Its hard to believe that 18 years ago my life was on a crash course to change forever and becoming an instant family was in the cards. Steve and I had been talking for a few weeks on the internet and in March of 2001 we met for the first time face to face. We had a wonderful breakfast date and we’ve talked every single day since. Some days were just a quick hello and good bye.
The first time Steve said I love you to me was on the phone. I hadn’t said it to him and it was totally in passing. We were hanging up and I had said okay have a great night at work. Bye! and he then said You too. I love you. And then he hung up! Yes he hung up before I could say anything to him. AND He was at work people! There was no way to call him back. That was the start of us becoming an Instant Family. I received a preview Blu-Ry DVD copy of Instant Family in order to write my review. All opinions are my own.
Becoming an Instant Family
I’m sure you’ve seen the previews or hopefully the movie Instant Family. Its the story of a couple who get married, try to have kids and decide to foster adopt. When they go to meet children that need homes, they’re drawn to Lizzie who has two younger siblings that need to be placed as well. Hilariousness ensues as the Instant Family becomes one.
How did our family become an Instant Family?
Not exactly the same way but we were definitely a family from an out of the ordinary circumstances. You see we knew going into our marriage that biological children may never be in the cards for us. We fought for a few years with infertility. We switched to adoption. I will never forget the day that the phone rang in my office. I worked in this tiny little space. It was like a really long closet. We had three little cubicles with two of us working. My coworker answered the phone and was excited for me right away.
On the other end was Richard from the adoption agency. They had two little boys for us. They were a month old and mom had signed off on her rights. Steve and I made arrangements and once the boys were ready to come home we drove like crazy to get to them. In a matter of 48 hours we went from a couple who was trying to decide what to do next in our life to a family of four. We had routines to learn, schedules to make, bottles to feed and doctor’s appointments. For 28 days we lived together, loved, and grew. Then birthmom changed her mind and the boys left us. Our Instant Family was gone.
Our New Family
But we grew closer as a couple and with some insurance changes grew our family in a still unconventional way. We had a 5 year battle with infertility before Charlie blessed us. He is our million dollar baby. He took a lot of work and to be honest, we didn’t think the doctor would go through with out cycle the round we got pregnant with Charlie. I had a ton of follicles and the doctor was worried I would become pregnant with a high number of multiples. Instead we got Charlie. Then Rachael came 2.5 years later.
Why Does Instant Family Hit Home?
Steve and I have been there. We’ve gone from a couple with no real worries to parents of multiples overnight. There is no prep time, no change to change your lifestyle, its all in time. I also have friends who have been adopted. I watched Instant Family with a friend who was adopted by her stepdad. She was full of joy at the final scene of the movie. “That’s how it is. That is what happens!” I love that research was done to make this movie so real and not an overly dramatized version of the life of a foster adoption family.
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