• Adoption

    Green Lights

    Two weeks ago, Jason and I almost gave up on this adoption.  We were reminded that because our home study paperwork was lost in the mail last fall, a long list of clearances, medical exams, and other things would expire before our consultant contract did, and we had to decide whether it was even worth the time and money to update it all with only ten weeks left on our FAC contract.   Because, verily, verily, I say unto you: We. Were. Beyond. Exhausted. Of. This. Process.   We were running on the mere memory of fumes.  Even my rock, Jason, had stopped encouraging me that it was going to happen.  We…

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    Blue

    It was the day my girls and I were covered in a faint blue sheen because we were spray painting metal bookshelves for volunteer hours at their school. Every bare-skin surface that should have been tan from the late summer sun was blue. I blew blue on my Kleenex. Kelly’s flip-flops had a foot shaped negative image on the inner soles, a blue outline of each of her toes and her heels. The air in the garage was a blue mist. We laughed because I had touched my face with a blue hand and left a bruise-like shadow under my nose. August 27. If I had noted things like our…

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    Waiting for Baby

    My finger hovers over the “SEND” button.  The email just says, “Yes.”  This decision doesn’t seem like one that I should be given the authority to make.  Who am I to “choose” which baby I get?  At the same time, the process to this point has felt so insultingly invasive, personally critical, and endlessly tedious, that I tend to feel like I have somehow earned some kind of right to manipulate the outcome.  When I find myself thinking that way, I am disgusted.  Our baby is not a trophy.  She’s not a commodity.    I didn’t expect this part of the process to be so HARD.  It’s unbelievable to me…

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    We’re Active

    Fifteen months later…we are truly here. Finally. Paperwork, fingerprints, home visits, background checks…all of it is done. Our new agency, which has been incredible to us, is looking for a baby for us RIGHT THIS MINUTE. The only thing left for us to do is sit back and wait for God to show us where our baby is. Oh, and raise $15,000 more. We estimate that we have already raised and spent $10,000 on this adoption because our original program shut down, and we had to redo (and repay for) a lot of things. We have to have the money by the time we are matched! And that could be…

  • Adoption

    Update December 2018

    Early last Tuesday morning I spent $113 to overnight all of our paperwork to Faithful Adoption Consultants. We had every document, every signature, every reference, and every photo itemized and stacked on the kitchen counter the night before. The pile was so fat I couldn’t wedge the jaws of a giant binder clip around the edge of it. I emailed FAC the night before to ask about the best way to send it and when I saw their answer, “UPS or Fed-Ex overnight,” I stepped into a pair of boots, pushed my coat on over my sweatshirt sleeves, tucked the whole precious stack of papers under my arm and headed…