Flash Friday

Since I have been sick all week, there really isn’t much in the way of exciting news, though I do have a couple of items that are exciting to me, and may or may not be of interest to you.

I’ve been able to get quite a lot done on Lily’s Story, and I’m having a hard time containing my excitement as the light at the end of the first draft tunnel draws nigh.  This is most likely going to be my longest published novel yet, possibly by 10,000 words or more.  That’s my “big” news in the world of my writing.

The news in my personal world is significantly bigger.  We found out this week that we will be finalizing our last adoption within the next month or so.  As of the start of this blog some 9 or 10 months ago, we had three adopted and two foster children.  I have spoken very little of the situations of the two we had left to finalize, mainly out of respect for their privacy.  To the same end, I won’t share details, but I now feel free to share that we finalized one adoption in November, a few days before Thanksgiving, and we had final TPR hearings for the last child in December and January.  In January, the judge granted the TPR, and we had to wait for a 30 day appeal period to pass, which ended earlier this week.  Next week, we should receive a date from the court for our adoption, which is typically about 30 days out.  As this child has spent almost her entire life waiting in foster care and had one failed TPR due to a technicality, we are anxious to finalize this and move on together as a family.

So that is this week’s big event.  I am finally starting to feel a little bit better today, so I hope to be back to a more regular posting schedule next week.  Of course, if Lily keeps pushing my writing, the blog may be slightly neglected for a little while longer.

Happy Friday!


7 comments for “Flash Friday

  1. March 1, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    Wow, sounds like exciting news! Congrats on the adoption! I hope you’re writing goes well too.

  2. CC
    February 28, 2015 at 12:53 am

    I had wanted to tell you I was sorry you were not feeling well, and no wonder! TPR’s can be so stressful…. I am so happy for you and your family Leigh. Although, they are always sad in some way, I am certain it is for the best, as you would never want anything but the best for a child. So happy to hear all this good news. <3
    Congrats on your writing as well. It all sounds wonderful. Hoping you start to feel better soon.
    Much love,

    • February 28, 2015 at 2:46 pm

      Yes there certainly is an element of sadness each time a TPR takes place. Some express it as a sadness of a parent losing their child, but to me, it is far more involved than that. A parent is not simply “losing” their child. The sadness to me is that a parent could not find it in them to do what they needed to do for the sake of their child. In this case, one that has dragged on far too long for this child, the biggest travesty is that her permanency was delayed for so long by selfish parents who did not care about her psychological and emotional wellbeing. I am just thankful that we can now move on, together.

      Thanks much for the note <3. Today I am finally starting to feel a bit better, so I think I'm finally on the mend.
      HUGS <3

      • CC
        February 28, 2015 at 2:49 pm

        Totally agree, Leigh. So well said. Hugs. ♡

  3. February 27, 2015 at 3:03 pm


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