Adoption, Marriage

Little Happies: Announcing Our Adoption

June 30, 2014

It’s been a big week around TGB. Many Little Happies to recap this week! 🙂



Adoption Photos!

All props to Alzbeta over at Voboril Photography for being AWESOME! We literally did this photo shoot on Wednesday night and within two hours we had these photos since she knew we needed them to launch our Adoption Page on the True Good and Beautiful blog. We had a lot of fun taking this shoot, especially wondering where those giant balloons ended up when they floated off mid-shoot. LOL! Good thing we snapped a few photos with them first.

Oh and can you tell that Jonathan used blue crayon to color wear marks on his jeans or that he used brown crayon to darken the worn tips of his shoes? Didn’t think so. Pretty clever Lifehack.



When we launched our Adoption Page here on TGB, generous people began sharing our information on Facebook. This spiked our blog traffic and we had nearly 7,000 views that day alone. We are so grateful to see others rooting for us!

Infertility has been a long and lonely road…and I understand that it’s hard to concretely support a couple going through it. However, with adoption, we really feel a community rallying behind us. They’ve likely all been praying for us all along but now have a tangible way to help. I couldn’t be more grateful. It’s made me realize how we’ve never been alone in this like I was tempted to believe on the dark days.


FinancialFreedom6Last Wednesday night we took those Adoption photos…then proceeded to stay up all night building the Adoption Page on the blog. We would’ve went to sleep but we had to catch a flight at 5:50 AM to skip down to FOCUS New Staff Training in Florida to teach a class on Finance & Budgeting!

We landed in Florida, drove to Ave Maria and were teaching within 15 minutes of arrival! A few hours later we taught the class again. We slept like the dead that night, especially because we had separate twin beds and no one could steal the  covers. The next day we met with several staff in 15 minute increments for over 3 hours before hopping back on an airplane.

Might sound exhausting to some (and it was) but we absolutely LOVED every second of it. I only wish we took a photo while teaching, as the staff were great students! 🙂

I also realized we are officially “old” in the FOCUS world. One lovely first-year staff member even asked for our autographs! Yep, we’re getting legendary AKA old.


adoption page

Last but not least, the launching of the Adoption Page!

Not only have we had people reaching out with ideas on how to connect with potential birth moms, we’ve also had generous people participating in our Puzzle Fundraiser! So far We’ve raised over $1,300 and need to put an update photo up but the puzzle is harder to assemble than anticipated! LOL. An update will come soon.

I’m also excited to see such a positive response from others in the adoption world about our page, photos, and ideas. Honestly, I credit Jonathan’s creativity for 100% of how cool it all looks. I credit myself 100% for making sure it got done. 🙂 We’re opposites but a very complimentary team indeed!

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  • Reply GraceofAdoption June 30, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Love all the photos, beautiful couple. Glad your getting so many responses!!!

    • Reply Amanda July 1, 2014 at 10:14 pm

      Thank you! I credit Jonathan and his creative brain for this blog! 🙂

  • Reply Stephanie July 1, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    What an amazing week for you guys! I was cheering you on from afar in NYC. 🙂 So excited to see the adoption page go up, and to hear that you’ve already been connected to 3 birthmoms. Really looking forward to seeing where this all goes for you guys. Also, love Jonathan’s crayon lifehack. Haha!!

    • Reply Amanda July 1, 2014 at 10:17 pm

      Thanks! This past week it feels like a LOT of change is on the way – moving, pup, and adoption. For so so so long I wanted something, ANYTHING, to “happen” in our lives. Not to discredit the good times we have had…but I am sure you get it. Having so many dreams remain at arms distance for years on end…only to now get to see several coming to fruition. It feels like we’re nearing a light at the end of this tunnel. Do you feel that way sometimes?

      • Reply Stephanie July 8, 2014 at 12:03 pm

        Most definitely!! Right there with ya, sista! 🙂 So pumped for you guys!!!

  • Reply Catholic Mutt July 1, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Love the photos and love that you’re seeing so much support from so many! That’s awesome! Praying you get to bring a little one home soon. 🙂

    • Reply Amanda July 1, 2014 at 10:18 pm

      Thank you! 🙂

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