It’s official, she is mine!

Motherhood is a role I have wanted since I was young.  My mother did such a beautiful job with me that I have always wanted to pay it forward to another precious soul.  Working with babies and children in my career has made me want it more and more each time I hold a newly born child in my arms.  Although, life does not always happen the way we plan it in our heads. I never birthed a biological child of my own, yet I have not let that stop me in pursuing my dream of being a mother.

In 2011 I became a foster parent, and in the past two years have welcomed 3 girls into my home, 2 of which I’ve had to say goodbye to. I have learned over these past 2 years that caring for children whom have had a difficult past adds another layer of challenge to the task of parenthood.  I have definitely had my highs and lows in this process, and sometimes it seems they come at me on a daily basis. But looking back at the precious memories I have created with the girls, the lessons I have taught them, and the love we shared, makes it worth these daily struggles.

Today I am so excited to announce one of my highest of highs.  It is official, one of the special children God has brought into my life is here to stay. Meet my beautiful 13 year old daughter Marissa.  She has been with me for 14 months and today I am now her forever Mommy!  She has been in the system for over five years and I am her sixth and now final home. In that time she has had some lovely people take on the role of foster parents for her, to them I am grateful.  Although she is older, I still have so much to teach her. I know our ups and downs will continue daily, but now she can rest soundly that she is loved, safe and secure. Please help me welcome Miss Marissa into the family!  You will be seeing much more of her in the years to come.

Marissa just 2 weeks after she arrived into my life.

The photo below was taken this past spring when we took a trip up to Yosemite.

Here is Marissa now, growing and blossoming into a beautiful young lady. She will be turning 14 soon.

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  • October 8, 2013 - 1:36 pm

    Lisa El Alami - Oh my, tears came to my eyes reading this. I am so happy for the two of you. May God continue to strengthen the bonds between you. Love to you and Marissa on this glorious mother & daughter union. :)

  • October 9, 2013 - 8:20 pm

    Jackie - Dear Jamie, I am so happy for you and beautiful Marissa. The tears of joy flowed as I read your announcement. She is a lucky girl to have such a wonderful forever mommy and you are equally blessed by this gift. Congratulations and I look forward to seeing you soon!

  • October 24, 2013 - 3:29 pm

    Anna Burde - Jamie- I am beyond excited for you. I know how much you wanted this. May you both have a lifetime of amazing love and happiness!!!!

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