Friday, April 07, 2006
Mama's little gardener
This is the reason why I am Overwhelmed With Joy! My beloved, precious son is my guiding star in life. I love him to the moon and back! Each and every day, I give thanks that I have been entrusted to raise this gentle, beautiful soul. How did I ever get so lucky?

I am a proud adoptive mother. Our son (to be referred to as "Snuggle Bug") was placed in my arms at 2 minutes old, and has been the most important part of our family ever since! He is now 15 months old.

My husband (to be referred to as "Oronzo", I love picking fictitious names) and I have a semi-open adoption relationship with his birth parents. We've agreed to send pictures/updates twice a year (although we send them more frequently).

We are happy to have contact with Snuggle Bug's birth parents. We feel it's beneficial for him. One day, if he wants to seek them out, our plan is to already be in touch with them and to point him in the right direction. It helps that we've met his birth parents and can pass on information to him when he starts asking questions.

I'm not sure what I'm going to do with this blog, other than communicate with other bloggers that I love to read. Who knows, maybe with a bit of encouragement, I'll turn in to a bit of a blogger myself.

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10 Comments:
At 10:56 PM, Blogger FauxClaud said...

Oh, I am glad you finally started to write something!!!
I am always like "Wait ,,who is overwhemled..and then ther is no blog...boo hoo!" now I am happy!

 
At 6:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OW - Looks great!

Hugs to the little man,
Jennied

 
At 11:09 AM, Blogger Overwhelmed! said...

Thanks Claud and Jenn.

Claud, I hope you don't mind me linking your blog to mine. I read yours all the time and have learned so much from you!

Jenn- thanks for stopping by!

 
At 11:50 AM, Anonymous AMom2Two said...

I love your site. Thank you for sharing it with us.

 
At 7:34 AM, Blogger Dana a/k/a Sunshine said...

I came across your site through your entry on my island life. Wow, what beautiful photos you have. Love them and your beautiful post. I'll be back! Hello from Texas.

 
At 4:15 PM, Blogger Pass The Torch said...

What a great source of inspiration! Beautiful child.

 
At 1:53 PM, Blogger Mert said...

What a sweetie! I can see why you are inspired!:D

 
At 7:30 AM, Blogger Butrfly4404 said...

My Goodness! You entire blog just emits beauty! I love the pictures...I love the design...I love that blessing...It's all just very beautiful!

I guess I'll make this a double-stop and wish you a Happy Ultimate Blog party - seeing how it's the last day and all!

 
At 9:28 AM, Blogger Holly said...

Beautiful blog that sings inspiration of a positive nature. And what a cutie pie too!! Thanks for sharing!

Hugs,
Holly
Holly's Corner

 
At 6:25 AM, Blogger Sally said...

Having just found your blog, I'm excited to read your adoption story.

Right off the bat, the semi-open adoption sounds like a win-win situation...my hubby is adopted, and we have never been able to find his birth parents. It's not that he's desiring some big relationship with them, but it would be nice to know family medical history, and maybe why he was put up for adoption.

Oh, and Snuggle Bug is adorable!

 

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Name: Overwhelmed

My complete profile

It wasn't supposed to work this way...Parts 1 through 10

(the story of the private, domestic adoption of our son)


(Part 1)
(Part 2)
(Part 3)
(Part 4)
(Part 5)
(Part 6)
(Part 7)
(Part 8)
(Part 9)
(Part 10- Adoption Finalization)

Fostering isn't for the faint of heart!

(our journey to adopt again through foster-to-adopt, the good, the bad, & everything in between)


Adoption #2- considering the State
More Adoption #2 thoughts
Adoption #2- Back to considering the State
Adoption #2- The Paperwork (Round 1)
Adoption #2- The Paperwork (Round 2)
Family Foster Home Licensing Prep Checklist
Adoption #2- Long overdue update
PS-MAPP class homework assignment
Our preliminary home inspection went well!
Adoption #2: Licensing update
Adoption #2- Foster Facts
Adoption #2: I love it when things go my way!
Adoption #2- The home inspection
Adoption #2- We failed our home inspection!
Adoption #2- We passed the follow-up home inspection!
Adoption #2- Still waiting
Adoption #2- We're getting closer
Adoption #2- An update & a lead
Adoption #2- The lead that didn't pan out.
Adoption #2- We're licensed!
Adoption #2- We have a tiny baby here!
Adoption #2- Update on this precious little girl.
Adoption #2- Quick update on Baby Bug
Adoption #2- Baby Bug is staying longer!
Adoption #2- Baby Bug is growing!
Adoption #2- Overdue update on Baby Bug
Adoption #2- The latest on Baby Bug
Adoption #2- Shopping spree for Baby Bug
Being a Foster Parent Does Not Make Me A Saint
Adoption #2- Another Placement Call!
Adoption #2- Placement Meeting- UPDATED!
Adoption #2- We have Boo at our home!
Adoption #2- Meeting Boo
Adoption #2- I'm angry on Boo's behalf!
Adoption #2- A Birthday Party for Boo
Adjusting to three 3 and under!
Stressful moments in fostering.
Adoption #2- Update on our foster daughters
CPS Workers Jerking Our Chain!
It's getting much worse!
Fostering: Update on Baby Bug
Fostering: Update on Boo
The effects of fostering on Snuggle Bug
The time is drawing near to let go of Baby Bug.
Good conversation with Baby Bug's dad.
Boo has a Permanency hearing coming soon!
My heart is breaking!
Bittersweet news about Baby Bug.
Next Friday is going to be tough.
Packing up Baby Bug's belongings
It's done- Baby Bug is gone.
Working on finding peace, one day at a time.
Referral to the Early Intervention Program
Baby Bug update
Home Inspection for re-licensing
Parole granted for Boo's bio mom
Baby Bug is turning 1 year old soon.
Day 2 of Boo's permanency hearing
A prayer answered today!
Attending Baby Bug's 1st birthday party
Foster news
Good news for Boo's case
Boo's bio family visits
Termination Trial date set!
A new caseworker for Boo
I've been asked to testify in court.
Court hearing for "John Doe"
Contested termination trial begins tomorrow afternoon
Boo's adoption has been finalized!
























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