Adoption Week: Where Are They Now?

For those of you who followed along with our first Adoption Week last year, you grew to love and care for the families who submitted just like we did! So hearing updates from a couple of those families brings us so much satisfaction and happiness! We wanted to share two with you today before we close everything up until next time.

THE BENNETT FAMILY

Our daughter Sam passed away a few years ago and you featured our story in your adoption week. I thought I would let you know that we adopted a blond hair blue eyed baby boy almost a year ago. We got him straight from the hospital and we feel that he was born to be our son. He looks like me and has my husbands personality. He even resembles his big sister Sam who he never got to meet. Although it wasn’t the path we would have chosen for ourselves at the time, it’s the path I thank God everyday for sending us on. The love we have for Brooks is the same love that we had for our daughter. We are hoping our love story continues as we go for our next adoption. Hoping to Adopt : Success!

THE MARSH FAMILY

It’s crazy to think, this time last year, we were featured as a couple, “Hoping to Adopt”. Here we are a year later, thrilled to share that we are happier than we ever thought we could be, loving our little guy more than we ever knew we could.
After working through mountains of paperwork to complete our adoption profile, we were ready to share it with the world. Our profile was officially published through our chosen agency in mid-July, 2013. We were contacted end of November of 2013 by “C”, who changed our lives forever and will always be our angel. She selected and asked us to be the parents of her baby boy in early December of 2013. The contact happened faster than we ever expected and we feel blessed to have been selected so quickly. At the time, C was just over 20 weeks or so, so we had more time than most adoptions to get to know each other. We spent a lot of time corresponding through email, continuing to ask and answer get-to-know-you questions and making sure we had the same hopes and dreams for the little guy. We also had the opportunity to have a couple of “dates” with C and her family and really enjoyed the time we had with them before Carter was born. We also spent a lot of time preparing and shopping for the little guy, getting prepared for his grand debut.

Hoping to Adopt: Success!
Carter was born March 28th, 2014 – exactly a week before his due date. We were blessed with the opportunity to be a part of his birth and be in the delivery room. I was at her side, helping her deliver the baby and Brad came around the curtain and cut the cord after he was born.
It was such a sacred experience to be a part of and are so grateful that we were blessed with the opportunity to be such and intimate part of his birth.
The placement was the next morning and that was also a pretty special experience. Before leaving the hospital we gave C a gift (which you never feel is adequate for what you are receiving) and had her pick an outfit for her to change him into it and took some pictures together before leaving.
We continue to enjoy exchanging email updates and sharing pictures with C and will continue to do so forever and always. We have also had the opportunity to spend time together since Carter has been born. We are big fans of open adoption and feel like it has already blessed our lives in more ways than we could ever explain.
Our little man is now two months old and time is FLYING by! This has been the best two months of our lives together and will forever owe it to our angel: C – she is the most selfless, kind, thoughtful woman we know and hope that Carter grows up to be just like her.
Thank you for all of your love and support throughout our journey – we could not have done it without you!

Brad, Emily, & Carter

Adoption Week: Solly Baby [giveaway!]

* A note for ALT Summit SLC Summer attendees, we are hosting a Tuesday night dinner with our friends at Honest and would love to see you there! Sign-ups for dinner are tomorrow so keep your eye out for the Small Fry + Honest dinner! * Small Fry + Honest Alt Dinner

 

 

 

 

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It is always a bittersweet moment when Adoption Week ends! We love seeing this community rally to support, love, and share these families’ stories with the world. What if this community was the reason that these deserving families were able to find and adopt their child? It gives us goosebumps! We are so grateful to all the families who submitted, for sharing the deepest part of their hearts with the world.

To cap off this week we thought it would be fun to do a little bit of spoiling. We have so much hope and faith that all of these families will find their babies soon, so much faith in fact that we chose to give away Solly Baby Wraps (our favorite baby gift, and new-parent life saver!)sollybaby Solly Baby has donated EIGHT wraps to giveaway to eight winners! Here’s the catch though: to keep up with these feelings of love and sharing, we are doing this giveaway by nomination only! Nominate your spouse, your sibling, your parents, your best friend, a complete stranger that you follow online that could use a boost. A neighbor who has been kind to you, someone you’ve wanted to mend fences with. This wrap represents hope and possibilities and we are so excited to be able to gift 8 of you with this little memento. Enter below, and best of luck!

