Chapter 11 of our Adoption Story

“Gardens are not made by singing, ‘Oh, how beautiful!’ and sitting in the shade.”  – Rudyard Kipling …and neither are adoptions! Since our paperwork was completed in March, I guess you could say we are sitting in the shade, waiting for the sunny day when we can say, “We have a daughter!”  While we wait…

Chapter 10 of our Adoption Story

Fundraising is a total pain. We absolutely hate asking people for money. It’s uncomfortable. It’s awkward. It’s a total pain. When we realized, last summer, that adoption was going to be part of our life story, and we discovered how much it would cost, we discussed at length how we were going to make that…

Chapter 9 of our Adoption Story

“Peeling back the label of ‘Special Needs’…” Great news! We were officially logged in with China’s special needs program last week. After working on paperwork since last August, this is a HUGE accomplishment. The reality of this means that we can now adopt from China’s Shared List, which contains waiting children with mild/correctable special needs.…

Chapter 8 of our Adoption Journey

Well, it’s done!  Every document in our dossier has been notarized, county certified, state certified, authenticated by the China Consulate in NYC, photocopied, and finally individual pages have been scanned and saved as pdf files.  Now, our agency in Oregon will look at it carefully, before sending it to the China Center for Children’s Welfare and…

Chapter 7 of our Adoption Story

  A Husband’s Perspective on Adoption       I will begin this post by simply stating, husbands everywhere need to step up and start pulling their weight.   I, for one, have been less than stellar about helping out with our adoption details.  In fact, I have been rather abysmal.  I do, however, rise to the…

Chapter 6 of our Adoption Story

“We’re rich with love, right mom?”               When we set out to learn more about adoption, we had no idea the cost associated with it. Although the initial estimate stung a bit, it did not deter us. We know that we are more fortunate than most people in the world.…

Chapter 5 of our Adoption Story

Parenting Classes?? Part of the process for an adoption is completing a certain number of hours of parenting classes.  When I first learned of this early on in our adoption process, I laughed. Seriously? Parenting Classes?  I learned at an early age how to be a parent…age 20 to be specific.  I spent the next…