**Warning: If you have not seen the movie Inside Out yet, do not read this post. Im talking about a very spoiler-y part of the movie. There isn't an update on our adoption (a whole week into waiting) in this post that you'll be missing, just sharing some thoughts from adoption support group. Go watch Inside Out, then come back and read the post.**

Tonight at adoption support group (which is a group made up of adoptees, birth mothers and adoptive mothers) we watched the wonderful movie Inside Out. Jason and I had seen it in theaters and loved it then. I think Inside Out is an important movie for adults and kids a like to see and think about. Feelings/emotions are things that are just hard to process and live in sometimes. I think, in Pixar's way, they explain a lot for simply being a brilliant cartoon. After we watched the film, the group talked about how the story of adoption ties into the Inside Out.

There is a scene, that I cried at both times watching this film where Joy and Bing Bong are in the pit where memories disappear. Only way for Joy to get out of the pit was for her and Bing Bong to ride Bing Bong's wagon, singing a song to power it. At the last second Bing Bong has to get out of the wagon so it reaches to the top of the rim, allowing Joy to return to Reily. Bing Bongs sacrifices himself, to do what is best for Reily.

I started my thought to the group out with "I apologize if this is a terrible analogy, but when Bing Bong sacrifices himself from the picture, with Reily on his mind, and makes sure that Joy can be with her... I think of Bing Bong as the birth mother in my situation. Except I don't want the birth mom to disappear from our child's life. But yeah, sorry, Im comparing birth mothers to Bing Bong."

I waited for a reaction, very nervous if I had offended the birth mothers in the room. Thankful, they chuckled and agreed completely with me.  One even said when she gave up her son, that was the norm, for the birth mothers to disappear. Now, many more domestic adoptions are open because that is what is best for the child. Birth mothers, especially our someday birth mother, are some of the bravest women out there. I still have my fears of the unknown of what a relationship with a birthmother looks like, but these brave women in my group each time we met encourage me more than they'll understand. 

 

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If you weren't on social media on Tuesday the 6th, guess what? We are officially waiting! I had sent an email to our social worker in the morning, just checking in (cause it had been over 5 weeks at that point) and I got a response back at lunch. Tuesday is Chick Fil A lunch at work, so I was sitting in the mist of the conversation and suddenly I saw I had an email from Bethany (I turned alerts on my email only when we began this process). I opened it with not a lot of hope so I might of just went "AHHH" out loud in the middle of everyone talking when I saw the words "you are officially waiting!". Couldn't believe it for a second. Of course, once again I get news when Im not with Jason, but if not with him, Im thankful to be with my teammates who celebrated with me. 

People have asked if it feels any differently. It hasn't really, its just the "good" waiting we are doing now. Making plans far in the future is a bit more difficult now, cause we still could  be waiting. Or it could be any day! What a crazy way to live for this planner. We're probably not going to start working on the nursery until the beginning of the year. Jason is more cautious about that than I am. Business of a retreat coming up for me and then the holidays, the time will fly by. There maybe different samples of grey paint in the room and cleaning out drawers is my new favorite thing to do, which Ive been told is nesting. So theres that. 

Thank you all who have been so excited for us this week and celebrated this big milestone with us. Means so much to have so many people routing for us along this journey. 

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Been a month since our social worker came to our home and told us it would be 2-3 weeks before our home study would be approved. 4 weeks and one email to her later, we are still waiting for it to be approved. Her supervisor has to approve it and she is backed up currently. So, we're waiting to wait. 

This past summer has been an up and down one for me as far as my emotions go. When we were working through the paperwork, I was so hopeful in this process because I felt movement. We were be active and doing something. Then the news of how long we might have to actually wait. The limbo time we are sitting in now, some days are just simply harder than others. I wish I knew when those days would come, but they always come without a warning.  An old friend wrote this regarding how she felt after a miscarriage:

That’s grief. It’s unpredictable, sometimes ugly and it fights you when you try to micromanage it. I have already found myself tempted to hurry the grieving process. Hurrying to get to the healing part. Hurrying to find lessons and use this to encourage someone else. Hurrying to figure out what this means for our future. But I’m trying to slow down. To sit in the pain a bit and give God room to speak.

