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Gifts, San Antonio Children

Thank you darling [info]moon-shine for this adorable little teddy bear and locket. I love them!

Playgirl has 3 children, a 24 month old, a 5 year old, and a 7 year old. Let me explain how it happened.

I received a phone call Saturday night, from the military telling me that my cousin who lives in San Antonio, the cousin I mention once who had 3 children, and whose husband was in Iraq, had a little mental breakdown and had to go to the hospital. They told me that the children were now in a foster home, because my cousin couldn’t care for them, and didn’t have family or friends in San Antonio who could help. They had made phone calls to members of her family from other cities and states asking if they were willing to take the children, because if someone wasn’t found to do it within 2 days, it would become VERY difficult for the mother to get them back if and when she recovered. None were willing to take on this responsibility. I immediately told them that I would be there the next day. The next day I called my boss to let him know I wouldn’t be in for a week, then I rented an SUV to bring them all back to El Paso until their mom was well again.

I called Norma, one of my dear friends, and she said she would go with me to help me. We had been told to take our drivers license and social security card. When we got to San Antonio Sunday night, we drove directly to the foster home. The baby was asleep in a woman’s arms, and the other 2 were sitting on a couch in the lobby looking so sad and scared. I ran to them and hugged them. Norma and I then had to show our identification and SS cards. Before we had left E.P., a complete background check had already been made on Norma and me. We took the children to their home, and that’s where we all stayed until yesterday when we drove back to El Paso.

Let me say this, my cousin and her husband adores their kids, and are just as perfect a mother and father as I have ever seen!!! I believe it just became too much to handle for her, being all alone in San Antonio without anyone to help her or confide in, and her fear for her husband who is in so much danger in Iraq just made her pop.

So, my life has changed drastically! Never have I been so scared, because since I now have full legal guardianship of these children, and for God knows how long, I am totally responsible for them. By and by, those I’ve been dealing with is the military, and they have been wonderful!

I have already hired a lady who will come in for 8 hours, 4 days a week, to take care of them while I’m at work. Grandpa will also help. Norma will pick them up Friday mornings to stay with her.

The baby demands I change his diaper whenever he messes it up. How many diapers, and some with poo have I changed? I’ve lost count! :o(

These kids are so adorable, and I’m sure I’ll be making lots of posts about the cute things they say and do.

I would have loved to have seen one of my LJ friends who lives in San Antonio, and although I was extremely busy dealing with all that entailed in becoming the kids legal guardian, I did stop by a Target in hopes of finding him, but I was unsuccessful.

[info]inspectorjury, I have not forgotten your birthday, nor have I forgotten our cyberspace wedding. I will let you know when to expect something from me in the mail, and my brothers will be there at our wedding with their shotguns, just to make sure you stick around when it comes to you saying "I do!" :o)

I love these little babies terribly, but never in my life have I been as scared as I am now. Wish me luck that I take good care of them as children should!

I've got a lot of catching up to do with reading your LJ's and also sharing pictures I've recently taken. Oh, and I have no idea what's been going on with Paris Hilton, or the world for that matter! :o)

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Jun. 21st, 2007 07:57 pm (UTC)
i wish all of you the best. be brave!
Jun. 22nd, 2007 12:26 am (UTC)
Thank you! I will try! :o)
Jun. 21st, 2007 08:00 pm (UTC)
Wow, that is serious stuff and amazing that you are doing it. Good luck!
Jun. 22nd, 2007 12:28 am (UTC)
Yes, this is pretty serious stuff, and thank you for wishing me luck! I'll need it.
Jun. 21st, 2007 08:01 pm (UTC)
Playgirl, you have a heart of gold. There are few who do as much to earn their wings. I'm sure you will do well with the kids, but I wish you best of luck anyway! As for Ms. Hilton, give her as much regard as those used diapers. There are far more important things to worry your precious head over.
Jun. 22nd, 2007 01:27 am (UTC)
Thank you Sweety Pie. I know you, and many more would have done the same thing I did for a loved one.

You're right about Ms. Hilton, I have much more important things to deal with, and your diaper comment was most befitting for her! :o)
Jun. 21st, 2007 08:08 pm (UTC)
You are a brave woman and a good person to be doing this. I wish I lived close enough to help you out. Good luck with your new family. I know those three kids are in very good hands. I'll say a prayer for your cousin.
Jun. 22nd, 2007 01:30 am (UTC)
Brave? You wouldn't say that if you could see my knees knocking against each other! :o)

I know you would, and I hope you're right about taking good care of my unexpected new family!

Yes, please pray for my cousin and her husband, that they are kept safe so they can raise their much loved kids!

Love you!
(no subject) - nishar - Jun. 22nd, 2007 02:25 am (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 21st, 2007 08:11 pm (UTC)
That's very admirable of you. As I tell every new parent, "you're in the real world now." :<)

One of my friends her on LJ went through the same thing a few years ago, when her sister in law died and her brother couldn't handle it. She took in their 4 children and has been raising them ever since. The oldest just graduated high school.

Just be patient and remember that no one expect you to know everything about parenting in a day, or a month, or a decade! All you can do is your best. It sounds like that’s exactly what you are doing. :<)
Jun. 22nd, 2007 01:47 am (UTC)
I had no other choice but to take these children; had I said no, I would never be able to live with myself. And you're right, I am starting to see that I am in the real world now, and it's so scary!

