Swim Float Swim

Ollie got accepted into the ISR swim program here locally. We had him on the wait list not expecting to start until sometime in May. The phone call a couple weeks ago that there was one open spot if we wanted it! The start date was the following week on April 1. We jumped on the opportunity. The program takes anywhere from 6-8 weeks. Being that we are around water very often we felt strongly about this program.
Our plan was to do swim float swim. I was amazed that within 4 days Ollie was already swimming to the edge of the pool. He cried while in the water. He does not enjoy getting his head wet. He can float on his back which is awesome! As for now he does not like to swim. We have decided with the coach that for now he will teach him to float,

Hoping to once again grow our family

We have had the wonderful blessing of an incredible adoption experience with our birth family. Not a day has passed since our birth mother first contacted us via email that I do not think of her. Her courage and love have touched my soul. With out her I would not be who I am today. I have never loved someone the way I love her, there is no way I can ever repay her for the greatest gift she gave me. My sweet Ollie. I often find myself in lala land recounting the precious moments of our relationship prior to Ollie's birth and I begin to cry over and over again. I wish so badly that I could have captured the spirit that filled our home, hearts and lives during those moments and bottled it up for times when I need it. I have never felt so much love in my life. I believe it was through the hundreds of prayers that were continually said to our Heavenly Father on behalf of my husband and I as well as our birth mother. Each day I could feel the angels of heaven touching our life. It was perfect.

We knew we wanted more children to be a part of our family it was just a matter of time before we took the plunge back into adoption. Here we are ready once again to work towards bringing another child into our home & hearts. Honestly, it has been hard to accept and realize that our first adoption was a complete dream as is our child and that is VERY VERY rare in adoption. I have cried many a times. I want to love our future birth mothers as we love our current birth mother. It breaks my heart to even begin to think about not having a relationship with our future birth mothers. I continually pray for another miracle. I sure hope our birth mothers will want to get to know as much as we want to get to know them & bring them into our family.
I have much respect for birth mothers everywhere. They are strong, courageous and loving. I have a family because of our birth mother and my mom's birth mother.

Speaking : The benefits of Families Supporting Adoption

It is very rare that I find myself nervous before a public speaking engagement. Today was that day. Unsure of why I felt so nervous. My presentation went great!
I spoke to a group of women from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints regarding adoption, more specifically the benefits in my own life of being involved with the organization Families Supporting Adoption. I left feeling inspired for my own personal journey in adoption and on upcoming projects I am hopeful to do for Families Supporting Adoption.
I am still in awe of my involvement with adoption. I once again feel so fortunate to be a part of this organization.
Here I am bright & early ready to go!