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 - 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
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
Diane -Since we keep getting a lot of the same questions over and over, I figured I'd try to answer a few. Recapping everything can be really exhausting, although as always, we appreciate the support.Is there a chance you could get Elise back?Anything is possible, and at this point, nothing would surprise us. There are… Continue reading FAQs
"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart."~Helen Keller~ This was the last picture I took with Elise. She had been taken from us about 6 hours prior and placed in the nursery. We were lucky to have been given… Continue reading My Love
Elise Jeannine, 8 lbs. 1 oz., 20" Brian- January 27, 2019. She was born "sunny-side up" and she certainly was nothing short of a perfectly radiant bundle of sunshine. For what seemed like an eternity, we had been working with a local agency, seeking to have a baby placed with our family through open adoption.… Continue reading 4:24 a.m.