Her words helped me name my feelings. What I am experiencing is grief to which I don't think I recognized until reading these words that could be my own. It's as if the words I didn't know I had come along to comfort me. Reminds me also of Lauren Winner's book 'Still', when she hit a wall in her faith and instead of pushing past it, she sat at the wall to see what God had for her there. Its hard work to do that. To sit with grief and see what it has for you instead of telling it what you have for it. Im also comforted by the Psalms "The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit." and Isaiah "...a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief." As I was reminded in a sermon not long ago, our tears mean so much to Jesus and Jesus grieves with us. 

In the adoption support group, a new to the group birth mom asked "What do adoptive mother's have to grieve over?". As frustrating as this question is, I can understand why she asked it. We don't give up a baby like birth mothers do, but we certainly experience loss. For this hopeful adoptive mom, I grieve the fact that Jason and I will probably never know what our biological children would look like. I grieve how long this process is taking and watching so many easily get pregnant and in 9 short months a child will be added to their family. I grieve the brokenness of this world and how unfair everything feels right now. In the mist of this Im so thankful for a Savior who grieves with me and doesn't ask me to believe in platitudes. For friends who say along with me "You're right, that feels really unfair." For the alerts from our adopt together page say that yet another person has donated to our adoption fund. Thank you to those of you who sit with us in this grief and hope with us. 

 

 

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Today our social worker came for our home visit! My friends who had done a home visit for their adoption process all told me it was not as big of a deal as you think it is. Its not that I didn't believe my friends, it just didn't stop me from wanting the house to be decluttered and deeped cleaned. About a week ago or so ago I went through the guest room and closest, getting rid of stuff we don't use. Something Ive been wanting to do anyways and I came to the conclusion that we have too much stuff. With adding a baby to the mix and all their accessories, its best we get rid of stuff now. Then, this past week my dear friends Hannah and Francie offered to help clean my house. This is not the first time these two have done this, right before I started treatment they cleaned my house too. Friends who understand the peace of mind that comes with a very clean house means so very much. Hannah even asked for some trim paint and did some touch ups, which I love because I never would of thought to do that. 

After all the prep of making our house so clean and organized, our lovely social worker came and barely looked around our house. Jason even made a joke with her about looking around more since it was so clean. She made notes of how many rooms/bathrooms on each level but thats it. I was prepared to answer where I plan to put baby gates and where the cleaning supplies were and how to baby proof them. But nothing! We sat and went over our preferences for openness/health concerns, etc. This is something we have gone over every time we have met with her. She's just checking we didn't change our minds about anything. We also were able to give her our lifebook! This is the book that will be in each of the 3 Bethany offices in North Carolina for birth mothers to look through as they make an adoption plan for their child. Our book will be shown when our preferences are in line with the case. We will not know when our book is shown or anything, which part of me is really glad. Like, what if our book gets shown 12 times and no one picks us?! Its better to not to know anything and we'll just get a call! 

After our social worker types up the rest of our home study her supervisor has to approve it, which should be done in about 3 weeks! With a completed home study and lifebooks turned in, we will be an officially waiting family! Thank you everyone who prayed for our visit today. We are so close to being done with the  home study! 

 

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Last Monday we meet with our social worker for the second time in Raleigh. This meeting was for us each to be interviewed individually rather than together like the first meeting. Once again, same questions we both answered on our paperwork, mainly about what was it like growing up in our home, relationship with our families, dating history, how did we met, whats marriage been like, what was our greatest loss, how did we process the grief, etc. Oh yeah, they do not mess around with the hard questions! Jason went first and I hung out in the conference room just a few feet away. I couldn't hear what he was saying but I could hear him talking and at one point I definitely thought "Wow. He is still talking!" Jason says things much better than I do, so I was perfectly happy he was giving more details than not. Plus Jason is good at making people laugh, her is an example: 

Social worker: "How were you punished as a kid when you misbehaved?"
Me: "I wasn't allowed to watch TV, which is why I'm so well read."

Once it was my turn, I was not at all nervous until I sat down in front of her. Our social is very sweet, so it wasn't her who made me feel nervous, it was my mind. I realized, this is the most important interview of my life! Not that there is any right answer to the questions, but I still want to word my answers well. Once we got into the questions I was able to move away the worse case scenario that my mind was playing and just be honest with our social worker. She's very easy to talk to that I almost slipped into talking to her like she is my friend, but reminded myself she is here for me but not my friend in this interview. Jason and I both came away from the meeting feeling good about how we answered and set a date for her to come to our house for our home assessment! The last step for us in our home study! 

