Monthly Archives: September 2010

Dreams Do Come True.

For years and years my Sister and Brother in law yearned to build their family while they struggled with infertility.  For years a little girl named Luisa was in a Columbian Orphanage/School for Girls dreaming of being adopted by an English-speaking family she could call her own.  Some may call it fate, but there is no doubt in my mind there was a higher power at work when it came to making these dreams come true! 

Many of you know that my Sister and Brother in law set out on a journey one year ago to adopt a little 10-year-old from Columbia, named Luisa.  They met Luisa over the summer through a program that brings adoptable Columbian children to the states for a few weeks to try to find them homes.  It was a year filled with stress, paperwork, financial demands and waiting, until they would be reunited with Luisa for good. 

In June, they finally received the invitation to travel to Bogotá, Columbia to finalize the adoption.  They instantly packed and off they went with barely any notice.  They were in Bogotá for 4 weeks (I think, either 4 or 5, too many!).  They were reunited with Luisa the day after they arrived, thank God there wasn’t more of a wait.  My sister documented their experience in Bogotá on her blog (email me if you are interested in following/reading up on the experience. Currently it is private but she has said she is happy to add any friends who would like to follow) and we were able to webcam with them several times a week! I love technology!

Luisa is doing wonderfully, and they are home settling in to family life.  I am beyond proud of my Sister and Brother in Law for being the heroes that they are for little Luisa, and making the choice to make her their daughter.  Many people don’t give the process much thought, and think it is easy. You pay, you get it legalized and bam you have a baby/child.  There is SO SO SO much more to it then all that.  Their journey to be parents was an emotional, physical, mental, financial challenge. 

I am so happy to have a niece, and an extra special one at that!  Darby and I absolutely LOVED meeting her for the first time a few weeks ago when we flew out for a quick visit.  Darby adores Luisa.  She slept on the trundle-bed in Luisa’s room every night we were there and since we have been home she wants to “go to school like Luisa” and “play soccer like Luisa”.  She loves her cousin!  The girls were so cute together.  Luisa has an infectious smile and is so loving and sweet.  She has the funniest sense of humor and is full of practical jokes and teasing.  It is so wonderful to see how happy she is to be calling my Sister “mommy” and Brother in law “daddy” with such love and sincerity.  They waited to hear those words for an awful long time. 

I am so happy to have been able to meet my wonderfully precious niece and welcome her as part of our growing extended family!  I am one proud Sister, Sister in Law and Tia (Spanish for Auntie!).



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Finn Patrick Murray!

Yesterday we had a 3d/4d ultrasound and got to see our little guy. Yes, we are sharing the name now (Eric was too excited and didn’t want to keep it a secret anymore!).  After seeing him yesterday we are even more excited for our little Finn to be here! 

From the start, if it was a girl, her name was going to be Finley Anne (named after me!) and  if it was a boy, Finn Patrick (named after my Uncle and God Father).  We were very happy when we found out that it was a boy, Finn was the only boy name we could agree on and we both just LOVED it. I did always think I would have a little Finley Anne running around with Darby so I would be lying if I didn’t say it took some adjustment in the beginning!  But now, I am just over the moon excited for our little Finn Patrick to be here with us and make us a family of 4!

Darby is already a very proud big sister!  She LOVED going to the ultrasound with us and seeing her baby brother on “tv”.  She was sitting with Eric, pointing out his nose, mouth, hands and arms. It was adorable. Some days she wakes up and declares “Baby Finn is coming today!!” I hope her excitement can continue once he IS here! 

Here are some other picture of Finn from yesterday.  He wasn’t cooperating very well at first,  but after getting up to go to the bathroom and drinking some very cold water he moved away from the placenta he was all snuggled into and let us see more of his adorable face!

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Last week, Darby and I flew to Atlanta to visit my Sister, Brother in law and Luisa, my newly adopted Niece!! (more on that soon!) We had an awesome time! I need to upload pictures and videos and post them next. 

I feel like I have so many things I want to get done and often don’t get around to them.  I guess as long as Darby is clean, fed and healthy.. and I am too and so is the house, all in all I am accomplishing everything important.  The rest will come in time!  It’s only to get worse once little Finn is here I’m sure!


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Playdate Fun!

Here’s a quick video from a playdate with Darby’s friend Aubree the other day.  The girls – Cinderella (Darby) and Aurora (Aubree) had a great time putting on a “Princess Show” for us.  The playdate was followed by great naps for all.. including the Mamas!

Still waiting for my busy summer months to slow down! I realize we have officially said “Goodbye” to summer – but I’m waiting for the packed schedule to fade.  I guess I should stop packing the schedule and then it would slow down!  We have just been having a great time with friends and family.  For Labor Day weekend we went on a fun camping trip with our friends Mark, Rachelle and Jackson. Stay tuned for pictures and video!


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