Ready for a BIG announcement?!?
I'm the worst secret keeper out there, but somehow I've kept this one for over a year now. And I'm excited to share it with you now that I'm able to do so!
My husband and I are excited to announce that we're growing our family AND the CiH family by FOUR tiny feet! And no, it's not twins...
Last summer we became parents to the sweetest baby boy through adoption! We're still in the finalization process - thus the secrecy - but we'll share his adorable face with you as soon as we can. Trust me, it's worth the wait. :)
AND this summer, as in one month from now (!!), we'll be welcoming a second baby boy to our family: Baby Luke (insert heart eyes emoji here)
For those of you who aren't familiar with our personal story, here's a bit of it. We lost 2 babies in 2014 and 2016 through miscarriage. Those losses were devastating and their little lives continue to impact us even today, and will for the rest of our lives. We miss those babies and who they would've been in our family and this world. We didn't know what it would look like to have a family after only being familiar with loss. So we rejoice and give thanks all the more for these TWO gifts in our lives that we're completely undeserving of.
It may start to make sense why we've started cranking out the CiH elephants and giraffes and kids backpacks. We've entered a fun, challenging, exciting new season of life, and CiH is still very much a part of it! I'm so thankful to get to raise our boys knowing a life bigger than themselves and their little bubble, to know about issues around the world, and take part in making a change right where they are.
We GET to invite our families into empowering families around the world. And while my babies won't understand that for a few more years, it's one of the greatest gifts we can give them.
Life is now less business casual outfits and more spit-up stained t-shirts with nap time work crunch time, but I wouldn't change it for the world. Funny how the unexpected can be exactly what we need.
I'm starting my maternity leave on August 15, but we have some super exciting things coming up this fall that I can't wait to share with you! And now that the secret's out you'll be seeing a lot more of me around these parts :)
Thank you for walking this road with us!
With Chikondi (Love),
CiH Founder & Executive Director