I'm Kristen, wife of 11 years and Stay-at-Home Mom of 4 children. 3 boys and an Adopted Princess.
and Princess (3.5)
*Some names have been changed for privacy.
I started this blog to follow us through the process of our adoption of our youngest child from the Foster Care System. It continues to capture life as we deal with everyday struggles and celebrations.
'The Princess' came to us at a mere 2 days old. At first, we had no intention of adopting her. Although we loved her very much, the initial goal was reunification with her Birth Parents. As the case progressed, it became very apparent that her Birth Parents would not be able to get her back. At that time, DHS asked us if we would consider adopting her. The entire family was extremely happy knowing that she could be ours forever!
Soon after, a judge ruled in our favor and awarded us "Allocation of Parental Responsibilities". (Essentially a form of Custody) Before we could finalize the Adoption we moved to a new State, ultimately delaying the entire process. It wasn't until shortly before her 3rd birthday that we were finally able to finalize the Adoption.
We are also parents to a special needs child. Our son NJ has been diagnosed with several things over the years from Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Sensory Integration Dysfunction, High Functioning Autism, Chiari Malformation and Psudotumor Cerebri. In March 2008 he had his first Brain Surgery (Chiari Decompression) and in Sept. 2008 his first LP shunt placed. While I try to keep most of his medical mumbo jumbo off the blog and on his Caringbridge site, you will read about some of it here as well.
This blog is a conglomeration of parenting a high-maintenance toddler and a bunch of rambunctious boys. Our life of chaos.
Join us in our journey!
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