My son just finished kindergarten. He’s been reminding me for the last 2 months that he’s almost a first grader. Yes. I know. Now please stop reminding me how quickly you’re growing up. This parenting thing is still so surreal. I wanted to be a mom for a long time. I hoped and prayed that it would happen. But I knew it wasn’t a guarantee. We went through the piles of paperwork, background checks and interviews in hopes that it would lead to a family.

While we were waiting to adopt, I would dream about what our family would be like. I’d picture myself with a baby just soaking in the newborn snuggles. I wondered what it would be like to have older kids. I would think about the school years and came up with fun destinations for future family vacations. I just needed that glimmer of hope.

Very early in our adoption process a brand new elementary school opened up. We could see it from our backyard. How convenient would that be! I had dreams of walking my kids to school there. In our adoption profile, I talked about that school. I envisioned walking my child to school on the first day of kindergarten. It seemed like something that would happen way in the future; if only we would be so lucky.

This year, my oldest went to that school. I had a kindergartner. It was a simple dream that came true. I walked my kindergartner to school and pushed his sisters in the double stroller. It was such an ordinary task that made me so happy. I watched my son walk into that school every day. He had an amazing teacher, made wonderful friends and learned more than I thought possible. That glimmer of hope I held onto years ago became my reality. But I must have blinked because now I have a first grader!!

Alissa Kay

Alissa was born and raised in the Midwest and currently calls Wisconsin home. She's happily married to her college sweetheart and she's living out her dreams of being a stay-at-home mom. Although, let's be real, she's hardly ever home. She's the mom to 3 kids who all came to her via adoption. A boy (8) and 2 girls (6 and almost 4!). The kids keep her plenty busy, but when she has free time she enjoys a night out with friends or curling up with a good book.