Tuesday, August 21, 2012

me : foster parenthood : letters

Dear Readers, 

Thank you all for your continued support and encouragement of my blog. It truly warms my heart. I especially want to thank you for your support and encouragement during this difficult time of fighting for BB, our foster-child. This blogging community continues to absolutely amaze me. The warmth, the friendship, the endless support, it's astounding. Thank you, each of you, for your encouraging comments, for your prayers, and positive thoughts and well wishes. 

And now... for the big announcement: BB is staying with us!!

The judge ruled to terminate the rights of both parents. The mother has 30 days to appeal, then the case moves to adoption. It can take 3 months for the adoption to be final, but then, he's ours. Legally. He's always been ours, we're just making it official. 

Thanks to everyone for following along this journey. I look forward to getting the "okay" to "introduce" him to you all via pictures and videos. 

Dear C. & P., 

You're both troopers who got there with us at 9:00 am at the courtroom, and stayed until 9:00 pm when the judge finally made his ruling. I thank you, wholeheartedly, for your support. I can't believe you sat on those uncomfortable benches all day! You're the best!! And C., you did wonderful on the stand testifying. What you said, backed up what I said, almost exactly. Great job! But, of course, that's easy to do when you're just telling the truth.

Dear S. & J., 

Thank you for coming out to show your support. Ya'll are so sweet and I thank God they we are so blessed to have special people like you who come out to support us and stay longer than they should. Like, staying, even after one of you have ran out of oxygen and are making the other person a nervous wreck!

Dear M., 

Thanks for being a great caseworker. Really. You're wonderful!

Dear BB,

I thank God for you. I truly do. You're a handful, a lovable, loving, kind, mischievous, loud, funny, smart, daring little boy. And you're ours. Forever. I did not carry you in my body, but I carry you in my arms. You were not born from my body, you were born in my heart. I love you, always and forever. 

Dear BB's mother, 

It was terrible to listen to all of the testimony about you. I'm sure it was even worse for you. I'm sorry for you. I feel so, so, so sorry for you. I know exactly what you lost yesterday, and it was a great one. But more than that, I'm sorry what you did to BB before he came to us. He never deserved that. I'm sorry for what you have lost. But I also know that this is the best thing for him. 

Dear Joey Daddy, 

He's ours. All ours. Really ours. Forever ours. Get ready. You're handling the potty training. And I don't mean in the back yard. Get ready. There will be many years ahead of football watching/playing, bike riding, knee scraping, trouble making, hug giving, hand holding, book reading, game playing, homework doing, all loving boy time ahead for us. Get ready. You're really a dad. Just as you've been for the past 10 months with him. 


  1. I came to your blog through Ashley (I don't recall exactly what, but it had something to do with a givewaway), but I've followed your journey ever since (but I think this is my first time commenting :))I'm SO happy to read this post!!!! What an absolute blessing, not only for you and your husband, but for that sweet precious angel, BB!!!! I look forward to being able to see his precious face when you can show him! :)

  2. Congrats! I am so happy for your family and pray that the finalizations come quickly and easily.

  3. Beautifully written and absoulutely AWESOME!!! YAY!!!! :)

  4. Many congrats Regina, Joey, BB & McCrea!! I have been praying for you, and was so glad to read this post!

  5. \0/ God is a good God...all the time. and potty training in the back yard??? lol

  6. I am smiling from ear to ear for all of you! God surely knows what He is doing. You and hubby are the best mommy and daddy!!!


  7. What an amazing story, and a great gift from God.

  8. This is the most endearing post I've read in a long time. Thank God that BB is where he will be loved and cared for the way God wants :)

  9. Beautiful!! I'm rejoicing with you. Can't wait to "meet" BB.

  10. Beautiful post! I love how you encompassed the whole spectrum of people so instrumental in BB's life.

  11. It must be such a relief to have this uncertainty over with. What a blessing!


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