It's hard to believe it's been one year since we met little Birdie. So much has happened in a year. We spent one day last January in absolute heaven with a perfect, precious little angel. We named her and loved her and shared her with our friends and family. We were on top of the… Continue reading Happy Birthday, Birdie
Diane I always hoped to someday be writing this post, but to be honest, I wasn't sure if it would happen, and I definitely never thought it would happen like this. By now our friends and family have heard the amazing news - we were chosen to be parents to a beautiful baby boy -… Continue reading The Call of a Lifetime
DianeApril 24, 2016 is a day that holds significance for many reasons. It was the first day of Infertility Awareness Week (in 2016). It was the day of our first miscarriage. It was a day that changed our lives forever. I feel like I had to get this blog post out today. Right now Brian… Continue reading Infertility, Jelly Bean, and Our First Big Loss
Diane - Baby girl turned 8 weeks old today. It's hard to believe that two months have passed since she was born. It's been a long two months with a LOT of ups and downs. Last week I sent a letter to the birth mother so I could have some sort of closure. We haven't… Continue reading A Non-Update, Update
Diane -It's amazing how kids are able to cut right to the heart of the issue and tell the truth, isn't it? Working with kids and their families for most of my life, I've always known this to be the case. It's why being around kids after heartache can be so difficult. When they know you… Continue reading Finding the sun
It's been a month and 2 days since she was born. It's been a month and 2 days since her being was etched into our souls. Not a day has passed since, that we have not thought of her, loved her, missed her desperately, and even more desperately wished for her good health, safety, happiness,… Continue reading Baby Steps
Her crib Diane -When we first got home from the hospital, I knew there would be a lot of "stuff" to deal with. Physical stuff that would be in my face as a constant reminder of what we were going through. And I'm not talking about just a few things here and there. I'm talking… Continue reading All this stuff.
Diane -I am quickly learning about all of the acceptable and not acceptable words and phrases used when discussing adoption, and I'm going to try my best to share some of them here. First off, if you have used any of the "non-preferred" or "bad" phrases, please don't feel bad. I myself have used all… Continue reading Adoption Lingo (What NOT to Say)
Diane - Although our story hasn't had its happy ending (yet), I want to take the chance talk a little bit about open adoption and what led us to choose open adoption in the first place.There are a lot of misconceptions about open adoption. Brian and I had the chance to learn more about the… Continue reading Why Open Adoption?
Diane - Brian, Brandon and I never told anyone her name before she was born. People tried to bribe me - (no joke) - to give up the name. Extra glasses of wine was one tactic used (not a bad one, I might add). But none of that worked; the three of us were firm… Continue reading Her Name