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An Adoption Story: The Beals Family

Two months ago, Chris and I were contacted out of the blue about an opportunity to adopt a baby girl. We were initially shocked, but we knew this was orchestrated by God and we wanted to at least explore the opportunity. Long story short, we worked with an agency to start and finish our home study in a little over two weeks, and then we waited for the birth. When we got the call, we went to the hospital and met our precious baby and waited a little more. We brought her home on a Thursday afternoon and became her parents on the following Friday afternoon. We are completely and totally in love with her!

bealsWe laugh when we think about how little we knew and understood about adoption two months ago as compared to our understanding today. We had NO idea what we were getting into and the emotional rollercoaster that the following months would bring. I won’t go into many details about our sweet girl’s birth or time at the hospital, but I will say that it was the most exhilarating and life-changing week of my life. We never could have fully prepared for it, and we are still recovering from it.

Even though I didn’t give birth to our sweet baby, I actually feel like I gave birth, just without the physical ramifications. Our social worker said this is normal, and referred to it as an “emotional labor.” I really can’t describe it any better than that. The tirade of emotions we felt at the hospital and bringing our baby home have subsided, and now we’re processing the joy (and sleeplessness) of being new parents.

And let me tell you, this is what we were made for. As I rock our bright-eyed newborn in the wee hours of the morning, I am so overwhelmed with love and contentment. She is the absolute love of our lives.

I’ll back up a little further and tell you about how the adoption came about. Chris and I have dealt with infertility for the last year and a half. We started fertility treatments last summer, and after a failed attempt we were emotionally drained and frustrated. Our official diagnosis is unexplained infertility. I was downright angry. Angry at God, angry at my body, angry at every pregnant woman I saw, angry at the world. I felt overlooked and completely abandoned by God.

But oh my goodness, friends, our God is good. Only He could take the ugliness and deep pain of infertility and transform it into the most beautiful, redemptive story. Only He could took my angry, bitter heart and fill it with love, contentment, and joy.

In September,  we took a family trip to the beach. On our last day there, Chris and I took a long walk and talked about our hopes and dreams for family and if they’d ever be realized. We cried together about our frustration towards the failed fertility treatments and decided to start praying about adopting. We had always been interested in adopting since we first starting dating, but never imagined pursuing adoption so soon in our marriage.

Chris didn’t know this at the time, but as we prayed for guidance in whether or not to pursue adoption, I prayed specifically that God would open a completely unexpected door to adopt. After trying to get pregnant, I wasn’t sure that I had the emotional stamina to wait years to adopt, and I was praying for a miracle.

And God provided. Just one month later we received the call about our sweet girl. Two months later we had her in our arms. Simply miraculous– I’ve never witnessed such a blatant answer to prayer.

Last year was the hardest of my life. Each month was another reminder of our failed attempts to conceive. Another reminder of a God who overlooked me.

But God had other plans. He blessed us with the most perfect gift, and through the adoption of our precious daughter, my faith has been completely transformed. Our adoption journey has taught me so much about my adoption in Christ. God views me as an heir to His kingdom– He loves me as much as His son. I never comprehended this– in fact, I doubted His love for me. Our daughter has opened my eyes to God’s love for me and best of all, His love for our daughter. We have been redeemed.

Although the holidays have come and gone, I know the celebrations and weeks to follow are a painful time for so many, and friends, I completely relate to those who dread the family gatherings and can only dread another year of loss. I pray that you will experience God’s redemption and His unending love for His children. Even in our frustration, pain, and unfulfilled expectations, His love and His promises are true. Praise God– He is the Father to the fatherless!

