Anticipated

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November 7th, was the day we were waiting for, when we agreed to foster-to-adopt our 3 precious boys.  It was the day the court was going to terminate the rights of mom and dad, and start our 6 month adoption process…

Or so we thought.

You see, everyone showed, the lawyers for each of the boys, and the lawyers of the parents, the CPS workers, the CASA workers, my caseworker, many other individuals that have been involved in their 1 year foster care process, and my mom and I.  The thing that amazes me is that everyone took time out of their day to show up.. everyone except for the parents (the mom and dad of the boys).

It was VERY frustrating to us and many others.  The parents called their lawyers about 5 minutes before the Trial started and told them that they weren’t able to make it due to “car trouble in Houston” and they had no way to make it there.  Well, they have been knowing about this date since the boys first hearing after they were removed, so this was a MAJOR day in their court case.

The Judge did not want to continue on without the parents at the hearing, in person, and decided to open the case and suspend it for another five weeks, until Dec. 13th to give the parents another chance to show up in attendance so their cases could be presented to the Judge.

The parents requested an extra visit with the boys this last Friday, since they felt they deserved another visit before the next Trial is set, and so CPS granted it.  Except for the small fact, that their mom cancelled the visit the morning of, and I had to pick up the boys from school Friday (on early release) and tell them that they don’t get to go see their mom because of cancellation issues.  It hurt my heart, to see their hearts hurting.

They won’t willingly relinquish their rights, so we are having to go this route of courts, hearings, trials, and many loopholes in between.

God brought us to this, and He will bring us through this.  We know these boys are placed in our lives for a reason, and we cannot wait to see them grow, mature, and flourish in the near future! They have so much ahead of them!

If the Judge decides to give the boys back to their mom and dad (which is a VERY small chance), we know it’s all in Gods plan. Please keeping praying for us and our sweet family♥

©2016 Sheridan Johnson @Journey with the Johnsons. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

two and a half!

I cannot believe that Brielle is 2 1/2, as of yesterday.  When I told her that it was her “official” half birthday, since we have been telling her she’s 2 1/2 for a little while now, I think she expected some kind of big celebration.. or maybe just a balloon!

So much has happened within the past 6 months with her brain expanding so much, and her knowledge has grown exponentially. She understands so much, that I forget at times, that she is just only two! This little girl is literally like a sponge, and loves to learn.  She loves to be taught new things, and gets frustrated when she is working so hard to get something right, and it doesn’t work.

I would definitely say that she is fully potty-trained at home, and in public.. well that’s a different story! The distractions everywhere, I think prevents her from telling me when she has to go, unless I am the first one to initiate the suggestion.  She loves to “do it myself” and at times, doesn’t like me going behind her to make sure she is really clean. We’ll get there soon!

Here are some stats of this precious girl!

Weight: 30 pounds (finally!), naked on home scale

Shoe size: 8/9 shoes! She loves to wear “princess shoes” and dresses and pretend she is a princess ALL the time lol!

Likes/loves: -Anything to do with vanilla ice cream.  I swear this girl could eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner if we let her! She still loves to dance, and perform! Any time she hears music with a beat, it’s like it has to come of her body and she must move! It’s entertaining, for sure! She still loves her paci’s.. I mean, like there is no way I see us getting rid of them right now.  Well, she has lost a few to discipline lately, but still has about 3/4 of them hanging around.

Dislikes: -having Shane do anything for her.  “no, mommy do it!” has got be painted on our walls somewhere.  No changing her, taking her potty (unless she tells him that she will “do it myself!” Oh and she also recently has started to get mad at our cat, Oscar when he walks away from her and is done playing! She started crying because he hurt her feelings when he did that.. so precious.

Teeth: 18 teeth. 2 year molars are officially making their way into her mouth!

Diapers: Size 6 luvs during naps/bedtime and undies/pull-ups during the day.

Language: We have been signing to keep up with her skill, so she doesn’t lose it, and she still loves it.  She stutters when she says “thank you” and recently told me that sometimes it’s hard for her to say, so I told her to sign it to people, and if I am around, I will definitely let them know what it means, so she doesn’t have to struggle when saying those words.  It’s interesting.. she will only stutter when she is thinking of too many things at once and she is not focused, or she is really tired, or it will just happen out of nowhere.

Other than that, she speaks really well.  We haven’t hard too many people say that they couldn’t understand her, but sometimes she doesn’t know a particular word, or says it a little different, and will show you something else to help describe it, so we understand it better.  Very smart, coming from a 2 year old!  I love that her vocabulary has expanded so much, and one of my recent favorite words that she is uses is “inappropriate”.  I have definitely said that before!

I can’t believe how far she has come in these past 6 months, and I can’t wait to see where she goes from here!

Can someone PLEASE stop time (minus the attitude–LOL!).  My baby is no longer a baby and she will even tell me “I am a big girl now, not a baby anymore”. 😉 Gotta love my two and a HALF year old!

Here are some pictures from the last 6 months!

 

 

Say Cheese!

I have been really trying to get better at photography, and while it sure does not come easy, I am steady practicing!  Here are a few of my latest pictures! 🙂

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So true!
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Nature
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Action shot at night!
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motivation
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sunset
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leaves in motion
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shadow
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Roses
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Friends flowers
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Railroad track

 

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Brielle’s Top 5

If you know anything about my child, you would know that she LOVES to dance!! She will find just about any song and learn to move to the beat of the music.  It is sort of amazing and since her Daddy was in band in high school and college, I really HOPE that she takes after him! It’s so crazy that is actually learning to memorize the dances and words of her favorite songs, and since she is at the age where she can ask for a specific song right now, I figured I would share Brielle’s top 5 favorite songs right now! Some of these songs are definitely not the best for a two year old to listen to, but just remember she LOVES a song with a good beat. 🙂

  1. Uptown Funk- Mark Ronson Ft. Bruno Mars (Click here to see the video)
  2. Worth It- Fifth Harmony Ft. Kid Ink (Click here to see the video)
  3. Shake it off- Taylor Swift (Click here to see the video)
  4. Watch Me-Silento (click here to see the video)
  5. All About That Bass-Meghan Trainor (Click here to see the video)

These are definitely some of the biggest hits this summer, and it’s SO cute to see her shake it!

Let me know what some of your favorite summer hits are, and I will definitely be sure to share them with her! 🙂