Adoption Update – Soon

“When people walk closely with other people,
it’s the grace of God- and if we carry the priority
of loving and serving our friends, we’ll impart life.”
-Zeke Pipher


Thank you for walking so closely with me this week.

I mean…really.

I’ve re-visited the beginning of this post over and over again since yesterday- trying to figure out how to fit the enormous amount of thankfulness and encouragement I’m feeling because of you into one paragraph.

I’ve decided it’s just not possible.

So I’ll be over in an hour to hug you. :-)

MAN, I wish I could!!!  (Local peeps- you’ve been warned) :-D

Seriously though- what an inspiring and encouraging bunch you are! I really can’t thank you enough for the time you take to walk with me here each week. XO

As for whether the t-shirt line will become a full-on new biz (on a separate website, set up for that kind of thing), I am definitely inspired to keep researching/praying about it. As with any new venture, the days and weeks that led up to this (trial) launch were a bit mind-bending (in a good way, but mind-bending nevertheless), and I don’t think I exhaled for a full hour after I pushed the publish button on Monday’s post- LOL! (#nervewracking) I’m hoping to get some more friends on board though, and maybe together we can figure out how to proceed with this adventure!


And while we’re on updates…

2-26 came and went without any new adoption news, but I am SO thankful for the Peace that came along with really feeling like we wouldn’t hear anything before that date. It helped make the three months after our last “real” update (December 11th) feel a little more…expected, for lack of a better word.

Now here we are in March. Whoosh! The first quarter of the year is almost over just like that, and I’m sure it’s only a matter of time until we’ll hear about our consentment letter. There are several other Three Angels families waiting on theirs, too. Maybe they’ll all be signed the same day?

That’s my prayer this week.

That the person in charge of signing those consentments will have everything he or she needs to make everybody’s paperwork official so we can schedule our Embassy appointments and start planning our (group) socialization trip.

I’m so ready to be with my boy, y’all. :-)

I long to scoop stones with him in the sand rock box outside the orphanage.

Three Angels Haiti

I long to dream exactly where he dreams…

Three Angels Childrens Relief Haiti

I long to cuddle him close, and rub that bowling ball belly I see squeezed into tiny, shared shirts. :-)

Three Angels Childrens Relief Petionville Haiti

I long to jump off the pages of his photo book and into his story forever.

Haiti Adoption

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  1. Julia G. says

    Praying that those letters get signed, sealed and everything is in order for you and Sweet P to be together forever!

    Dear Lord, even now we ask that Your grace and perfect timing be in this family’s life and that you give Layla, Kevin and Sweet P the peace that only You can give, in Your Name, amen.

  2. says

    Oh I’m so happy, excited, anxious, etc! With you!! I pray for an update for you soon & for you to be able to hold your child and whisper ‘I am your Mama’ in his ear as soon as it is physically possible!! (Like tomorrow–I want to send you tomorrow lol)


  3. Melanie\ says

    Your story is so sweet. Thank you for taking the time out of your day to share with us. I hope all your wishes for your boy come true soon.

  4. says

    That last picture!!! Sobbing my heart out over here in England. Blessings and grace that all goes swiftly and your angel babe will be in your arms. Thanking the universe that these avenues exist to bring soul spirits such as yours together with their children. xxxxxxxxxxxx godspeed

  5. says

    L~ oh, me. I’m reduced to tears, again! I agree with Nat- the last picture just unglued me! Praying with you in all you mentioned. God bless you and Kevin, Sweet P, and all who care for him until he comes HOME. I so want to witness every minute. :)

  6. Ter'e Crow Lindsay says

    Any whisper of the word “adoption” and I get excited!!! I want to scream ME TOO 100x. I am so excited for you.
    OK, then I calm down and realize, it is God’s Plan……..His timing, not ours. And I breathe a soft sigh and know that Sweet P is in His hands……….soon Sweet P will be in yours.
    My heart just aches with happiness for you, Kev and your family!!!!!!
    Soooooooooo excited!!!!!!

  7. Tami says

    Hi Layla. We don’t know each other but I wanted to let you know that you and Kevin were placed on my heart the other night, so I prayed for you guys. My prayer was exactly what you just posted about. – that the Haitian officials would have the documentation that they needed and that God would continue to encourage your hearts in the meantime. Remember, He is Sovereign. Xoxo from the snow covered Midwest

  8. Kellie says

    I love reading your posts! I am so humbled and grateful to be witness in this journey. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with all of us. I feel like you’re are a dear friend that I just haven’t met in person, yet! Praying that you will be holding this precious little blessing in your arms soon.

