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Building Our Family Piece by Piece: Day Four

August 16, 2014

Four days down.

Six more to go until the day we hope to meet our funding goal of nearly $13,000 for the home study completion and out-of-state agency fee.

Today we got a chance to attend a consignment sale and it put even more reality to this adoption. Since our babe will be born in November, we had to grab way cute newborn outfits for Thanksgiving and Christmas 🙂

Today we also saw more family, friends, and strangers sharing our puzzle fundraiser via email and social media sites. We even got a shout-out from an amazing blogger over at Catholic All Year. Thank you to everyone putting in effort to helping us adopt!

We had more puzzle pieces purchased on Saturday and the progress is below!

On day four we sold a total of 71 puzzle pieces, totaling $1,775!! 

Total overall stats thus far are as follows:

  • 357 pieces sold

  • $8,923 raised

  • 68% of current goal of $13,000

  • 36% of original goal of $25,000

Here’s a picture of the puzzle progress:


SO MUCH PROGRESS TODAY! 🙂 I am loving seeing this come together.

Again we are beyond humbled and grateful. In the beginning we were nervous, thinking we shouldn’t ask for any financial assistance in this endeavor. God made it clear though he wanted us to make ourselves vulnerable in this way and to ask others to join us. Thank you for those who are along for the ride and are cheering us on.

Thank you again for all who are joining Team Baby Teixeira! :)

Keep coming back each day for new progress updates!

Click here to learn more about the puzzle fundraiser!


Houston, We Have A Baby!

August 13, 2014

Jonathan here with a quick update on the adoption front. For those of you hungry for the details, check out Amanda’s post.

We posted about our plan to adopt about a month and a half ago. It’s been a wild ride since then. A lot has happened, but the most exciting news is that Baby Teixeira has been found and is due…

Now is when we need your help the most.

We need to raise the money to pay the adoption fees for our agency and the agency in California where Baby Tex is, as well as all the other related fees and costs.

yournameherepieceWe won’t know the final total until it’s all over, but we need at least $13,000 to move through the home study process and on to the next step. The agencies told us this $13,000 is due ASAP. It’s our goal to raise it by Friday, August 22 – The Feast of the Queenship of Mary.

Here’s where you come in.

We’re fundraising through PayPal by “selling” pieces to a puzzle we’ll hang in the baby’s room, and your name will be on the back of the pieces you buy, showing Baby Tex how much they’re loved. (More details on the puzzle here)

Please consider donating.

Please share this post.

Please let everyone you know who might be interested know about this.

Thank you for your support.


The Best Secret We’ve Ever Had

August 13, 2014

Howdy friends!

Remember that thing called adoption we are pursuing?

Yup, that thing.

We’ve have an update for y’all since we officially announced we were moving towards adoption back in late June.

This update would have come much sooner had we not been moving, traveling, training a puppy, hosting out of town guests, and attempting to find lost puzzle pieces. Whoops!! 🙂

So, what’s the secret we’ve been keeping?

Pull up a seat and lend me your eyes.

Back in June we announced that after years of battling infertility, we were going down the path towards adoption to grow our family. The outpouring of kindness and enthusiasm from others simply overwhelmed us!

People started sharing the news in hopes of helping us find a birth mother. We were getting messages of support from dozens of people we didn’t even know.

Our blog had 10,000 views in one day alone due to you all sharing the news.

Within 48 hours we had four possible women to talk to about adoption for their baby. That’s like a MILLION considering there were zero to start with.

But, what do you know?

Three of those women never responded or got back to me after initially making contact.


One woman did.

The connection was my faaabulous sister-in-law, Mrs. Cynthia Teixeira. She was in a pregnancy related Facebook group and happened to post our adoption plans asking for help from any women part of the group.

Well, what do you know? One woman in the group had been thinking about adoption for her current pregnancy…and there our blog was staring back at her on Facebook.

Can you say… Divine Providence?

My sister-in-law got us chatting via Facebook and we eventually set up a phone call for a few days later.

This is how we felt emotionally leading up to the call:

We were scared, nervous, and anxious since we had never done this before. I mean, how do you even prepare for a conversation like this? You can’t. So we said a prayer and dialed the phone, hoping we would be our real selves and not awkward versions of ourselves.

Within seconds we knew our qualms were for no good reason at all.

She was one of the sweetest people we have ever spoken to. Jonathan and I talked with her for a little over an hour and the conversation went really well, despite there being some nervous energy on both ends. 🙂

We said our goodbyes and that we would get a hold of our agency to ask a few questions about how to possibly move forward.

A few days later, our agency told us they couldn’t help this woman since she was out of state. We would have to call another agency in her state to work locally with her. I got on the phone for hours trying to find a good, reputable agency that would take superb care of this sweet woman and her family as they discern adoption.

I finally got a good one and put them in touch with her.


To my great surprise, we got a Facebook message back saying not only was she now in touch with the local agency but that WE WERE THE FAMILY THEY WANTED TO CHOOSE!!!!!

After I picked myself up off the floor and scraped Jonathan down from the ceiling, we looked at one another in complete and utter shock.

Was this REALLY happening?

Yes. It. Was.


Over the past month, we’ve stayed in touch with this wonderful family as the adoption plans continue falling into place.

I’ve felt every emotion a human could possibly feel in the past month but the most prevailing feeling is one of wonder and awe.

I simply can’t believe this is happening after nothing happening for so very long.

We plan to share more details of how we’ve spent the past month preparing to adopt but wanted to at least share this VERY big secret sooner than later!

I see you looking awfully curious….

You must be wondering when the baby is due?


Thanksgiving dinner is going to taste better than ever this year 🙂

Annnnnd let’s be honest, I’ve sort of been judging my years of childlessness by how many Hunger Games movies have released so I have a feeling Mockingjay will be my favorite. (sorta joking)

We are very excited and want to share our joy with everyone who has supported us and given us encouragement along this journey.

We also wanted to update you all since WE NEED YOUR HELP  to bring home Baby Teixeira:

The Adoption Puzzle Fundraiser

We announced the puzzle fundraiser back in June as well but definitely let it take a back seat, since finding a baby to fundraise for was a bigger goal.


Now that we are matched and there is an adoption date in site, we are turning our gaze towards the fundraiser.

We can’t move forward past the Home Study process without having nearly $6,000 for our agency AND $7,000 for the agency in the birth family’s state. Yup, there will be more expenses later but we need to get more than half the puzzle sold soon so we can move forward and become officially approved for this placement ASAP.

Below is an updated image of what’s been sold to date:


Pieces Sold: 146

Money Raised: $3,650

yournameherepiecePlease consider joining our family in bringing home this baby and forever being part of their story in a unique way. This is a story God is directing and we’d love to have you be part of it.

Please share the puzzle fundraiser with friends, family, neighbors, and anyone you think would be interested in participating!

Thank you all so much for the generosity you’ve shown to us and for your enthusiasm for our growing family! We literally can’t do this without you!