Congratulations! You're expecting, just maybe not in the traditional way. If you are hoping to adopt a baby, especially with a domestic (US) open adoption, you need to be prepared. We got THE CALL from the hospital with our first daughter and arrived with nothing with us, not even a camera! Thankfully, our social worker… Continue reading Open Adoption Hospital Packing List
It's our summer tradition to have a fun day at the beach with Kacy and Caden's birth families. We used to see their birth family more often when we lived closer, but now that we are farther away, we make it a point to go up there every summer. It's one of our favorite traditions.… Continue reading Visiting our children’s birth family
Kacy, six years old, Fall 2015 When I went into Kacy’s bedroom to tuck her into bed, she sat up. “Momma? Can I ask you a question?” I sat down next to her. “Sure, honey. You can ask me anything.” Kacy started twirling her doll’s hair and looked uncomfortable. “What is it?” I asked.… Continue reading Are you my real mom?
A friend called to tell me she was pregnant. I was genuinely excited for her. I went to the store and bought her a cute, ‘You’re Expecting’ card. As I was looking at all the cards, it hit me. This would be one more thing that I would miss out on. At that time,… Continue reading Advice I Wish Someone Would’ve Given Me When I Was Waiting to Adopt
A weekend adventure to Tennessee to see Nashville and Keelie's birth mother.