The other day, I posted this sweet picture of my beautiful baby girl to Facebook: Within minutes of posting the photo, someone messaged me stating, “I hope this doesn’t offend you, but your daughter looks JUST LIKE her birth mother. She is beautiful”. I smiled to myself and responded, “Of course it doesn’t offend me–she DOES! Thank you!” It was presented to me by another … Continue reading I Hope this Doesn’t Offend You, but Your Daughter Looks Just Like Her Birth Mother
Many of you may have noticed that we changed Ruby’s middle name. We just weren’t in love with the way that her original name flowed, and when we called her by her name…it just didn’t seem to “fit” her. So we dug. We wanted to find something that still greatly honored her birth mother, my mother, Corey’s grandmother, and my best friend Alison (who passed … Continue reading Name Change
Three and a half years. That’s how long we waited to hold you in our arms. We were so in love with you long before you existed. You are so, so, loved, sweet girl (and by so many)! How did this all come to be? You will ask this and many more questions about your adoption in the years to come. I’m writing this for … Continue reading Ruby Annelisse Palmer – The Story of Your Beginning
Having an infertile friend or family member can prove to be challenging for our fertile loves. We know this. We know that it is always hard to know what to say / what not to say. Throughout the years, we have had many people even say that they don’t know what is helpful and / or what is hurtful. Recently, a dear friend of mine … Continue reading To Fertile Loved Ones of Infertile Couples
Welcome to this world, Rue. May your days be filled with happiness and may you always know the love of two families who came together for you. May you always see the good in the world, but not be blind to the bad. May you struggle, but always find your way up. My love is with you everywhere you are. Always. Ruby Marie Alisabeth Palmer … Continue reading After ER Trip #8, We Had a BABY!!!!!!!!!
LeAnne came home after two days away around 1:00 yesterday. She was perfectly fine until around 7:30 when we ate dinner. She started feeling sick to her stomach, nauseous, and in pain. She started actually losing fluids from both ends around 8 or 9 and it just kept happening. When the contractions set in at about 11:00, she asked to go to the hospital. We … Continue reading ER TRIP #2
I just want to take a moment to tell the world how proud I am of this girl. She turned 21 yesterday and she didn’t have a thing to drink. I know she wanted to…but she was good and I’m so proud of her for thinking of this sweet baby first. She knows there are days for those things in her future and is making … Continue reading You’s a Big Girl NOWWWW!
We had a hospital scare last week. LeAnne started having contractions (really strong ones, half an hour apart). She had around four of them so we took her in just to be checked out. Several hours later they sent us back saying that they think it was a urinary tract infection. We never really received official word back that it was, but there were … Continue reading ER Trip #1
I don’t believe in luck. I think that things happen (good and bad) due to circumstance and to blessing. The story of how our family came to be is no exception. Some have said we were “lucky”. I usually say to them, “you don’t know the entire story”. We have had our fair share of failures, struggles, pain, and catastrophe. But we have … Continue reading Luck, Schmuck.
“We came together as strangers but we leave as eternal friends.” This was my graduation motto way back in 1993. That’s right, 22 years ago in May (for those of you doing the math, yes, that makes me almost 40). At the time, the most significant people in my life were my family and my classmates. As cliché as it may sound, most of the … Continue reading Eternal Family ❤