Laila finally moved in Thursday for good. What a joyous day for us. She said she was so happy to be back. Her social worker brought her to us around 1:30 that afternoon. She had all of her worldly possessions in a Hello Kitty backpack. It's so crazy to think that everything she has fits into a backpack. I will buy her everything she needs and lots of things she doesn't. I will make sure she has clothes, toys, vacations. I can't give her those first 6 years back though. She has been in 5 homes before ours. She has faced alot of neglect and rejection. She hasn't been cuddled enough....more

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Tough Week

This week has started off pretty awful. First we get a call from DHR on Monday morning. I am expecting it to be Laila's social worker telling us to come pick Laila up and bring her to live with us permanently. Instead she is calling to tell me that because there is a bit more red tape we are NOT moving today and hopefully we can move her by the end of the week. I can't describe how disappointed I was. I was so excited about moving her in on Monday and now she is stuck in her current placement until who knows when....more

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Our First Full Weekend with Laila

Well, thanks to some red tape, Laila still hasn't gotten to move in yet. She will now be moving in next week. All I know right now is that it will be after Wednesday but as soon as possible after that. On the bright side, we did get to have her for this whole weekend. Friday night we went to dinner at a local fast food place and the kids were great. When we got home they played well together and had a good time. We didn't have any problems until bedtime. Elizabeth and Clay fell asleep right on schedule but Laila didn't seem to be tired at all....more

All Day Visit with Laila

Today was Clay's 7th birthday and we had a fun day planned. It was also Laila's all day visit. Previously we had an hour long meet and greet with her but today we picked her up at 9am and kept her until 6pm. I was a bit nervous on the way to pick her up. All these thought kept running through my mind like What if she doesn't like us? What if we can't control her? What if her foster mom thinks I'm not good enough? As usual, all my worrying was for nothing. We had a great day!! When we first arrived at her house she was in the yard waiting on us....more

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Update on Laila

While I was sitting in carline today, waiting to pick my kids up from school, I got a call from Laila's social worker. She said that our all day visit with Laila can be this Saturday. I was thrilled because this is our son's birthday and she will get to experience a fun family day with us. She then floored me with her next statement. She told me that if all goes well at the all day visit Laila can move in next week! That is great news! The sooner we get her here the better. We are supposed to call her foster mother tomorrow to set up the visit. I am a bit intimidated by this....more

The Plan for Laila

I called Laila's worker this morning to find out what the next step is. Even though we have adopted from foster care once before it was much different. Elizabeth was an "emergency placement", meaning the day we met her is the day she came to live with us. Laila's placement with us is more traditional, consisting of pre-placement visits. So far we've only done the "meet and greet"....more

Meeting Laila

Where to begin? Today was wonderful! We finally got to meet Laila. She was just as beautiful as I had hoped she would be. She has a smile that can light up a room. We got to McDonalds a few minutes early to discover that the playplace was closed! When Laila and her social worker arrived we decided to go to Burger King so the kids could play together. At first, she was acting a bit shy and hiding behind the social worker but it didn't take long for her to warm up to us. I think having kids her own age there helped her to feel more comfortable....more

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Our Meeting with DHR

Today we had a meeting at Jefferson County DHR with an adoption social worker. She actually shares her office with our daughter's former social worker. We went down to discuss a possible placement. She told us all about this little girl named Laila. She is 5 years old and has had multiple placements. She is currently in a foster placement that is not a very good match. The foster parents do not want to adopt her. From what I can tell they seem to think a 5 year old should act like a little adult. As you can imagine, that's not working out for them....more

The Call......Again!

In May of 2009, I recieved a call that would change my life forever. It was the call that my social worker had found a child that matched our family profile. It was the call that led to the adoption of my daughter, Elizabeth. I will never forget that day. I was at my son's karate lesson when I got "the call". Yesterday I got another call. This time our social worker was calling to tell us she had matched another child to our family profile. We go early next week to a full disclosure meeting....more