I'm new to probably a bunch of you in here . . . but I'm really an old timer - used to be Admin. around here, but not for several years, now.
My two oldest are HG babies (except my first is now taller than me). We've adopted twice, once as foster parents in Utah, and then an Agency turned private adoption last summer - and they are both 7 (born 2 months apart).
We've been dealing with some of the residual affects of adoption - since it's typical for 7 year olds to question their adoptions, because instead of just a nice story they start to reallize it's real. Adam thought he'd been stolen, and was oppositional because of it, and Andrew is still struggling with believing he won't ever be moved again, but all in all things are settling and we are all happy and healthy, and well. We've had diagnoses of asthma, ADHD in both boys, and ODD in both boys as well, and getting a name for what we were dealing with, and medication after months of counseling has helped us to help them.
We thought we were done - adding kids to the family and everything. We always wanted three boys, considered our girl a bonus, and that we could finally settle down to raising our kids, and not worrying about where the next one was coming from. Wrong! After months of thoughts popping into my head about becoming foster parents every time I saw a kid in need on the news, I finally discussed it w/ dh, and he picked up the paperwork. This time around we've been blessed - I don't know if God is making our path smooth, or if we're just used to the process, but the process had had no hiccups - my fingerprints came back fast (last time they took 4 months), the homestudy visits (2), have been easy, we even enjoyed the PRIDE foster training! We have finished training, and turned in all our paperwork, and have our 2nd home visit on Monday. Unless someone has a serious concern about us, we'll be licensed by the end of August. We are interested in girls, 0-3, ok with a sibling group of 2. We'll see what happens. We've been warned that we'll be bombarded with phone calls. Alden is convinced that we'll be adopting again - I think I'm afraid to hope. The process is really long here in Idaho - Adam's fostering was completed, including the adoption process, less than a year after placement in our home, and we were his only foster placement. This will easily be 2-3 years, and that's if we actually get to adopt the first chidlren placed with us, and we could really get anything - 2-3 days to 2-3 year placements that still return home, so I'm afraid to be too hopeful at first, because I don't know that we'll adopt our first placement - just have to trust that if God wants us to adopt again, it'll happen in it's own due time.
I've told Alden this is our "oops" - you know, those bumper kids at the tail end of a big family that weren't planned, or came years later . . . but he said we can't "oops" and adoption. hehe.
I hope everyone is well, and I have time to stick around for a while before Aaron starts Virtual H.S., and school starts in the fall, and all my piano students come back from summer breaks.
Huge hugs to everyone.
Mom to Aaron 14 (HG), Anna 11 (HG), Adam 8 (adopted), Andrew 8 (adopted), fostering a newborn . . .