On The Board

26 Feb

For a few months I’ve been debating on how to title this post.  I love the clever use of words, and my initial thought was “3+1=4”.  Then I realized that if I use this title my phone and Facebook account would be inundated with messages of congratulations/are you pregnant?  I’ll nip that theory in the bud right now to say that I am not with child.

Not exactly that is.

Before our little Ladybug was born we were in a very unsure place about fulfilling our dreams of becoming parents.  After back to back  miscarriages I questioned whether I’d be able to carry to term.  We began to explore adoption both within Canada and around the world.  Lo and behold, shortly after I became pregnant – and against all odds gave birth to a very special little Ladybug.

The thought of having multiple children never really left and as Ladybug gets older, I’ve begun to see how much she enjoys being around children.

While looking into adoption once again we dove into a world I never thought to explore – but one that would be the perfect fit for our family.

Fostering.

There are so many children who need temporary loving, stable homes – I knew it was the path for us. I will be honest it has been a long….very long path to bring us here.  Nearly a year of training courses, interviews, meetings, and diving into our pasts with a fine tooth comb. Yesterday, February 25, 2013 I received the call that we are officially “On The Board”.  I’ve been yearning to hear those words for months, and couldn’t help but blast some music and dance around the house with Ladybug in celebration.

On the board means exactly that. Our names have been placed on a big board stating that we are available to take a child immediately. I’ve been preparing/child proofing our home for several months now, guest rooms have been moved around and a room fit for a princess or prince was created. I’m incredibly excited to watch Ladybug interact with her new sibling(s), and think it will be a fantastic experience for her and the children to learn about tolerance, acceptance, and love.

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I also want to send a huge thank you to our family and friends who took the time to write references, watch Ladybug, and share in our journey thus far.  We are who we are because of all of you.  I especially want to thank a dear friend Nicole. Nic, I’ve known you since we were “Rockin’ Robins” and am so grateful for the guidance you’ve given and the willingness to receive numerous text messages and emails before and during the process of becoming a foster parent.  Thank you.  xoxo

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8 Responses to “On The Board”

  1. Krista February 26, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

    I am so happy for all of you! Mark and I have also looked into fostering and it is a very long processs! What a wonderful – and tough – experience! You will be an amazing Foster parent!!!! So much love to give, and that’s what these children need!!!! Lots of love to you all, always!!!!!

    Love,

    Krista xoxoxoxo

  2. Nikki February 26, 2013 at 4:47 pm #

    That is amazing!!! Congratulations. What an exciting journey.

    Nikki

  3. Tammy. February 26, 2013 at 4:57 pm #

    Melissa and Ed. you will be wonderful fosterparents. You have given sooo much love to your wonderful ladybug. Im sure these children will feel your love too. Thats exactly what they need. So congrats to you both and all the best. P.s Just a lil story to share with you. A couple up here adopted a brother and sister a year ago age 5 and 18 months because they couldn’t conceive. They are wonderful parents to these children and i have already noticed a 360 degree change in the kids. Thats just what these children need is to be loved. So happy for u. Tammy.

    • Little Ladybug Hugs March 12, 2013 at 9:13 pm #

      Thank you for sharing that with me – it always helps to hear of wonderful success stories.

  4. Denise Denis May 3, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

    Hi Melissa your mom was telling about what you are doing and I have thought it is so wonderful for people to foster or adopt it takes very special people to that and it makes me feel very happy for people who do!! Congrats honey and best of luck with your new venture!!!! xoxoxox

    • Little Ladybug Hugs July 11, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

      Thank you so much Denise. We had our first little one last month – such an amazing experience.

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