Monday, January 11, 2010

Baby Bottle Fundraiser!

We're beginning a new and interesting adoption fundraising endeavor for anyone who would like to participate. We just purchased a ton of baby bottles and we're asking willing parties to fill one up with change -- or any currency they'd like -- over the course of one month, and then return it to us. Why one month? Because as with all things in life, if we begin something with intentions of getting to it at some point, it usually doesn't get done. (I'm the king of that sort of thing). So we thought it would be a good idea to set a deadline.

As we begin this project, here's a breakdown of the current financial situation:

Total cost to adopt:

Already paid:

Next amount to be paid before placement with birth parents:

Estimated income from baby bottle fundraiser:

So yeah, being able to raise that amount from the baby bottles alone could be HUGE for us! If you'd be willing to take a bottle and fill it up within one month, please contact one of us. If you don't have our contact info, our email addresses are on the top right under "Bios." If you don't live near us, we'd be happy to either mail you a bottle or drive it to you (within a reasonable driving distance of course).

Thanks again for all your support!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

The Second Home Study Go-Around

We had our second of three home study meetings this morning at Bethany Christian Services' office, and it went really well. The first meeting, last month, was a big get-to-know-you-apart-from-your-paperwork type of session. Today's meeting delved specifically into the health and quality of our marriage as we prepare to adopt a baby. It was actually really uplifting and encouraging to be asked such direct questions about the ways that we love and support each other, as well as the areas that we need to work on. Tara and I have been married for three and a half years now and just when I think I've got her all figured out, she goes and surprises me somehow. And that's just one of the greatest things about being married. I guess you just never have it all figured out until...well, I guess until death do you part. Sorry to sound morbid, but hey, it's in the vows. I didn't make this stuff up.

But I digress.

Our social worker politely apologized a few times for having to ask all sorts of personal, and sometimes very challenging and soul-searching questions about our marriage, but in actuality, it's really healthy and good for all parties involved. To be honest, I'm still a little bit perplexed at how many people still ask me if we have problems with the "interrogations" of the process. My response is always that the agency is responsible for helping birth-parents get matched up with the best adoptive parents possible to raise the child as their own. If the agency didn't want to know everything about us, I'd be a little worried! (A word to the wise, if you're thinking about adopting: be honest about the good, bad, and the ugly in your own life and deal with your crap NOW, not later!)

Our third home study meeting -- which will take place at our house -- is scheduled for February 9th. We've still got some baby-proofing to do before then. We're also in the middle of some really helpful and informative books, which are required to be read before the home study sessions are complete. These books will undoubtedly help us shape some major upcoming parenting decisions. But that's a blog entry for another day...