A Birth Mother and Adoption Story: Katie

My journey starts back when I was 17 years old, a senior in high school.  I had a long term relationship that was not the healthiest.  One that I could never find myself escaping.  There were always threats made to me about ” If I left, this is what would happen”.  No need for details there. I came to the point that I realized that my life and happiness was more important then any threat so I removed myself from the relationship.  Then wouldn’t you know,  I found myself pregnant.
Telling my parents was one of the hardest things I have ever done but the support I ended up with from them was amazing.  They talked to me a lot about parenting and the responsibilities and also brought up adoption.  With the history of the relationship, adoption started to be something that became more and more of an option to me.  After working with an adoption agency I was able to pick wonderful parents to raise my child!birth

 My son was born January 16th, 1996.  Our adoption is semi-open.  For the first year of his life I received pictures every month and after that they were given to me when I requested.  I was even blessed with the opportunity of meeting him when he was 2!  Placing him for adoption was the best option for me and I have no regrets.  He has been blessed with such a wonderful life and I thank god for the people who have given him that!
18 years later I find myself in the adoption journey again!  My husband and I found out that having children biologically was not going to happen for us.  One would maybe have regrets from the past or find themselves sad because of this.  My immediate thought was ADOPTION! I had a feeling that told me that adoption must be a big part of my life.  Why else would god be giving us this opportunity, right?!?  We felt that years ago I had given the gift of life to someone in need and now it’s our turn to receive this same gift!
We started the process right away.  We were picked by a birth-mother in April of last year and our baby was due to arrive in October.  The process was amazing with constant contact with the birth mom and even getting the chance to meet her.  Things took a turn one week before she was due to have a baby girl and she changed her mind!  Of course, with my history,  I could never hold this against her.  It is ultimately her choice.  I wished her the best of luck and love and we moved on.  We then found out in January that we were picked again,  Birth mom being due in April.  We did have phone contact with her but kept a little distance this time around.  April 5th arrived and we got the phone call that our daughter was born!  This led into a LONG nine hour drive to see our daughter and kiss her beautiful face! 
My husband and I are now enjoying the lives of parenthood and are so in love with Olivia!
I hope my story may provide some inspiration to others out there, adoption is a blessing!

An Adoption Story: Bonnie and Jon

As an adoptive parent, I’m so crazy passionate about it. I just wanted to share a little of what I feel about my daughter’s birth mom.

Infertility is hard! Like really hard!

But, when we decided to move forward with adoption, I felt like the dark clouds had parted! We both did! I felt so incredibly grateful that we got this opportunity to adopt our family!!
We felt like that was God’s  plan all along! And now that we have Jade, we KNOW it was his plan all along!

After 5 1/2 years of fertility treatments, and adoption papers.. We got the call, we had a birth mom that chose us… I can’t explain that feeling… We sobbed… We got to meet her 9 days before she gave birth. Maybe the most amazing moments of our lives ever! She told the case worker she was nervous to meet us because she thought we wouldn’t like her! She had no idea that for the last two years we were specifically praying for her! For her life, health, and well being.  We didn’t know her yet, but we knew we loved her! And meeting her confirmed that! I couldn’t stop hugging her… She was so pretty, hysterically funny, and has deep dimples just like me.  While we were together she handed me some ultrasound pictures and looked me straight in the eyes, she told me that this was our little girl, and she knew that it was ours from the beginning. She invited us to be in the delivery room for her c-section, to watch our baby girl be born.

Nine days later, we were ushered into the delivery room to witness the birth of our baby girl.  The nurse had 3 hospital bands, one for our birth mom, one for me, and one for our baby.  I felt immensely honored to have the name of my birth mom around my wrist, we got to share a piece of heaven that was about to arrive. I held her hand as the doctor held up our new precious baby girl,  She was perfect!

Our adoption with Jade is what they call a “high risk adoption” which means that there is a possibility that there could be some hiccups in finalization down the road.
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Within one week we ran into those “hiccups” our birth mom was asked to endure some enormous hurdles over the next few months to ensure that Jade could stay with us. Without question, she stayed by our side. She testified at six different hearings in our behalf, and in the end, we were able to finalize, an be sealed to our baby girl.  I know how much she loves jade. I’m so excited to tell jade all about how amazing her birth mommy is! And how very much she loved her. Without her, out lives would be incomplete.
I love her! She is our real live angel! She is the strongest, most courageous person I know, and I will always be indebted to her for the gift she gave me. She made me a mama!