Wednesday, November 22, 2006


Last night we met with the couple, D. & K., who domestically adopted through an attorney in Kansas City.

After talking with them, and listening to their stories, we are really feeling as if domestic adoption through an attorney, rather than an agency, is the way we want to pursue adoption.

We will take some time to pray and talk more about it, but it feels good to at least have pinned something down.

I will wait until after the holidays to start some of this....It's been an emotional roller-coaster. Man!


Saturday, November 18, 2006

meeting on Tuesday

Through our adoption support group at church, we've been introduced to a couple who has domestically adopted through an attorney in Kansas City. She mentioned how the attorney has worked with birth mothers to arrange the adoptions.

Very excited about this meeting...I am glad that we are on the same page about which way we want to go in the adoption process. There are so many decisions to make, I'm glad we've at least narrowed it down to domestic.

We've been in contact with our local Foster Care adoption worker (through adoptUSKids). Her name is Alex. She's suggested that maybe if we move in the middle of the process we may need to redo our homestudies or retake some classes.

However, I think right now we're leaning towards domestic adoption from an attorney or private agency, not necessarily through Foster Care, but that may change. It will be a good meeting on Tuesday!

My husband also met someone from work that knows someone who adopted from Olathe, Kansas. It's so cool how God is putting all these different people in our lives, I don't feel so alone!


Tuesday, November 14, 2006

feeling quiet

Saturday the 5k went well, I completed it in 55 minutes. (I took a short cut, and that's the time I would have had if I stuck with the group that finished at 55 minutes). So, I can only get better, right?

The adoption meeting was tough, I just feel so tired and upset by the whole thing. We've decided on domestic adoption, we're still looking for an adoption agency. I'm going to be calling a few and seeing if we can start the paperwork now before we move, or if it would really make it easier to start it all when we move to Olathe.

Honestly, I am just tired of this cycle of 1) waiting 2) hoping 3) being disappointed. I would rather be working towards something. We know we're not doing any more fertility treatment, and I am just tired of hoping something magical will happen. Maybe it will, who knows!

So, we have a lot of packets from various agencies...I'm talking to someone from church to see if she knows anyone who has adopted domestically, as a lot of folks in our church have adopted internationally. I am sure a lot of the processes are the same, but it would be good to get recommendations on what to look for in agencies.

Anyone have any suggestions?

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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Saturday is a big day

Saturday at 7am we are walking in a 5k which supports the Zicker family orphan mission Fields of promise (on blogroll).

After that, our church is having their first ever "Adoption Support Group."

That night, we're going to a surprise 50th birthday party for a friend. So, it will be a busy day, but I'm hoping to make a large post on Saturday with everything I've learned from our church's adoption meeting.

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Saturday, November 04, 2006

happy treadmill day!

Got the treadmill today! I used it for 15 minutes while dying my hair and watching animal planet. Boy, that was a sight!

Learned from Lori's Lines (on blogroll to the left) November is adoption month! Very, very cool.
I was telling my husband maybe the reason we haven't been able to have kids yet is because he is supposed to be a guardian for this young man with Down's Syndrome. I am always trying to see open doors where other doors are shut, maybe I'm must trying to be an optimist. I am hopeful that God will continue to guide us in that and let us know if we shouldn't do it just because of everything we've been going through already. Honestly, I am praying for a very, very shut door, mostly because it seems to me to make sense to be this young man's guardian.

God has been very good to us. Hubby and I have both gotten significant raises, which will help us pay of debt, buy a new house, and feel less stressed about the money we may need to spend on adoption.

One week until the meeting of the adoption support group at our church! I cannot wait! (Also the day of the 5k for Ethiopian training has not been going so well as far as that is concerned.)

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