  9. Jane says

    For some reason today, this just made me burst into tears. I cannot wait for you and your husband to hold your boy!

  10. Jan says

    I am so excited for both of you and pray that God’s plan for your little “Sweet P” will be soon. I can’t wait to “meet” him.

  11. Cheryl says

    I am grateful to God and the angels that everything is unfolding perfectly for you, Kevin, and your baby boy. I think the day that I see a photo of the Palmer Family together will absolutely be one of the best days EVER! Thanks for who you are, Layla, and for all you share.

  12. Donna K. says

    Always keeping you in my prayers, that you get your consentment letter soon AND that you get to see your boy soon! I’m going to presume that the little hand point to your picture is your boy and, just seeing those little fingers makes ME want to pick him up and love on him. Prayers for all of you waiting for your letters, and for the little ones waiting to meet Mom and Dad!

  13. Debra says

    Just want you to know that you touch so many lives with your blog! Don’t stop talking/writing about our Savior and the many many things He does in your life. You (and Kevin) are His voice and there are people listening.

    May God hold you in His hand and give you the peace that only HE can give… and may He hold the hand of the person with the pen, and have them sign the consentment letter soon! ;-)

  14. michelle says

    I’ve read about your adoption story for a while now, & I just want to tell you that you are a very loving & godly person who will make a wonderful mom. I know what it’s like to want a child that much, I have a very different story than yours but the feelings are very similar. I remember reading through the book of Samuel (I was a new Christian & didn’t know the story of Hannah & Samuel yet), & God showed me that He would give me a son and He did (I now have 2). What special plans God must have for this special boy who God has chosen to give to you.

  15. says

    T-shirt question: I tried to order two Ts but it only showed one, and kept changing what I could see to the most recent T ordered. I couldn’t see the entire order to make sure both were ordered in the correct (different) sizes. Did anyone else have that issue? I was afraid to hit “order” on the off chance it was wrong…

    • Layla says

      Hi Krys!
      You may have to click “update” in order for it to work. The system has been a little touchy on some browsers, but that seems to do the trick! :-) Thank you for trying and let me know if you have any more trouble! XO

  16. Deborah D says

    Layla, I can hardly wait for you both either. I pray for you and Kevin and the little one. Soon you will all be together and this will be but a moment. God’s timing is perfect. Hang on.

  17. bethanie says

    I am so excited for you and Kevin on this adventure. This precious boy is going to be one blessed little guy! You’ve been prayed for by so many people who have followed along this journey, and we are so excited to hear the great news and see pictures of the three of you together. It gives me chills. You are so deserving and I cant wait!! Love and blessings, He’s got it all under control sister! :)

  18. Donna Lohr says

    Layla, I sent you a message about a t-shirt idea. Will you look and see? Thanks.
    I am praying your boy child is yours sooner rather than later!

  19. says

    Layla – We are in the wait for our sweet girl as well. We hope to be traveling to China within two months, but for now we wait. Thank you for sharing your journey, even at the hard times. I am praying with you that you will hold your darling boy soon. God’s peace in the wait.

  20. joanie says

    I could really feel your heart today. I loved how you shared such special words with the pictures. It will be soon. You’ll have your little one close … not only in your heart, but in your arms. God bless you as you continue on.

  21. Penny says

    As someone that seems so deserving of sharing what you have to offer with this special little boy, I pray that your prayers will be answered….. very soon.

    Best wishes to you,


  22. Faerie says

    Layla, offering prayers for you today and every day, that God will unite you and Kevin with your son very soon, and fill your hearts with peace until you are together. Love to all three of you as your journey to joy continues!

  23. Dawn says

    Oh Layla,

    The pictures you shared today of the orphanage are awesome but the last one is precious! Too sweet! Thanks for making us a part of your journey! Your family is in my prayers.

  24. Clare says

    I want to cry! Becoming a mom to the most beautiful boy this year has been the best thing I can evee imagine. I am so happy for you!!

  25. Leigh Ann Healy says

    I’m not a crier….pretty much EVER….but every single one of your adoption posts brings tears to my eyes. You’re good people and I wish nothing but the best for you and your soon-to-be family of 3!

  26. says

    Oh my. That last part, “I long to jump off the pages of his photo book and into his story forever.” I just teared up here at my desk. I can’t imagine the anticipation and longing you must feel right now. I hope you get to join his story very, very soon.

