How do Build-a-Bear and Open Adoption work together? Glad you asked 😉 We have an open adoption with my son's birthmom, which we cherish. We love her dearly. In the beginning, we wanted to be able to share pictures with her to show how big our son was growing, so I made a trip… Continue reading A Build-A-Bear and Open Adoption
After a great day full of family time and laughs, my son looks at me with sad eyes and says "I miss my birthmom." I've had to come to terms with the fact that no matter how much I love my children, they still lost something that I can't replace. And I worry. Like,… Continue reading Will I Ever Be Enough for My Adopted Child?
Congratulations! You made it through the background checks, essay questions, blood tests, tightrope walking, and shark cages -- you're approved to adopt!! With our agency, as soon as you are approved, you could get a call AT. ANY. MOMENT. And that's exactly what happened. I expected a long wait, but after 18 days of being… Continue reading Top 10 Things to Pack for the Hospital for Adoptive Parents
So you've taken a peek at the fees involved in an adoption and you're freaking out a bit, yes? Take a deep breath. Let it out. And don't give up on that dream. I wholeheartedly believe that God is very intentional about WHO he gives the dream of adoption to. So don't let the fees… Continue reading How to Afford an Adoption (When It looks Impossible) Part 1
When we finalized our first adoption, it was an exciting day. Our agency representative, our lawyer, and our friends and family gathered inside a courtroom. We waited patiently for the judge to enter. Most of us were unfamiliar with courtroom protocol, so we spoke quietly and tried to keep the kids entertained. The judge entered… Continue reading Why Does Adoption Cost So Much?
As a walking billboard for adoption, our family has gotten a lot of questions over the years in grocery stores and other places. I honestly never get bothered by questions (unless they are invasive about my child's story) because I'm so proud of the way we were knit together. And what mother doesn't like… Continue reading 10 Things Adoption Is NOT
"It was meant to be""You were meant for me"It has always left me with an unsettled feeling in the pit of my stomach. This isn't how I want my children to view their adoption.Now, hear me out, I completely understand the sentiment behind these words. It is well-meaning. It is born out of love. I'm… Continue reading We Were NOT "Meant To Be"