I used to be able to visit DC every night. I haven't been around much lately because I've embarked on a new adventure in life, along with my husband Seth. I'm NOT writing this for accolades - I just want to update everyone on why I've been so scarce lately. I believe we are doing a good thing but we are not saints, by any means.
A woman I used to work with at the bank moved to N.C. in Oct. She has a 20 year old daughter (Shannon). Shannon has a 2 1/2 yr old son that her mom is raising for right now. Last year Shannon got into some trouble, along with her husband, Mike. They will be spending some time in jail. Their baby was due at the beginning of March. She asked her mom if she would take the baby while Shannon served her time. Her mom said no. Her mom & I kept in touch via email after she moved to N.C. Back in November she asked if Seth & I might be interested in taking guardianship of the baby, if there was a prison sentence.
Seth & I met with this young couple in Dec. We were quite impressed with them. Neither of them are dummies. It was obvious that they were just tired - tired of their lifestyle, tired of not knowing where they were going to lay their head at night, tired of not knowing when they were going to have a decent meal... They were staying with some friends in a very crowded house. The trouble that they got into occurred because they were homeless. That doesn't make it right, but I can sorta understand it. It wasn't any sort of violent crime. Neither of the their families wanted anything to do with them.
We stayed in touch with them after our first meeting; driving 20 miles each way to pick them up & get Shannon to her OB Dr. appts., etc. They had been walking everywhere they needed to go - many, many miles at a time. We got them an air mattress so they wouldn't have to sleep on the floor anymore, got them winter jackets because they had none & it was getting cold here in CT, got them groceries so they wouldn't starve. We did what we could to try to help out.
Seth went on a business trip at the beginning of Jan. When he returned we brought them here to live. It's gone very well. Their gorgeous daughter was born on the 2nd of this month. Her name is Lauren. I will get some photos up in our photo section soon.
Their sentencing date was on Tuesday. Shannon got 20 months & Michael got 22 months in prison. Hopefully that will be cut in half - because I KNOW they will behave themselves while they serve their time. We filed the Temporary Guardianship papers on Monday. It should be approved by tomorrow.
Monday was the 3rd anniversary of my beloved son's death. It is because of him that these kids are here with us. If he had lived, my life would have been completely different than what it is now & we wouldn't have been involved with them. People always say that there is a reason for everything. I hate to think that I had to lose the love of my life in order to help some desperate kids but if that was the plan, so be it.