• Adoption

    Save International Adoption

    I cried in the dentist chair today.  Not because of anything the hygienist was doing, but because of the International Adoption Crisis that is happening right now.  Our family has worked so hard to raise over $20,000, and now our adoption and many others are in jeopardy.  It’s a heartbreaking and infuriating problem that not many people know about.  Our Department of State is implementing new regulations that will raise already high costs to astronomical levels, and will ultimately close many if not all international adoption programs in the United States.   Our agency has been denied accreditation renewal, though they have done EVERYTHING necessary to renew it.  Now, the…

  • Adoption

    Some History

      I know this blog is supposed to chronicle our current adoption, but in order to underscore its significance, I thought I should share some of the background. I had difficult pregnancies.  I went into labor at around 25 weeks with all four babies.  After countless hospital stays, medications, and weeks of bedrest, all four still came early.  The first at 36 weeks, the second at 34 weeks, the third at 32 weeks and the fourth at 35 weeks.  Fortunately, only one of my babies spent time in the NICU, and only one has had long term complications because of prematurity.  But, the efforts to stop early labor took a toll on me, physically…