Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Time to Give Thanks & Be Merry!

Its CHRISTMASSSSS!!! Oh yes, yes it is! I LOVE this time of year. Though, going through the adoption process during the holidays is just plain tough. Being in the matching process is so discouraging. So many things have happened in the last few months, I won't get into them NOW, but I will say they have led us to some new decisions. The number one is that we are willing to straight foster. A few things came to light that have made us realize we may need to take time before we rush to adopt again. I don't really know if or when I will go over everything that has happened recently, but its been a ride. We also took the kids to the local Renaissance Festival & have been enjoying all the things this season brings. I'm sure I will touch base if we get a placement & how that whole journey goes, or update a little bit about our Christmas! On a side note, the day after Thanksgiving we lost one of our precious dogs. She had been with us for 12 years, and we were crushed. She had been in declining health for the last 2 years, and we had been fighting for her the prior 2 weeks. In the end, her heart just couldn't keep up & we made the decision to put her to sleep. It was NOT a good way to bring in the holidays, but we feel SO grateful for 12 great & healthy years with her.


Monday, November 24, 2014

Halloween, Disney & Other Things.....

Halloween!! This is my favorite holiday, with the exception of Christmas. I love the spooky decorations, the costumes, just ALLL of it! Last year I made Delilah's costume, but this year all 3 wore store bought. I know. If it is any consolation I did alter the girl's dresses, a BUNCH. We went out to my Mom's & our kids went trick or treating with my niece & nephew. Our kids are cousins & we try really hard to get them together & let them grow up together as much as possible. A couple of weekends ago we also had my mom keep the kids overnight, for the first time EVER. Chris & I enjoyed it by spending the evening at an amazing sushi dinner. Sunday morning we had brunch & went shopping all alone. I know shopping at the mall may not seem like a huge "Date" to some people, but for us it IS. We never shop at the mall, just the 2 of us. In other news last weekend we took the kids to see Disney On Ice. I made the girls outfits & we made Tuck a shirt too. They LOVED it & the show was amazing as always! On the adoption front, we are still in the slow process of matching. Things usually slow waaaaay down this time of year. They hate to move kids from their foster homes this time of year & so many people take vacations too, so placements stay put a lot unless its unavoidable. We went into it this time knowing it could be a VERY long wait. The more people in your family, the more obstacles to work around & the more personalities to match. Our 6th family member has to fit into this crazy puzzle & there are already 5 other pieces. We are being patient & knowing that our child is out there, somewhere. When the time is right, and everything is perfect, they will come home!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Almost that time!


I can't believe we are sneaking up on the holidays again! It's hands down my favorite time of year (despite the cold weather which I loathe). We have become fully licensed & are currently waiting for a match & placement. We are willing to do low legal risk foster to adopt. This process can take awhile, or go SO quickly. We waited 8 months with Tuck & were open for placements less than 2 weeks when we brought the girls home. For now we are all busy with work, school & just life in general.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Summer & School...


Our favorite time of year came to an end...it was a great summer! The kids are so much older this summer I could easily handle all 3 of them alone at the water park so we went 2-3 times per week. We also took the kids on vacation for a few days to the beach & had an amazing time! We went to Schlitterbahn, Moody Gardens, The Rainforest Cafe, the beach & spent many late nights swimming in the heated pool. The week after we got back the kids started school! I'll make another post all about that! But the kids are at such a great & fun age. They are all potty trained & really able to do ALL the amazing & fun things on vacation. It was a huge difference this year versus last year on vacation. The kids had a blast & I really hope they made a bunch of great memories.










Thursday, August 28, 2014

We're BAAAACK!!






I know its been forever! But, I really just wanted to take the summer off & really enjoy it. We had SOOO much fun & as sad as we are to see it end. I will start on the adoption front. We changed agencies & have been SO happy. Currently we are ONLY waiting on homestudy, yes again. With a new agency you have to get a NEW homestudy, so here we are again. Hopefully we get that knocked out soon & move along. We also just took a fabulous vacation! I am happy to have all 3 kiddos in school!! WHAT! Yes, Tucker started 3rd Grade, Everly started Pre-K & Delilah now goes to a private Preschool 2 days a week. I will share a bunch of photos from the Summer over the next few blogs! Meanwhile we are getting into a new "normal" and so far it is going SO well. All 3 kids are doing well in school & really like. I would also be lying if I didn't say I love it too! Even though they go in a 2 separate times & all 3 get out at different times I do have 2 hour blocks with no kids, or just one of the girls depending on the day of the week. Not only does it give me a much needed break from ALL 3 at once, it gives the kiddos one on one time that they love! Here are a couple of photos from this summer!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

What the..........

So, I have said many, many times how humbling this experience is. We went to homestudy committee with our agency a couple of weeks ago. The next day we got a call basically saying "yea sorry not right now". We had to pry & pry to get ANY type of explanation. We were finally given a generic answer that our girls were too young & they felt they weren't far enough into their placement. The girls placement is 2.5 years old. After everything they didn't even feel like we deserved an explanation past 2 sentences. Like we weren't real people with real kids & a real family. I honestly believe it had NOTHING to do with "US" (they told us repeatedly our family was perfect & we couldn't change anything) and had everything to do with my tendencies to voice my disgust with their unprofessional nature as a whole. Our last experience with them was a train wreck, mainly due to their inexperienced & untrained staff. They tossed me, my husband & our girls to the wolves. We had to educate their employees on what their own policies were according to their manual. We debated even licensing through them this time, against our better judgement we did it anyway. We felt that there was still an established relationship there & maybe things had changed since we were there last. After taking a few weeks to think everything through we decided to move forward with a different agency. We met with them last night & felt really good about it. We took them copies of everything we had done with our old agency, as well as a new application etc. At this point they are reviewing our application & requesting copies of all of our documents from our old agency. After that they will assess things & let us know what they think. We have a great optimistic feeling about this agency & how personal their whole process is. The people who approve your homestudy are people who have been working with you the ENTIRE process, not people who have NEVER met you & look at you as nothing but a file folder. I will update a little when we know a little more & whether we ultimately decide to move forward with them!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Homestudy, check!


This past Sunday we finished our homestudy!! Yay! I feel like things are taking FOREVER, but we really only turned in our application in the middle of March. We are now waiting on our homestudy worker to type everything from our interviews up & present us to the licensing committee. The licensing committee only meets every Tuesday, so it may be a couple of weeks! I'll keep you updated.