Our foster to forever girl turns TWO!

So tomorrow is a day definitely to be celebrated because it’s Gracelynn’s first birthday as a JOHNSON! From the moment I laid my eyes on her, I knew that God has amazing things in store for her precious life.  He chose to give her life when it could easily had been taking from her with the use of some really harsh drugs while her biological mom was pregnant with her.  It’s God’s grace that saved her life, knowing how much of a profound impact she is going to make (and has already made) on so many lives.  Being born at 24 weeks gestation, at only 1lb and 8 oz.,she started out with this life as a fighter.  She fought to live, she surpassed ALL odds, she had amazing NICU nurses who loved her and treated her as if they were her own.

I am amazed at how everything worked out for the first four months of her life that we missed.  When we got the phone call from CPS stating that “there is a medically fragile newborn ready for discharge in the hospital in San Antonio, Tx” we immediately said yes.  THEN we got the phone call that stated that they chose US for this baby girl, and we got in the car right away to go meet her precious self! She was SO little for being 4 months old, and we had to gown/glove up from head to toe when meeting her because her high risk of spreading an infection/getting an infection.

Let’s just say two years have flown by, and we could have never imagined what a wild ride we would have been on with her case in foster care, and then finally closing that chapter of her life with her adoption.    Shane and I are both amazed by how much our baby girl has grown, how funny she is, and how incredibly hyper she is!

I wanted to leave you all with some sweet pictures of our baby girl from the moment we met, until now! Hope you all enjoy them (as much as we did/do)♥♥!!

Gracelynn- you were everything our family needed and we are so blessed and thankful that God picked us to be your forever parents and family!!

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So.. it finally happened!

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So during this adoption process, it feels like there is a WHOLE lot of hurry up and then wait… so we got stuck in the waiting part for the past 2-3 weeks (but if we are honest.. it’s been in the waiting process for well over a year or so)!

Let me back track a little for those of you who have not been following along my rollercoaster of a journey with them-

• Our foster sons entered into our home on October 31st, 2016 after already being in care since December of 2015.  They came all together as a sibling group of 3 and they are our biological nephews that we were never really close to/around due to the boys parents lifestyle choices (drugs, alcohol, theft.. the whole works). We never knew they were in foster care until one day we got a call from Shane’s half sister begging for us to take her boys into our house in hopes of one day adopting them.  After a WHOLE lot of prayer, we said yes.  This is the first post here where I described each one of the boys, and it’s funny looking back and seeing how hopeful we were in the fact that we could do the adoption fast.. haha nope (gotta love CPS).

• Then when we thought the trial would FINALLY happen, it got rescheduled again and I didn’t know how much longer we would have to finally wait for an answer from the Judge! Little did I know God was working everything out for us..

• THEN  this happened and we couldn’t have been more ready to move forward with our lives and our family!

• I tried my best to prepare the boys for the final visit and they did a LOT better then I thought they would have done!

• And then we celebrated having our boys with us for ONE whole year! (plus I gave a little insight on why their older brother was place elsewhere).

And now that we have thoroughly caught up on all the important aspects of this case, we can FINALLY say that we WILL be adopting our boys within the next few weeks (will post an exact adoption date as soon we set one)!  We are currently just waiting on our adoption worker sending all of her information to our lawyer and once all of that gets turned in and submitted, we should be pretty close to being able to set the date for the adoption!

We cannot wait to share their pictures (unblurred) with all of you and their NEW names (they both wanted to change their first and middle names–just like we did with Gracelynn).

Stay tuned for some amazing things happening in the Johnson household! ♥

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1 week already!!

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First off, I cannot believe that Malachi has been here for a week already! Shane has two weeks off of work to spend with us at home, and it has been the greatest in the world to see him bond with his son, and have the ability to spend more time with our other 4 kids at home as well!

He had his first check-up which went great.   The Doctor did a head to toe exam and everything checked out just fine, no concerns were noted at this time.  He also wanted to make sure he was gaining back the little bit of weight that he had lost at the hospital, and it turns out that he had gained all the weight back and then some! He now weighs 8 pounds 1 oz. and still 19 1/4 inches long.  He stated that overall he was a healthy little boy and that he will see us in two weeks for his PKU follow up.

Let me tell you, Malachi is a great eater, great sleeper, and such a laid-back child! I know this is just newborn bliss, but I am loving every single minute of it! All of the kids are loving having a baby brother as well, and it’s so cute to watch each of them develop their own personal bond and relationship with him!

I wanted to share some pictures I have taken this last week, since I want to remember Malachi this small, forever! I know even in a few weeks his looks will change, and he will start to fill out, so I definitely wanted to make sure I captured all these sweet moments now! ♥

 



FYI my boys have to be blurred due to them being in foster care and it’s to protect their privacy! 🙂

Thank you ALL for your sweet comments on our surprise (gender wise) baby boy! We are so blessed and thankful to have him!

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Our 2017 year in review

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I wanted to wrap up my year in review with a post on some of my favorite posts from this past year! I am SO happy and honored to still have all of you amazing followers reading about our family and our journey!

  • January- This post was probably the first time that things didn’t go as planned, and I had to learn to that this is what happens when you open your heart and mind into the foster care world.  I love how protective I was already over our baby girl Gracelynn! You can find the post here. ♥
  • February- First of all, just reading this blog post is exhausting!! I can’t believe I put so much on my plate at the time!
  • March-This month is when Shane and I celebrated being together (dating) for 12 years! That’s insane thinking about how much we have grown together as individuals and as a couple.  You can find the blog post here.  Also, getting away for a night sounds amazing right about now! ♥
  • April- This month we celebrated so many amazing moments that I couldn’t just choose one blog post! First we got to celebrate Gracelynn turning ONE! Then we celebrated Easter and I took some really cute photos of all of the kids.  The last post I wanted to share from this month is when I got real with you and shared some of gray area in foster care.
  • May-This month we made our total to 6 kids in our house and in this post I described how we survived it!
  • June- This month is when we announced our little secret to the world! Can’t believe how happy Shane was, and I can’t believe we had 6 kids at the time! ♥
  • July-This month is when I shared our 12 week appointment with the baby and how things were going at this time!
  • August- I am still in shock that Gracelynn is now forever ours, but this post is the day that we found out that her parents relinquished their rights!
  • September- This is the month that we had made it half way through the pregnancy and I had my anatomy scan.
  • October- This post felt so good to let go of my burdens, and I have never felt better!
  • November-This month we were SO glad to find out the results of the specialist that we were sent to check up on our precious baby, and you can read all about it here.
  • December-This post is definitely one of the best days of my life, and I couldn’t wait to share it with the world! We love you so much Gracelynn Marie Johnson!!

I hope you all continue to follow along our journey into this next year as we welcome baby Johnson into the family and adopt our 2 precious boys!!

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