Friday at about 2:30 pm, I received some very good news. As many of you know, I have been working with the foster care system to adopt a child. On Friday, I was chosen as the forever family for an 8 year old girl.
I am excited, yet terrified! We both have quite a few challenges ahead of us! I was hoping that she would be with me by Thanksgiving, but it looks more like it will be the new year. We will spend time together and get to know each other during that time. I will meet the adoptive mother of two of her siblings, as that relationship will definitely continue. I will learn her personality, her likes and dislikes, her specific challenges due to her past abuse, and most of all, learn how to be a mom! After years of not wanting to be a mom, and then believing that I’d never be a mom, here I am – I’m going to be a mom!! It feels a bit strange – and quite unreal.
On Friday I get to go meet her CPS case worker and ask any question I have about her. Then I have 48 hours to decide if I’d still like to adopt her. I can’t imagine a reason that I would say no, as she doesn’t have any challenges that cannot be overcome. With the loving family I have and the strong base that my parents gave me, I see no challenge that we can’t overcome together!
I know that there will be times that I will be frustrated and aggravated, as I’m sure she will be, too. But, isn’t that part of being a family???