Our Adoption Journey!

A journal of our thoughts, feelings and steps in the process of adopting a child with significant special needs.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Yeah....I know, everything happens for a reason

Well, it has been a while since I have posted anything on this blog, mainly because there was nothing neww and we were in kind of a limbo waiting for things to develop. Unfortunately, things did the opposite of materialize with the twins. It just did not work out and we had to withdraw from the situation. Maybe we are just meant to be foster parents for a while, or maybe there is another little one out there that needs us more. I know it is out of my hands. On the upside though, Andre is doing great....it is like he has always been our child and has been here with us his whole life. He and Ethan are inseperable buddies. He had surgery last month....it was harder on Ethan than it was on him. Ethan was so anxious not to be there and know what was going on every second, and the nurses totally melted when Ethan finally got to come see his brother and drove his chair right up to Andre's bedside, gently took his hand and couldn't stop saying "I love you Andre" over and over until andre came out of a daze of medication and smiled so big at him. It was the most precious thing ever and even with his limited articulation the nurses understood perfectly what he was saying. And we are just a month away from finalizing his adoption and everyone is so excited.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

It's a boy....and a girl!

We have spent this past week visiting the twins we hope will be with us very soon. While it was hard to leave not knowing exactly when we would be back, it is good to be back in the comfort of home. Now. To get through all the paperwork and red tape, and hopefully several more visits and then we should be bringing them home! I had better start getting ready as I am sure the time will fly by this time....

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Double Blessings

I am thinking it will only be a matter of days before I will have news that we will get to go for a visit to meet the twins we hope will be joining our family soon. Another brother and to my girls delight a sister too! We will have a very full house, full of children and extra full of love. We have been exploring the idea that we will soon need to make an extension onto the house, including a sensory/therapy/equipment room and a bedroom w/ an en suite bathroom to accomodate Ethan and Andre's needs ie. roll in shower, and special toilet because they are both at an age where they are going to go through tremendous growth spurts and I don't need to damage my back with continuous transfers from wheelchair to bath etc. Good thing we have a huge lot and plenty of room to add on!!!!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

L-O-V-E

Our first photo shoot as a family of 7....hard to believe we could be doing this again in a few months as a family of nine!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Last training seminar???

...I hope. We have our last training class tomorrow for our foster license for special needs kids. We hadn't actually planned on finishing the foster license right now, but it was recommended by Andre's adoption team and means that he will continue to get his subsidies while we wait the six months to finalize the adoption. Tomorrow Andre will get to meet grandma and grandpa and other family members for the first time as well. So far he is doing really well adjusting to a new home and family and finally is in school after a long battle to have him placed in the same program as Ethan, and now it is only 2 weeks until school is out for summer holidays. We still hope to add more to our family and have a couple of prospects, but the waiting seems a lot easier now that we have Andre here and filling our spare time with getting to know him and taking care of him. This kids all love him and spoil him, even though he is older than all of them, they all are taking the roles of big brother and sister.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Placement

I had better post since we have had Andre since Friday night. Everything has gone so smoothly since he has come home. He is a very sweet boy and is fitting in nicely. He is really loving having the kids around and became quite sad when they got on the bus this morning to go to school but hopefully he will be getting on that bus with them in a couple days. The kids all got a stomach virus so that complicated things a bit but over all it was a very pleasent first weekend with our new son.

Friday, March 9, 2012

So many amazing women....

....doing wonderful things. Last night was the woman of the year banquet. What a special experience it was. I was "Ms. June" and we shared a table with "Miss May" who founded a non-profit that assists military families with a deployed family member. All of the women had amazing stories, and incredible causes that they were all very passionate about. It was both humbling and inspiring. The winner was Ruth Collins, who started AzBrainfood....who provide a backpack of healthy food to students who would not have any food over the weekend when they were not getting meals provided at school. She is an amazing woman with a very worthy cause!!!
I love events like this that really bring back the focus of what is important in life!