Sunday, December 24, 2006

Part of our pre-occupation recently...

...has been Andrew.

Some of you may or may not remember this but back in February of 2005 I posted a brief note to this very young blog regarding our 6 yrs. old nephew, Andrew. He's the one wearing the red jacket in this 2003 photo. The other two are our grandkids.

He’s bpbil’s son. “J” (the wife) and I raised him for the first three years of his life until his alcohol and prescription drug abusing mother convinced the court in Washington State and subsequently Georgia that she was fit to properly care for him.

Needless to say, she wasn’t. Though it took almost three years for the courts to realize they screwed up again!

Well, we have Andrew back in our custody… at least for the time being. Evidently the Georgia courts have had their fill of his mother and her outrageous antics. I’m not sure what she did this time… we never really know but whatever it was it was enough for the judge to realize Andrew wasn’t being properly cared for by his mother and needed to be placed in a more nurturing, secure environment.

Andrew had been placed into a foster home “off and on” over the period of time his “mother” was supposed to be caring for him.

He did luck out though. He was well cared for by his foster family. Miss Maree and her friends provided fantastic support and love for him throughout the past two plus years.

Early in December of this year we got the call from Georgia authorities. They wanted us to fly back to Georgia and spend some time with Andrew before any decisions were made as to whose care he should be placed in.

So, on December 15 the wife and I flew to Atlanta.

From the start it was an uphill battle. On the night of December 14 we experienced one of Washington’s most destructive storms on record. Our flight was scheduled to leave Seattle-Tacoma airport at 11:55 a.m. the following day and we were scheduled to arrive in Atlanta at around 7:00 p.m. (Georgia time). We didn’t get out of Seattle until almost 7:00 p.m. (Washington Time). By the time we arrived in Georgia, got our rental car and drove to the motel it was 5:00 a.m. (Georgia time).

Needless to say we were a half day behind schedule before we even got out of Seattle.

The following days went great, we went to court on Tuesday, December 19 and the judge awarded us temporary custody of Andrew. Andrew flew back to Washington with us the following day.

And he’s here… for Christmas with his cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.

We are indebted to Miss Maree, Mr. and Mrs. Davys, Miss Eilene, Jesus, Ebony and all of Andrew’s friends and foster family in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Without their love and support who knows what would have happened to him?

Yep, it’s a merry Christmas!

Bailey, Hannah and Andrew are inseparable. They're inventive and are making up for lost time!

It's nice to hear Andrew laughing again. Very nice!

The child knows far to much about courts, foster care and the legal system. He deserves an opportunity to simply live a kid's carefree life, grow up, learn and have fun, knowing he's loved and supported.

Everyone, please have a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year!


Ed said...

Wow, well done to you. That's quite an undertaking.

Hope the courts see sense and grant you permanent custody.

And hope you all have a great Christmas.

Sue said...

Happy Christmas - Nadolig Llawen to you and J and Andrew and all your family from your Welsh Connection!!!

Cathy said...

I remember reading posts of Andrew. I'm so glad he is at home with his family and, thank God he has been in the care of a loving foster family.

You are a good guy D.H. and that is a very lucky boy.

Sue said...

Happy New Year DH and J and Andrew - may it be a good one!

Dennis said...

Hi Cathy! He's been a handful but he's fun and is putting some different types of "activity" back into our lives. LOL. With the grandkids it's every weekend or so... with him it's every morning. I have to say though, J and I are sleeping better at night now.

As for luck... I appreciate the thought but it's not about luck, it's about family. He's a good kid.

Dennis said...

Hi Sue!

Thanks for the new year greeting! It's a good one. I woke up, could still count to twenty and had my lovely wife next to me!

The topping was the patter of feet later in the morning when Andrew woke up and came out to the family room.

Here's hoping you, Ed's and the kid's new year will be as good!

Dennis said...

And Miss Maree, Mr. and Mrs Davys, Miss Eilene, Jesus, Ebony and all...

We're forever indebted... forever!

Thank you!