Gus and........Lula???

After one year in the adoption process, thirty-nine notarizations, authentications, and certifications, four homestudy meetings, five trips into Atlanta (for said authentications), six months of "officially" waiting, five parenting and adoption books, accumulation of countless baby items, and thousands of prayers.........we have a "pre-referral"!

For those of you not familiar with the adoption process, a referral is when we will get photos, medical information, names, histories, etc. for the two children we've been matched with.  We don't have this yet.  And for those who don't know what a "pre-referral" is (which is all of you, since I just made the term up!) - it's our agency letting us know (unofficially, of course) that we've been matched with two BOYS! 

In all our months of waiting, the thought that we might end up with 2 boys never really crossed my mind.  I knew it was a possibility, of course, but I just knew that we would end up with at least one girl.  After all, we don't know much about little boys at all, and we're surrounded by little girls (our nieces, our small group, etc.).  So when I read the email from our agency, all I could do was laugh.  There were so many thoughts rushing through my head, but one of the dominant ones was: "God is just hilarious!"   After all our preparation, planning, and waiting, he still knew how to throw us a curveball!  And I'm thrilled, over the moon, jumping for joy!
Just like when we finally got immigration approval back in spring, I'm making my cheesy happy face!  

There are, of course, a few practical matters to consider.  For instance, my etsy store, Gus + Lula, named after our pet names for our little ones.  I'm thinking our son will probably not be cool with the nickname Lula. 

And my gorgeous tole chandelier.  A little on the fussy side for two boys.  What was I thinking?!?!

I'd love to find a faux bamboo fixture (like this one) to replace it - if anyone knows where to find one of these cheap, please let me know!

And names -- we had two girls' names picked out, and just one boys' name.  Of course.  So now we need to come up with another boys' name - NOT an easy process for us!

Through all of the new tasks (reading Dobson's Raising Boys, "man-ifying" the nursery a little, coming up with another name.....) I will be rejoicing and praising God for this unexpected change of events, and praying He turns me into the mother these little boys need.  Obviously, God knew that I need them.  These verses have been running through my head since we heard the news:

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:19

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. - Romans 8:28

Both of these are great reminders to me that God is in control, and that He is working all things - including our months of waiting and our surprise pre-referral - for our good.  If I did not have this assurance, I can't imagine the stress and anxiety of knowing that our babies are half way around the world in a third world country!  God is good!

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Karen said... Best Blogger Tips

Lula has to go of course; but, I think the chandelier is probably fine for the foreseeable future. I am constantly reminding myself (and others) that when God closes door we thought we wanted to open, it is probably because he knows better :P Reminds me of the RS song- "You can't always get what you want, but when you try sometime you just might find, you get what you need" :) Congrats on your pre-referral. I hope everything is smooth sailing from here. And I can honestly say that, though I always wanted at least one of each, I find myself eternally blessed by being mom to 2 boys

Heidi said... Best Blogger Tips

how awesome! a yay!, yay!!, yay!!! is surely in order. it is amazing how God certainly does have a sence of humor AND that He always will provide all our needs.

If it will help in your name process at all I've got an Owen and Eli (short for Elijah) and other boy names on our list were: Noah, Gabe (Gabriel), Charlie, and Maxx.


Brooke@SweetMintStudios said... Best Blogger Tips

Ummm... crying again as I read this post. And yes... Lula AND that pretty chandelier both have to go. I'm sure you'll find another place for the light fixture. I seriously cannot wait to meet "our" baby boys and let them know that not only do they have a momma and daddy who love them now, but they are surrounded by an entire (CrAZY) family who loves them!

Emily said... Best Blogger Tips

This is such a beautiful post and I have to say, hearing how well your experience with adoption has gone gives me great hope. My husband and I have begun the domestic adoption process and have been "officially waiting" for 4 months now. I couldn't agree more with the sentiment about God being in charge...it certainly makes for some good laughs when He reminds us, doesn't it? :)

MrsSouthernBelle said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats! That is so exciting!!! I am sure you will come up with a great name!!

Ange said... Best Blogger Tips

How exciting!!! Can't wait to hear more about those two little boys and what their names will be! God is good, all the time!

Margo said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations to you and your boys!!

Sawdust and Paperscraps said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats!!!!! That is so exciting.

Big Boops said... Best Blogger Tips

You are just precious! And I will take your girly chandy, I have the matching vintage table lamp in my daughters room :). But I don't have a cool faux bamboo lantern to trade you for it :( I think that "lula" will love this story about his pet name. You already have a funny family story and you aren't even united yet! How cool is that!

Tanya said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm a two-boy mom, too, and I can tell you it's going to be a blast (although you may want to put away some of your pretty breakables)! Congratulations!

