C - Career
H - Hardships
A - Accident
N - New Adoption Agency
G - Gratefulness
E - Endeavors
Obviously I haven't written in awhile, life has completely changed for the Cone's! I thought this blog would primarily be about our adoption experience, but I realize that LIFE happens all around us even as we go through the adoption process, so I thought I might as well catch you up on all the other stuff including our adoption news.
At the beginning of May, I started evaluating my life, my career, and the life Daniel and I had and were planning to have in the future. I realized that life was just too busy and the constraints put on me and my time were more than I needed or wanted. Through lots of prayers and tears, I decided to leave JCIL after 7 1/2 years. The decision was bittersweet, lots of blood, sweat, and tears went into my work while I was there. I feel like I made a difference and gave of myself, I just didn't feel I could maintain the same level of care when God blesses us with a little one. This was a big decision, this was the job that brought me to Tennessee, where I met some close friends, this job was the reason I met Daniel. I wasn't just leaving a job, I was leaving a little bit of myself behind. Overall, I know it was the right decision and I am grateful for the years and years of memories. Daniel, of course, has been nothing but supportive and gracious through my ups and downs, doubts, and tears.
The decision to leave my job was HARD. Dealing with finances is HARD. Waiting for our child is HARD. Life is HARD. But, by God's grace with are making it! Even through the HARD, we are trusting Him and knowing that His mighty hand is taking care of us.