Blogging about life in Minnesota, raising our six kids with Down syndrome while battling Breast Cancer.

Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor in the morning the devil says, "Oh shit! She's up!"

Friday, November 30, 2018

How did they get here? Axel's adoption

If you are new here, and you would like some reading material, here is a link to all the old blog posts related to Axel's adoption process. His was our first adoption, and quite a learning experience! I can't believe he's coming up on eight years home. The time has flown by! At the time I had four adult kids: Rob, Noah, Tyler and Bryon, and Dean had one adult son, Aaron. Angela was the only one left at home and she was 15. She did NOT like being an only child and she was SO excited to have a new brother join her! They have been best buds ever since! We're very lucky, because it doesn't always work out that way.

Anyway, if you would like to read about Axel's adoption process CLICK HERE to his posts, and go back to November 23, 2010

Let's go back in time

December is anniversary month for two of our kids: Axel came home December 2010, and Asher came home December 2011. Next came Abel in April 2013, and Audrey in 2014. Then we took a break for a few months to deal with the ugly monster called Cancer. Amos joined us March 2015, and Roman in January 2017. It has been a very busy eight years!!!!!

Tomorrow (December 1st) is when I met Axel for the SECOND time. I had met him months before, but under different circumstances, and at the time I had no intention of adopting. Once the adoption process was started, Axel is who we chose and the preparations began in August 2010. Here is a blog post I wrote as I prepared to travel to Kragujevac, Serbia to bring him home.

November 23rd, 2010

The last few weeks have been busy. All the paperwork and running around that is done to bring a child home is exhausting and frustrating. Sometimes it seems as if there is no way you will ever make it to the end. In reality you know there are thousands of families who have gone before you, and they have made it to the end, so you just keep plugging along, getting it done as fast as you can. The faster it's done, the faster your child comes home.

But towards the end of the process, just when you think you are spent, you start to get a little taste of the fun. As the fact that you're adopting becomes more real, and you can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel, you allow yourself small pleasures. Those small pleasures are all about gathering the actual items that you know in just a few weeks your child's hands will be touching.

Painting your child's room is one of those things that will keep you going.

Everyone in the family gets excited and wants to help. They gather where they can keep an eye on the action.

Picking out the paint color and bedding is another step. As you put each sheet on the bed, and lay out the blanket, you picture your new child there, sleeping securely in the room closest to yours. You wonder if he will want you to lay with him those first few nights as he learns the noises of his new home.

Some things you decide to leave until your child is home, knowing it will be one of the first times he'll be allowed to express his opinion, and that his opinion has value. 

And of course, buying the clothes he will wear is one very important step; clothes that are like wrapping him with a hug. You touch each item and find yourself praying over each them, that they'll find him healthy and happy each time he puts it on. You pray over his shoes that will walk the streets of his birth country for the very last time. You pray over the winter coat that will protect him from the bitter cold, and hope that you can protect him from some of life's bitterness.
Finally, the day arrives when it is time to pack up the items you've gathered, and try to pack your fears away as well, shifting your focus to the days ahead. In a matter of days, you will travel to the other side of the world for him, to touch him, to hold him again, to see his smile and hear his laughter.
You try to sleep those last few nights. Knowing when you leave your bed on the day of your departure, your life will be forever changed. You stop in his room one last time and say a prayer for the days ahead.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Welcome New Readers!

Wow!!! If you are new here today, you probably found us via the video done by Chris Ulmer from Special Books By Special Kids. Thank you so much for coming to read about us! I guess it's time for me to get this blog moving again. You'll see that I've said that many times over the last couple of years. Needless to say, we are a very busy family and it is difficult for me to find time to write. But, I will try my best! For those long-time readers who are looking for an update on the kids, here you go!!!!! Also, don't forget there will be a documentary set to release in June 2019!