This past week, our little village had a new (temporary) addition: Miss Olivia. Her family went on vacation so no, she's not a foster.. LOL. She's the wiggliest, silliest pup.. and wonderful with the kids (she has three of her own at home). We call her, "Lovie" instead of Livvie.
Foster care survivor, country music singer/song writer and champion for children in the foster care system, Jimmy Wayne, will be speaking today on the floor of the Tennessee General Assembly. It is regarding a bill that would extend the age of children in foster care from 18 to 21.
This is a big deal. It will allow young adults more time and access to services that can help them transition to adulthood from state custody and has gained national attention. Please take a moment to read a letter sent in support of the bills:
After I tucked my angelic 3 year old in bed last night (and checked on her a couple times thereafter) is apparently when the party really got started. Before heading to bed myself, I peeked in one more time and discovered this:
Lights on, room trashed, curtains pulled (rod bent) and yes, that's her passed out on the floor.
An ongoing tale of our most excellent (and terrifying) adventure yet.. adoption via foster care. This is a journey Darling Husband and I started with Nantie ("Nanny-Auntie" - a blessing from above) in 2007. Although she moved in 2010, we miss her dearly and so appreciate all she did while here.
We also have a herd of rescued canines, fear the Lord and laugh a lot.
August, 2011: Seven amazing placements and a week after we were told LittleBuddy and SweetPea were available for us to adopt, my husband passed away unexpectedly.
April, 2012: I had the honor of adopting my darling 7 year old son (Little Buddy) and 3 1/2 year old sister (SweetPea). I awoke the following day a 40something, widowed single mommy... and couldn't of been happier.
In 1999, a year after my own mother passed away I found out I, myself, was an adopted county baby. Life has some ironic twists but we all seem to come Full Circle
This is our story.
Our Inner Circle
OUR PLACEMENTS ~
Nov 2010 ~ APRIL, 2012 (ADOPTION DAY!) "Little Buddy" ~ 6 years old & "SweetPea" ~ his 22 month old sister
Feb 2010 to May 2010 "JuneBug" ~ 2 year old Princess
Aug 2009 to October 2009 "Mannie" ~ 3 1/2 years old & "Little Miss Sunshine" ~ his 6mo old sister
Jan 2009 to Aug 2009 "Jack" ~ 4 1/2 years old & "Jill" ~ Jack's twin sister
THE REST OF US:
Melissa: Yours Truly
DH: Darling Husband (Rest In Peace, My Love) Nantie: Lived with us and watched the kiddos until June '10 Elvis: Nantie's Heartthrob Gramsie: MIL Big Daddy/GramPapa: FIL Missy: Auntie MooMoo ~SIL/Best Friend Uncle Kiwi: BIL from NZ/Missy's Hubby Bren : BFF Kadi : Darling Cousin