Saturday, August 18, 2012
This post (like all of my others) is long overdue. We would like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who was involved in the fundraisers we have done recently for the adoption! We had a garage sale and I also had a 31 party where the consultant donated all of her proceeds to the adoption. We had a lot of friends and family come to both events, and also had a lot of stuff donated for the garage sale. I can happily say that both events were incredibly successful!! The grand total for both events came to $1,050!! Again, thanks to everyone who donated, helped and purchased items to help us bring home Baby Gray!!
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Our approved home study came in the mail today!! We already knew we were approved and had read a rough draft, but it was so amazing to see the real thing. I honestly felt a little nervous just holding it. So now we are legally ready to adopt at any time! It is going to be strange now without having something specific to focus on. This entire journey we have been focusing on something that need to be completed, whether by us, our social worker, or someone with the adoption agency, and now there really isn't anything to fill our time (other than just waiting and praying of course). Well I take that back, I guess now we can turn our focus to fundraising. As I'm sure I've said before, adoption isn't cheap. We are trying very hard to do as much as we can without creating any debt. Some people have been saving their change for us, and you would be surprised at how quickly that adds up. The change is actually the main reason we put the donate button on the blog. I felt weird doing it, like I was begging for money, but please understand that is not our intention at all. It just seemed to be the easiest way for people who don't live close to send the money they have collected. We are working on several other ways to raise money. In fact, a friend of a friend is a 31 consultant and has offered to do a party as a fundraiser for me! It is going to be on July 14th, and if anyone is interested in attending, please just let me know. Thanks again for all of your support!
|Here it is!! The most beautiful paper I have ever seen!|
Saturday, June 2, 2012
|A burp cloth I made (yes, I'm attempting sewing!)|
|The quilt Mike's mom is making (not finished yet)|
|The bumper pads Betty made also!|
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
I'm a little behind on the blog, so I need to do some catching up. If we had to sum up our lives recently into one line it would hurry up and wait. Two weeks ago we had our individual interviews, something that completely terrified me. In case you didn't know, I tend to stress about things that I shouldn't. Anyway, the interviews were very easy and relaxed. Our social worker is great! Monday was our home inspection and a couples interview. That went great as well, again I stressed over nothing. We are working on our scrapbook that the agency shows to birth mothers to pick who they place their child with, and hope to have it finished this weekend. Other than the scrapbook, there is nothing else for us to do! Our social worker said it would take a little time for her to get everything typed up, but we have everything we need! So we have spent all of our time rushing things like paperwork and interviews, and now all that is left to do is wait!!! Even though we should be pros at waiting by now, it still isn't a strong point for either us so we are trying to do lots of things to stay busy. We are working on getting the nursery painted and put together and have been picking out a lot of things for Baby Gray. Most women get 9 months to plan and prepare, but I on the other hand have no idea how long I will have so we are trying to be ready. Its crazy to think that we could be parents any day. I know chances are it will take some time, but it could happen at any moment. We were told a story about one young couple who got the call about a child ONE week after their home study was complete. How crazy is that? As crazy as it would be, it would be incredibly awesome for it to happen that quickly. So for now we wait, and hopefully will be getting that very special phone call soon!
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Our social worker finally contacted us! Ok, I'm sure it didn't take her as long to call us as it seems, but it felt like forever. We have scheduled our individual interviews for a week from Monday, and will schedule the home visit from there. It is crazy to think that in just a few short weeks, we could have an approved home study, and be ready to adopt at any time if a birth mother picked us! We are also starting to do a couple of fundraisers to help with the cost. Please continue to pray for us as we continue on this journey, as well as Baby Gray and his or her birth family. Thanks for all of your love and support!
Monday, April 2, 2012
Just a quick update. Mike called our agency today to ask if they needed anything from us (which is his way of saying "you haven't called us, so what in the world is going on"). Our contact said that the reason we haven't heard anything is because we actually had our paperwork in really good shape, and they didn't need anything from us. She also said that they have done everything they need to do with it, and have passed on our packet to our social worker. We should be hearing from our social worker within the next few days!!! We are both very excited, now I am just starting to get nervous about our interviews and home visit. On another note, I came across a blog over the weekend and read a quote that I just love. A couple who was sharing their story about how it felt to finally focus on and begin the adoption process used this phrase: Choosing adoption is how it feels to finally get a positive pregnancy test!
Thursday, March 22, 2012
I'm a few days behind on posting this, but there has been a lot going on lately. In my last post, I said we had to complete a 55 page application. If only it ended up being that easy. After we really started reading the application we realized it involved much more. We had to read 400 pages of curriculum and turn in 130 pages of paperwork including things like autobiographies, questionnaires, and letters from our doctors. The whole process took us 12 days. Then finally it was finished and Mike submitted what felt like our entire life stories to the agency on March 15th. We were both so excited that we forgot the part of having to pay them to begin our home study and had to go back the next day to deliver the check. When Mike turned it in they said they would look over it and once they had everything they would call us about scheduling our interviews and that this could take 4-6 weeks or be sooner, depending on the social worker's schedule. Did these people not understand that I am almost to my breaking point when it comes to waiting? I knew they would be working on our home study and that our interviews were only a portion of what all happened during the process, but it killed me to think I wouldn't be doing anything. I realized I had to let go and couldn't be in control of every step of this process. I had to trust God, his plan, and the wonderful people working on our home study. I was pleasantly surprised Sunday when I started receiving texts from our references saying that their instruction letter came on Saturday and they were beginning to write their letters, only 2 days after turning in the application!! So now we wait until we get the call from the agency scheduling our interviews and home visit.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Saturday, February 18, 2012
As you may, or may not know Mike and I have been dealing with infertility for the past couple of years and have decided to begin a journey toward adoption. We thought it would be a good idea to create a blog not only so that our family and friends can keep up with what is going on, but also as a great way to look back over this entire journey. We made the decision over the summer that adoption was something God was leading us to do, regardless of whether or not we had a child on our own. Around the same time we made this decision I was referred to a new RE (reproductive endocrinologist) who had a new plan for treatments. We weren’t quite ready to give up on trying to conceive, but unfortunately could not afford to do the treatments and begin the adoption process at the same time. We decided to temporarily put off beginning the adoption process. The last several months have been the most difficult (and expensive) time in our lives. We decided after our last treatment that we would not continue. As difficult as it has been, I do want to say that I wouldn’t change it. I feel as though we as individuals and our relationship have grown so much from this situation.
We are more than excited for the next journey in our lives and beginning the adoption process. We have decided to adopt domestically. We plan on doing a lot of research to find different agencies that we might be interested in. We have already met with one agency, and plan on meeting with others soon. Please keep praying for us as we begin this amazing journey!