I stole this idea from Tamara, since I actually didn't have a crisis to write about, so enjoy this whine free post!
1. Decided adoption wasn't as scary as I thought and decided to pursue adoption through foster care.
2. Completed MAPP classes and homestudy.
3. Became a licensed foster parent.
4. Accepted the special needs placement God provided me after coming to the conclusion that He knows what He is doing.
5. Learned to g-tube feed a baby and that a feeding tube is not so scary.
6. Started trusting my maternal instincts with baby N rather than letting medical professionals make all the decisions.
7. Show respect to and earned respect from baby N's bio mom.
8. Opened my home to many strangers (nurses, etc).
9. Started to understand why God didn't let me get pregnant yet, considering I couldn't imagine my life without baby N.
10. Convinced my husband to pursue adoption enough where he called OCS to set up foster parent classes.
11. Learned how to explain to several children in public what a cleft lip was, settling their curiosity, and hopefully teaching them something.
12. Learned from L that using the phrase "isn't he cute" at someone staring hard at baby N works well.
13. Provided a home for a child who may have gotten lost in the system due to his temporary medical needs.
14. Become second parents to Jack and Jill when their parents were having problems.
15. Began learning how to get around the foster care system and get things done.
16. Took in an exchange student from Korea.
17. Learned that we are NOT ready to raise a teenager yet.
18. Tried to be understanding of a Korean father trying to run our household by letting her stay with us.
19. Gave my student a chance to be an American teenager and have fun for a while.
20. Realized how lucky I am to be an American and have freedom of choice.
21. Taught religious education for teenagers(before baby N) and watch my husband, who is a new Catholic, become the best 7th grade religious ed. teacher in our parish.
22. Celebrated 3 years of marriage.
23. Got more involved in church.
24. Had less crying spells over fertility loss.
25. Met nurse C, one of the nicest people I know after getting baby N.