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:
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
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!