It Happened–She’s ADOPTED!!

So after 486 days in foster care, we are official adoptive parents of our precious baby girl Gracelynn Marie Johnson! We love her to death, and she is definitely our “wild child” of the bunch and we are SO glad she is officially ours!!

I wanted to incorporate an entire blog post with SO many pictures of our baby girl that we have never been able to share without having to blur her face, to let you all in on our journey from day one to now! Thanks to EVERYONE for loving on us and supporting us throughout this journey, we LOVE you all!

 














These are some of my most favorite pictures from her since day one (especially her monthly photos when she was SO tiny) to now! Hope you all enjoy them and love them as much as Shane and I do! ♥♥♥

©2017 Sheridan Johnson @Journey with the Johnsons. All Rights Reserved.

We have a DATE!!!

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Ok, I have SO much joy and excitement in writing this, that I can BARELY contain myself!

We just got the “official notice” that our baby girl will be FINALLY a JOHNSON this Friday, December 15th! We have been through SO much with her, and the fact that we get to adopt our precious baby girl at 20 months old, is amazing!

God has truly blessed our family with the greatest gift of ALL through foster care and adoption and I cannot believe that we will be given the gift of forever, right before Christmas (one of my favorite holidays of the year).

To say that we are excited, is an understatement.  We have never been more happy in our life, and let me just tell you.. Brielle is SO excited to have a “forever sister” in our baby girl and their bond is so amazing already, and I know these two will two will be best friends forever.

THIS Friday the 15th of December, at 11:00a.m. we will be able to show our girl to the world, and announce her official new name!  Our kids will be missing school that day to attend this amazing event, and we cannot wait!

Outfits have already been bought, and my camera is READY to take a whole LOT of pictures (please get ready FB/Insta world)!

Shane and I cannot thank you all enough for the countless prayers during the difficult time in our journey, and the countless praise during the good times! We love you all and have been hesitant in talking or posting a lot of updates about what has been going on, afraid it wouldn’t happen or that we might just “jinx” it!

God is so good, in the good times and the bad.

Will update with a LOT of pictures on Friday so be on the lookout!♥♥♥

©2017 Sheridan Johnson @Journey with the Johnsons. All Rights Reserved.

The phone calls we have waited on!

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The past two weeks have been SO busy here at the Johnson household and I have been wanting to post this blog for some time now!

So if you remember the post about the post on our update on our boys and then back in August when I posted an update on our baby girl and how things were going with each of the cases, well things have FINALLY moved forward and we have some good news!!

I will start with our boys:  Their legal worker called me about a week and half ago and told us that unless the boys’ biological parents took the case to the supreme court (which they would have to pay out of pocket for–which is highly unlikely) then we could move forward towards adoption!!  They estimate that it will be done in a couple of months, and we are SO excited to get things moving along in their case! My mom stated that as of Friday they have been in the foster care system for over 730 days now (Can you believe that? Ugh so sad)!

Now on to our wild child a.k.a our baby girl:  Her Adoption worker called me on the day of her placement review hearing on Wednesday and let me know that after I talk to the adoption negotiator (which I did Friday), that the last step is that everything is sent to our lawyer to be submitted to the court and we will get a FINAL adoption date!!! AHHH! It is SO real that God really may give us our Christmas wish for her to be officially adopted before the end of the year! Gosh we cannot wait! We have prayed and had MANY ups and downs with our baby girl in her case, but we knew that God would always put her right where she needs to be.   (Oh and an added bonus: She won’t have to be blurred anymore and we can FINALLY announce her new name!!)

So definitely there are some BIG things happening within the next few months (along with baby Johnson coming next month) so definitely keep following along!

Oh and our Christmas cards came in and they are ADORABLE!! I love every single picture and I love how our family changes every year (will leave you all with a preview and I will definitely be posting the full front/back when all of our family/friends have received them) ♥♥
©2017 Sheridan Johnson @Journey with the Johnsons. All Rights Reserved.

 

1 year down! Update on our boys

 

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On October 31st we celebrated having our foster sons for 1 year! I remember the day CPS dropped the three brothers off at our house on Halloween (with no costumes might I add), they promised us that “trial is in one week and once their rights are terminated you should have the boys adopted in 6 months, if not sooner”. I laugh at this so hard because I felt like they gave us so much false hope about making them officially ours so fast! God definitely had other plans, and learning how to be patient was definitely one of them.

A little back story is that the termination of their biological parents happened back in May of this year.  Technically the parents legally have no rights as of right now (meaning that they are no longer allowed to see the boys), but they are allowed to appeal the termination two times (which could take up to 6 months for each appeal) and that is where we are at right now. Both of the parents decided to appeal, so we are waiting for the 180 days to pass to see what this new Judge filed.  If this Judge agrees with the termination, then I believe we have to wait another 60-90 days to see if they are going to appeal again before the adoption process can get started.

During these past 6 months the oldest brother of them all (age 8) was having a REALLY hard time accepting the fact that he would no longer see his biological parents, and he couldn’t seem to move forward with the hope of a future with someone else.  He started acting out (so much so that CPS and us tried every alternative/intervention for him to help him cope with his feelings) and that his behavior and outbursts eventually led to him being separated from his siblings (ages 6 and 3 who are still in our house) and placed with his old foster parents in Houston.   Safety is the number one goal in this house, and if we were having a hard time keeping the other kids safe from him, then CPS agreed it is best to place him elsewhere. I won’t go into great detail because for one he is still in foster care, and two, that is definitely his story to tell one day.

A little update on him: He seems to be doing SO much better with them (he is 10 years younger than the oldest child in his foster home) and loves being the baby of the family.  We still do monthly visits in person and weekly contacts by phone, but for now, this definitely seems to be the best scenario for us and our family.  I think that he just needed space from all of us to realize that he can get through this time in his life, and I know he is in intensive counseling in Houston to help him cope as well.

As for our 6 and 3 year old, we still have every intention of adopting them both, when the appeals process is complete and they finally are up for adoption.  Our 6 year old REALLY wants to be a Johnson, so we definitely hope to make that wish come true one day!

For our 1 yr anniversary we took all the kids trick or treating, and they LOVED it this year, and got to celebrate 1 year being with us, with a few special treats that night!

We hope in the next few months to have all 3 of our current foster children adopted, but only God knows the future of the Johnsons! ♥♥

I will leave you with a few (blurred pictures) of our handsome little boys!

©2017 Sheridan Johnson @Journey with the Johnsons. All Rights Reserved.