She will come to our house August 28th, to make sure the house is safe for a child. This doesn't mean we have to have a nursery set up or baby-proofing at all. She just has to see what type of environment we plan to raise a child in, which seems very fair. As of right now, once again not nervous about it but I already made plans with a friend to deep clean the house the day before so well see how well my night's sleep is on the 27th. ;)  

 

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My friend Allison, who is currently in South Korea with her husband Adam adopting their son, commented that she looked at our adopt together page  one day and she just loved seeing so many people who have been a part of our adoption story. It is truly one of the most beautiful things we have experienced: friends and family from all different parts of our lives come together to cheer us on in such a practical way. Over the weekend, we officially hit the halfway mark of raising the $25k for our adoption. I wish I had the right words to express how thankful I am for the generosity of the 64 people who have contributed to our adoption fund. You don't know how much each donation, money that each of you sacrificed to give to us, means but from our humbled hearts to yours, thank you ever so much guys for cheering us on.  

 

 

 

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I wrote last that I was discouraged by the news of a "year and half average wait" when we met with our social worker. Even when I wrote those words I was trying to be more hopeful than I was feeling, telling you all that I was just "a little discouraged". As the days went on, my hope that I had this past year as we moved forward in our home study seemed to slowly disappear.

Days after being told how long the wait truly might be, I went on our yearly mission trip called Project Serve. I welcomed the business of preparing and being on the trip, to distract me from how I was feeling deep down. I should of known better, with the theme being "Broken" and all I couldn't truly not acknowledge what I was processing in my heart. Knowing the messages that would be taught and the songs we would sing,  I couldn't escape from what I was feeling. We sang a song called "Come As You Are" (see video below) and I just started crying. 

"Hope for the hopeless."

I was running lyrics for worship and the tears wouldn't stop as Kendra and Griffin sang the song. I asked a friend to take over for me and simply tired to escape all that I was feeling. As I paced the hall trying pull myself together, I kept hearing the words to the song that I was trying to get away from. They were words I needed for my heart to truly process what I was feeling. 

"So lay down your burdens."

While the song is more about those who have wandered more than a broken hearted girl, I felt like the song was just for me. 

"Earth has no sorrow that heaven can't heal." 

I felt the sorrow I thought had been replaced with hope this past year was returning. My heart felt so broken with the news of a year and half wait. I was back to living on the edge of tears, not knowing what would make me upset. So tired of living that way. When folks on the trip asked that all familiar "How the adoption process going?", I thankfully felt comfortable enough to be honest with my discouragement. I may have cried on one of them, who graciously told me "thank you for being honest". Many folks don't know what to do with tears and sorrow, so I can't not put into words how much those words meant to me. That I simply could feel how I was feeling and that was okay. 

"Come as you are."

I share all of this with a grateful heart that I am able to share it. That I have such an amazing community in my life that will carry me through this hard time. Who will hope for me when I don't have any hope. While I may not be as hopeful as I once was, I don't doubt God's goodness in all this. He has shown Himself in far too many ways to doubt that. I keep being told by adoptive parents that it is so worth the wait. That is the hope I cling to these days and to once again to learn to hold sorrow and joy in the same hand. 

 

 

 

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Yesterday we got to meet our social worker for the first time. She is very nice. New to Bethany but certainly knew her stuff. We drove to the Raleigh office to meet with her. Thankfully, we weren't nervous about the meeting. Upon meeting our social worker, she made us feel comfortable right away. I thought maybe this would feel like a job interview, but it just felt like I was talking to a friend about adoption. Everything I have read about this process is to be true to who you are and who you guys are as a couple. Don't try to overly impress, just be honest and yourselves. Our social worker went over our paperwork that we have turned in. Asked us in person the questions we answered on paper. Im not totally sure why they were the same questions. Knowing someone just on paper I realize is hard, but felt real repetitive to answer questions we had already answered.

