Stella Frances

Saturday, June 13th, 2015 at around 8:30pm, I answered a phone call. A phone call that would change multiple lives. My case worker was calling to ask me if I would accept my first foster placements. She knew I planned to be an adopt only case, but I had a placement fall through the week before, so she wanted to give me the option first. Case looked good. I accepted.

A few days later, on June 17th, I met my daughter. She was this scared and timid little thing that wanted absolutely nothing to do with me. She was not shy about her displeasure with everything. She never smiled.

After a few months, a lot of tears, prayers, and love, she started smiling and laughing. Then she started talking, which currently never stops. This kid exudes positive energy in her sleep. It’s impossible to meet her and not fall in love with her. Her transformation is mind-boggling. And I got to see it all.

We have been together for 903 days, and today we get to stop counting. We have forever now. That’s a lot of adventures.


We had a wonderful photographer document our day. I’ll have a more detailed post when the pictures come in.



12 thoughts on “Stella Frances”

  1. Congratulations Erica and Stella Frances. I have followed you this entire journey. When someone writes as eloquently as you, it sure is enjoyable to follow so many of your exploits. And yes, you have found personal time with a significant other as you nurtured your everending love for Stella. Having a loving mother to fill in your gaps has made you even stronger. Obviously Stella’s love of music has come from you and keeps you close. Now, just thoroughly the rest of your lives. Y’all deserve this blessing.🙏🏻 👩‍❤️‍👩

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