Tuesday, August 30, 2011
1 year anniversary for Boo
One year ago today was a very happy day, indeed.

One year ago today, Boo legally became a part of our family. The courts finally recognized what we knew all along, that Boo belonged with us.

This past year has been a year of transition for us. We moved to another state, near the ocean. Snuggle Bug and Boo entered into a Montessori school (Snuggle Bug is now in 1st grade, Boo is still preschool until next year). Oronozo started a new job.

It's taken some time to get settled and we're certainly missing family and friends from back home, but we're happy hear near the ocean.

Live is peaceful in this small, costal town. The people are friendly and we've managed to make some good friends during the past year. Having children in school helps make those connections.

We now own a 27' sailboat, so we are out on the water a lot. Just yesterday we had a dolphin swimming next to our boat for quite a while, popping up frequently, as if to say, "Hi!" That was an amazing experience to see a dolphin up close and personal.

We had friends from back home come visit this summer and they mentioned how much more relaxed we look. The easing of stress will do that for you.

It's been wonderful just to be a family without the drama and the constant barrage of contact from the foster care system.

Boo is doing great! She's growing tall, she's getting smarter every day. She's sassy and outgoing. She's a beautiful child. In short, she's perfect!

We haven't heard anything from her birthmother since the day she voluntarily relinquished her rights during a phone conference with us last year. There's been no response from the picture and letter update that I sent out so I'm not sure she even received it. I'll try again soon.

So, that's what's going on with us. Hope all is well with you!

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At 5:32 AM, Blogger Carey said...

Im glad to her your all are enjoying life! Youa re so lucky to live by the ocean, that is my dream. Someday maybe it will happen.
I hope you enjoy the end of summer, and look to fall for many new adventures.

At 6:30 AM, Blogger on the Rock said...

I had checked in here and loved the news of your April update of living next to the water. And I thought how do people find jobs in other locations and move and live in beautiful places?

Little did I know God would move us in the same way just weeks ago unexpectedly opened a job transfer opportunity or my husband. We're out of state and living next to a beautiful lake with a dock attached to our building.

You're right, we are also making connections soon because of my 3 yr old being in preschool.

I'm so happy for your update and how much more settled and smoother things are going for your family. And being greeted by a dolphin next to your boat - too delightful! Makes me feel so happy and warm for you.

God Bless!

At 5:34 PM, Blogger Jen at SweetBabyStylishMom.com said...

I love your story too and want to/will read more of the background! We also dream of moving somewhere else and like "on the Rock" said, always wonder how others are able to just do it. Your photography is just beautiful and I'm so happy for your little girl having been adopted into what seems like such a wonderful family! =)

At 10:10 AM, Blogger lightshines said...

So happy to read an update. So glad you are all settling into life. God bless you all.

At 3:39 PM, Blogger Ms. Kathleen said...

Hi there! So happy to hear all is going perfectly! We have our house on the market and will be moving as soon as it sells. The ocean is in the place be. I just got back from visiting my daughter in SF. We went up to Bodega Bay. It was just gorgeous.

Keeping you in prayer! Hugs!


At 2:25 PM, Blogger Joy in the Journey! said...

Hello! This is formerly pink explosion....we finally did it! We are now fostering! We are also working towards an international adoption and trusting in the Lord to lead us wherever we go.

I still am grateful for your honesty and insight thru your having Baby Bug in your home. We are bracing for the road we have ahead.

I am so happy for you all and that the move has been good for you! My children are jealous of your dolphin sightings though!

At 12:15 PM, Blogger Ms. Kathleen said...

Just wanted you to be aware -- maybe you already are but just in case -- Oh, and keeping you in prayer! Hugs!

Have a great day!


At 1:29 AM, Blogger laixinjie said...

I remember I had a similar experience, so I know your mood well, good luck, by the way
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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!

Life is good!
Boo's adoption has been finalized!
There's a whole lot of adoption talk going on in o...
The ball is rolling and picking up speed!
Relinquishment paperwork has been signed!
No paperwork signed yet.
A Time To Mourn
In case you're wondering...
Snow Day
Severance ruling overturned for Boo's case.

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