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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

November is National Adoption Awareness Month

Hello Everyone!! November is National Adoption Awareness month and I'd like to send a HUGE thanks to Dillon International for making it possible for our family. For those of you who are not aware, our oldest daughter 3 1/2 years old, was adopted from the Matri Sneha orphanage in Kolkata, India. After numerous failed attempts at IVF, we made the decision to adopt and not just adopt from anywhere, but from my birth country India. After researching the many adoption agencies out there, we chose Dillon International to help us through our journey. Our journey to our daughter Pryanka was not only emotional and long, but a humbling experience. I can't even begin to put into perspective what it felt like to get that call..the call every adoptive parent waits for. We received the call from Dillon International on Oct 1st 2008, 3 years ago...from that moment on we knew our lives would forever be changed. That very second I opened my email and saw my daughters face for the first time...that moment I will never forget. I looked into those eyes and I knew she was our daughter. I didn't get to carry her inside me for 9 months, but I felt as though I had in my heart from the moment I saw her. Everyone would always tell us how blessed she was to have us and what an honorable thing we were doing but the truth is we were the blessed ones, we were the ones lucky enough to be chosen to be her parents. My heart aches for the two people who had to make the hardest decision of their lives and give her up. They're the ones who did the honorable deed. Adoption has made it possible for our family to have our daughter in our arms. She is indeed the most precious gift we could have ever received and we thank god everyday that she is in our lives. If ever given the opportunity I hope one day I can meet my daughter's biological parents and express my gratitude to them for giving us the gift of being a mother and father to our daugther.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Growing Growing Growing

Hello to Everyone!!

Its been months since I've last posted. Life has been very busy with my three beautiful and amazing daughters. A few updates on our beautiful princess from India. Pryanka just finished taking ballet and tap dance few weeks ago. She loves dancing...anytime the music starts you will find her start moving her entire body. She continues to be a wonderful and sometimes bossy "big sister" We just got back from San Francisco couple of days ago visiting family and friends. Pryanka was the flower girl at my best friends wedding...and let me tell you..she stole the show for a quick second as she wasted no time throwing all the flower petals on the ground at once. Pryanka's favorite activity right now is working on puzzles...she loves them so much we have to take several kind where ever we go. Our big girl is growing up before our eyes..she's not shy..not even a bit...she's our little social bug. She grabs the attention of any perfect stranger just by her beauty. Our family is so blessed to have our Pryanka..everyday is an adventure as we love and learn from each other.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Happy 2nd Gotcha Day to our Beautiful Daughter

Today we celebrate our beautiful daughter's 2nd gotcha day. She's an amazing little girl who has and continues to bring so much joy and sunshine in our lives. She is a wonderful big sister and is just growing before our eyes. She loves beauty and the beast and thinks that Pete from the Mickey Mouse Club House is the best cartoon character there is. We are enjoying every bit of life with our daughter and couldn't imagine a day without her voice and laughter in the air.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Monday, June 28, 2010

Pryanka Irene Phillips

Pryanka Irene Phillips
Our little Angel

Thursday October 2nd, 2008

Last night while I was working on my favorite subject in the entire world, calculus – no- not really, I heard the phone ring and I jumped out of my seat, my heart racing as my entire body flew up in the air to pick up the phone. Yes….it was the phone call we’ve been waiting for many weeks, granted we were prepared to get this call sometimes in November as India is celebrating the festivities of October. As I heard the voice on the other end, my mind just racing to hear the “It’s a boy, It’s a girl”
It’s a “GIRL” I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. So excited for our wonderful news, my fingers traumatized and anxious that I could no longer write the notes as I heard about details of our little girl. We are happy to announce that we are now proud parents of a beautiful little baby girl born May 16th, 2008. More details to follow shortly.

Saturday September 6, 2008

Well, the last 3 weeks have been the most exciting yet difficult weeks our lives. Parrish and I had received a referral of a little boy born March 2008. We received a call from the Agency representative on Wednesday August 13th and were extremely excited about our great news. After couple of agonizing weeks of waiting for reevaluation of his medical record/ blood work extra we had to come to our decision to back out due to the extremity of the medical reports.
I have to admit I was not at all prepared for this. I just assumed that he was now our son and eager to hold him and nurture him. 3 weeks of bonding with my son…IT FELT GREAT….I guess it never crossed my mind that things would not have worked out the way they did because God had presented this little boy to us who was our son and despite hearing and reading about his initial medical report it just felt right and I trusted that everything in his medical reports would just work them selves out….Well I guess I can say another lesson learned, but then again if you asked me if I would have done things differently as far as allowing myself to bond at the sight of seeing his picture, I would answer “NO” because no one could put a price on the 3 weeks of happiness I had knowing that he was “my son”
So we’re now back on the list at #1 and are hopeful that we will get a referral soon. In the mean time I will continue to pray this little boy finds his forever home and will continue to look forward to our great news!

Wednesday August 13, 2008 / Letter to Dear Baby - Our Journey to You

Dear Baby,

As I think about the journey we have taken to get to you it brings tears of joy to my eyes and heart. It wasn’t too long ago that we had gone through the process of trying to conceive. Weeks of hormone shots, prescription pills, doctor appointments every other day, our ups and downs and all this to focus on that one day to receive a call to say that we indeed were going to be “expecting”
Well I have learned through this process that no matter how perfect our lives may seem and how exact and to the point you follow directions, life doesn’t always turn out the way you plan it. I have learned through this process that God indeed had other plans for us and that’s why I’m here to share our story of our journey to you “our baby”
Well it all started with a phone call to your grandmother at the beginning of this year 2008 (who I might add is as eager and anxious to meet you as your mommy and daddy). I shared with her that after many discussions, your daddy & mommy had decided to go for adoption, “International Adoption” Well this news just got the ball rolling and by the end of the day I think I had some what 20 emails from your grandmother on potential International Adoption agencies. Grandmother came to the “rescue” There was an abundance of information, and at that moment all too much to handle in one days reading. After reading and reading about the many agencies available and the different requirements we came to the last one “Dillon International” and jack pot, this was the one. We met all the requirements and it just seemed perfect. So where next, well I’ll have to share that I thought the purchase of our home required forms and paperwork – well I’ve learned the adoption process surpasses that.
Now as we wait to receive the good news that you will be joining our forever family, I imagine and play the scenes in my mind of how beautiful you will be and how your smile will lighten our lives and bring those same tears of joy back to our eyes and hearts – Yes, right now your not physically here and we can’t see you, but know that we have longed for you in our hearts. Yes, right now you’re not physically here and we can’t see you, but we have loved you from the moment you took your first breath.


Your Mommy

Tuesday August 12th, 2008

Last night I received a very exciting call from the India program coordinator. As we discussed some questions Parrish and I had she stated that we had moved up to #1 on the list. My heart just about sank when I heard that. All night I thought about that moment when we would get our phone call on our referral. So now we maintain patience as we await the wonderful news of our addition to our family.