told by mommy:
Magdalene was born to a young mom who loved her very much. At birth Maggie, miraculously, tested negative for drugs despite her birthmom's positive test. Maggie was removed immediately following her birth and placed in fostercare. At 6 weeks old, on September 9th, 2011, she was moved again and placed with us.
Maggie was on the road to being reunited with her birthmom. I would drop her off for visitation several times a week. In December 2011 visitations stopped and we were made aware birthmom was in jail. God moved me to reach out to her, so Christmas 2011 I sent her an engraved bible with Maggie's picture on the inside cover. We begun a correspondence through letters that bound us together as friends and penpals.
With her birthmom in jail Maggie's case changed from "reunification" to "termination of parental rights (TPR)". When Maggie was 7 months old, in early March 2012, her birthdad came to court and expressed his desire to get her back. I brought her to 3 visitations with him and was able to share with him how much we loved his daughter. He was very kind and thanked me often. He left her life again as quickly as he had entered it.
We finally completed Maggie's adoption October 31st, 2012 (on Halloween) when she was 15 months old. It has been amazing to watch her grow and change! In those early months it was hard for me to let myself completely attach to her. Maggie had severe seperation anxiety and wanted to constantly be held. I would feel my heart falling in love and become so depressed at the thought of not being able to hold her forever. Maggie is the baby of the family and has now has me head-over-heels in love with her!
Maggie is our super cute, over dramatic, independent, girly-girl, who is SO gentle and gives the sweetest kisses!
Posted by Shannon
Soli Deo gloria - Glory to God alone