Towards the end of our meeting together I asked what else needs to get done and how much time will it take to complete our home study. She said we'd need to meet again at the Raleigh office for individual interviews (we both have to be there at the same time but she will talk to each of us one on one). Then she'd need to come and evaluate our home. Once those two meetings take place she'd need 2-3 weeks to type up the home study. Being that Jason just started a new job, getting time off is kinda tough right now. We hope to be able to schedule the second meeting in early July. Our social worker was ready to meet next week, which I am out of town for Project Serve. I appreciate though that she is trying to move things along for us. At this point we think we can have our home study complete by the end of summer. Which means by the end of summer we hope to be a waiting family.

After we talked, one thing that our social worker mentioned was, with our openness, the average wait is a year and a half. Not a guarantee by that time and it could happen a lot sooner than that, you just don't know. But to hear the timeline of "average" year and a half was a little discouraging to me. By the time our home study is complete, it will be a year of working to get to this point. Once we turn in our profile books (part of the home study), its up to God to send us the right birth mother. There is zero we can do to make that go on any other time table. So,overall, it was a good meeting, just a little discouraging to hear the year and a half time table.  

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I love this time of year because its a busy season with youth ministry and this year I am ever so thankful for the business. Since turning in our stack of paperwork I have tired to be the patient hopefully adoptive mom who doesn't email everyday wondering if there is an update in the status of our paperwork. Well, after over two months since turning it in, with a month of no communication, dear friends gave me the permission I needed to email and ask once again - is there any news on the status of our paperwork? Frustrating as it was, I did get an email back saying there were missing a few forms and to send them right along. In that moment, after months of waiting (to wait) my insecurities creeped in, that I had messed something up. I felt paralyzed to actually just take action and resend the forms they needed to process our paperwork.

Last Wednesday when I got the response, they had sent us an email saying there was a message in our portal. We had gotten messages through our portal over these past few months, just with news about a class that was option or how to use social media more to put your profile out there, but no like actual update. So when the email came in telling me to check the portal, I didn't open it admittedly like I had in the past. Wasn't till yesterday evening that I opened the message to see that our adoption worker (aka social worker) had contacted us to see when she could set up a time for us to meet! Even though our meeting isn't for a few weeks (due to our schedules, not hers) it feels so good to be moving forward in this process.

On the fundraising side of things, we are $712 away from the halfway mark! Which is completely humbling that so many people are a part of our adoption story in such a generous way. Thank you so much to each and every one of you. You don't know how encouraging it is every time any amount is given (or tea is bought) that we are just getting one step closer on this journey. Thank you for walking this long road with us, I can never say that enough. 

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Last year I was very fearful of Mother's Day. With it always falling on a Sunday, its partnered with church. Not that I think its bad that churches honor Mothers at all, but those who are quietly hurting and longing to be Mother's is it so very hard. As my friend Rebecca blogged last Mother's Day "My broken body will not allow me to be a mother, and so I sit alone while others are honored for their health and wholeness. It feels so very unfair." Thankfully, I went to church last year because I knew my church community would be a safe place for my hurt. From the stage, we celebrated the Mother's and were so grateful for them. Then, my friend Michael said words that were beyond comforting, reaching out to those who long to be Mothers and how today might be day very hard. That those who were hurting, to know that we were not invisible, that our pain was important and that our mother hearts belonged in this convent family. 

The day before Mother's Day this year, I told Jason how I wasn't feeling as sad as last year. I chalked it up to, even waiting in silence, that we are being proactive towards becoming parents. As I got up on Mother's Day and started getting ready, my phone lit up with messages from thoughtful friends. The first one was from my coworker and friend, Lindsay: "Happy Mother's Day to you! This waiting time is like a pregnancy - you are expectant. And in this waiting you have already been a mama to your baby. You have sacrificed and saved, you have loved and longed for. You are making a home for your little one and I admire you for the strength you have had through it all. You are amazing and the perfect person to have the name "mama". I can't wait until you get to finally hold your baby in your arms and I hope it is SOON. I hope today is special for you even in the waiting. I love you, Alisa!!!!" and the tears just poured. Others texted who told me Happy Mothers Day, almost Mama. Others hoped that this was the last Mother's Day spent without our baby at home. People who recognized this period of waiting as a time of preparing for our child. I can not tell you how huge that is to my heart. Its hard to believe that is actually happening a lot of days. I have no growing belly as proof, but these thoughtful words and hugs, acknowledge that I am expectant. In the end, it was not as easy as I expect, the tears seem to be on the surface most of the day. Thank you seems so simple for what I actually feel, but to each and every one of you who spoke hopeful words and gave hugs to me on Sunday, thank you so very much. 

