Thought it would be nice to have a place for us to introduce ourselves and share a little about ourselves and our families - what led us to adoption, where we are in the process, what kind of adoption we're involved with, as far as international/from where, domestic, from foster care, etc. Feel free to tell us anything else!
I'm Alicia and my DH, Buddy and I have one biological son, Benjamin, born 9/14/04. In the month after his birth, I had multiple post partum hemorrhages that ultimately resulted in an emergency hysterectomy when Benjamin was a month old. They just couldn't find a cause for the bleeding or a way to stop it for good and it got to the point where I couldn't risk losing anymore blood. I pretty much knew right away, or very shortly after, that we would adopt. Our family just isn't complete. We had an offer of surrogacy, but financially, we can't shell out the money needed for in-vitro and that whole route without a guarentee of a child when it's all said and done.
After much research, we have decided that we will be adopting our daughter from Ethiopia. We both feel more comfortable with the risks involved in the international process. We were drawn to Ethiopia because of the great need for families. We plan on applying and getting the whole process started in August-Sept. 2006. Our family and friends are wonderfully supportive and we are just really excited at having our 2nd child!
Well I am just lurking around here to find info. DH and I have been TTC for 18months- we aren't giving up b/c all his weel with his swimmers and I and I am semi -ok LOL... I have had 2 ectopics in the past year and only have one tube so I am thinking it will happen in God's time but in the mean time we also wanted to adopt and especially with everything failing this month with clomid/IUI, we are thinking we might go ahead and get things started with the adoption process.. though we still REALLY want our own biological child so we are still unsure at this point but we are looking into it. DH and I are both 26 (exactly one month apart) and I have a DD who is 10- not biologically my DH but is in the sense that he is the only father she has ever known. Dh is a Marine and I was once a sailor and am now a student advisor. We have 3 furbabies whom we love like our children and thats about it for me! Thanks for letting me share.
Hi Jill! Welcome to the board!! I hope '06 brings you guys your miracle! It took us 17 months to conceive our son - hang in there!!
Thanks! I know... we are cuttently at 18 months. I know it will happen -even if it has to be through IVF it is just so hard when you want a baby so bad. I know you understand. Dh and I were talking about adopting anyway, initially it was going to be after we had our own biological children but we were thinking of getting started now and if we get pg in the mean time wonderful. I am just still stunned looking at the price of adoption!!! Yikes!
Hey Jill! Nice to see you here!
I'm just getting some info. We've only been TTC for 6 months (kudos to Jill) now, but we've been talking about it recently...I guess just for future reference. It's always nice to have a back up plan.
Hi, my name is Erin. I've never officially introduced myself, so I guess that I should!
For the past 3 months or so, I have really felt strongly on my heart that God wanted us to pursue International Adoption. At first I was really taken aback by the idea, but it has really really grown on me. When I first shared this with Toni, he said that he "felt something" in his heart... he felt God confirming something, but he didn't feel ready to pursue it any further. So, since that time, I have been just waiting and praying and asking for God's direction in this area.
Well, about a week ago Toni came to me and told me that he felt that we should start seriously looking into International Adoption. (This happened before he knew anything about the BFN... he had no idea even where I was in my cycle!) So, yesterday afternoon we went and met with a lady from Social Services. We are researching countries/agencies now and gathering information. We likely will not move forward on anything until we get back from Brazil, so for now we are just researching and praying for God to direct us on the next step.
From where we sit now, it looks like we most likely will be adopting a little boy from Brazil. We are SO EXCITED to see where God will take us!
OK, I guess its my turn. I am Sarah, DH is Matt. He is AD Air Force, and will be home from the desert at the end of this month. We never have really TTC, but we did go off BCP to see what happens. While he has been gone, we've made the decision to adopt first. DH has always wanted to adopt, and so did I. In fact, I was four, my mom took me to a toy store for my BD and told me to pick out anything I wanted. I chose an AA boy Cabbage Patch baby. Mom said she knew from then on that I would grow up to have a "rainbow" family. We had an adoption fall through 6 months ago, although it hasn't really fallen through, just changed. We will in all likelyhood end up with that child in our home, but not for a year or more. Kinda a long story.
We will be adopting foster kids in the states. My father, a pastor, actually has alot of native american friends, that live on reserves. DFS has no real standing in reserves, apparently, so they need adoptive parents. So, we may go that way first. It doesn't really matter to me. We are currently stationed in AR, but we are going to try to PCS (move) to KS. In about six months, if we havent PCSd yet, we'll start the process in AR. I'm loving how busy this board has gotten- Keep it up!!
I'm Shannon. Mom to Juniper who we adopted from Guatemala last year. We signed with our agency in February, she was born May 1, I went to Guatemala to foster her May 20 and we came home August 12th.
After six years ttc, we stoped short of IVF and have loved this decision. I am so in love with my babe it hurts.
Hi ladies - I am Denise and my husband and I have two adopted children from the country of Kazakhstan that were adopted 3 years ago today (today is our Gotcha Day anniversary) -
We had a wonderful experience and can't say enough good things about adoption. We have met alot of friends that have adopted internationally, domestically and through foster care from our experience.
Good luck to all those in the process - your forever baby awaits you somewhere!
Proud Mama to Ethan and Isabella
a. Almaty Kazakhstan 2003