What a wonderful person your LJ friend is, to have raised the 4 children! I only pray that my cousin gets well soon so she can raise her own children.

The only experience I have is raising 4 legged furry babies. Real children is a totally different thing, but I'll try to do my best with them.

Jun. 21st, 2007 08:29 pm (UTC)
Wedding? Kids? What did I miss? Has playgirl officially settled down and removed herself from our fantasies?
Jun. 22nd, 2007 01:50 am (UTC)
Not to worry! Inspectorjury realized his future bride is the biggest flirt in cyberworld, and the babies will soon be returned to their true mommy who loves them very much! Then I return to my old obnoxious naughty self again! YAY!
(no subject) - fourcorners - Jun. 22nd, 2007 02:13 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - moon_shine3 - Jun. 22nd, 2007 07:01 am (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 21st, 2007 08:37 pm (UTC)
I'm sure you'll do great at taking care of them :D
Jun. 22nd, 2007 01:32 am (UTC)
I'll do my best, and thank you Sweety Pie!
Jun. 21st, 2007 08:49 pm (UTC)
More power to you girl! More power to you! You are, indeed, a good person. :)
Jun. 22nd, 2007 01:35 am (UTC)
Thank you for your very nice comments. I appreciate it!
(no subject) - symian - Jun. 22nd, 2007 07:04 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - playgirl - Jun. 23rd, 2007 12:33 am (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 21st, 2007 09:23 pm (UTC)
What? You didn't think you'd see my face in this post and actually say something mean did you? :) What you did is what family is all about. Thank God for people who love you and come through for you. You just saved those kids from a stressful and traumatic situation that stays with them most of their lives.

Yeah, you inched closer to sainthood. You're awesome.

If something were to happen to me or my wife I know I have family too who would do what you did in a pinch.

God Bless You!
Jun. 22nd, 2007 01:13 am (UTC)
Chills run down my spine when I look at these little babies and realize how close they came to going into the system, where it would have been almost impossible for their mother to get them back.

Yes donchep, family and good friends are what it's all about when it comes to an emergency.

These babies have become my priority in life, and I hope I have the patience, wisdom and strength that will be needed to take good care for these children. For now, I'm so happy that I have them all happy and safe and sound with me!

God bless you, too!
Jun. 21st, 2007 10:08 pm (UTC)
That's really cool of you to watch after their children!
Jun. 22nd, 2007 01:17 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Jun. 21st, 2007 10:17 pm (UTC)
OK baby, I am not sure what you have done so far but You need to contact the Red Cross and let them know the situation. If there is any problems with getting your cousin's husband brought home then you need to contact your members of Congress, both Senators and your Representative. Let them help grease the military red tape.

With the situation you describe he can be brought home on emergency leave and if needs be could get a hard luck discharge if they do not have a billet he can fill back at home.

If I can help from this side just call.

Next, RELAX you will be a wonderful surrigate Mom for a while, and you have all the extra help you need in watching over them. With all the "4 legged" baby sitters you have things will go well. Besides you have a large enough heart that you have plenty of love for them.

I look forward to hearing all the exploits you have.

Jun. 22nd, 2007 02:26 am (UTC)
I will look into what you have advised Daddy! I am relieved about one very important thing, and that is that I can take them to William Beaumont Army Med Center should they have medical needs!

Yes, they are surrounded by MANY 4 legged loving babies! Panchito seems to be their favorite, but Jewely seem to be upset because she’s not use to so much noise and commotion! :o)

I don’t have any toys for them to play with, so tomorrow I’m stopping by the 2nd hand store and buying a bunch for them!

The baby came up to me and told me he had poo in his diaper. I went and changed him, and a couple of minutes he ran up to me again, and said he had poo!!! I told him that it just wasn’t possible because I had just changed him. I made the mistake of pulling his diaper a little and sticking my nose to take a whiff to see it was true. It was! :o(

Grandpa’s learning how to change diapers, too! Thank goodness! :o)
Jun. 21st, 2007 10:24 pm (UTC)
I think thats great you stepped up to the plate for those kids!

Jun. 22nd, 2007 01:21 am (UTC)
Thank you Sweety Pie!
Jun. 21st, 2007 10:38 pm (UTC)
I think you will make a wonderful temporary mother. Hugs.
Jun. 22nd, 2007 01:22 am (UTC)
I hope you're right!
(no subject) - warpedpuppy - Jun. 22nd, 2007 04:51 am (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 21st, 2007 11:48 pm (UTC)
Wow...you are not in an easy situation at all, but like someone said, you stepped up to the plate..Your family is luck to have you willing and able to this , sadly in a lot of families this wouldn't happen. I wish you all the luck in the world, your in for some quite the ride..:)
Jun. 23rd, 2007 01:20 am (UTC)
Yes, I've taken on a big one this time, and the ride has already begun! So far, so good! :o)

Thank you for wishing me luck!
Jun. 22nd, 2007 02:12 am (UTC)
Your heart is in the right place, my friend.

*hugs you gently*
Jun. 23rd, 2007 12:00 am (UTC)
Thank you PoetPaladin! Your hugs are always welcomed!
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