again and again and again, we will see Him in person.

    can’t wait for your kiddo to have you IN PERSON. what a day of rejoicing that will be.

  81. Katie Morene says

    Yipee for all three of you! I love my husband dearly but my daughter is the love of my life. It will be the same for you. An adventure awaits.

  82. Michelle says

    Brought tears to my eyes. Being a mother to my four kids has been the most wonderful thing in the world. So very happy for y’all!!

  83. says

    I’ve never wept over a blog post until today. Layla, it’s been incredible seeing how God has shaped you and Kevin over the past few years. May He bless your family to overflowing!

  84. says

    I seriously get so excited whenever I see you’ve posted!! I sit here in my office at work, and I ALWAYS get tears in my eyes reading about the little angel waiting for you!! At times a bit awkward if someone walks into my office :) but ALWAYS so enjoyable for me!! I can only imagine how you must feel hearing about him carrying your photo book around!! Simply BEAUTIFUL!!!

  85. Brooke says

    Sweetest blog post ever, you need to write a book Layla! I’m in WI and it’s going to snow again. xo

  86. says

    This post just makes me smile. Adoption is an emotional roller coaster, but it is so awesome! I love hearing about your journey. :)

  87. says

    I’ve been keeping up with your adoption story and though I’ve cheered you on from OK and been happy for you, I have never felt emotion like I just did reading this. Tears of joy!!! I can’t even begin to contemplate what you must be feeling. “And oh the joy that floods my soul!”

  88. Lisa says

    Ohhh myyyy goooosshhh! This gave me goosebumps! I’m so happy for usual guys. He actually traced your faces with his fingers? That is so, so sweet.

  89. Amanda Head says

    “Layla, he was OUTLINING your FACES with his finger and babbling.” She said, “He is so ready for you to come and be HIS.” that just makes my whole soul smile! I can’t wait to read more of your journey,

  90. SuzyMcQ says

    Keeping you and yours, as always, in my good thoughts and prayers. Can hardly wait to hear the good news, and know it is holding off for the most perfect moment….

  91. Joanne B. says

    Further proof that we are all exactly where we are supposed to be… A beautiful and loving story, and a promise for many more days filled with hope, after your boy comes home to you. Blessings to you all and just wait till he is able to understand this whole blog thing and sees how many more people have him in their hearts as well.

  92. says

    Oh Layla, I can’t imagine how you must be feeling. The emotions just waiting to unfurl on this sweet child, you’re all going to be together soon!!!

  93. Christie says

    Oh, Layla! I couldn’t love this post any more than I do!! How precious! You and Kevin must feel such sweet anticipation! I can’t wait to hear more…..thank you so much for sharing your heart with us.
    God bless you and your Sweet P.

  94. says

    This made my heart sing!!! My sister and her hubby have 3 adopted children from India (maybe I mentioned it here before) and they always sent ahead a photo book of them and all of their extended family members. What a precious memento for your sweet boy. And tracing your FACES??? Oh, I melt. Exciting days ahead!!!

  95. Vivian says

    JOY.JOY.JOY!!! PRAISE THE LORD!!!! I can’t wait to “meet” him and in the meantime I will keep praying!!! <3

  96. anne bradley says

    i gave my baby up for adoption years ago…This little boy is so lucky…i would dream every night that my baby had loving parents like you..it’s the biggest gift and someone once told me a straight trip to heaven..no waiting in line :)

  97. Jen G says

    I love, Love, LOVE reading your blog, and I am just so happy for you both! Everyday brings you closer and closer to your Sweet P, and it sounds like he is just as excited to be a part of your family as you are . My heart just melted at the thought of him tracing your faces with his finger.

  98. Nicola Blake says

    My heart warms for you, my only son is curled up next to me, while I am reading your blog. (((((HUGS))))) and warm thoughts.

  99. says

    Oh, this is fantastic news. I can’t even begin to imagine how exited you are! I’m so so so happy for you. Thanks for sharing your journey with us!
    I would love to hear more of Kevin’s songs – I loved Love collides, is this a song for Sweet P? My father is a musician and composed a song for my daughter when she was born, it’s a wonderful thing to have.
    hugs from Switzerland,

  100. Andrea says

    I remember how excited we were when we knew our paper work was in the countries we adopted from and when we got the pictures we almost died of happiness. I’m so happy for you.