All of this isnt to say that we should not celebrate Mother's Day, we totally should. Moms do more than any of us will ever know, they should be celebrated. I can not wait till the redemption that I will experience when Im holding my child on Mother's Day. All that Im trying to express in sharing this is to be sensitive to those around you who are hurting. Entering into hard places with people can be difficult, but I promise you that you will only bring hope to them (even if its in form of tears).

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The very first time I ever heard of Vida Pour Tea is when my thoughtful friend Sabrina gave me a bag of black tea for my birthday a few years back. I remember it being so good that I wanted to know more about them. At this time, Vida Pour simply sold tea around town and farmers' markets. Almost a year ago they got to open their own shop and I have been a faithful fan ever since the doors opened. Sarah, the owner, has always been so kind and has educated me even more on tea. She is an excellent blender of teas, making them for businesses and for wedding favors. Since she is a master blender, the idea of seeing if she would be willing to make a “Windsor Blend” tea for us to sell as a fundraiser came to me.

It was in the midst of a hard week where the silence in the waiting was very discouraging that I asked Sarah if this idea would be something she’d be up for doing. Her response was a huge “Yes!” and how honored she felt that we’d ask her to do this for us. Which really, I felt the same way towards her generosity in being willing to do this. It lifted my spirits that week so much that one of my favorite places in Greensboro would want to be a part of our adoption journey.  Many thanks to Sarah at Vida Pour, we get to offer you TWO different teas. One is a delicious black tea with peach that is great hot or cold. The second is a tea that screams ‘Alisa’ as it is a caffeine free chocolate tea with lavender and vanilla. Head over to our tea page to find out how you can support our adoption fund through some of the best tea you’ll ever have.

 

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I feel like this early in the process that I should probably save that title, but here we are, still waiting to hear back from Bethany about paperwork being approved and being matched with a social worker. I have asked our intake coordinator a few times how long this part of the process typically takes, no straight answer just that we'll be contacted by a social worker next. Every big news we have gotten from Bethany has been when Jason and I are not together. I secretly hoped that maybe while I was in Jamaica on a Spring Break trip, we'd get an email, if we were to follow that pattern. Ive been back two weeks now and nothing. Its been over a month since we turned in our paperwork. Recently, I asked our community group to pray for us to get some answers. When Jim (our community group leader) recapped the prayer requests he said "Pray for patience for the Windsors as they wait for answers." I kinda cut him off and said "I didn't ask for patience, I asked you guys to pray for answers!" Everyone laughed. I was partly kidding sure, but if Im truly honest, I do not want patience. I want answers! Even if it means we'll be waiting months and months, I just want to know that. All the silence just makes it feel like nothing is moving forward.

Last week I was making slides for the message at Fuse and as I typed out 2 Peter 3:9 "The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance." I just kinda sat with these words for a moment after I typed them. I hate taking scripture out of context so I kinda dismissed the thought of them. Then I began to be a bit frustrated with God, telling Him that he could of fooled me. That this passage isn't talking about adoption so it doesn't apply to me. However, those words, the fact that God is not slow...instead he is patient with you... oh how those are deeply true. What I do know and trust is that God does have the bigger picture that we don't have as far as timing. Its completely maddening but I trust it. I have to, otherwise, there is no hope in the waiting. 

The small amount of baby items I purchased at the consignment sales sits in an open box right by our bedroom door. I see it everyday, as a small reminder that we will someday be parents. Its the only physical proof that I have to remind myself that is actually happening. Those who have asked after us and our process, thank you so much. When people ask, I'd think it's like asking a women who is pregnant "How are you feeling?" just that our "pregnancy" is a lot longer than 9 months. This is something I still grieve that I won't ever experience, so the care that I feel in asking means more than I can say. Im feel bad that the answer isn't more exciting but thankfully the response I get to "we're still waiting" is compassion and understand that waiting is hard and no one likes it. Having a community of people who long with us, hopes for us, prays for peace for us during this time of waiting, I wish I had the words to tell you how deeply that means and carries us through the waiting. 

