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  1. So, I'm back..... I started researching an agency for our second adoption in 2003. But we were not really ready (emotionally, financially...etc) until 2004. I started seriously researching agencies. We live in Virginia...& to be frank, the adoption laws of Virginia are pretty stinky. I knew from the experiences of our first adoption in 2000, that we needed an agency that provided: birthparent support a full service agency be located in a state that had shorter parental termination...more on that shortly had supportive staff & adoptive families. I spent many nights on t
  2. It is late for me...but I will come back to give the short version of our long story later this week. Amy
  3. Ditto. We used the same agency as Beth and Jim for our home study and their fees are high. I know it's a pain to start over again with someone new, but it might be worth it. We only stuck with our original agency because we LOVED our social worker and we knew that she would do the visit and update in lightening fast speed once we were matched. I echo Nicole & Beth...we had to start from scratch when we did our second adoption with Abrazo seven yrs ago. Yes, it was a royal pain...but we had very limited resources for homestudies in our area Be persistent...hang in there! xoxo, Amy
  4. Ditto. We used the same agency as Beth and Jim for our home study and their fees are high. I know it's a pain to start over again with someone new, but it might be worth it. We only stuck with our original agency because we LOVED our social worker and we knew that she would do the visit and update in lightening fast speed once we were matched. I echo Nicole & Beth...we had to start from scratch when we did our second adoption with Abrazo seven yrs ago. Yes, it was a royal pain...but we had very limited resources for homestudies in our area Be persistent...hang in there! xoxo, Amy
  5. I do detest MRI's...I pray your DD's goes well...AND green flags from both the neurologist & neurosurgeon...keep the faith friend!
  6. I remember thinking when we started our journey to our 2nd child, that our wait would be a long time...we already had a child & we were ok with knowing it might take some time. But as we know the timing isn't in our hands...the timing belongs to God. We had several 'interesting' birthparent calls along the way before having the 'one'. I remember two things especially from our first meeting with Hayden's birthparents....they thought Tim was very laid back & like a 'good ole country boy'...that still makes me laugh, but it is so true, birthparents see things in us & our spouses th
  7. May the whisper into the right ears at the right time for.those waiting. The bird whispered to us & we listened...and were blessed with our son. Amy
  8. Mari, I love following you on FaceBook! But I really love seeing you & your beautiful family here on Abrazo....there is just something about the triad & the love that spills from all angles. Hope everyone is doing well in all aspects. I look forward to reading more of your journey to your daughter's healing when the time is right. Much love, Amy
  9. Congrats on your son! Enjoy every new moment.

  10. What an exciting weekend for the Elite Aunties! Congratulations to all members of this family....may there be peace & strength to Crystal in the many days ahead. Blessings, Amy in Virginia
  11. Mari, You are one busy lady. Happy Holidays to you....enjoy Solan's birthday, Glad to hear that Lauranda is doing better.....what a major accomplishment! All my best, Amy
  12. Hope things are going better Mari. May this day....your birthday, be a very good day. Celebrate in style!!! Amy
  13. As another Virginian, I say welcome to the Abrazo family! There is a small but growing group of Abrazo families in the NoVa area. Susan & I head up the yearly gathering for the Virginia/WVa/DC/Maryland region. Feel free to PM me for questions, etc. Welcome to Abrazo. Blessings, Amy
  14. Sometimes it is the jerks that wake us up make us focus on what is important too.....hang on the ride is always changing...no wonder I don't like roller coasters any more . Blessings, Amy
  15. Mari, I've been away from the forum for over a week now. Checking just briefly....so sorry to read that your daughter has had a reoccurance of seizure activtiy. It stinks! Praying with our forum community that the weekend will provide some respite of seizures & allow adjustment to new medications. I am beginning to wonder if the change in the seasons isn't the reason...our Hayden is continuing to have issues at night. Feel free to email me at my home address. Much love...Amy
  16. We wouldn't be able to survive with out our parents, aka kids grandparents...it takes a small tribe these days to ensure our kids are raised well. Mari, thanks for being a light in so many ways to your family & your granddaughter's family. Keep pressing forward! xoxo, Amy
  17. Mari, I hope you got the PM I sent last night. Trust you are doing well. xoxo, Amy
  18. Amy, Thank you, my daughter is doing better, returns to her dr. in a few weeks for more lab work and follow up. I hope Hayden is also doing better. Do you have any wise insight for me, how do you handle it? What type of seizures are they? How do they affect Hayden prior/after? How often do they occur? I really don't know how parents of children w/epilepsy do it, I am thinking like anything else, one learns from them and how to deal with obstacles. It just really took a toll on my daughter for a few weeks afterwards,she was quiet, more pensive,scared,her emotions were a roller coaster, thinki
  19. Mari, I've missed you lately...but I've been hit or miss as well. Our children share the seizure episodes & we've had some rough patches these past months as well with Hayden's seizure control. I hope your daughter is doing better now & you continue on your path of healing as well. I look forward to read more of your journey when the time is right for you. All my best, Amy
  20. It reads perfect Mari....I always enjoy & look forward to reading your post. Amy
  21. Mari, My heart always smiles when I see there is a post from you. I am sad to read that your daughter is still struggling with her health. It is so hard to watch our children not succeed to their fullest. We also struggle with several health issues that compound the education process for our son.....none of this is easy, but we work through each issue/problem the best we can & move forward. We rely on faith to carry us through each day as well. Keep the faith, keep walking your journey, there are so many of us here on the forum who think of your family....praying for recovery in all a
  22. dbugsma

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    Oh, I remember sending that big package to Abrazo.....it was so exciting! Congrats on getting started & beginning the next steps. Why don't ya hop over to the Joyous Journeys & start your own blog there?? I look forward to reading your journey. xoxo...Amy
  23. This question is one of the reasons reading the forum is beneficial to me during the stage of our adoption journey that we're in right now. To be honest, my initial response is different than my response after thinking about this question. I knew there were things we were open to in terms of alcohol, drugs, and minor challenges, but when I think about this question, those things almost seem like I've been asked "what is your preference?" or "what is optimal?" in an adoptive situation, not what could we "handle." It's a tough question all-around to know how anyone might handle the situation
  24. Mari, Trusting that your family is doing better & healing. Just a note to say that I've missed loving post. Come back when all is well. xoxo, Amy
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