So anyway, back to our story. Being told that we should move house and then apply to be considered for adoption was a bit of a setback, to say the least, but it did make sense when it was explained to us, and we understood. We had our house valued and at the beginning 2002 it went on the market.
I loved our cottage in the country! It just needed another room or two, but I loved where it was, the garden at the back that we’d created between us from literally just rough grass, the pond overhung with willow trees and the fields beyond.
I loved the fact that at the weekends we could hear the sound of the church bells ringing, just as they had rung for us on our wedding day.
It was going to be a huge wrench for both of us, because we’d been so happy there, starting out our new life together. But at the same time it was going to give us the family that we wanted, and would give a loving, happy home somewhere to children who needed one.