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Wednesday I mailed off, what I believe to be the last of our paperwork! I keep thinking were forgetting something but that might be just because we've been working on paperwork for months. It didn't feel like "never ending" like a lot of folks described the paperwork. Some just more time than others and it wasn't as large of a stack as I expected (I think I had a doctoral dissertation size in my mind at the start of this). If we are missing something, Bethany will for sure let us know but hopefully that is not the case. We now wait for all the paperwork to be approved, then get assigned to a social worker! Big step forward turning in our paperwork part of our home study! I do not know how long this process is, but hope to find out. 

As a celebration, I went my first consignment sales this week. Consignment sales are completely my jam! I don't know how I am going to be able to buy anything in stores after paying such cheap prices at consignment sales! These are the first baby items we have purchased for Baby Windsor. I know its a very long time between now and having our baby home with us, but these small items make it feel more real. That this is actually happening and some day we will have a baby. Paperwork isn't the same as watching a belly grow, theres no constantly reminders of a guaranteed  time when we will have a baby. If Im honest, there are days this is harder to accept than others. Friends remind me with comforting words of "You WILL have a baby! Maybe not soon but it WILL happen." And as of this moment, Im okay with having zero control in the timing of this. As in, there is nothing I can do to move this process forward at this point. Paperwork is really all we had "control" over in the timing (even then, somethings were not). Now, after we have been waiting for some months, I may feel very differently about being okay with having zero control in the timing, but today, this peace in the waiting has to be Jesus, other wise it just doesn't make sense, even to me.  

                     Poor Baby Windsor and all things hippo they probably will own. 

                     Poor Baby Windsor and all things hippo they probably will own. 



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Happy snow day to our local friends. In North Carolina when we get just a few inches of snow, everything pretty much shuts down, which is this California girl's ideal way to enjoy the snow. 

On the paperwork front, we are still waiting for two more things that timing wise is out of our control really (Jason's insurance company, the broker has to sign paperwork and Jason's physical need to happen with labs...his doctor is on maternity leave so they are backed up). I asked our intake coordinator at Bethany if we could go ahead and send in what we had ready (they ask for you to turn in everything once everything is completed) so it could start to be processed. She told me yes, which was very exciting news for me, so I mailed in about 75% of our paperwork in! 

Even more exciting and overwhelming update is that we have past $10k on our fund raising! Thank you to each and everyone one of you who have given to our adoption fund. Its truly amazing to be loved so generously and helps on the days when the waiting seems like forever to know we have an army of people who are cheering us on. Saying thank you feels so very little but  from our hearts to yours, thank you so very much for your finical support. Some have asked when we need to have all $25k in. Once the child is placed with us (i.e. the wait time has pasted for the birth mother to change her mind and the child is officially ours) we will need to turn in the other $20k (the first $5k goes to home study fees) so we have some time to fundraise the rest of the funds for sure. This landmark of funds makes us feel a step closer though which is so encouraging, so thank you for being a part of our story friends. 

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Last week, as part of our home study requirements, Jason and I took an infant care class at our local women's hospital. Everyone, meet Diana Hopsital, our baby for the evening. 

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Many of you don't know this, but we had a first "goal" in our fundraising. To turn in our paperwork (which we hope to do by the end of January), we need to also turn in $5k. With cancer treatment in 2013, that drained our savings. Then treatment ending in April 2014 with a surgery, our deductible started over the start of 2014, to which the rest of our savings went to cancer. I will be totally honest, makes this whole process so unfair. That the only way we are able to add to our family/become parents, is a really pricey one. Cancer got our savings rather than our adoption. I try not to focus on that unfairness, because deep down I am thankful to be on this adoption journey. At times though, its hard not to feel overwhelmed with the cost. Even without saying we were trying to reach $5k for our home-study fees, our community gave up and beyond that. God provided, as He always does.

So many generous people have donated to our adoption fund. We are so thankful for those who have donated and for those who have kept us in their thoughts and prayers as we walk through this process. If you're interested in giving, and would like for your donation to count as a tax deduction in 2014, be sure to click here and complete your online donation before the end of the day today. Any amount helps. For realsies. Pinky swear.

 

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