  27. says

    The last picture brought tears to my eyes. You are so close! I bet he’s saying “Daddy!” as he points to Kevin. I can’t wait for you to meet him.

  28. says

    Look at those little hands! I assume that is your little boy looking at the book??? And I picture you and Kevin taking that walk in your neighborhood, each on one side of him, each holding a hand, and doing the ever popular “one, two, three” and up he goes with a swing. That little hand….joy in my heart.

      • says

        Thanks for the reply. I am smiling with such JOY in my heart! You are going to be a top notch mom. You have such a joyful spirit, kind heart, sweet disposition….what a lucky boy. I am feeling such joy for you and Kevin.

  29. terry morrow says

    You will be awesome parents. It will all work out. My (adopted) sons are 29 and 25. Both adopted at three months. Ted is African American/ Caucasian-Lutheran, Travis has Native American ancestry. They are such a gift even after many years. They have gifts that a biological child would not have gotten from us-Ted is a musician. We can’t hum a note. I forget they are adopted, I forget that it was painful to not be able to have biological children. We are so close. God has a plan and it is good!

  30. Katy says

    Okay, that made me cry. I have never commented on your blog before, but I have read it for a long time. I am so excited for you both, but more so for your child. He will lead the life he deserves and fill your life in the process….and I am still crying.

  31. Jennifer says

    I’m so excited for you! Praying for you, Kevin and your sweet baby boy. Your patience and faithfulness will be greatly rewarded <3

  32. says

    Seriously, this makes me teary! It’ll be soon. Keep on dreaming and playing all of the wonderful things out in your head. It’ll be better than you even can imagine!

    A favorite verse of mine….

    Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,
    Ephesians 3:20

    IMMEASURABLY more than we could imagine!

  33. Raquel says

    It’s such a privilege to have a look into this amazing journey you are on. God is blessing your every step. It doesn’t get better than that.

  34. Maria Bates says

    I am sending you prayers for your beautiful journey to your son; we adopted our daughter when she was 3 from the Philippines, so I remember those days leading up to being able to hold her. It was the most excruciating! Your son’s room is so beautiful and I look forward to all the memories he will make in such a precious place!

  35. says

    Are those his tiny hands? So precious! Even if they’re not, I’m imagining them to be his :)

    I’m so glad you’ve had peace, that’s such a gift during the waiting. Praying that your waiting ends soon so you can move on to the LIVING with your little nugget part of this journey!

  36. Beverly says

    It is all about loving and caring for one another and even though ordering your shirts wasn’t the easiest ordering some of us have done, we still LOVE YA! I’ll be praying for the consignment papers as well. Keep strong in God’s word!

  37. Jess says

    ugh! that last picture killed me! look at those little itty-bitty fingers! so precious! all the best!

  38. Tracy says

    What sweet words. Words similar to what my amazing mother-in-law spoke almost 48 years ago. She was so thankful to God for the baby boy that finally came. Her boy, her heart, her life. All 6ft 4″ of him to this day. Their bond is unbreakable. Praying for complete peace when you touch his little hand for the first time. Blessings!!

  39. says

    I spent the last week in the Dominican Republic. You guys came to mind. I thought, “Somewhere on the other half of this island is Kevin and Layla’s little boy.”
    Trusting in God’s perfect timing for your family to be TOGETHER!

  40. Diana Matteson says

    Layla and Kevin,
    I just happened upon your blog today and was immediately pouring over all your amazing talents, music, decorating style, photography, etc.

    However I must say I was overwhelmingly drawn to your adoption story over everything else. Even as I type this comment tears are streaming down my face (in a happy joyful way!). My husband Michael and I tried for 6 years to have a child and it wasn’t the Lord’s will for our life. In May of 2012 we began praying for softened hearts to His will. In September 2012 we began the adoption process through the county we live in (San Bernardino, California).

    From parenting classes to autobiographies and multiple interviews as well as getting licensed…we finally finished around May of 2013.

    We then received the glorious phone call July 10, 2013 that a 6 month old baby girl was ready for us to bring her home!! I am emotionally overwhelmed even as I share this with you…

    She is now 14 months old and we could not be more blessed, the process is not completely finalized and so we continue to bathe the whole process in prayer and trust in our Lord Jesus Christ sovereignty in all our lives.

    You and your family are in our prayers that papers would be signed, the right people would be put in the right spots, finances would be provided, travel would be safe, and His peace that surpasses all understanding would nestle into your hearts as He puts all the pieces together.

    Thank you for sharing your faith, talents, and hopes!
    God bless you!

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