Expanding Our Crazy Big Family by TWO

First of all I want to say thank you for each and everyone that takes the time to stop by my blog. I am not sure how in detailed anyone reads my lengthy journal posts but if anyone has been following my blog then you have caught on that I have given details here and there about our current adoption process. Though I have not given too many details, I have given some through journal posts as well as by way of social media. A few day earlier with a possible match and some research into our current home study, it rests heavy on my heart to share more in depth our journey.

So let me take you back to the beginning of our new hopeful journey through private domestic adoption. Last April 2017, my hubby and I discussed extensively adding to our family again, not by one but by two. Thus because as I have said in prior posts, I do not love or think odd numbers are great nor do they work in the universe. Hence TWO! So we discussed together, as a family, faithfully prayed then reached out to an adoption consultant that came by way of referral but also just happened to start popping up in my social media news feed (maybe it is true social media knows what we are thinking..lol) No really, I truly do not think there are coincidences but subtle hints of things to come as there are reasons for everything in life. After many weeks of pondering, watching many posts, praying; I made contact. Lengthy one at that.

May 2017, I had our phone interview and spilled our life story. Not to forget the main reason, our reason of wanting to adopt TWO! Twins and how adamant I was that God had a plan for our family. Little did I know at the time, our journey was going to take us on a path that we would ever come to fathom. As we understood over the years adoption through the foster care system, we began to quickly learn the differences on the domestic side of things. Though we had an approved home study through our county, it was not the right home study. Therefore, we needed a new one, a correct one. As we searched via the internet a for an agency, a friend of mine, gave a referral to a local company. I made contact again. Thus, spilling our life story and our specific intentions of adopting two. Finally I felt we were on the right track, adoption consultant on board and new home study started and all going as planned. Well let me just say, after six months almost to the day from the day we made contact with the home study agency, we were informed that they could not finish due to an internal policy that nobody decided catch along with being told our social worker was inexperience though she had been in the field for fifteen plus years. Needless to say, they could not give anything in writing to support their decision. However they did provide a letter to refund our money but lets just say we are still waiting for our money.

So here the holidays are in full swing and we are back to the beginning in January 2018. Me being me, found a local company, again very upfront with our situation and here we go again, application for a new home started. All the while, props to our adoption consultant as their entire team stuck it out with us. Prayed for us, listened to me when I just needed to vent through whatever mounds of duplicate paperwork we needed to complete. Plus just their patience in the process that ended up being a little over fifteen months for us to become active with their consulting agency from the first day I made contact.

Now that we are in the active stage with a very specific home study but truly did not find out how specific until a few days ago when we had a possible match of “one”. We are hopeful to adopt two, we went into this hopeful to adopt Twins. Knowing that it is not always the plan; Twins not always easy to come by and if God had it in our path then it will be. However it was discussed that if Twins were not an option then it may be possible to do a back to back adoption as that may be a possibility. As we have been very open about wanting to adoption Twins, we would be just was open about the back-to-back adoption as well. We wrote a letter again; a synopsis of our life story and our intentions for adoption. Well as a possible match came, it made me question our home study thus we found that a back-to-back adoption is not as easy as we thought. Therefore, I came full forward again that EVERYTHING happens for a reason and we cannot force anything. We came into this process with a specific intention. TWINS! One that I saw clearly, I cannot change the rules as my husband says. We believe Twins will be a part of our family and our path of life. Since becoming active, we have been presented with thirty-four cases. Cases, expectant mothers, fathers and babies, that we prayed over everyone involved, some said yes to, some said no to but not one has been our Yes…our two yes’ are still out there!

“I prayed for this child/children” – Samuel 1:27

As much as I can say it has been an emotional roller coaster plus I am sure hardly nothing to what an expectant mother and/or father is and will be going through but I know all in all our little blessings (two) have not set forth on our path. Still firmly believing our Twins will make their way into our family. I fully understand that with adoption comes brokenness, sadness but also hopefulness, joy and a great love for one another. There is no easy answer in the adoption world, it is easy turn a blind eye to so many things but that is not a true picture of reality. Adoption is bittersweet and a true love all wrapped up in one.

“Adoption has the dimension of connection — not only to your own tribe, but beyond, widening the scope of what constitutes love, ties and family. It is a larger embrace. By adopting, we stretch past our immediate circles and, by reaching out, find an unexpected sense of belonging with others.” Isabella Rossellini

Until then our big crazy family will be waiting for the next TWO to make their arrival to further share and be a part of our love, laughter, adventures and day to day craziness.



Until Next Time…Make it a Great Day

xoxo Julie

Taking a Family Adventure with Littles

Currently a large family of ten, we tend to find ways to spend our free time doing a day trip with family or a weekend trip here and there. The reality of it travelling with five littles who have differentBlog Beach special needs make travelling somewhat an adventure to say the least.

However, a couple of years ago during spring break we spent a three-day weekend at the beach. A place that all our children love.  Who doesn’t, right? Funny thing, I really do not like the sand, but I tolerate it and seeing how much joy it brings everyone, is totally worth it. Upon our return home, I happened to answer a telephone call which low and be hold was a sales call from a major hotel vacation chain. Instead of doing what I usually do by asking the caller to place our number on a “do not call list” I listened to the pitch. They made us an offered to vacation for 6 days 5 nights in Hawaii for a fee that was less than two months of car payments not including air fare and we had a year to plan. After thinking about it for a few minutes; for some crazy reason I said YES!

Think about it, where would a family of ten be able to go for that kind of money let alone Hawaii…..so we started planning. Watched for airfares (yes I found great rates). I know what your thinking…yes, the trip came with some restrictions. We had to listen to a presentation at some point in our trip and we did. Other than that, we made memories to last a lifetime.  We still speak of that trip and look at varies pictures often.

Now, here wereBlog Hawaii are again a couple of years later where about a year ago; planned a trip back to Hawaii for a couple of reasons. Now it is not just the ten of us going, it is fourteen. (we have added a few) We are celebrating a graduation, birthdays and that fact that my husband rarely takes time away from work so this trip is much-needed. To be tourists, to see the sights that we were not able to see that last time we were there, to cherish the time that we are together, to laugh, to eat whatever, to be adventurous and to just decompress from reality for a period of time.

Just to Be!

Looking back at our last trip, I worried about the flights with the littles. Their needs and being over stimulated. My sanity! The sanity of Others! You hear all the horror stories of in-flight issues with children. The last thing I wanted was to be the one on the viral video all over YouTube. Nevertheless, I was fully prepared with everything; tablets, headphones, snacks, bottles, diapers, wipes, sippy cups, toys, WiFi, you name I had and only one had an issue. One little has a seizure but as much as I think we have it under control that situation we cannot. In the end, no viral video.

Now as I am coming up on our trip, I worry about the same issues. I understand my children but I also respect everyone around me. So, I am gearing up again. With everyone a couple of years older, needs somewhat the same but different. I think I may need new criteria to add to the bags. This time we opted for one straight flight, no Blog Familyconnecting flights, no just making it to the next flight with minutes to spare because one little waited to the last minute for a restroom break. Somehow they just do not understand airplanes do not wait for restroom breaks.

For all who travel with children, one or multiples, the novice or experts…as I think I have it pretty much figured out, I am always looking or researching for ideas. Currently my big issue is the car seat. I know that it is not required but I feel it would be so beneficial for our two-year to sit in one during the flight. So if you have any information, please let me know, would love to hear your thoughts and experiences. Learning something new each day is wonderful. GOD BLESS

  • “Life is either a great adventure or nothing.”  Helen Keller

Until Next Time…Make It A Great Day!


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