A year in the life ...

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The State of Ohio requires that step-parents wait one year before they’re allowed to adopt their step-children. 365 days seems like a long time, especially when you’re waiting for something you’re really looking forward to. The kids are eager for the adoption, as are Carina and I, and we’re all looking forward to a big celebration when it’s all finished.

Reflecting on the past year, it’s amazing what can happen in that period of time:

At first I was a little ticked off that I had to wait a year before I could legally adopt the twins. Now, though, I’m extremely grateful for the requirement, as it’s made me realize just how much I value and appreciate each of them for the wonderful, sweet, inquisitive, energetic, individual person they are. They have changed who I am – and who I want to be – in so many wonderful and unexpected ways.

I look forward to the day when I can watch my girls raising children of their own.


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