The Family Moore

The Family Moore

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Well, tonight was our first Halloween as a family.  It was the first time Mike & Kerri got to actually GO Trick-or-Treating!

There aren't pictures but you will know what they looked like when we tell you that Zach went as a soccer player and Sean went as a Termite football player.  They were so cute!  They both made sure to tell anyone who would listen that it wasn't just a costume but that they actually played the sport they were representing.

The best part was the method of travel.  Kerri and the boys bundled-up in blankets and rode on the tailgate of the truck while Mike drove around the neighborhood.  Don't worry though - he never went over 60 mph!  :o)

To both of our surprise they both overfilled the pumpkin buckets they carried with them!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Consent Day!

Well, yesterday was the 90th day of our 90-day waitng period.

So today we met with our attorney and social worker so we could receive the official Consent to Adopt paperwork from the State DHR office.


The original plan was for our attorney to file our petition with the court sometime tomorrow but, since it was still early enough in the day, he offered to file it today.

So as of this writing, we have formally filed a petition with the court to finalize our adoption of Zach and Sean!

God has been faithful in a mighty way!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Sean said...

I know this won't be read for some time but I wanted to get this out there while it was fresh.

Sean had arguably the worst day of his school-life today.

We don't know what he was thinking or why he did some of the things he did but, in the end, it all worked out, Mike had a stern talk with him and (we think) he understands why he got in trouble.

He also failed to bring home ANY books from school, his homework folder or anything from which to study for his history test the next day.

Mike had another stern talk to him about responsibility and consequences and again (we think) he understood what he'd done wrong and what needed to happen going forward.

Okay, having gone through a really bad day and having TWO lectures from Dad, Sean made a remarkable observation during dinner.

We were having soup and crackers.  Sean said how much he "loved" crackers in his soup.  Mike said how his favorite soup was Tomato (Sean shook his head yes) with some shredded cheese in it (Sean shook his head Yes) and a whole bunch of crushed crackers (Sean shook his head YES!!).  Sean said "That's something we have in common!"

Then he delivered the line of the day:

"I think we were made for you.  I guess God just made a mistake and out us in the wrong stomach."

It was really hard to eat the next bite of soup with that big lump in our throat...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Spirit Week - Spirit Day!

Day three was the day the could wear blue jeans (yeah!) and their school "Spirit Shirts.":

These are happy boys.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Spirit Week - Silly Sock Day!

On Tuesday, they had to pick the silliest looking socks they could find and wear them to school:

Let's take a closer look:
 What great legs!!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Spirit Week - Crazy Hat Day

Well this is homecoming week at school and so they have a week of getting pumped up by having a different theme every day.  The first day was crazy hat day.

Just so you can see how crazy these boys are, here is there photoshoot:

They look so natural...!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Sad Times...

There are (at least) five steps at the end of the process one goes through when adopting a child:
  • Matching
  • Visits
  • Placement (for 90 days)
  • Consent
  • Finalization
We are currently about 66 days into our placement period.

We made an error in May when we posted pictures of two boys we had visited with at the zoo.  We were advised to take them down by a friend of ours we had met during our GPS class.  It was not an order (or even a request) but, rather, a "be careful" warning.  The message was that until a placement agreement was in place, we could not post pictures anywhere for public view of any children we were "in process" with.  This made a lot of sense.  Turns out that was good advice because we ended up not being a match for those two boys.

This is the ONLY direction regarding this issue we have recieved during our placement and adoption adventure.

That being the case, when we signed a placement agreement on June 28 for Zach and Sean, we happily proceeded to post pictures.  And post pictures.  And post more pictures.

Well, it turns out there has been a change in the rules.

DHR guidelines now state that no pictures can be posted of any child until the adoption has been finalized.  Read that again: finalized.

So, we have to suspend our blog for a while – we don’t want to delete the blog entries because that’s what it will take to get the pictures off.  We plan to write entries; we just can’t post them yet.  But rest easy, dear reader, for the day the judge signs that paper, we will be back.  And you will be able to catch up on all the great things that are going on in our lives!!!

Before we go, let us leave you with awesomeness:

One of the boys said very recently something to the effect of "You know, it's funny how everyone says we look and act like we belong to each other.  It's like you were always our parents and we just couldn't live with you until now."

We love our two boys.

Please pray that things move quickly after we receive consent.

The plan right now is to file the papers with the court on Thursday, October 27.  There are numerous, very important reasons we are trying to finalize the adoption prior to the end of the year. Please pray that all goes well with our family in the meantime and that we can get the adoption finalized by December 31.  We would love to have it finished by Thanksgiving.

A lot of people have told us it will be impossible to have it finalized by then but we believe our God is an awesome God and there is nothing He can not do.  We put our hope in the Living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially those who believe.

We'll talk to you down the road...