Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Back To Life ~ Back To Reality ..

Yesterday was our first day of school for the kidlets and back to work for moi. Although Little Buddy declared several times over the weekend he was going to, "probably be shy" when I went in to wake them up at 6:30 he was up and dressed. I was so proud of him!

Although a looong day, they both fared well. "Little Shining Stars" as the director put it. We had a meeting with some workers at home last night and that amped them out a bit. Sweet Pea is too young to understand the goings on but she was wound for sound at the day's goings on just the same. I didn't get her down until 9pm. That was a Battle Of The Wills for 2 hours, my friends..

Ah, it's good to be back in the swing of things..

My mornings now start at 5am.. I need some "me time" and time to get ready. I'll learn my lesson and start going to bed earlier one of these days.. LOL.

So for now, things are going well. Of course we have our moments but for the most part, the kiddos are doing awesome. As far as knowing what their length of stay may be, it's totally up in the air.. the next couple of months are critical.

I told the workers last night we know cases can change literally in an instant. Family can come forward, birth parents can pull it together.. anything is possible. I truly feel terrible for their mom (a heart wrenching life lead) and pray she is able to dig deep and find peace in whatever her decisions are. Please keep her in your prayers as well.

In the meantime, we're going to love on the kids and enjoy our time with them.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Giving Thanks...

In typical Full Circle Style, we do this holiday differently. Gramsie and GrandPapa usually visit family out of town on Thanksgiving; so we do our feasting on Saturday. Unfortunately, their destination was up in the mountains and a blizzard warning the day they were to depart kept them home. Since we have a load of family and friends joining us on Saturday, our plans remain set.

Today, we give thanks over Surf N Turf.

Little Buddy doesn't quite get all the fuss. As a matter of fact, he's questioning why we don't give presents on Thanksgiving. Kinda lame in his book. The one saving grace? He's totally stoked that his Auntie MooMoo will be eating with us TWICE in the next few days.

She is awesome..

Today I give thanks for my wonderful husband, our two very special guests, amazing family and friends and awesome job (especially for being so flexible). This journey would not be the same without the support of my bloggy friends.. you all are the best!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

MTVAA ~ Thanksgiving Edition ~ TONIGHT!

Tonight we are kicking off Thanksgiving early on MomTV's Adoption Angles. The Beautiful Mother and Daughter Duo.. Ann and Amanda Angel will be joining us!

We've got a very special chat scheduled, including a giveaway of their new book:

NOT ONLY will we have an awesome show.. you can see me in all my EXHAUSTED glory and hear more about Little Buddy and Sweet Pea!

Tonight ..9PM EST.. 6PM PST.. BE THERE!!

Kidlet Update

Little Buddy and Sweet Pea are doing really well. Our biggest feat thus far? Braving WalMart with zero incident. During Thanksgiving week, no less. Shoppers there never cease to amaze me. We literally had only 1 hour to stock up (yet another worker was scheduled to visit and we had to get back home pronto) and time was of the essence.

Although we have lots of stuff that fits Sweet Pea, we needed virtually everything for Little Buddy. And groceries. Murphy's Law ensued: Since we were in a huge hurry we got stuck behind the dawdlers and EVERY aisle had someone parked cross ways blocking passage. When you say, "Excuse me" (ie: MOVE!) they look at you like you're putting them out.

"So rude" (as Little Buddy would say).

Behaviours haven't come out yet, but we're still on the "Honeymoon". It'll be a few weeks (or less) for stuff to come out. We don't know much case-wise but we do know we'll have them at least through the first of the year.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Perfect Moment Monday

Perfectly Chaotic...


Sunday, November 21, 2010

.. And So It Begins.. Again..

At 1:30AM our new journey began..

Meet Little Buddy (6 yrs) and adorable little sister Sweet Pea (22 months old). At this point we don't know if they will be with us a day, a week, a year or a lifetime. What we do know is they are darling and brave. Very very brave.

God's plan.. it's a wild ride..

Friday, November 19, 2010

Pulling My Head Out..

.. of the sand ..

Why? What did you think I was going to say?

Monday's news wasn't a complete shock and we know darn well it's absolutely what's best for the girls. That being said, it still kind of smarts. Y'all know I try to be as real as possible here and honestly, there's a true sense of grief and loss. Not to mention the fact that time is marching on. DH and I are far from spring chickens and we've got friends and family that have no problem reminding us of that fact.

Tick Tock Tick Tock.

