Saturday, January 24

Trading one commitment for another.

Today is an odd day for Bill and I.

We have decided that we are going to re-home two of our dogs.
At this time in our life, we have not had,
and do not foresee having, the time
to devote to giving these two pups
the quality of life they need and deserve.

Unfortunately, in all our anxiousness to find
a playmate for Lucy, we didn't fully understand
how much time they would need from us
to be living how they should.
While our Lucy is older, these two
are young and need someone to be able to
run and play with them, more than
we are able to right now.

We have worked with the rescue organization
that we originally got Mick from
and they found two great homes for them. Homes
where they will not have to spend so much time in their
crates or be boarded at the vet.
So that is certainly good news for them.

As we are sad that they are leaving,
this morning we are excited to
explore the possibility to welcome a new addition,
by becoming foster/adopt parents.
Our forward thinking about this possibility
was another toward our wishes to place the dogs
in a new home.
So today we attend our first meeting in this
process than one has to go through
to become adoptive parents.

After Hannah and Connor,
we said we were done.

Then we had Garrin.

And then I was done because of my hysterectomy.

We said that if we could, we would have had another.
(oh sure, now that we can't, right??)


We think we are pretty good at this whole
parenting thing.
So, if it can't be one of our own,
maybe we could give a good life to
someone less fortunate.

And I am hoping for a girl.
We will see.
What will be, will be.

So as our day is filled with mixed emotions,
only good can come in the end.


Chris said...

cool, the more the merrier! kids, that is. don't feel bad about the dogs, they will have a better life somewhere else! I won't even say your own words -- buh bye.

Allison said...


Okay, first, with the dogs--that is a hard decision. But--when you look at it in the end, you are really assuring them a better quality of life. Gosh I wish I could take Mick--he is awesome. Good for Jackie and her group for finding good homes for the boys. Rescues are great and we need to support them more. I think you should do a blog post about her group and post a link to her site so that more people can learn about them.

Second--what fabulous news about your desire to adopt! I had no idea you were so close to starting the process! For a family that loves laughter, love and general mayhem, adding another member should be a blast. I can't wait to see the story unfold. Best wishes!!!

Allison said...

And yes, Chris is on the couch posting and I am at my desk posting, in the same room, at the same time. Sad!!

Denise said...

Congratulations!! I am looking forward to reading all about this process so keep us posted! XO

Kim said...

I think you guys are making the right decisions. In both instances, you're doing what's best for your family.

You are wonderful parents with an amazing family, and bringing another child into that, whether your own biologically or not, can only be a positive.

Much love to you guys.

Emily said...

Let me know how it goes, we've been thinking of becoming foster/adoptive parents also for a few years. We're seriously considering moving back to Vegas. This place stinks! We are excited about MLB training in a few months, you should bring Connor out to catch a few games. The Diamondbacks and Rockies train here in Tucson.

LaAna said...

WOW!!!! Talk about a mixed emotion post. I had to reread it to make sure I caught everything correctly. No worries about the doggies - they will be just fine and have a new adventure for their little lives. As for a new addition, how exciting for your family! I am so happy and can't wait to see what the future brings for you. What a wonderful journey for your entire family. My best for you guys on your act of love.....

carissa... brown eyed fox said...

oh my goodness... that is FANTASTIC!

it sounds like you are being clearly led... what a mission... what a blessing!

oh... i am just so happy for you... your family! what a time this is... the whole idea... process... possibilities!

my prayers are with you!

Anonymous said...

Wow - First I had to rehome our Basinge - broke my heart but I know that he went to a better home for that breed. We now have two pound puppies that fit our life style better. The rescue groups are wonderful. Second - the fact that you would share your family love with a little one in need is no suprise (: I admire you and give you any support you may need. Your friends and family will be waiting to welcome a new addition. Hope the meeting went well. God Bless.

Jason Roth said...

I admire you for wanting to adopt a child. We've talked about doing the same in the future, after we're done producing our own offspring. There are so many children out there that don't have families. It's comforting to know that at least one will find a loving family in hour home.

Jerolyn said...

I know we discussed this over the phone but I will say it again WOW! I can't wait to watch this all unfold! Kudos friend!!!