Two years ago a Judge signed papers officially making me a mother to a beautiful young lady named Marissa. With the celebration of October 4th as our “gotcha forever” day, it’s always a time of reflection on the journey the two of us have been on together. Parenting is a tough job, I recently became a member of the biological parent club, but for over 4 years I have parented children whom were not born to me. Ones whose back stories would break your heart, whom still struggle with the damage done so many years ago. Our journey together continues to evolve each and every day.
Since our littlest member of the family arrived this summer, something changed in Marissa. She has been less resistant to my parenting, more accepting of us as HER family, and even a bit more loving. Was it Justice who prompted this change? I am not really sure. But her attitude is so much more positive these days, she has been putting a great effort in her school work this year and has shown herself to be responsible and trustworthy at home. I am SO grateful for these changes! I praise her daily and I can see our bond is growing stronger. It feels like some of the fruits from the years of trials and hard work are finally coming to bear.
So for week 11, in honor of our “gotcha forever” anniversary, I felt it was a perfect moment to feature big sister Marissa with baby Justice. They were perfect models together, and I hope they treasure these images together as much as I do.