So I did what I do best in these situations: D.R.S. ~ Disappear, Regroup, Shop. Not necessarily in that order. The Good Lord blessed me with a 30% coupon from Kohls and I put it to good use. Thank you My Missy for aiding and abetting.

I've had a chance to feel what I feel (including guilt for being selfish), it has been acknowledged and now it's time to move on. This journey is not an easy one (on many levels) but it's ours and we own it.


Monday, November 15, 2010

The Four One One...

The verdict is in: The girls will not be coming to us.

The good news? They get to stay where they are and that's a good thing. One less move=less trauma.

Disappointed? Yeah, a little. But happy for them just the same.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

She's Got The Right Idea...

Take a break, relax and soak up some sunshine..

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Low Down & Great News From A Friend...

Monday is gonna be a BIG DAY, y'all!

We got a call yesterday from The Office. A firm decision will be made tomorrow and we should know by Monday. For sure.


Our dear friend Cloudmaster from Life Goes On & On told us last night during Adoption Angles THEY FINALLY GOT WORD.. Little (S) will be officially ADOPTED on Monday the 15th!!! AND GET THIS.. in his county, the 15th is when they are celebrating National Adoption Day. Their ceremony will be held as an event at children's museum!!! What started out as "just fostering" nearly 3 years ago ended up being truly life changing for CM & his wife.

PLEASE surf over and congratulate them!

It's official.. MONDAYS ROCK! :)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tonight's Topic On MTVAA...

We'll be chatting up November being National Adoption Awareness Month and what it's all about. I'll be answering questions (to the best of my ability) and offering great information from websites like:

and sharing our journey, of course.

OH, did I mention a COOL GIVEAWAY from A big, "THANK YOU!!" to our friends at Company Kids for the totally fun (and darling) hooded Ducky towel we'll be giving away tonight to 1 lucky viewer! Please make sure to check out their web site.. it's loaded with DARLING products!

Tonight ..9PM EST.. 6PM PST.. Join me LIVE for a great chat!!


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Hey Hey Hey...

Duane, ReRun and Rog came by to give an update on...you guessed it:

What's Happening! (sorry, I couldn't resist..)

Y'all ready?

Zip, Zilch, Nada, Nothing.


As instructed, I left a message yesterday with the worker but have yet to hear back. No news is good news? Blown off? Dunno.. yet. As soon as I hear I will update..

Until then..

Let's Dance Like ReRun!

Because really, if you can't have a little fun what's the point, right?

Monday, November 8, 2010

The Big Day...

Yep.. it's almost time..

Today is the day we find out the latest on the case. As I've said before, it's a total long shot. They have a bunch of great potential families in the running and honestly, that gives me peace. Whomever is chosen will be a perfect match and they know the children (yes, it's sibs) best. After all, their well being is what's most important.

Stay Tuned!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

An Awesome Show & Cool Giveaway Tonight on MTVAA!

I'm thrilled to have the one and only Judy M. Miller joining us tonight on MomTV's Adoption Angles!!

Judy is an adoptive parent and adoption advocate living in the Midwest with her husband and four children. She has mentored prospective adoptive and adoptive parents for over a decade about adoption—its joys and issues. Judy is a columnist for the adoption network, Grown in My Heart, focusing on transracial parenting, special needs, and teens and tweens. Her essays and articles appear in adoption and parenting magazines. Judy’s stories are featured in A Cup of Comfort for Adoptive Families (Adams Media), Pieces of Me: Who Do I Want to Be? (EMK Press), and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Mom (Chicken Soup for the Soul). She presented on “Finding Our Stories Online” at Story Circle Network’s Stories of the Heart. Judy works as an adoptive parent educator and also offers online classes for adoptive parents of tweens and teens at Parenting Your Adopted Child: Tweens, Teens and Beyond.

She can also be found at http://judymmiller.com/
and on Twitter: @MamaMiller...

We will be chatting about advocacy and possible triggers in adoption.

OH, did I mention a COOL GIVEAWAY??A big, "THANK YOU!!" to our friends at Company Kids for the totally fun (and darling) hooded Ducky towel we'll be giving away tonight to 1 lucky viewer! Please make sure to check out their web site.. it's loaded with DARLING products!

Tonight ..9PM EST.. 6PM PST.. Join us LIVE for a great chat!!


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Countdown Officially Begins..

Monday, November 1, 2010

It's Here! It's Here!

For more information go to: The Dave Thomas Foundation For Adoption and follow them on Twitter: @DTFA

Together we CAN make a difference!

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