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Guest post - Dear Hopeful Adoptive Parent, I See You

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In honor of National Infertility Awareness Week, it's my pleasure to share this beautiful essay from one of my sweet clients, Miranda!  

Dear Hopeful Adoptive Parent, I See You
This week is National Infertility Awareness Week, but how does that tie in to adoption? For many families, an infertility diagnosis is what led to the decision to adopt.  
Many families who grew through adoption started in the trenches of infertility. They started in a cold, sterile exam room where an infertility diagnosis was first given. Many couples who chose adoption had to endure countless tests and spend thousands of dollars to never see a positive pregnancy test. Others saw plenty of positive pregnancy tests but will never get to hold their babies this side of Heaven.

And that’s where infertility and adoption come together.
Because in the trenches of infertility, someone probably told those couples to “just adopt.” But let’s address that right now. If you are on a journey to adoption after infertility…

Guest post from adoptive mama Nikki

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If you're a waiting mom or mama already home with your baby, you will love this perspective from Nikki, and may even wish to subscribe to her blog!  Below she writes so beautifully about their "Finalization Day" for their sweet son, and the complex emotions that go along with each adoption milestone.   Nikki and her husband have the biggest hearts in the world.  You may follow her at http://foreverourfamily.com/
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{she loved a little boy}
I’ve been working on this post for about a week and a half now.  I kept coming back to it because I couldn’t get the words just right. The reality is… There just aren’t the right words in the English language to write what needs to be written. On March 21st, the four of us sat around a table with an attorney (my BIL) listening on a speaker phone as a judge a state away declared us to {officially} be Rs parents. It was one of our happiest of days. But, it was also one of the saddest. While we were rejoicing that our son was officially…

Adoption story: Brad + Miranda

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I fell in love with Miranda and Brad when we first spoke -- they had been waiting to build their family for so long, and they were ALL IN to what an adoption journey might entail.  They were Home Study ready, and as a professional writer, Miranda had already created a stunning profile book.  As soon as they went active with me, we were off to the races, praying that the Lord would do great things.
Miranda shares their story below.... I hope this encourages families considering adoption or for those currently waiting. I love the way that the Lord allowed so many special dates to align with Brad and Miranda's journey to their daughter.
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Our journey to parenthood took many twists and turns that we didn’t ever expect, and the emotional roller coaster felt, at times, unbearable. But now that we have our daughter in our arms, we know that the twists and turns weren’t wrong turns or obstacles – they were the di…

Adoption story - Blake + Nikki

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Nikki and Blake were immediately so dear to me when they signed on with me early last year, in March.  They had open hands to whatever the Lord may bring into their lives and that was reflected in their adoption journey.  
They never gave up on the process, and are now the proud parents to two sweet boys.





Nikki shares her view below!  I hope it will be an encouragement to those still waiting or considering adoption.
********************************** Our journey to adoption was a long one. Although we were parents to a wonderful son, we struggled for over three years with secondary infertility.  
We first tried adopting through foster care, but it was not a good fit for our family at the time.  We knew the Lord had called us to adoption, but we had a hard time thinking big enough to see how it was going to work.  We could not wrap our minds around how we were going to afford the costs associated with adoption.  
Through the entire process (from infertility to placement), the Lord has tau…

Adoption story: Josh + Maryanne

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It was a joy to serve Josh and Maryanne on their adoption journey, although I didn't have very long to get to know them!  Although they had gone through a very long wait with a different local agency, they matched and placed within the first month they signed on with me!  (All glory to God!)

Here's a bit of their story, a story that shows everything can change with one phone call!  
Congratulations on your beautiful family!
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"All things happen in Gods perfect timing," was something we have heard for the past three years during the waiting process to adopt our daughter. And boy did that ring true!
We called Christian Adoption Consultants and spoke with Gretchen at a time when we had already been waiting years and felt hopeless and confused. The Lord had put us on this journey and we were so ready to meet our forever daughter.
From the beginning Gretchen was professional, knowledgeable and always available to help us. 
One morning, we received a call regarding a …

Adoption story - Lorrin + Rebekah

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I absolutely loved working with Lorrin and Rebekah on their journey to parenthood!  They are local to me, so we had a great time meeting at a local Starbucks, at the very onset of their adoption journey. I always love being able to meet a family in person, as it really makes their journey even that more personal to me

Rebekah shares some of their adoption journey below, including a wonderful surprise they recently revealed!

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Rebekah's view.....

You’d think we would learn, after all you see the signs everywhere...

“Man makes plans and God laughs,"

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"A man plans his steps but God directs his path”.

What you don’t know is what a great planner I am! Every detail is thought through and a perfect timeline is set up. Its beautiful! Why would I want to deviate from such a perfect plan?
My plan was: we would get married and enjoy newlywed bliss for about a year, we would get …

Adoption story - Dominic + Amanda

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It was such a joy to serve Dominic & Amanda in their adoption journey!  Since they live in my state, I was able to meet them in person, and see their beautiful hearts for becoming a family of three!  The Lord truly guided them during their journey until "their perfect case" came along!

Amanda graciously shared the inside view from a hopeful adoptive mama perspective below. Curl up with a coffee, and prepare for your hearts to be warmed by their journey into building their family through an open adoption.







……. For some reason I have always loved the arrow symbol for baby room decor, blankets, and baby clothing. Not just because they were something trendy at the time. They really had a meaning to me and I felt it represented my life well. I once saw a quote that said “an arrow can only be released by first pulling it back, it simply means you are launching into something amazing.”    
During our struggles, this doesn’t seem so obvious but now looking back on where we have been…