  101. Louise says

    Tears streaming down my face!! So excited and thrilled for you both. This day can’t come soon enough! Stay warm!

  102. tracy says

    Happy, happy times for you all! So exciting! Thank you for letting us peer in and be a part of all of this!

  103. says

    We too are bringing a house/farm back to life after it being vacant for years. My 76 year old neighbor grew up in our house and helped his parents raise hogs, chickens, cattle here. Seeing his childhood home coming alive again makes his eyes brighten and his heart smile. It makes me feel good to know our resurrecting the farm and home bring him such joy.

    I can’t imagine what those words written by those in Haiti do to your heart and soul. They bring tears to my eyes and goosebumps to my skin. Soon a little child’s laughter will fill your home along with the music.

  104. says

    Oh, how sweet and beautiful that your boy is beginning to KNOW you already! I seem to be tearing up at every blog post I read these days. I’m glad you’re enjoying the snow. Here in Canada we have 6 months of it, so it very quickly loses its appeal. You know, familiarity breeds contempt ;-) Your house looks lovely with its temporary white blanket.

  105. Lisa W. says

    WOW…and I SO so so get it when you say you can’t “read” it hard enough! My goodness you must be filled WITH so much anxiety, warm heart, excited…can’t imagine. I know us readers are filled with joy and we can’t wait. Your home is absolutely beautiful! Your sense of style well……just ROCKS!

    Thanks for making my days with this blog!!!!!

    Lisa W.

  106. Laurie says

    Tears in my eyes when I read that he was tracing your faces…soon he will be patting your face! So excited for you all! May Jesus bless your precious family.

  107. Alicia W. says

    I am so excited for y’all!
    “He is so ready for you to come and be HIS.”
    That statement so stood out to me… It sounds just like Jesus doesn’t it? He is so ready for us to come and be HIS. Adoption and parenthood draws so many parallels to God’s love. It is a blessing within a blessing!

  108. Trish says

    I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy
    Down in my heart,
    Down in my heart,
    Down in my heart,

    So happy for you both!

  109. says

    Such wonderful news to read! I admire how you enjoyed the snow as I tend to complain this time of year. I grow ready to see the sunshine again and grey skies disappear. But, after reading your post I will look at the snow fall a little differently tomorrow. :)

  110. says

    i just cry…beautiful
    God is such a personal God..father..frieind..lover
    that He has His fingerprints of purpose written all over your story
    there is always a reason and God can redeem everything if we let go and trust Him…waiting hard with you…xo

  111. says

    I am so thrilled for both of you…… what an exciting time! You will both be excellent parents!!

    There are times when I would like to relive those wonderful early years, so enjoy your time with your son as it flies by so fast!

    Thinking of you…….. Connie

  112. Ter'e says

    I am simply giddy with excitement for you kids. What precious, precious, blessed news.

  113. Ashli says

    My niece has a heart for Haiti. She went with our church and her Dad last summer. They spent two days at an orphanage loving on kids and feeding then food they’d brought for them. She decided yo forego her senior trip to France to go back next summer.
    I just am tickled you may be bringing home a sweet child she loved, prayed for, and held. Her heart is in Haiti.
    Keep us updated!

  114. julie g. says

    I have no words, just tears streaming down my face, goose bumps on my skin and an unbelieveable amount of joy for a beautiful that I only know virtually, but yet as a parent feel so close to. CAN. NOT. WAIT. to see you all together!!!

  115. Pam says

    The images of you and Kevin in your house, painting and making music, with the snow sprinkling down and rest of your “family” so many miles away in the warm sun of Haiti, studying your faces was such a happy image. I just imagined you and Kevin in a snow globe and your child shaking it and watching the snow come down on his soon to be home. It brought a smile to my face and I prayed that God with strengthen and tighten the ties that bind you three together in His patient and gentle ways. Such a happy prayer.

