In the midst of all the excitement and craziness with the adoption finalization, we got sad news. Our Princess's sister is NOT going to be adopted by her current foster family after all. Apparently she's too much for them. My crazy antenna went off before the SW called though. Prophetic dreams, gotta love them. (always have had crazy nightmares about specific people right before something major and negative happened, but only if they were really close to me, I guess my closeness with C spilled over to her sister in my dream abilities)
I dread breaking the news to our Princess. This close to our finalization I don't really have a choice but to wait before telling her so she doesn't spend the next 2 1/2 weeks stressing and worrying we'll change our mind. At the same time, we can't wait too long, because we have to let her know before finalization so she'll either 1) understand why S is there with somebody other than the family we thought would adopt her or 2) isn't there at all. S is still coming IF she's placed elsewhere by then and her new family can bring her, but they will not be bringing her if she's with the current family to not put them all in the uncomfortable position of talking about her upcoming adoption that is not happening. I think it could be good for her to see her big sis happy and see a forever family is possible, but I do NOT want her to have to go thru that if she's with a family that has already decided not to proceed and her feel jealous and left out. :(
For now, she's still in that family while they look for a therapeutic foster home (and preferrably an adoptive setting) for her to move to.
Princess C got a letter in the mail from S today, along with a framed school pic of her. S's letter was too sad and sweet. It said she misses her super much and wants to see her really bad and for her to please remember all their good times together.
I suspect S is having second thoughts about this only child thing.
The SW is trying to find a home closer to us for S, so the girls can spend more time together. I hope that happens, but most importantly a happy, healthy, safe home that she can thrive in and be as cherished and loved as our little Princess is here.
I felt very flattered that the SW asked if I had any leads of good families that S could go too, but very disturbed that I honestly couldn't think of a good match for her. :(
I'm keeping my eyes and ears open though.
On a lighter and more positive note, reports cards came out today. With all the struggles and wondering if she'd pass 5th grade last year, her first middle school report card: 2 A's, 3 B's, 1 C. I'm so super proud of how much better she's doing this year and how well she's adapted.
Guess we'll be broke. After the grades of 5th grade, we really tossed the incentive out there to get her work done and do her best. She rose to the challenge. Maybe this will give her a good taste of success and keep her working hard. I hope so, at least.
Smart girl said she's saving the money for adoption weekend when we're off in the big cities so she can spend it there instead.
LOVE THAT GIRL!!