I have meant to share a quick family time line for a while now, but keep putting it off. I know I have been asked a lot for the timing of when everyone entered our home and I have answered those questions individually, but never have addressed them on our blog. Well if you read all of our first blog posts you can piece it together, but I thought I would make it easier for you by creating a time line.
July 7, 2013
Bryce Whitehead and I met for the first time at church as he barged in with the smooth line, “Hey I like your glasses.” The hit and run move, as I like to think of it.
November 23, 2013
It was the day after Bryce’s 29th birthday and I thought we were still celebrating his birthday . We had planned to see the new Tom Hanks movie Captain Phillips, but when Bryce picked me up that evening I knew something was up. Bryce was acting a bit strange, his hands were sweaty and he looked so nervous. I asked him if he was sick and he replied no. The thought crossed my mind that maybe he was going to break up with me. I told him he did not look well and that maybe we should cancel our date. He said that he absolutely did not want to cancel our date, so we went to the movie as planned. Bryce went to the bathroom, I do not know how many times. I just figured he was sick and did not want to admit it.
After the movie, Bryce took me home and said he wanted to come inside to play scrabble, a game we had played a lot together while we were dating. I told him that he should go home and rest. He really did not look well. He insisted in coming inside to play and so I agreed.
Once inside, Bryce asked if I could open up some chocolates (or some sort of snack, I do not quite remember). My parents were in the other room and I asked if they wanted to join us for a game of scrabble. They said no. I turned around and Bryce was at the table waiting for me with the game in his hand. He asked if I would set it up, which I thought was a little weird since it was in his hand. I took the board out of the box and opened it up. Bryce dropped down on one knee. The board read, Melina will you Marry Me?
Bryce had tears streaming down his face and he asked me to marry him! I was in complete shock. I did not know what to say. I have to admit, it took a minute to reply, which I am sure felt like an eternity for Bryce. I decided to take a chance and say yes to Bryce. After all, I already knew I loved him and felt like our paths crossed for a reason. Best decision I made.
I have to mention that Bryce had very different plans for our proposal. The one thing he knew was that he wanted my parents present, but last minute my dad called and said he would be at a gig (he is a Mariachi violinist) until later that evening. Bryce was sweating bullets, because he was completely changing his plans on the spot.
December 21, 2013
A month after proposing, Bryce and I were married in the Mesa Latter-Day Saint Temple for time and all eternity. Just wanted to share a few extra thoughts on the temple sealing. Family is something sacred. I always want to be with my family, even after this life and this is why we choose to be married in the temple.
We held a small reception afterward with our close friends and family.
Bryce and I began our Home Study. A Home Study includes a series of interviews to help social workers gather information on your family. These interviews can get kind of personal, as they try to discover if you are fit to foster or adopt children.
Also during this time, we began taking foster care classes twice a week and sometimes Saturdays. Weekly class sessions were three hours in length, and Saturday class time were typically full days. It was a very busy time for us, as we were trying to also prepare our home for children. The classes lasted six weeks.
March 1, 2016
Our License was finally open and within an hour, we began getting placement calls! The first few did not work out. Did you know that if you agree to open up your home to a placement, they will not call you to let you know if they found alternative placements? We waited all night for the first two placements.
March 3, 2016
Isabel was placed in our home. You can read all about her placement with our post A Knock on the Door.
May 25, 2016
Ruthy was born May 23, 2016, but we did know of her existence until we received a phone call on May 25th. Ruthy was placed in our home at two days old, an hour after we received the call. You can read on about her joining our family in One Hour Notice.
June 7, 2016
Elijah was finally placed in our home, after a month of visits. Learn about Elijah’s transition into our home in Two Peas in a Pod.
January 19, 2017
Our sweet baby boy that insisted in having his siblings come first before joining our family, was born. Read of Brycen’s birth story here.
October 24, 2017
Official Adoption Day. Despite all our differences, we came together and made sure these three super tight siblings would never be split up again! We made them official Whitehead’s, although we always told them they were already part of our Whitehead team before. Read about our adoption day here.
November 8, 2017
We sealed the deal, by taking our whole family to the temple to be together for time and all eternity.
Well there you have it! Our family timeline at a glance. Now you know how we became an instant family of six and how we added four kids into our lives within a ten month span.
Hope everyone has a safe and Happy New Year!
You can watch the following video to learn more about temples, below.