Adoption of the Month May 2016

As a mother with three grown children who range in age from 45 to 27 years old and having nine grandchildren, it was a very serious decision to adopt. My husband and I were both at a place in our life where the thought of downsizing our home and the idea of getting to travel was creeping into our minds. My husband has no biological children, but he helped to raise my youngest son who is in every way his father. Several years ago, we had taken in my two great nephews who were only eighteen months and two and a half at the time. We were fortunate to have them in our life for a year. Talk about a life changing experience, they meant the world to us. After reuniting with their mother, I swore that I would never take another child because of the immense heartbreak of letting them go. Then along came Daizi! She is my great niece and I had known her since the day she was born, but knowing the lifestyle of her parents, I knew that I did not want to be emotionally attached to her. Of course, she had other ideas. Every time I would see her she would demand attention from me and I reminded myself of Maleficent, (that little, go away little girl) type of attitude, but the bond was growing. When she was 15 months old, she was placed in foster care. At first, I thought it was great, at least she was being cared for and maybe she was with a loving, young family who would want to keep her permanently. My thoughts changed when I requested a visit with her at the foster home and saw her in that environment. There the battle began; she was there for ten months. Daizi finally came to live with us in July of 2014 and her adoption was final on November 20, 2015, which just happened to be National adoption day. It is unexplainable to imagine the joy and love that our daughter has brought to not only us, but also our whole family. She has a great grandmother who worships her and teenage cousins who think she walks on water. Daizi also has three older brothers and a sister; all who would step in to raise her if something should ever happen to us. She is such a funny little girl; she insists she is aunt Daizi when talking to my grandchildren who are much older. She is intelligent, beautiful, and compassionate and has a sense of humor that is way beyond her years. She is a girly girl who loves glitter, dressy clothes, painted nails and anything princess, but she also loves to fish, is the first to pick up bugs, and helps her dad with yard work. Now it is unthinkable to imagine her not in our life, she is the absolute center of our universe and every decision we make is based around her. Obviously, we will not be downsizing, maybe looking for something larger and all that travel, well we do have plans for the Seattle Zoo and Disneyland. I just want to say that I appreciate the excellent advice and extraordinary service that Mark Iverson and his staff provided. Daizi’s adoption was everything that we could have imagined it being, we will be eternally grateful for their patience, advice, thoroughness, and actual caring that helped us through the process from beginning to end.