21 November 2014

5 Little Stories Behind Who I Am & Our Family



Happy Friday, friends! As I write this, I’m sitting happily at my desk with a little Christmas music playing {Yes, still. Truthfully, it has been on all week} and a hot cup of coffee is slowing making its way through my system. Life is good. 

For today’s 5 on Friday, I thought it would be fun to talk about a few little tid-bits about me and our life that you may not know {Or maybe it’s just a boring as shit idea. Who knows?!} Either way, here we go!

ONE.
Maddy’s nickname “Chickie” – I get asked this every so often. It’s a cute story, really. 

When Maddy was a newborn, she would sleep with her tiny legs tucked up underneath her like this…




Michael and I would always say that she looked just like one of those little roasted chickens you can buy at the deli. {I know, sweet huh?} So whenever Michael would pick her up or talk to her or do things with her, he would say things like, “Ok little chicken, let’s check your diaper” or “What’s going on chicken?” Over time it kind of took on a life of its own as it morphed into what we have today – Chickie.

TWO.
How I told Michael I was preggers – Very simply, with this…


We had only been dating for about a month or so when I found out I was pregnant. Having a baby was the FURTHEST thing from my mind. Michael and I had already talked about kids and both of us wanted one but we both always assumed it would happen wayyyy later down the road.

Wrong. 

And suffice it to say, the pill isn’t always your friend but I’ll just leave it at that.

I was pretty nervous and overwhelmed with the thought of telling Michael I was pregnant. Not because I thought he would be upset or anything like that but because it was all just so soon and so much to take in. A complete shock and surprise. 

Once the initial shock wore off and I picked myself up off the floor {But really – I sat on the toilet for like, an hour after reading the test just starring off into space. I probably drooled on myself a little. I’m not even joking} I decided I was going to enjoy the moment and have a little fun with it. That’s always been my way – find the humor in all situations. I headed off to Hobby Lobby to get some ideas on a cute craft or something to help with popping the news. 

I wasn’t really finding anything that struck my fancy and was about to leave when I found the baby crafting isle and the little tea pot timer. Michael has a culinary degree so I thought, “What chef doesn’t need a timer in the kitchen?” plus, it was so super cute that I couldn’t resist. I bought it, a gift bag, and some tissue paper and off I went. 

That night when I saw Michael, I handed him the gift bag and the rest is history.

THREE.
How Michael and I met –
this is a pretty funny story but it’s kind of a long one so I’ll simply direct you here to read it.

FOUR.
How I became a Patterson
– It’s not something I talk about often. As a matter of fact, I don’t think I’ve ever come close to discussing this fact about myself here on the blog but considering that November is National Adoption Month, I thought now a good time to talk about it and who knows. Maybe one day I’ll talk a little more about this as I get comfortable with the idea. 

Very simply, my birth father passed away a couple of months before I was born. A few years later, my mother met my father. When they met, it would have been very easy for my dad to choose not to date my mother because she had a child but he didn’t. As it turned out, he fell in love with the both of us and from that love, he took me in as one of his own when they decided to marry. He adopted me and gave me his name and from that day forward, I’ve been a Patterson. There are many love stories in the world today but I’m fully convinced that there is no greater love story than that of a parent{s} who chooses to love a child that biologically isn’t theirs. 

I was very young when this happened. Maybe around Maddy’s age now or a little older? At any rate, I didn’t find out until I was in high school that my dad adopted me. When I found out, I was surprised but honestly, it didn’t really even matter to me. I had been raised to know that he was dad and at the end of the day, he was. He kissed all the boo-boos. He attended all the dance recitals, pageants and soccer games. He went to all the parent/teacher conferences and sat through more agonizing nights of math homework than I can count. He took care of me when I was sick, taught me a few things in the kitchen and taught me how to ride a bike. 

He has always been my dad and in return, I’ve been the luckiest girl alive.  

My parents never raised us in a “step” home. My sisters were my sisters, never “step sisters.” Dad was always dad, not “step dad” and for this, to my parents, I am eternally grateful. We were a family. We are a family. Blood never determined who we were as a family or our relationships to each other. This is the loving power of adoption. Thank you daddy for always being mine. You are the most amazing man in my life and a true testament to unconditional love.

FIVE.
For a little humorous take on myself, you can check out this post {And yes, I love to suck on crab legs}.

I hope each of you have had a great week and are planning an even better weekend. Take care, and I’ll see you next week!



Courtney @ Shiraz In My Sippy Cup
Courtney @ Shiraz In My Sippy Cup

Courtney is a published author, mom, taco enthusiast, and a Star Wars and Tennessee Volunteers fanatic. She's never met a piece of sushi she didn’t like and enjoys an amazing glass of wine and a great cut of meat. You can read more of her wine-induced, sleep-deprived adventures on The Huffington Post and Scary Mommy.

27 comments:

  1. I didn't know that your dad isn't your biological dad; neither is mine! It makes me appreciate him SO MUCH more because he actually DID choose me!! :) Fun stories!! :)

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    1. I didn't know that about you either! And yes, I appreciate him more than any words could ever express. Hope your week is starting off great!

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  2. So fun to learn so many fun facts about you! Love hearing your stories!

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  3. wow so many things in here I didn't know. such sweet stories too. you and your preggi announcement crack me up! I love that you love your dad. sweet sweet story my friend and so glad you shared it! happy weekend!

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    1. Thank you, friend. I hope you're having a great start to the week!

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  4. Great 5!!!! A rotisserie chicken haha. Very cute. I always thought Aria looked like a turtle =) Baby timer, ha. What a fun way to share. That is sweet about your family, and it wasn't a step family just a family. And, I love your how you met story - such a great!

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    1. Thank you! We are definitely full of all kinds of stories haha.

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  5. I love hearing how nicknames start. It's so fun!

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    1. Thanks, and thanks for stopping by! Have a great week. :)

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  6. I love the way you told him! That is such a cute idea!!

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  7. Chickie- that's adorable! We call my niece "moo" but her story is simply because I liked how it sounded with her first name. ;)

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  8. This is by far my favorite Five on Friday post. I laughed out loud at the "Chickie" story. lol A roast chicken from the deli hahaha

    I adopted my two "step-daughters" this year back in September actually! The birth mother signed her parental rights over to me after a year and a half of fighting. It was the best day of my life besides the actual birth of my daughter!

    I love your story! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. These are all so great! Love getting to know more about you.

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  10. I loved reading this! Your daughter's nickname and the way you shared your pregnancy are super cute and I am also adopted (different story though of course) so I always love hearing other adoption stories! <3

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    1. Thanks Heather. I appreciate you taking the time to stop by and give me a read. I look forward to reading your blog as well!

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  11. This is cute! I love that you went to Hobby Lobby! Girl of my own heart!

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  12. I've never seen that tea pot before what a great way to announce it to him! Our first pregnancy was on the pill too, those little pills don't always work at all!

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    1. No they don't, haha. It was all meant to be but dang! Talk about shock haha. Thanks for reading! I look forward to getting to know you better through your blog. :)

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  13. We have similar Dad stories. My Dad meet my Mom when I was like 3 and adopted me when I was 9. I always knew he wasn't biologically my father but it didn't matter one single bit. He was my old man and I am so much like him it's insane!

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    1. How cool! I had no idea. This is why I love these types of getting to know you posts so much. I learn so many cool things about all of you and it's just so much fun!

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  14. Love this idea for a five on friday post! I love learning more about blogs I follow because sometimes we join in the middle of the story and don't really know anything about the blogger behind the blog.

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