Thursday, September 30, 2010

small steps and practice in patience

We have made another small step forward in the Home study process, our individual interviews are done! And we have our home visit scheduled for Monday. Hopefully with everything going to the committee review on Wednesday we can be approved shortly.
The whole process has been a lesson in patience, that just because we want things to move fast doesn't mean that they will. Which I think is good because we are about to start the active waiting period and I have a feeling that the lesson in patience is not even close to being done with.
We hope that we are able to find our birth parents quickly, we know they are out there and we know that we will find them. The birth parents that are about to become part of our lives, for the rest of our lives, as an extension to our family.
And congratulations to our friends Josh and Julie on their pending placement! What an exciting experience and with them all the best in their upcoming journey.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Ramblings

This last weekend we went to visit family out in San Francisco area, mainly it was to spend time with our dear nieces. We have not been able to see them for a year, they only recently moved from Florida to California. We loved the time we got to spend with them, they love to play in the princess tent with uncle Brian and read books with aunt Chriss. Great-Grandma brought them balls to play with and they were such a hit, we spent a good deal of time playing with the balls.

within minutes of arriving, Brian is in the popup princess house with the girls
                                                                                                                          For me, Chriss, I love watching Brian play with these girls. I love seeing him be the horsey or put them on his shoulders and ride around with them. For him put all the new hair bows in his hair to show the oldest one he can wear them too. I love having the girls come to me with a book in their hands that they want read to them. It melts our hearts when they come running up to us and want to give us big hugs.


she loved having her very own 'horsey'
As we were leaving and saying goodbye to these dear girls, I was holding the two year old and wearing my Families Supporting Adoption shirt. On the design there is a mom, a dad and a child in the middle, this dear niece pointed to each one and said "Mommy, Daddy, baby." It tugged on my heart strings something fierce, and I looked at her and told her she was right.
We know each family is formed in its own unique way and we know we are suppose to adopt. We know that there is so much love to go around and that when we are blessed with our child we hope to be blessed to have the birth parents involved as well. Because a child can never have enough love.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Education Classes

Part of the process is going through some adoption classes, how to use correct phrases such as a child is placed for adoption not given up for adoption and birth mom and birth father instead of real mom and real dad type of things.
Our favorite part though were the panels, there were several adoptive parents that shared their point of view and their experiences. It was great to know how vast and varied the journeys to adoption really are, even with siblings within the same family.
It was touching as well to have two young birth moms come and talk to us. They had placed within the last three months and the emotions were so raw and right there in front of us. Both were talking about their experience for the first time to the prospective adoptive parents.  They were so nervous to talk to us and to tell us their very personal journeys to choose adoption and how they chose their adoptive parents.
What a valuable experience to see how much this is going to be a part of our lives forever more. Not only are we going to have children to raise, but we will be blessed with birth parents and their families as well.
A child can never receive too much love.

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