Wednesday, September 12, 2012


I am thankful that you decided to pop in!

This blog is the start of a new journey for our family. It was unexpected, surprised us even, but we are so excited to share this news with you.

We are adopting....again!!!

Let me back up and tell you how this all came about. Kofi and Joy joined our family 8 months ago. From day 1, we knew we would continue to grow our family. Some day. We wanted to give our entire family time to adjust and bond. And give our bank account a rest:) 

As I was getting ready to go back to work, I accepted a part-time school based physical therapy position. Most of the children I would be serving have cerebral palsy. I dusted off my books and began to re-learn the techniques and interventions I had learned years ago. I thought about the children I used to work with and the amazing progress I would witness. I thought about the special "sparkle" that those children had. And then it hit me: "why wouldn't we adopt a child with special needs next time?" But once again I filed that thought away for "some day".

A few short weeks later, I saw a picture of a little girl who needed a family. She was abandoned and lived in a large institution without knowing the love of a family. She was just as deserving of that love as any of the other children, but why was this young little girl waiting? Because she has cerebral palsy. I hoped that someone would step forward for this precious little one. I prayed, I cried and I just wanted her Mommy and Daddy to find her. And the more I looked at her picture, the more I petitioned for her family to find her, I knew that I was her Mommy. Simple as that.

I asked Eric if he was ready to adopt again. We talked about all the aspects of another adoption. For our 4 children at home, for this little one waiting for a family, for our marriage, for our finances, for people around us (because it may not make sense why we would adopt again) and the answer at the end was: yes. All the pieces of the puzzle fell into place. She will join our loud, crazy, loving family and she will have 4 siblings who will treat her like a princess and parents who will love her unconditionally. 

If you would like to join us on this "joyful journey", please become a friend (or follower, whatever term you prefer) of this blog. This is where we will share about our thoughts and about the process as we adopt for the second time around. 

We appreciate your support and positive comments as we begin the journey to our daughter. 


  1. Hi, I came here from RR, and just thought I'd tell you that when I clicked the link on your FSP it popped up an alert that your blog is being reviewed for inappropriate content! Lol!! I certainly don't see anything inappropriate!! Are you on Facebook? You should join the RR group, great advocates and fundraising!! It's a closed group so you'll have to request to join, Andrea admins it. Your kids are beautiful! As is your new addition!! Congrats!!/groups/officialreecesrainbow/

  2. I have been praying for this little one...she had stolen my heart and I checked on her everytime I went on RR hoping she would be on the my family found me page. I am so happy for your family!

  3. Hi! Hopped over from your FSP on RR. SO happy to see Alison has a family! The little ones who have CP, are deaf and/or blind always tug at my heart first since I've had the most one-on-one contact w/ those special needs. I was a Sing Language Interpreter Transliterator before I became a SAHHM. I found RR over 2 years ago. I just recently started a blog in order to advocate in a broader range. Our family looks forward to following your journey. Your have a gorgeous family!

    In Him,

  4. That is GREAT news!! Excited to follow your journey! We have changed our course, as our agency was having significant struggles getting established in Ghana. So, we're going back to Ethiopia!

  5. Moved utterly to tears as I read your post. God's amazing love and the love of a family for this sweet angel. So excited for your family and to watch you walk this journey. Praying your princess HOME!!!