It's been awfully quiet around 5 for Hope. It is not because things have not been happening--things have definitely been occurring. I simply couldn't bring myself to post about most of it because I don't like being a Negative Nelly. I have spent a good seven months being a Negative Nelly, however, but it doesn't become easier.
I decided, though, that I'm not alone in thinking, "I wish SOMEONE would be honest and talk about this!" I had to let the idea of wading into a pretty unoccupied pool settle before I ventured into unchartered territory.
Life isn't always sunshine and Skittles and unicorns. In fact, most of the time it isn't. But, if you are in the process of adopting or thinking about adopting, you might gather that impression from what you read. Maybe I didn't use the right Google search terms. Maybe I was selectively in tune with things that said what I needed to hear to remain sane. Maybe I am egregiously more naive than I ever would have believed. Whatever the case, I choose disclosure over omission. I choose honest dialogue over silence. And, I support truly informed choice over shell games.
So, it is with those choices in mind that I update you on where we find ourselves now after ten months of having M3 in our household.