  116. says

    Tears of joy filled my eyes as I read about your son tracing your pictures, I am so thrilled to hear more about your family, and your house just waiting quietly under a snow covered quilt for the day when he comes home.

  117. Jeanice Shelley says

    Dear Layla and Kevin,
    Congratulations, from one on the other side of adoption…I was the baby to be placed in a home full of love, warmth and giving. It was God’s divine arrangement for my life and I will ALWAYS thank Him for His provision for me and now my husband and our children. May the Lord bless you all as you walk down this road together.

  118. Shannon says

    So excited for you all. We adopted our third child and I know exactly how you are feeling. Our daughter is now 27 and a true gift from the Lord. When we got the call that we had a new daughter it was like nothing I could explain. Then they sent us a picture of her. My husband and I would take turns having it for the day. Back then you were not aloud to go pick up your child. We had to pay someone who was approved by their government. My husband, our two other children and friends stood sobbing with tears of Joy the moment the plane landed with McKrai on it. We are excited for you and know great memories are in store for you. Be Blessed.

  119. Toria Davis says

    I have only been following your blog for about six months so am new to your adoption process, but I have to tell you I started crying when you mentioned how your little boy was walking around with your book. I can just imagine him being so excited to show his friends his new family. I’m so happy for you and can wait til you get to meet him and bring him home. Congratulations and good luck!

  120. laura says

    Just cried as I read this. So happy for you, and we don’t even know each other! Can’t wait for you to bring him home and can’t wait to see pictures!

  121. EllieEll says

    Layla, I’ve been reading TLC for a while, but I’ve never commented. The picture, however, you’ve painted of Sweet P sitting, tracing your faces with his wee finger. . . well, it just brought me to tears.

    My husband and I have been together for nearly 15 years and have been married for 10. I can’t tell you how many times I came home from work in a flood of tears because another pregnancy had been announced. How many times did I crumple into a heap on the kitchen floor after another call/text/email/status update announcing yet another little one for one of our friends?

    And now, today, I am sitting here looking at a 10-month-old little curly-haired angel rolling around on my living room floor, babbling away at the jack-in-the-box handed down from one of those friends after her little ones no longer played with it.

    I waited so long and I know now that my wait was worth it. Because my baby girl was supposed to be mine all along. She was waiting for her time and she came to us exactly when she was supposed to. And she’s exactly who she’s supposed to be. And her presence in my life has made me exactly who I’m supposed to be.

    All of this to say . . . you have no idea. You just have no idea. The love that is going to grow up the walls of your house like so much ivy. The flip your stomach will do every single time you get a smile. The feeling of a little one’s head resting on your shoulder. It’s all coming and you won’t even know who you were before it came.

    Sweet P was supposed to be yours all along. He was waiting for his time and he is coming to you exactly when he is supposed to. And he is exactly who he’s supposed to be. And his presence in his life will make you exactly who you’re supposed to be.


  122. Linda says

    So happy for you. Hope your boy brings as much joy into your home as our adopted son has brought to ours!

  123. Jenna says

    Tears are running down my face. I’m so excited for you, and I can almost feel the longing you describe. I pray for you guys and I don’t even know you. I’d say that’s a blessing of the Internet and blogs and Jesus all colliding at once. Thank you for sharing your heart with us.

  124. says

    Layla!!! omg – how can you stand it?????????????/ Let’s go bust that boy out of there tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMFreakingG!!! He has your photo book?!?!?!?!?!?!?! I can’t stand this. SOBBING. Sweetest story EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  125. says

    Tears fill my eyes and my heart just sings for you two when I hear such amazing news. I am truly happy for y’all. God bless the 3 of you, soon you will be together. But from the sounds of it in his little heart, you already are.

    xo, Marilyn

  126. Denise Billings says


    I’ve just found your blog and love your home and decorating style but this post is the first one to bring tears to my eyes. I’m so happy for you.

    I was unable to have children and my husband wasn’t comfortable adopting so I am now 53-years-old childless. It’s the biggest regret of my life and one I still struggle to overcome every day.

    Being a mother is not my path but I’m glad it is yours. Blessings to you, your husband and your sweet P.


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