I have spent the last several days preparing for and then enjoying the holidays. I had a lovely Christmas spent with numerous loved ones. I can't express how blessed I feel this year to have all that I have. It has been an amazing year and although I spend a good half of it sleep deprived I wouldn't change it for the world.
I published my first book this year which was an awesome experience. I spent several years writing it and rewriting it and then editing it over and over again. Even with all that work I found (and so did my readers to my dismay) several mistakes which meant fixing it over and over again. I realized then that no matter how many times I edited it or how many people I had edit it for me it wasn't going to be perfect and to just do the best I possible could and hope that my readers would forgive me in the end.
For those who are waiting I am still working on book two. I would have had it done already had something, or should I say someone, not slowed me down. I am indeed speaking of the little drop of Honey that fell into my life in July.
For those of you who do not know who I am referring to I will enlighten you. Honey is our foster daughter and will be until four o'clock today. No, she is not returning to her family, which is the first hope of the foster care system. At four o'clock today my husband and I are finalizing her adoption. She will no longer be known as Honey after that. At four o'clock or probably a few minutes after she will forever after be known as Maleia. Although, I expect it might take sometime for some of us to refer to her by new name. (My five year old being one of those people because he, "thinks it's too hard to remember to call her, Maleia.")
I will be posting a few pictures after her adoption on my Facebook page. (http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1394731823). You will have to be my "friend" in order to see them so if you aren't you might want to "friend me" if you want to see them.
I will also be blogging about our adoption experience through the foster care system in the next few days. It is a story that I hope will inspire others to look into being a foster parent. It has been an experience that has changed my family's life forever. At times, I believed "the experience" would be the end to my emotional well being because it's has been so up and down. Even now I am afraid that something will happen and we won't be able to finalize, but I am trying to stay positive.
So with a positive thought process in mind, in a little over six hours I plan to be holding our beautiful daughter, Maleia, who has felt like our daughter from the beginning, but now can legally be a part of our family forever.