I had the privilege of doing a write up for one of my favorite young adults. Alyssa Diaz. She is talented and full of heart. Another thing I adore about her is her love for Adoption. Our Family along with is rooting for her to take the crown!
Diaz, Miss Eagle Mountain 2014, is the sweetheart of the Utah Adoption
community. She believes in promoting the
positive benefits of adoption. She has
witnessed first-hand the love between adoptive and birth families. Alyssa’s Mother is a Birth Mother who placed
her baby in an open adoption years before it was a popular to have
openness. Alyssa and her family enjoy an
extraordinary relationship with this special sibling and have seen how adoption
blesses all the lives involved.
This past year Alyssa has worked closely with various adoption organizations
including United For Adoption, Forever Bound Adoption and Utah Adoption
Association to help promote adoption awareness. She has been involved with online support
groups and local events such as the Adoption Walk with Me 5K. Alyssa just held her own benefit run in Eagle
Mountain to help a local family with their adoption expenses.
Alyssa believes adoption is a positive option and enjoys sharing her love for
all involved in adoption by sharing her family’s story. Alyssa’s Platform “A Choice of Love” is
centered on creating support and awareness surrounding the blessings of
Alyssa will be competing in the Miss Utah Pageant June 17th – 20th.
We love the energy Alyssa brings to this heartfelt cause and we are rooting for
her to take the crown!
I guess my goals for my blog were a little lofty. I was ready to write, ready to share and ready to jot down memories we were making here in our little home. But life happened. And then it happened again, and again until I realized....this IS life!
To give you a basic run down this is how life has gone from Feb. 5th until today.
Spencer has surgery on his burn scar, less than a week later I get a bad virus, a week later Spencer (who is still healing and we are taking many trips to the burn center) gets sick. We go to the ER due to major asthma attack brought on by the virus. He starts to get better then is hit with a new virus the next week. We are back to the ER where I finally say "hey we need a nebulizer at home people!" (Ok so I didn't say it like that but honestly wanted to.) Spencer improves just to in time to get a brand new virus the next week (yes, if you are counting that is 3 weeks in a row of different viruses). This one gives him very high fevers, massive headache and a week full of yuck. Thankfully this virus didn't trigger the asthma. But wait....it doesn't end there. During a moment of feeling better, or so I thought, Spencer's Orthopedic doctor had him cast on both legs to help stretch out his tendons in the back of his legs to help him be able to walk on his whole foot/feet. So here is this little 5 year old with only one truly working limb.
We are still making trips to the burn center as we go through the long process of helping prevent new scar tissue where they did the cutting for the zplasty. He wears a pressure glove on his hand. He also now wears leg braces and has to go back to get his legs rechecked soon. Last time I counted, on top of the surgery and 2 ER visits we had over 20 office visits just for Spencer since Feb 5th. It is well over 20 by now.
But wait....Camden is now in his 2nd round of influenza virus. This round is a little easier than the first.
And now we come to me. Apparently the weeks and weeks of helping my youngest took it's toll on my body. I ended up in an ambulance/ER with heart palpitations. All is well....my body just can't tolerate stress so it likes to kick out many many PVCs. They are common with most people but mine appear to be stronger and they cause symptoms like dizziness and shortness of breath so after following up with a cardiologist we have a plan of action with medication and life style changes. I am suppose to simplify my life and let some things go. My only problem is some of those things I can't let go of permanently. So I am not sure what I am to do when I have to pick a few things up again. I am a little nervous. Any Advice?
Hi there awesome friends! I have missed you! I have missed blogging! But I'm back with lots to chat about. I hope you like my blog's new look. I wanted a fresh start and I wanted to simplify my blog and my life! I am smack in the middle of raising my amazing kiddos and everything is about family so I decided a great way to celebrate this stage in my life is to give my blog our Initial. In our family we says Horrocks rock! I am so thankful to be a Horrocks!
I wanted to share what I have been up to the past few months.
I have been busy being a Mom, a Wife, Library Tech (I work in and out of my home for over a year now), Adoption Blogger for Forever Bound Adoption Agency and I just got called to serve in my church congregation as Young Women's 1st Counselor. I get the awesome opportunities to work with my congregation's 14 and 15 year old girls. They are sweet, fun and keep me laughing and teach me more than I ever imagined. I have also been acting as a nurse to my little Spencer (who is now 5) but that story will be shared later. Needless to say, I am one busy woman, but I love it!
Take a moment and peek at my blog posts over at Forever Bound. I have had lots of fun creating them and I hope they are helpful to their readers!
In Doctrine and Covenants 88:119, the Lord tells us to “prepare every needful thing.”
Sometimes we don’t know how to prepare because
we cannot see what is ahead. But as our
family learned this past year, the Lord helps us
as we listen to and act upon His promptings. He
steps in and prepares “the needful things” that
we cannot prepare for ourselves.
Christmas 2006 was extra exciting at the Horrocks
house. We received a call from a girl who
had first contacted us through parentprofiles.com one year earlier.
When we first heard from Samantha (Sam), she was 17 and was struggling with the decision to parent or place her baby for adoption. We felt a connection to her from her first e-mail, and over time we developed a special friendship. She told us she was thinking of naming her baby Camden if it was a boy. That was the same name we had chosen. In the end, she decided to parent. We continued to talk, and she even called us the day her baby was born. She named him Camden.
When another adoption fell through for us, Sam was one of the first to call and say how sorry she was. Sam would also call periodically when she needed to talk. One call she made on Dec. 11 changed our lives forever. She had decided to place with us after all. Following a crisis-filled week and many miracles, Samantha placed her beautiful eight-month-old baby boy in our arms. We
cried tears of joy.
We had always had special feelings about Samantha and Camden. We knew they were in our lives for a reason, but we had no expectations regarding the baby. We just loved Sam because she is a wonderful daughter of God. Looking back now, we see all the preparations the Lord made for us. We find meaning in every aspect of our year,
from our feelings about Sam and our pending adoption that fell through, to the foster care classes that taught us about bonding with an older infant. And yes, we even see meaning in the eight months when Camden was not in our family. At placement, we were informed of some legalities that would apply to Camden. But when he turned 240 days old, those issues no longer applied. Samantha’s worker unknowingly ended up calling LDS Family Services headquarters to get clearance for the placement on day 241. Camden came to our home on just the right day and not a day sooner. The Lord knew the end from the beginning, and He lovingly prepared Sam and us for this miracle.
We testify that the Lord knows each of us. He knows our hearts and our heartaches. He is preparing each of us for blessings we cannot prepare for by ourselves.
We hope that in 2007 each family and each birth mother will find what the Lord’s plan is for them. Let us move forward and have faith, keeping our eyes on Him and remembering that He gives us the best gifts!
This week is a joyful one as we gather with the ones we love and express thanks for all we have been blessed with! Today it seems everything is at our finger tips and it is easy to forget to take a moment and show special friends and loved ones our appreciation. Kids love to get involved in service. I think it comes naturally to them. Check out my latest article over at Forever Bound Adoption and find some ways you can get your kids involved in saying
thanks this week! They will love making one of these turkey baskets. Happy Thanksgiving!!