Tuesday, September 4, 2012

One MORE Word, One LESS Orphan!

We began our journey of adoption in December 2010.  

My first blog post ever shared the news with our family and friends. 

It's been a long 20 months of waiting. 

We switched agencies after a year.  

Then switched to an independent adoption at the beginning of this month. 

A few days later, we got some news. 

About a baby boy in need of a family. 

Without hesitation, we said yes. 

His name will be Tyson Henry Word. 

Here's the video of us seeing him for the first time. :) 

We shared the news with our family over skype this past weekend.  We tried to capture their first reaction on camera as we told them. 

(We hadn't told anyone we were doing an independent adoption, so this was a BIG surprise to everyone!) 

My Parents in NJ.  Sorry we cut your face off, Dad.

Brian's Mom in TN- in disbelief!

In tears after we told her that his middle name was for her father.   :) 

Brian's Dad in TN- this is his excited face, I promise.   :)

Brian's brother in CO- excited to be an uncle again!

Brian's sister and brother-in-law in TN-  Can't wait for their seven month old to meet his cousins!

My sister in NJ (who is going to kill me with this picture taken at 8am looking like she has short, crazy hair....and we had the flash on the camera by accident....   she was totally surprised and so excited for us!

God is always on time. 

Though we haven't always wanted to trust that, we know that it's true. 

Thank you for your prayers as we have waited these many months. We would love to have you continue to pray as we walk through the steps of finalizing the adoption and traveling to get him. 

We can't wait to introduce you to him in hopefully 4-6 months! 

And I promise- ONE day you will actually SEE pictures of our kiddos on here.  :) 


  1. Oh my! I'm just shaky reading this! I'm SO happy for you guys and I cannot wait to meet him!

  2. Congratulations! That is awesome!!!

  3. Precious! Congratulations to your sweet little family!

    Kelley @ www.movedtomove.blogspot.com

  4. I am so so so happy for you! The waiting is so hard and now you are in the home stretch!!! Praise Jesus!

    On a very selfish note, I still hope to meet you in January!

  5. Congratulations!! I could not be more excited for you!

  6. Leslie, I want to just jump up and down with joy for you guys! What a blessing you and Bryan will be to Tyson and he to you! Love you all! (Can't wait for Huddy to meet his God-cousin!)

  7. Leslie, I am soo happy for you and Brian! I always look forward to reading your blog, it is truly inspiring. Best of luck with the next steps of adoption, excited to read more:)

  8. How wonderful!!!! Congrats and so so excited for you both! And little Tyson!!!

  9. Congratulations Leslie and Bryan! What wonderful news! I've been following your blog and praying for you for quite some time now. What a blessing he will be for your family! Many more prayers headed your way as you finish up his adoption!

  10. I am so happy for you. Looking forward to the day you can post a picture of your whole family - together.

    (I don't know if I've ever commented on your blog before but I've been reading for awhile and have found so much to identify with, thank you for sharing your heart.)

  11. Congratulations! I'm so happy for you all!