Friday, December 31, 2010

On The Cusp

Oh Internetz, I hope that the holidays have been good to you! Mine was filled with family, friends, and lots of good food. And now, here we are on December 31, 2010. This (sometimes long, challenging, painful) year is coming to an end and a new one begins.

Are you sentimental about the start of a new year, Internetz? Hopeful? Full of resolutions?

For me, it depends. Some years I am very hopeful and sentimental about the start of a year - while other years I could care less and just want to get on with things.

I'm feeling the former for the upcoming 2011.

Maybe this is why.

This past fall, as Irish Boy and I took an extended break from fertility treatments (due to finances) we came to a decision. Actually it was a decision we made long ago - but ended up not pursuing it when Irish Boy was out of work.

Internetz, I have kept a secret from you for the past few months and I hope you'll forgive me. But Irish Boy and I are now homestudy approved to adopt. We will be adopting through the foster care system (CAS to my Canadian friends) and we have never felt happier, more at peace, and more excited.

Let me be clear: this is in NO way a comment on those pursuing IVF or other treatments - I've said it before and I'll say it again, my IVF girls are the bravest I know. IVF isn't totally off the table for us in the future -- but admittedly, it's teetering on the edge.

Adoption felt right to us so long ago, but when jobs were lost and not found for a long time, we never thought we'd get approved. With that turning around in the past year with Irish Boy landing a great new job with job security, our hearts went back to where we began this journey (long before I ever blogged or tweeted).

We did 9 weeks of mandatory classes, had our visits with our (amazing) social worker - and just before Christmas the homestudy was approved: signed, sealed and delivered.

So now we're in a new kind of waiting game - but this time, we can barely contain our excitement.

For us, this feels so very right - it is not the labour I had intended to have when I dreamed of having a family, but it is equally a labour of love.

So 2011 could in fact be a very exciting year.

I hope, Internetz, that you'll stick around for the ride.

Happy New Year to each of you -- may 2011 bring you all the wishes that you dream for.

40 comments:

Brittany said...

Congratulations! That's exciting news and I hope 2011 brings you the family you deserve!

Kelly said...

Very exciting! A wonderful way to build a family...my Mea is proof positive of that.

BigP's Heather said...

OMG! You secret keeper!!!

How EXCITING!!! I'm so super excited for you guys - this year is going to be so amazing for you!

Toni said...

Congrats and how exciting!!! May 2011 def. being the blessing you're hoping for!

Sara said...

I am so happy for you both. Adoption is a brave choice and not many people make it. Y'all will just be the very best parents for that perfect little child. Congrats!"!!

lowfatlady said...

That is so exciting, congrats!!

neeroc said...

Congratulations! Big exciting steps!

Rebecca B said...

So happy for you both! That is exciting, and I can't wait to see what 2011 brings for you.

Buford Betty said...

That is sooooo exciting!!! Oh I am so thrilled for you guys!

liberalgranolagirl said...

WOOHOO!!!! So excited for y'all <3

Preshus said...

That's great news! 2011 is going to be awesome for you!

Bridget said...

Congratulations I am so very excited for you and Irish boy! I can not wait to follow your adoption journey!

errin julkunen-pedersen said...

dude. i am bawling here. i'm so happy for you! congrats! love love love to you..

Phoebe Wilde said...

That is so great for you guys! I'm sure you will have a little one in no time! I will be praying for you!

trying to make 3 said...

Congratulations! This is so exciting and such a happy time for you, I can't wait to read all about it.

Malinda said...

I'm so excited for you guys! I completely understand holding onto this secret and I look forward to following your journey to parenthood.

love and hugs! :-) Happy New Year!
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mylifeofmisconceptions said...

Congratulations! We are also home study approved and waiting. Let's hope 2011 is the year we all meet our babies!

Kerrik said...

Congratulations to you and your hubby! May 2011 bring you the baby you so deserve.
I for one will certainly stick around to hear all about your journey.
Happy New Year!

Les said...

Congratulations! We were recently licensed for foster care and hope to adopt out of the system... we're just waiting on our first placement!

Katie said...

YAY! Congratulations!!! I am so happy for you. Good luck on this new path, and I can't wait to read more. May 2011 bring you lots of joy. :)

Miss Ruby said...

Hope you get the family you long for in 2011.

~x~

pandadiaries said...

Congratulations! What a wonderful way to start a new year. I wish you and Irish Boy the best!

Francie said...

That's fantastic. I'm super psyched for you guys!!

Lynn said...

This is awesome, Awesome, AWESOME news! I am very excited for you and am praying that 2011 is your best year yet. May all you hope for come to fruition this year :D Happy 2011!

Jem said...

Oh, what amazing news! I am so happy for you! You don't have to apologize for not pursuing more treatment. It's a personal choice.

Hugs, Jem

Ashley said...

Awesome news! Congraulations!

Karen said...

That's incredible! What a wonderful way to become parents...so many children in the world need loving parents and no one's a better parent (in my opinion) than someone like yourselves who really, really wants children to love in their life.

marilyn said...

this is great!! Please keep us posted with your journey through adoption..I am sure it will help many! Congrats!!!

Geochick said...

Congratulations! Welcome to the waiting trenches. :)

JJ said...

Super exciting news--cant wait to follow the journey that unfolds!

Nikus said...

That is awesome and very courageous of you! I'm proud of you and can't wait to hear how your journey goes. Currently, adoption terrifies me...but so does IVF...and we'll probably do that this year. Keep us updated!

J said...

Congratulations! I'm so excited to see where this journey takes you two! Happy New Year!

Michelle said...

Sorry so late chick.. I am so so so happy and excited for you!!! Here's to an amazing 2011!

Holly said...

Congratulations!! Adoption is a beautiful journey. I wish you well on your path. Happy 2011!!

Jennifer said...

Such amazing news! So happy for you! Can't wait to see where this takes you and meet your child! I'm hopeful that 2011 is going to be a great year for many of us! :)

Jess said...

Hi, I just found your blog through a mutual friend's. Just wanted to drop in and say hi! I look forward to following you.

~Jess
http://bringingyoumorethanasong.blogspot.com/

Leesa said...

New follower here :) Jut been doing a bit of blog hopping and I came across your blog. I look forward to following your journey :)
Congratulations!

heartincharge said...

Yeah! Congrats guys!

DaisyGal said...

sorry I'm late to the party...
this is some SERIOUSLY AMAZING news...wow..you stinker.

I am sooooo happy for you. I can feel the hope and content in this post and it is warming my heart. YEAH.

Beckie's Infertile said...

Seriously?! That's AMAZING! I am so happy for you guys!

Bring on 2011 and hopefully your new addition!

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