Hard to believe that six months ago today we were in China, holding our baby for the first time. As a milestone I’ve reflected on how my life has changed in the last six months. It’s true what they say; nothing can prepare you for having a child. You don’t realize how much will change […]
Archives for November 2012
The holiday season started with a whimper, not a bang. The whimper came from Jennifer, not Penelope, as we drove three hours to Montgomery for Thanksgiving dinner. Grandma Petrie and Grandma Padgett, husbands in tow, arrived at my brother’s home for dinner. Penelope was the star of show, coming as no surprise to Jenn and […]
I get it. Please don’t read this and think I’m sour grapes. That’s not it. I know how it looks from the outside. When I hear how lucky Penelope is I cringe a little. We hear it a lot. This isn’t meant to offend anyone. The support we’ve gotten has been overwhelming and much needed. […]
The autumnal season is upon us. It’s been a busy week as I prepare for the holidays personally and professionally. Tomorrow we have our second post-placement visit from our social worker. It’s the first visit I haven’t been concerned about. In retrospect I didn’t need to be concerned about any of them.
Jennifer and I sat to the left of the judge assigned to our case. Penelope stood between us, pacing and saying “all done” before we even started. A stack of documents, some in Chinese, some in English, lay before the man who would decided whether to approve domestication of Penelope’s adoption. The judge appeared to […]