When something great was happening when I was growing up my dad would say, "I am so excited I have to sit on my hands to keep myself from flagging down cars and telling them the news." That's totally how I feel right now.
Yesterday morning Schneider went from being a temporary foster to a permanent member of the Mangine family! Papers are signed and we have a new baby!
We love this boy so much and are so glad he rounds out our family so nicely... An even dozen. 6 girls, 6 boys.
When we got back from the police station/social services yesterday and sat our kids down and explained what was happening, there were cheers and squeals and Prisca exclaimed, "Do you mean that I have a new baby brother?" When I said yes, she pumped her fists in the air and squealed, "Weeee!" Also particularly excited were Fritzie, Sanndi, Nico, and Jerry.
We're happy, our kids are happy, our staff is happy.
Please pray for this transition. Please pray for growth and attachment and development and health (for all of us, but especially Schneider). Pray for weight gain on his little 12 pound body. (Don't pray that for all of us, just Schneider.) Pray for us to have wisdom to try to navigate whether we try to commence the adoption process at this point or simply stick with guardianship.
Nick and I have this guiding principle that family is chosen and permanent. He (Nick) was holding Schneider last night and he said, "Gwenn, isn't this the most amazing thing? This is our son now. This morning he wasn't, and now he is."
Like I said, I have to sit on my hands to keep from flagging down cars.