Infertility, Marriage

Little Happies: Submitting Our Application

May 5, 2014

I thought this week would be riddled with many Little Happies to share since it was Jonathan’s birthday on May 1 and we had some fun parties we were invited to over the weekend….

However we both got sick. I had a 48-hour sinus headache and Jonathan had 102 degree fever/flu/cough thing. So no parties…and no big birthday celebration.

Big change from his last birthday.

Although we did not have any Little Happies to report, we do have one BIG HAPPY to share this week. (MAKE SURE TO READ BOTTOM FOR A WAY YOU CAN HELP)


app pic

You’re looking at our adoption application!!!!!!!!

It was actually a funny story about how this photo got taken. We went to the local USPS and took the envelope to the counter to purchase postage. Well, apparently after they stamp that “first class”, they cannot return it to you. It’s now officially the USPS property. My heart sank because I wanted to document this entire adoption journey via photo/video.

I looked up at the USPS worker with puppy dog eyes and said, “You may think this is weird but that is our adoption application and we really want a photo of us sticking it in the mailbox.” To which he replied, “Yes, that is weird, but it’s a weird I can appreciate!”

Despite there being about 25+ people behind us in line, he was only one of two people working, AND closing was in a few minutes…he walked out from behind the counter with us to the outside drop box (since he had to watch us drop it in, being USPS property now). Originally I wanted to do a couple photos and even a video of us talking to our future kiddo about this adoption application…but this kind man clearly had limited time and needed to get back to work. I snapped this one photo and in the application went.

After this, we went to the library and rented ten books on adoption. I have already read five of them. πŸ™‚

The journey is officially beginning. I know that this process will likely feel like it drags out and takes but it will be worth it. Just like that time I walked El Camino de Santiago in Spain. I can draw many parallels from that pilgrimage on this journey through infertility and now through waiting for adoption.

Next steps will be the infamous Home Study and piles of unending paperwork. I can’t wait to tackle it head-on and just get r done.

Want a concrete way to help?

1.Β Please continue to pray with us in this journey.Β 

Thank God I am out of the infertility-despair-pit for now…but I still need to grow in patience and trust.

2. Please let us know if you hear of ANYONE thinking about placing their baby for adoption.

Anyone who is pregnant and contemplating adoption for their child.Β Your cousin’s, brother’s, friend’s, yoga instructor’s…you get the idea.

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  • Reply Emily May 5, 2014 at 9:18 am

    BIG TIME PRAYERS for an INCREDIBLY EXCITING STEP IN YOUR JOURNEY!!! And I just love that you stopped to take a picture…your desire to document this journey will also make you great parents someday, that’s for sure! πŸ™‚

    • Reply Amanda May 5, 2014 at 10:44 am

      Thank you! It is exciting! Finally feels like we are making real progress!

  • Reply Stephanie May 5, 2014 at 9:52 am

    So sorry you were sick for his birthday! Boo!! But that is one BIG happy!!!! So excited for you guys! Can’t wait to see where this journey leads you. And how nice of that USPS worker to help you out like that. What a great picture/memory for you and your future little one. Will be praying for you both for sure!

    • Reply Amanda May 5, 2014 at 10:46 am

      Thanks! Yea, the man is still sick today. So it’s been like 5 days now. Poor fella. He was even going to do this week’s Little Happies post. Maybe next week will be his debut. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Lauren Stanley May 5, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Congrats on beginning the adoption process! You will be in our prayers in a special way!!!

    • Reply Amanda May 5, 2014 at 1:25 pm

      Thanks Lauren!!!

  • Reply Catherine Boucher May 5, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Oh, Amanda and Jonathan, this is simply THE BEST! I love everything about this story–especially how the USPS employee helped you to get your picture. Something you’ll always remember. πŸ™‚ You can count on our continued prayers! With your permission, may I share your story on my blog and ask people to pass along contacts that may be looking to place a child for adoption. Amazing, amazing, amazing! Hope we can have a phone date in the very near future to talk alllllllllllll about it! Get well soon, Jonathan!

    • Reply Amanda May 5, 2014 at 4:06 pm

      Thanks you for being so encouraging and supportive, Catherine! Yes, we will always remember that USPS guy…and the death stares from others as we increased their wait time! πŸ™‚ Thank you for your prayers. Biggest request for now is that we can meet a birth mother and pursue designated adoption, so YES you can share our story on your blog!. We are planning to do a big adoption announcement and social media blast about that once we are home study approved but the sooner we can get our name out there the better – thanks again!

      This is giving me an all-too familiar feeling that a certain wedding contest gave me years ago…a feeling that God is going to completely humble my expectations and our story is going to be more public than I ever would’ve chosen. LOL. That wedding contest was won by a wonderfully connected Catholic community, most of whom didn’t even know us. I have a feeling we will see that same community come to our side and help us make the connections we need to grow our family. We’re buckled in and ready for the providential ride ahead! πŸ™‚

      And yes, I would LOVE to catch up soon. I know you are moving in like a week or two so your life is probably a bit crazed. We are coming to NE in June, so at the very least, let’s plan to get together in Lincoln.

  • Reply Amanda May 5, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    UPDATE: They called us today to say the application was received AND approved. Yippee! Now we are onto the paperwork and homestudy. With my tendency to be on top of things like a hawk, I think we’ll get them done in record time. I’m only a LITTLE excited! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Catherine B. May 5, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Congratulations! I dream of adopting someday, though that also means finding a husband that is ok with that route to parenthood as a first choice. Good luck with the process!

    • Reply Amanda May 5, 2014 at 5:01 pm

      Thank you for the encouragement! Adoption was something always on mine and Jonathan’s radar…quite providentially! I do know couples who struggle with it or see it as a “consolation prize” or something along those lines. We’ve been given a grace to totally love adoption from day one so I know it’s a God-thing. It’s clear that this was a step towards His will for us. I hope you do get to pursue your dream of adoption someday!

  • Reply Alzbeta Volk May 5, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    This made my heart leap with joy for you! So very, very, very exciting! Adoption is so close to our hearts!

  • Reply Catholic Mutt May 6, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Yay for the adoption application being on its way! That is a very big happy, for sure. But also, how sweet of the postal worker to take that time to let you get that picture. Awesome!

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