My family has grown yet again!! No, this isnt the first time I have blogged about an adoption day in my family, and yet, I do believe it will be the last, at least, for a very long time. As you can see, our family has gained one sweet little girl who now goes by the name Anna Marie. We finalized her adoption on November 6th in front of the same judge we finalized our son, Isaiah's (middle) adoption back in April. If you look closely, you will see my husband via Skype. That is how he was able to participate in this day's adoption hearing.
I do very much miss paper crafting and coloring with my lovely and neglected copic markers. But ,as you can see, my time priorities have changed drastically over the last year. I have explained to my neglected stamps, markers, inks, papers and embelishments that with my husband in Afghanistan and with us having three children, that I am just not able to spend as much time as I would like with them, and they seem to understand. Thankfully, they do not expire, and are happy to wait for me to have time for them again hopefully soon.
I would like to encourage anyone who has ever felt a tug at their hearts to explore adoption to contact their local department of family protective services / CPS office and find out about attending the next information meeting on becoming a foster to adopt family. There are thousands of thousands of children who, because of no fault of their own , find themselves without a forever family. Although it is true that most these kids all have problems and have experienced more trauma in their young lives than most adults, they are not broken, they really just need a place to call home. A place to feel safe and secure and settled. They are good kids who sometimes wear their trauma around like a cloak. These kids just need someone to love them and toss that cloak away, replacing it with a warm hug that will always be there.
If this idea touches you at all, please just go check out an information meeting. I promise, they do not hand you a kid after the information meeting. haha ..
That is it for now, I will get off my soap box and get back to the work at hand .. housework..
Maybe I will make a card.. just maybe..