Annie @ The House That Jade Built said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations & how exciting! So happy for you guys! Yes Lula won't work or the chandelier & I know what you mean by laughing at God's humor. I am from a family of all girls & first had a daughter. Girls are all I knew. Then, I had my son, Everett, and he's so much fun you love being a Mom to boys! Trust me there will be some hilarious learning curves in your future, but it will be fantastic! Can't wait to see your boys :)

The Extra Ordinary Bree said... Best Blogger Tips

You will love being a mom to boys. Your personality and humor seem to be designed for it! When I was pregnant with my first I desperately wanted a girl (I'm the oldest of 3 girls!) I'm now the mommy of 4 boys and let me tell you I'm not sure what I would do if I had a bunch of girls instead of boys. My mother always told me God gives us what He thinks we need... I know that's true with birth and adoption!

Chris10 said... Best Blogger Tips

How exciting! Boys are amazing! Can't wait to read about your next step.

The Mom said... Best Blogger Tips

So happy for you all. Whatever God provides is GOOD. And just consider the thought that before the foundation of the world, He chose YOUR family to be the one to raise these sons, who have a destiny and a calling that is their own. Can't wait to see it unfold. Blessings and Merry Christmas! Joy awaits you (and lots of blue, trucks, dirt, etc.,!)

Sarah Ann said... Best Blogger Tips

Aww! Congrats! I'm glad you are finally getting some progress!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I am so excited we have two older girls and an almost 2 yo boy and he is such a BOY!!! I like Guy...Gus and Guy are kind of twin names or you could do the alphabet like a is for Augustus and b is for Benjamin or months of the year like July and August or Ceasars like Augustus and Octavious...Wow I am out of control tonight...but sooooo excited for you!

Kim from IL

Mrs. 5C said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations!! I love the cheesy happy face. :)

Gretchen, Justin, Elizabeth and Blake said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations!!! From your neighbor Annie's sister :-)

Jessica@The Southern Belle Baby said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations on your "pre-referral!" Let me tell you that boys are the absolute best! Take it from a girly girl that has one and wouldn't change it for the world. You'll love being a "boy mom!"

Katy Kirkwood said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations!!!!! I was thinking the other day about how long 10 months seem to carry a baby before you meet them and it made me pray for y'all as you've been 'carrying' these babies much longer! Can't wait to meet them :o)

Valerie said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations!! What wonderful, blessed news! Can't wait to cyber-meet your two guys! :)

Becky said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations. Soooo exciting!!!!!

Jenna said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats!!! I'm so, so excited for you!! And not to worry, having two boys is great! Not without it's challenges, but truly wonderful. And this is coming from the oldest of three girls whose mom was one of three girls. Can you say NO boy experience! Lol! I love having my two little boys and now we have a baby girl in the mix, which is wonderful too. I'll pray God prepares your heart for your two precious (and potentially rough and tumble) boys. :)

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Gus and Louie? Sounds like a couple of old life long friends. Congratulations.

Pam @ bibbidi-bobbidi-beautiful said... Best Blogger Tips

Britt, that's such wonderful news!! What a gift to be in anticipation of a son (or two!)during Advent! A close friend of mine has a "Gus"- short for Agustine, and her other son's name is Ambrose. Both saints names that had special meaning for her.
Regarding the chandelier- perhaps you were thinking you wanted to sell it to me?!

If you wouldn't mind taking a moment to say a prayer for a friend of mine- she's the mother of two boys as well and lost her husband a few months ago. She's been handling things amazingly well since her husband passed away, but in the last week she's had a few hard knocks and today a pipe burst in her basement, flooding it and ruining the carpet and some other stuff. She just said on the phone that she feels like she's being tested and she doesn't understand why.

Anyway, congrats on your wonderful news! Can't wait to hear all the details soon!

Jen said... Best Blogger Tips

Aw, two boys will be great! Just think how much fun they'll have playing together :) I had desperately wanted a girl and had the perfect girl name picked out, etc. I didn't find out the gender in advance, but had pretty much convinced myself that I was having a girl. I was very surprised when it turned out to be a boy. Now I couldn't imagine it any other way. Boys are so much fun! It's also kind of special being the only girl in the house :)

Julia said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulation!! I posted the other day for the first time and here I am again. I also live on the southside of Atl, Peachtree City. Anyway, so excited for y'all. I felt the same way about having a boy when I was pg with my little man, but I can honestly say he is such a joy and there's such a different bond with him than I have with my girls. You will adore being a boy mommy!! God bless!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations! What wonderful news--and right before Christmas!

busybodyk said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations! Its a Christmas miracle!

Janell @ Isabella and Max said... Best Blogger Tips

Amazing...so happy for you! Janell

Jess said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats! God is so amazing! We've been praying for your family and a smooth adoption process. So glad to see progress and a humorous turn in events!


caroline said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations! What a wonderful Christmas surprise!

Rachel said... Best Blogger Tips

My parents birthed and raised twelve kids! Count 'em: twelve! And you know what my dad says? "We have kids to raise parents." Don't think you're going to be perfect despite all your prep, forgive yourself when you make a mistake and let it go. Your boys almost certainly will. Congratulations!

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