She is in the process of adopting two brothers, W & J (names and photos withheld for obvious reasons) who are 6 and 4 and who have been with a loving foster family for the last few years. I have been with her since Saturday, doing the final touches to the house, cooking supper for my sister, and listening to her day's adventures. She is now in the middle of "introductions".
The boys had been told in the New Year that the were getting a "new mummy" and my sister had prepared some photo books, toys, videos for them, so that they could begin to deal with the idea. Since last Friday, she has been spending more and more time with them in their house. Today was the first time they came to her. If all goes well, in a week they will be with her full time. The official adoption papers may take up to a year to finalise, but from next week, she's a MUMMY! And I know that she will do such a fantastic job.
She is taking a year's adoption leave from her job and the boys will have a month with her at home, before they begin the process of starting their new school. It is all very, very exciting and a bit scary, but wonderful at the same time. I am more proud of her than I can say. Two boys have the chance of being a family. They have taken to her well so far, but she expects the inevitable ups and downs. She has fantastic support from the social workers (she has one, the boys have a different one, plus there is an adoption agency supporting her as well.) She has a small group of supporters in Manchster, mostly from her church, who are going to be helping her day to day.
I am sad that I am so far away, and that our face to face time is now getting to get more complicated and expensive to arrange, but as the quote goes, love will find a way! Please keep her in your thoughts and or prayers and or energy vibes, as she starts this mad journey called Motherhood :-)
Picture of the boys taken today, in the rain!
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