Friday, January 1, 2010

A Decade To Remember!

2009 is now over. As we embark on a new decade, I must reflect on all the incredible changes the last decade has brought us. Our family moved from Connecticut to New Hampshire which is where Jeremy and I both grew up. We lived in an incredible neighborhood with wonderful people. The boys learned about good friends and compassion for others.
In 2006 we revisited the idea of adoption and began our Journey to Jyly. At first we thought that our little girl was in Moldova. After many delays, we were persuaded to change countries when our agency sent us a picture of a beautiful 14 month old baby girl. It took us over a year, but we brought Jylyanna home from Tokmok, Kyrgyzstan in January 2008.
While we waited to bring Jyly home, we opted for warmer weather and accepted a transfer to Odessa Texas. Even though Alex was an adult and could choose his own path, he decided to move with us. It was an excellent choice because he got a good job that he really likes and he was able to buy a house. Camden also became an adult, graduated high school, started college, and moved in with Alex.
In July of 2008, I received an email with a picture of our next baby girl. I knew we couldn’t afford it since we had only just brought Jyly home. When you are an adoptive parent a picture is all it takes to set things in motion. In September of this year, we added little Aubrey to our family.
Life goes on during the adoption process. Jyly was thriving and enjoying daycare while I was working. I liked my job and thought I was going to be there for a long time. I got laid off in February and although I could collect, I needed to do something. That was when I found High Sky Children’s Ranch.
We moved into a therapeutic foster home on the High Sky campus in July and received three siblings in August. The children are 2, 3, and 4 years old. At times, life is crazy with 5 children under the age of 5 but we manage.
A decade is a long time with lots of opportunity for change. I think our adoption adventures are over but we still anticipate many things. We look forward to 2 more sons becoming adults. Jyly will move into her teens and Aubrey her tweens. That just means the fun has yet to begin. I will try to continue to blog but the girls may protest at some point. Who knows, they might start blogs of their own. I just know that I am going to enjoy every moment.

Christmas Fun

This is what Christmas looks like when you have 9 children!

I had the girls posed with the 3 foster children. This picture came out the best but I had to crop out the other children because I can't show their faces. They all looked so cute.