I'm so happy. I'm so at peace. Isn't that amazing? For the last couple of years, I've been letdown by failed pregnancy tests, ultrasounds and medical testing. But now - that's all in my past. Ever since Ryan and I have decided to adopt a baby, I haven't been happier. My days are brighter and I'm really planning for this amazing future we are going to have. I no long mourn the fact that I am not able to have my "own" baby - but rather I rejoice in the fact that I am going to be a mom.
Adoption has always been in the back of my head. I've always thought about how it would feel to be those people who was able to give a precious baby a wonderful life. A good friend of mine was adopted, so I've grown up knowing about it. Nowadays, it's talked about so openly - so freely. It's refreshing! Families are no longer just a mom, dad and the children they give birth to. Families are those that care about you, love you, help you, guide you. You don't need blood to be family. I've learned that VERY well over my 31 years of existence. I have many friends who I consider family, and even some family who don't have any place in my life. It's how life is. Family is what you make it. I absolutely cannot wait to build this family with my amazing husband.
On Saturday, October 28th, we went to Lutheran Social Services to learn more about their programs. Though we have heavily researched them, we did learn some! We also got to listen to a panel of adoptive parents which was eye opening and refreshing. It's so nice to know some of the feelings we have are normal!
On November 18th, we will be going to the 33rd Annual Infertility & Adoption Family Building Summit. I.Am.So.Excited! All of these conferences are lining up so perfectly - like it was meant to be. I am so blessed that a co-worker found out about and told me about this. This Summit is designed to address the and emotional issues associated with infertility and adoption. Medical experts, attorneys, counseling professionals, adoption agencies and those who have experienced infertility firsthand will provide information regarding all aspects of your family building journey. How perfect does that sound?
Then, on December 9th we will go to EVOLVE, another local adoption agency. We have heard many good things about EVOLVE so we are excited to check it out!
Many have asked how they can help. I've added a page "Ways to Help" - check it out! We love you and are so thankful for each and every one of you. Thank you for following our journey.