Big News: We’re Adopting Again!

Big Brother to be

We are so excited to share with you that Wes is going to be a big brother! We don’t know when (hence No Due Date Part 2), but we could not be more thrilled to be adopting again!

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So here’s the scoop. Our plan (I hate saying that because we are well aware that our plans rarely work out on our desired schedule) had been to start the adoption process again when Wes turned one (our agency’s policy is that we must have one year of time in between major life events). Since we know that adoption can take years and it has always been our hope to have our children close in age if possible (my brother and I are 12 years apart and I hated being an only child for all those years), we thought we should get started again as soon as possible. But then, back in April we spoke at an event at our agency and found out that they now had a three to five month long wait list just to get an application. This was not the case when we started the adoption process last time. Finding this out meant that we either needed to make a decision to get going then, or potentially wait quite a while longer then we had planned. So the first week of May this year, we were back in line!

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Four months later on September 3rd we were given our application. The application process is a little bit easier this time since we’ve done it before and there are couple of parts we can skip this time. But it’s still A LOT of paperwork. Lots of forms, lots of questions, and pretty much every piece of personal information that exists about us. We have had two fun trips to the county jail where no one wanted to do our fingerprints. It’s the only place in our county to get fingerprinted for adoption which seems kind of odd right? The second time I begged and turned on my sad face and they finally agreed to do it. This week we get our physicals. It’s kind of crazy what you have to do in order to adopt (considering what most people have to do to have a child…if you know what I mean!). But it is ALL worth it! Every second. Hopefully soon we will be in home study process. We cannot wait to have another child join our family. It’s exciting hoping that we will soon get to love another child with all our hearts. Now knowing what that love feels like makes us even more excited. But we’re also scared about all the unknowns of the journey ahead of us.

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We have grown from being apprehensive about publicly sharing about our adoption journeys (seriously, I almost had a panic attack after one of our adoption outreach trainings), to having been so encouraged and blessed by all of you in doing so. From those who have reached out and shared their own adoption stories with us, to those who we have been able to encourage as they contemplate or start their own adoption journeys.

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We need your help!

But, the biggest reason we are blogging about our adoption journey is because we need your help. Really and truly. So far this year at our agency, 56% of adoptions have been designated adoptions, which means that birthparents and adoptive parents were matched outside of the agency. They were matched through networking, word of mouth, people like you. That’s why we need your help. You might end up knowing someone or hearing about someone who is considering adoption and you could be the connection to help us be matched with our future child. Or you might share our blog with your friends and family who might know someone. Or you might like our Facebook page and share a post that finds it’s way to a match. We have no idea when or how we might come to know our next child, but YOU might just be part of our adoption story. How amazing would that be? Craig explained our reason for networking in this post. 

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We also need prayers. We need them for patience and wisdom in this process. But more than we need them, our future child and his or her birth family needs them. I don’t have a clue who they are, where they are, or what they are going through, but whatever it is, it is probably a very difficult situation. And the more prayers we can surround them with, the better.

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We can’t thank you all enough for your love and support through Wes’ adoption, and we hope that you will share in our journey to adopt our next child!Big Brother To Be

8 Responses to “Big News: We’re Adopting Again!”

  1. Karina Aviles says:

    Wow you guys!! This is extraordinarily exciting! We will be praying for you and supporting you from the west side. You two have inspired me by your perseverance and strength you supply for one another. I am so touched by your adoption journey and feel blessed to know such a loving and hardworking couple. I am so grateful for No Due Date and think it is so neat that we can all feel connected to you by your story. If I can help in any way as far as connecting you to families I will do so indeed. Take care and give a kiss to Wes for me. Love you guys.

    Blessings in your journey,
    Karina

    • Amy says:

      Thanks so much Karina! Wes has been working on his piano skills, hoping we can take a So Cal trip sometime soon (maybe for a wedding?!) so he can show off for you-seriously he plays so sweetly, I hope it continues! We love you and are so thankful for your support!

  2. This is so exciting!! I saw the news pop up on my facebook feed and rushed here to check it out. Definitely praying for you guys (Wes included) as you search for his next brother or sister. I will definitely keep my ears and eyes open for any “Juno” like women out there. I’m taking a trip (out West), but when I get back, I’d love to do a blog post on you guys (i.e. share your link to this story!!!).

  3. Aunt Suzi says:

    I will be praying for you all every day, for patience and wisdom. We have our homestudy later this week so we can adopt our little 5 year old daughter who has lived with us since February. Man, the process seems to take forever.

    • Amy says:

      Thank you, Aunt Suzi! We are so happy for you guys and we can’t wait to meet our newest cousin! Heather and I needed some more girls in the family! We’ll be praying your home study goes well.

  4. Jenna & Rich says:

    So excited for you guys! We hope and and wish the best for your family, including the new baby, wherever he/she may be. :)

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