Things have been a little quiet on the blog lately - this semester has been completely insane, so I haven't had the time or energy to update here much. I do want to thank everyone for the thoughts and prayers you are sending our way as we continue to plan for our adoption - it means a lot more than you can possibly know. If you have asked us how things are going, THANK YOU! I love knowing that people are interested in our journey, and we love sharing each step with everyone.
The good news is things are moving along at a nice clip right now - we're still in "saving mode", but we recently got a nice boost - we found out that Tyler got a raise, which is allowing us to put an extra $200 into our adoption savings account every month. This will help us reach our savings goal by February of 2014 - about 7 months ahead of when we thought we would reach our goal! This has been an enormous blessing to us, and it has taken a lot of stress out of the adoption process for us.
Another thing we have been doing to learn about and prepare for our adoption journey is watching television shows. I know it sounds crazy, but it gives us a lot to talk about and helps us to set our expectations when we watch these shows. The two we have been recording are I'm Having Their Baby and The Baby Wait. I'm Having Their Baby focuses on expectant mothers who are planning to place their unborn children for adoption. The show follows them as they meet with their adoption counselors (not every mother does this, of course), chooses a family, and goes to the hospital to deliver. Sometimes the mothers choose to parent after their child is born, while others go ahead with the adoption plan. It is a very emotional show and it helps us to build a sense of compassion for expectant mothers - I can't imagine having to make that kind of decision, but I so greatly admire each woman for the decisions she makes for her child.
The Baby Wait focuses on adoptive families that reside in states where there is a waiting period after the initial papers are signed, during which the birth mother can change her mind and choose to parent her child. In Texas, once the initial papers are signed, there is no waiting period, so we don't have to concern ourselves with that, but again, it educates us on how the birth mothers process their decisions post-delivery, which helps keep our expectations in check. I would highly recommend either of these shows to anyone planning to adopt, or anyone supporting a person who is either planning to adopt or making an adoption plan for their unborn child. It is an accessible way to learn about the process, and it can give you a lot of fodder for conversations to have with others.
We have some other potentially exciting news in the works right now, and I hope to be able to share that information as we process it. Please be praying for us, and stay tuned for more news soon!
There are only 48 days left until we plan to drop our application to our adoption agency in the mail! I can't believe how close it is getting - exciting and terrifying at the same time!