This is why...

This blog has been created to give our family and friends an idea of our journey through infertility and the steps we chose to take to make our dream of becoming parents a reality. There may be a few graphic details here and there, along with some fun photos, but most importantly, we wanted to document these events in our lives for our future children and for anyone else who dreams of becoming a parent. Enjoy!

*Anyone who may be interested in us as adoptive parents, please feel free to check out our link at Bethany.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Blessing party!!! :)

What amazing family and friends Darryl and I have! Last Saturday our good friends George and Kristina threw us a blessing party! Now, one might ask, "What do you do at a blessing party?" Well, it was a time for our close friends and family to hear about our adoption process, ask any questions they may have, and to help us prepare for our soon to be baby. We are still on the waiting list but as mentioned before, we could get a call any day and want to be as prepared as we can. Kristina spent a lot of time putting together a theme and prepping all of the cute decorations. She went with a "Soon to BEE parents" theme and it was extremely cute! Lots of black, white, and yellow and very detailed! :) I love being friends with a party planner! Here are some pics from that night.

My friend Kristina who is an amazing friend and party planner!

My best friend since 9th grade, Emmy. :)

Emmy's son Gavin. He's such a cutie!

My sister-in-law Michelle made me this diaper doll! I love it!!!! My niece Audrey did too! She kept going up to it and saying, "Baby, baby!" Thank you Michelle!  

All in all, it was a nice night and we are so thankful to all of our friends and family who have been by our side during this journey. And again, a special thanks to George and Kristina. Their journey to have children has been similar to ours and although their family has grown they still support us and can't wait for the day we receive that call. :) Someday soon we will all be celebrating the addition to our family but until then please continue to keep us in your prayers. Pray for a smooth adoption with no complications and for a healthy baby that we can love to pieces. :)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Yep...still waiting.

It's been a while since our last update and since I'm constantly being asked, "Have you heard anything yet?", let me explain why we haven't. :) Darryl and I chose not to know when our portfolios are looked at by birth moms. We felt that if we knew a birth mom looked at our book and didn't pick us, we would be wondering why and second guessing everything we put in our letter and portfolio. Sooo....we will not hear anything until we actually get a phone call telling us that we've been selected. As of right now, we don't know if our portfolio has been shown or not. We do know through monthly updates that Bethany has been placing about 2 babies a month. That sounds good but keep in mind there are families waiting ahead of us and we may not be a match to those birth moms placing their babies. There's so many variables that need to be in place, that this will truly be God picking the right baby for us. :)
Our adoption counselor Jamie will be visiting us on Monday for a 6 month check in. She just wants to make sure that our paperwork is all up to date and she'll probably ask if we want to change anything. She was supposed to come over today but she had a last minute appointment she and another social worker had to be at to transport a baby. She didn't sound too happy about it so I'm just praying that someone's baby isn't being taken away from them. I would rather wait a little longer and have a smooth adoption than fall in love with a baby only to have it taken back by the birth mom. I can't even imagine having to go through that.
On a happier note, I went to my nephew's birthday party a few weeks ago and had a nice talk with my brother and sister-in-law's friend named Alex. I've always seen her and said hello at other birthday parties and family events but never knew that her and her brother were adopted through Bethany! How exciting that I have someone in my life that has lived through the adoption journey but on the other side of it. Alex is very sweet and now has a little girl of her own. We are now facebook friends and I'm sure she would love to answer any questions Darryl and I may have along the way.
This weekend we will also be taking one more step in our adoption process! Our good friends Kristina and George are throwing us a blessing party. Just a small event with family and close friends to come together and pray for our adoption and also to collect some of the much needed items (car seat, bottles, blankets, etc.) if we are called with a suprise baby. A sort of "baby shower" but not really. Kristina has been in the party planning business for a while and has been so excited to get this party going. She and George recently adopted a baby boy and know how crazy it is getting a baby on short notice. They have been so supportive and can't wait for the day we receive our phone call.
Please keep us in your prayers. I really haven't been stressing about the adoption but I think the longer we have to wait the more I will wonder why we are waiting. Pray that this can all happen sooner rather than later and that we can start our new lives as parents to the newborn that was created especially for us. :)