Monday, February 2, 2009

Because it makes me happy...






Say hello to my new plant.

6 comments:

Emily said...

very cute!

Andrew Ortmayer said...

Thanks for the encouragement.
I found your blog randomly looking through people who liked Derek Webb. I am so inspired by how open you are and by what you share in your writing. Your story makes me feel so vividly and helps to show me what this world is really about.
I am adopted. Two things about this, one is that I rarely talk about this, and your openness has inspired me to the point where I shared about it at church on Sunday and I plan to write about it soon.
Second, I think the reason my parents adopted is because their first child was stillborn and they felt like they couldn't do that again. Ive never talked to them about it, but I plan on doing that now.
Thank you so much and I will be praying for you and your husband.

Rob said...

Just randomly ran across your blog from your post on The Pipers site. Thought I'd share a little of our story. Somehow I find encouragement and hope in others with similar struggles (like you). I think it's just knowing we're not alone. So maybe (hopefully) you'll find some encouragement in these few words.

My wife and I have been married for 11 years and struggled to have kids for a good 5 years. We had one miscarriage in there and even a surgery that we hoped and prayed would help.

Sometime in the 5th year of hoping and praying, we finally decided to let go of our hopes of having our own children and look into adoption. And just as we were beginning to look into adoption... we found out we were expecting a baby.

It was a boy and he's now 20 months old, as healthy and funny and loving as can be. We sort of figured he'd be an only child... and now he has a 4 month old sister, who's also healthy and geniunely happy, even when her brother tries to step on her head. She has an open mouthed smile that can make your worst day suddenly not so bad after all.

In the few posts I've read on your blog, I'm amazed at your faith and trust. I think we failed miserably in both those areas. And yet somehow we're now blessed with 2 little people in our lives.

And 'blessed' doesn't begin to convey our joy and even suprise (still) that our lives have changed from despair and frustration to something so much better than we imagined.

I hope and pray that you find this same joy - whether it's with children of your own, or adoption, or something unexpected that only God knows right now. Sometimes (perhaps many times) true joy comes in those unexpected places.

Your faith and trust in the unseen is inspiring.

Ebe said...

With tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat, I can't express how much it means to me that you would reach out and offer us such love and encouragement.

Thank you.

Andrew Ortmayer said...

Ebe,
My email is andrewortmayer at gmail dot com. Thank you for your comment. I saved it, but only deleted it because I did not want my parents and some other people that read my blog to see it.

mama said...

oh i love this plant, it's beautiful! i bought so many plants after our daughter died...it was all i could do to keep something around me nurtured and growing.