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Happy Birthday to my Little Fighter

Today is my son’s birthday.  He would have been 12-years-old today.  Our son Jacob was born at 24 weeks, weighing a little under 2lbs.  He spent 23 days in the NICU fighting for his life.  There were days it looked like he would make it, followed by days that were really rough.  He got NEC (Necrotizing enterocolitis) had surgery to repair ... Read More »

Russian Adoption Ban

I just read this article before Christmas: Boy’s Christmas wish: Adoption of little brother caught in US-Russia spat And then saw this today: Russia parliament passes anti-US adoption bill Essentially Russia just signed a bill that bans adoptions from Americans.  According to the first article: On Friday, Russian lawmakers passed a bill that would prohibit Americans from adopting Russian children, and if ... Read More »

Financial Fridays: Weekly Savings

If you are beginning to look at the costs of fertility treatments and/or adoption costs it can seem overwhelming.  You can start a Fertility Fund or Adoption Fund to set aside some money in case you need to use it later on. If you already know that your options involve a high price tag it is never too late to ... Read More »

The Thursday Thinker: The Adoption Option

November is Adoption Month so if you are going through infertility there has probably been at least one time you have been told/asked “Why don’t you just adopt?”  As you know there is no “just” adopt, it is a long process with lots to consider.  Perhaps you have considered it but can’t decide.  What are your thoughts on adoption as ... Read More »

While you Wait Wednesday: Approved for Adoption

When we talk about waiting we often think about the two-week-wait to find out if you’re pregnant.  But what about those on the adoption track.  Maybe you’re not to the point of waiting to get “the call” or waiting to travel to get you child, maybe you are just starting out and you are waiting to find out if you ... Read More »

Financial Fridays: Adoption Costs

Here is the breakdown of fees involved for Children’s Home Society’s International Adoption programs: Russia  http://www.chsfs.org/sites/default/files/attachments/RussiaFeeExpenseSchedule.pdf China http://www.chsfs.org/sites/default/files/attachments/ChinaProgramFeeExpenseSchedule.pdf Korea http://www.chsfs.org/sites/default/files/attachments/KoreaFeeExpenseSchedule.pdf Columbia http://www.chsfs.org/sites/default/files/attachments/ColombiaFeeExpenseSchedule.pdf There has been a significant increase in fees in some countries and wait times are longer than when we adopted 9 years ago.  Neither of these benefit the waiting children and that frustrates me. -Cindy   Read More »

The Truth about Trying Tuesdays: Adoption Numbers

How many kids are actually adopted in the U.S.?  According to the census: “The 2000 census was the first census in which adoption statistics were collected. In 2000 the estimated number of adopted children was slightly over 128,000. In 2008 that number increased to nearly 136,000 children.“ This number includes domestic adoption, international adoption as well as relative adoption (where ... Read More »

The Thursday Thinker: Adoption

If you are experiencing secondary infertility (you already have one or more children but are having difficulty having another) and you are considering adoption, do you worry about how an adopted brother or sister would affect your current child/ren?  What would be the benefits?  What would be the struggles? -Cindy Read More »

While you Wait Wednesday: Dream Day

Today I give you permission to dream a bit.  Allow yourself to believe it will happen.  Give yourself the timeline of 2 years.  What would your life be like if you gave birth (or adopted) in two years from today?  If you knew for sure this would be true would you be more patient or would it be harder to know ... Read More »

Miracle Monday: “Hannah’s Hope”: Put Yourself in my Shoes

Chapter 5 of “Hannah’s Hope” by Jennifer Saake discusses how to cope with other people’s’ comments during infertility or after a loss of a baby at any stage: “People who haven’t walked in our shoes have no idea of the depths to which we grieve and experience anger and hopelessness.” We have all been subjected to insensitive comments.  Most people ... Read More »