A Mother’s Day Series For All The Waiting Mothers.

Today is Mother’s Day 2017.  I have received countless handmade treasures.  This is a tradition now.  I have made it that way.  I want the kids to know that I am human too, and I like to be acknowledged.  They know it, and because of it, they spend the day lavishing kindness upon me.  I…

Draft DONE.

A few minutes ago, our home study draft landed in my inbox!!!  This is the culmination of about eight weeks worth of work, worry and, yes, tears.  I cry because the paperwork is ALWAYS harder than I remember it.  I cry because this is NEVER on my timeline.  It is NEVER goes as fast as…

Physical & Psychological

Before all the adoption paperwork updates, I think everyone might want a Gigi update.  She is doing so well!  We are out of the woods on any bleeding issues that might have occurred from the reinsertion of her implant.  The plan is to activate it on April 5th.  We are so excited at the new…

Paperchasing from the Halls of the Hospital.

I do my best adoption prep from the ICU.  It’s where all of Gigi’s paperwork was done, while Tess had open heart surgery.  This time, Isabel’s paperwork is being done from Gigi’s bedside.  She is spending a couple of days in the ICU as we re-insert her Cochlear Implant and try to make sure her…

Print Me.

Adoption wise, the rest of the week’s focus was spent on fingerprinting. PRINT US! At this point, I’m cool with it.  We have been fingerprinted so many times now.  You want my prints, you get ’em.  To adopt, we know we have to be printed by everyone and their mother.  That process began this week…

The First Five Weeks, In Bullets.

Yesterday, we announced we were adopting again.  Five weeks ago, the official decision was made.  It was many weeks before that when Isabel’s little face first came into our view though.  We have quite the process, as a family, that goes into deciding about adoption.  There are 13 voices at our table.  13 equal voices…

An Announcement, From All Your Thoughts & Prayers.

I think these posts might be the ones I worry about the most.  Always, the most.  And I’ve posted many of this type of announcement here. I posted from the hospital when two of my daughters were dying.  Those posts didn’t worry me at all.  The situation did, but not the post.  I knew how…

‘Tis The Season For Letting Go and Starting Anew.

It’s the season for family, but it’s also a season for new beginnings.  There was a celebration of the birth of the baby that we believe is our Savior.  There is now the ushering in of a new year (2017, we can’t wait for you to come already).  It is a season of new beginnings…

525,600 Minutes.

It was that many minutes ago that we met Gigi.  In minute one, we got the great side eye from one very skeptical girl. I signed, and we became forever. She wrapped her brothers around her tiny finger. Then she did the same to her daddy. From minute 20, 160, when we were all finally…

The Birthday Saboteur: Setting Her Up for Success.

Yesterday was my 38th birthday.  Thank you all SO much for the social media birthday wishes.  They were amazing, and made me feel so loved.  The most amazing gift of the day was actually being able to enjoy my day, for the first time in a very long time. I have a child who is…

The N Word

This morning I made a post to Facebook about the ‘N’ word.  Unless you’re living under a rock, you probably know to which word I am referring.  It is that nasty little word that people think died long ago.  I heard it in the aisle of Target, while shopping for a few office supplies, after…