Sunday, April 11, 2010

One Year On...

I'm not sure if anyone will ever see this but yesterday I logged onto my old blog, not for any reason, and realised it was exactly one year since I had posted.

I read the entry.

Wow, was that only a year ago! So much change.

So...just in case anyone is wondering, or stumbles across this story of a slice of my life, I am updating. Adding an ending perhaps. Or, in many ways, a beginning.

The last post was about us starting to look into the whole adoption process, of how we weren't yet sure if this was for us. We had already attended the first prep group day.

We did continue with the prep group and then the home study. It is a hard going process but we got through it fairly speedily and we were approved as adoptive parents in November 09.

Very soon after the approval panel we had the most life-changing phone call.

Most unusually for this country a mother had decided not to parent her baby. The baby had gone straight from hospital into foster care as this young woman had to convince the authorities that she really wanted her child to be adopted. She just didn't feel in a place to be a parent. She had read our profile and wanted to meet us.
The next few days were a flurry of social work meetings and exchanges of paperwork.

After about a week we met with the birth mother and had a very emotional but truly positive afternoon. Although it sounds so cliched there really was an instant connection. I thought she was an amazingly strong and thoughtful young woman who had considered every aspect of what she was doing and wanted the best to come out of this situation. She liked us too. She chose is to adopt her baby.

So right now I am writing this as our most precious nine month old daughter sleeps upstairs. She is absolutely amazing and has changed the world forever.

We are a family.


tipsymarie said...

You're still in my feed and I was giddy when I saw your update! So happy for you and I was wondering what happened with your adoption plans. It seems as though your daughter finally found her way to you. Very, very happy to hear the wonderful news!

Orodemniades said...

OMFG congratulations!!!!!

m said...

Oh my God - I'm so so so so happy for you!!!! Congratulations - I'd love to hear more if you're willing to share!!!
My email is - or my private one I think you may have, otherwise I check the quietsanctuary one all the time. Are you on FB?

Wow - my smile is hurting my cheeks!! This is amazing!!!


Thalia said...

well that's a turn up for the books. Congratulations! What a lovely, and very unusual story. I wish you and your family all the very best.

womb for improvement said...

Fantastic to hear from you. And to hear such a happy, and unfortunately in the case of UK adoptions, exceptional ending.


Bee Cee said...

Oh my's SO good to hear from you. And makes it so much sweeter that you have shared your fabulous news. Funny, I was only thinking about you only last week when I was looking at my mobile phone contacts.

I am so thrilled for you. Looks like we'll both make it to the other side after all (if I get through these next few weeks ok!)

Please keep in touch (if you are on FB, drop me an email -


Kath said...

Dear Carrie, what wonderful, what absolutely amazing news! I can't tell you how happy I am to hear it. Congratulations on your daughter, and on becoming a family. XO

luna said...

how wonderful! so happy to hear this carrie. what an amazing turn of events. quite a year, no? congratulations.

christina(apronstrings) said...

Hello, old friend! I have thought of you often. I am TICKLED PINK FOR YOU. You've made my day.
At nine months-that's when Cate started getting even more.delicious.(if you can imagine)-you start to see who they really are.
WOW. You've just made my day.
Would it be too much of a good thing to ask for more blogging??

Silver said...

Having seen it happening "in real life", I am so, so happy for you! I know it's a cliche, but you deserve this and I know that you will be fantastic parents.

JJ said...

I was beyond excited to see your blog pop up on my reader--and I am even MORE excited to read the news! Will you keep posting now? Have thought of you glad to read that last sentence: we are a family.

Geohde said...


I am so delighted for you, I have often wondered just how you are doing and thought of you.

Very happy to read this,



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Trish said...

Oh carrie!
I am so far behind in my blog reading and just saw this. I'm so incredibly happy for you!!!

Nearlydawn said...

Wow, what a wonderful story! I was so touched by the way your happy ending just fell into place. In the past I'm sure you would have said wanted a different route to family, but I bet you wouldn't trade her for the world.

This was your "meant to be", and I'm so very glad to know you have her in your life.

Ms. Planner said...

I hope that YOU had a wonderful Mother's Day. I thought about you and all you had been through. And, well, I just hope the day was great for you!

Brierley & Clover said...

You're still in my feeds too - congratulations on becoming a Mum!!! That's such wonderful, wonderful news! :)

Anonymous said...

Only just seen this. Incredible! Congratulations!

Imogen @ Behind the Mask

R said...

Maybe is time for you to post again.
Lovely story...

Hoe said...

Your precious little one will have two mummies who love her. Lucky one! Hope next time she will grow up loving both mummies.

Geohde said...

Lovely Carrie,

I know you no longer blog but I hope this comment finds you well and thriving,


Thalia said...

Just thought of you today, I hope all is still very well with your family.