March 26, 2007

We're parents!

Life has been a whirlwind of ups, downs and crazy turns these past few days! I apologize for the blog hiatus and promise my readers that all will return to normal by tomorrow. (yeah, right!)

We have adopted the 2 foster children who were living with us. *Wheww*Feels strange to say that! These two boys were placed in foster care with us last February, so we've had them for over a year. An aunt of theirs was supposed to be adopting them in April of this year, but some "stuff" happened and the birth mom said she would sign a surrender ONLY if my husband and I adopted them. We found this out one evening last week and the next day we had a lawyer and the next day we were in court and proceeding! I don't think I've signed my name to so many documents in one sitting before! We've been dragged along on an emotional roller-coaster since day one with these kids and now we are so happy that we've made it official. YAY!

Let me just say that is is a bit strange to become a mom overnight to a 7 year old and a 2 year old. I'm going to share a photo of them soon after they moved in with us last year.
Stickyfingers was 6 and Crumbgrabber was 15 months. They were both under-nourished and VERY small for their ages. Crumbgrabber weighed only 17 lbs. This picture was taken about a month of two after they'd moved in and both were beginning to flourish.

This is them last week!

They are healthy, happy and 'full-of-life' kids. Stickyfingers is almost 8 now and Crumbgrabber is 2 1/2. And I...well, let's just say I've aged considerably! Being parents is HARD WORK. Now we are 'official". We are proud and excited and nervous all at the same time! The first thing my husband said was, "We need a mini-van now." Hee hee, I'm not so sure our station wagon won't do, but we'll see.

Wish us luck on this crazy adventure called parenthood.

16 comments:

kathy said...

Good Luck. The children look like they are glowing. I am sure they will make you proud.

tgrdina said...

ongratulations! They look healthy and happy....they will keep you busy, for sure!

InspiredByInk said...

congrats! I'm so happy for you (sorry I think it was a spurt of hormones or something before lol). I am seriously excited for you guys. Now I can send my 2 there for the summer heheheh. Give you some REAL experience woo hoo!

hugs to ya GF

bobbie

Jan Scholl said...

well Momma, the world is a better place because of people like you and your hubby. Thank you for being there for these kids who must adore you both. LIve long and prosper-and get back on that vegan diet to save some 4 legged children.

Dana said...

Thanks all! It will be an adventure, no doubt.*grin*

Jan, it is my goal to have us ALL back to being vegan before the year is out. Convincing my DH to give up cheese again will be the hard part!

Bobbie, send 'em on up! We can handle anything now!

Ila said...

Congratulations! What happy, healthy and handsome boys. Looks like you and your husband are doing a Great Job!! in the parenting department!! Wishing you all the Best!!

tyrymom29 said...

Congratulations !!!! They both look so Happy ......!!! Parenting is the HArdest job ,,,,But sooooo rewarding at the same time ....

Jessica (jessrose21) said...

Congratulations to all of you! They are so cute and look like great kids. God bless you and your husband as you raise them. Stories like yours give me a lump in my throat!

lisa said...

CONGRATULATIONS!! I can't even imagine taking care of 2 children!! But you and Greg are doing a wonderful job!!

Anonymous said...

Oh, my goodness, they are just so adorably cute -- I just wanna hug 'em. Congratulations!! Wishing you and your new family all the very best.

barb

Y said...

Congratulations! The kids look sooo happy!!!

Now if only we could clone people like you and your husband, our world will be much better off!!!! :)

Best of luck!

YM

Aunt Mary said...

I'm so proud of you and Greg. If you think the past year has been a whirlwind, wait for the next 50 or so!! I'm always here, just so you know...And when do we get to swap?
I'm so happy to officially be their "Aunt Mary." Can't wait to see you guys this weekend and share in the celebration.
I love you all!!

Robin said...

Congratulations! I am so glad for you and the kids.

Inkinitup said...

What great news! Congratulations Dana! The world is a better place with people like you and your husband in it! The boys look happy and you certainly sound happy! What a great gift you've both given, and received!

Tammy L said...

Congratulations!! That was fast! Your kids are SO cute!!! They look so happy and healthy. :) I'll bet it's wonderful to know they're your own now. :)

Kelly said...

congratulations! beautiful children!