Will you tell her she’s adopted?

When we shared that we had been chosen to parent our daughter, we were asked all the typical baby questions during subsequent visits with friends and families. Weight. Height. Eye color. Sleep schedule. And many of the comments and advice about feeding, sleeping, napping, diapering, etc. I kind of forgot we were adopting. I know that may seem odd. I obviously didn’t Read More »

We’re Outdoorsy (Apparently)

As I was organizing paperwork in my office today, I stumbled across our adoptive family profile for American Adoptions. I had created at least 2 before in addition to this website and Facebook page (not to mention the video profile!). At the time it was created, I pretty much didn’t want to see or hear about a profile ever again. They’re tons of work and surprisingly, emotional. But, I’ve been trying to find this particular profile for awhile. Why? Well, that’s both simple and complicated.

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What is in a name? {Baby Version}

**I totally wrote this around Easter (hence the Easter egg photo), and I’m just now finalizing and posting.**

Naming a child seems like such a challenge. It was no different for us. We had years to pick a name, but when we got the call that we would be parents to a little girl, we didn’t have a girl name chosen. In adoption, birth parents sometimes want to choose the child’s name or want to collaborate with the adoptive parents. We were given the opportunity to name this little girl who was going to call us mama and daddy. Of course, Chris disliked almost all the girl names I have ever suggested. At best I’d get a “maybe” out of him.

Last year, a friend let us borrow her collection of the tv show Read More »

Forever and a Day

Waiting to have a child when it’s what you long for is beyond one of the hardest things we’ve ever had to do. Sure, we stayed positive mostly. We stayed busy with work, school, social events, family outings, etc. But, we were always longing to have a child in our arms, not just our dreams. It felt likeRead More »

Month 27

An adoption go bag is starting to take shape. We found our big ol’ suitcase and started putting in a few goodies. We’ll have some basics packed in the next week or so and a packing list just in case we have to GO with short notice. Jessica is a planner, and lets be honest, if you’re told you need to leave within 24 hours to meet your baby, your minds going to be gobbledygook. What do you think we should pack for a week or two in another state with a newborn? No match yet. Just trying to be prepared! 

If We Build It, Baby Will Come…

We wanted to do an official post on our Read More »

Christmas in July

We haven’t had too much to share, but now, we do! After a very long process and wait, we are active and approved with American Adoptions. This means that our profile will start to be shown to expectant mothers that have decided to place through their agency. It’s another tool/resource. We still have our Virginia […]