Sunday, January 22, 2017

FINAL COUNTDOWN

We are in Florida!! After being MIA from the blog for a while, I thought I would give a quick update!

Baby is due in one week and we are anxiously awaiting Mama J's call saying she is in labor! We still don't know if baby Bee is a boy or girl!

We ventured down to Florida last week and have been staying with Phil's grandma in Bradenton. We met the Js for dinner on Monday evening and had a wonderful time! They are so sweet and we cannot wait to spend more time with them. Tomorrow Mama J and I are going to get our nails done and have some girl time! As of last night we are staying about a half hour from Mama J! When she goes into labor we will pick her up from home, drive her to the hospital in Daytona, and be in the delivery room!! We can't wait for the whole experience!

Please keep us and birth family in your prayers!

Signing off now to go enjoy Disney Springs and the 80 degree weather!



MATCHED!!

WE ARE MATCHED!!!! Baby Bee will be joining us the end of January!! We talked to Mama J tonight and have been on cloud nine ever since! She is the sweetest, most selfless women we have ever met! We cannot wait to bring our little blessing home!! We were matched just ONE MONTH after becoming an official waiting family!! This match is about $11,000 more than we had anticipated, so if you feel led to donate we would SO appreciate it!! Please pray that Mama J continues to feel an overwhelming sense of peace, and that she has the support she needs throughout this time. And please keep us in your prayers as we prepare to become parents in just a few short weeks!!

Monday, October 24, 2016

HOME STUDY APPROVED!!

We did it! We are finally PAPER PREGNANT! 
We can officially adopt a child in the United States! Right now we are waiting on the notarized copies to be sent to us and our agencies, and for our profile books to be shipped to us! Once we get our books mailed out, we can start presenting!! We could potentially get matched within the next couple weeks!! EEEEEKKK!!! (Can you tell we are a bit excited?!?!?) With that being said, we aren't quite half way to our fundraising goal. We are still trusting that God will provide for our journey. If you have been thinking about helping us build our family by supporting us financially, now would be a perfect time to! About 50% of the money will be due as soon as we are matched with a birthmother which, like I said, could be VERY soon!

I also ask that you continue to keep us, and the birth family of our future baby in your prayers. Birthmom could out there right this second . . . just finding out that she is pregnant, or has just now made the decision to plan an adoption for the precious life growing inside of her. Please pray for her to feel an overwhelming sense of God's presence. Pray that she has peace over her decision. Pray for her and baby's health. Pray that she has the support she needs to walk through this difficult journey. Pray for Philip and myself, that we will use this time to prepare our hearts and our home for the addition of a little one, and that our story may reach others and glorify God!

We love you all and cannot thank you enough for your support!!

Mama to bee signing off!
xoxo

Friday, September 30, 2016

Baby Bee's Adoption Benefit

Adoption is expensive. I've said it before, and I am sure I will say it again. There's just no way of getting around it. Fortunately, we have had so many of you generously give to our fundraising site, and on Sunday, October 9th we will be having a spaghetti dinner, silent auction, raffle, and more! Our sweet friends Craig and Tori offered to host a benefit for us and we are SO thankful! With Craig still in his chiropractic internship and Tori being a stay at home mom, they wanted to find a way to help us financially, more than they would be able to do themselves--and Tori's aunt and uncle just built a huge barn that will be perfect a benefit!  We had planned on having a spaghetti dinner and silent auction ourselves but couldn't find a place to hold it. When Tori and Craig approached us about the benefit they were thinking about and said they had a venue in mind, I was elated! We are so lucky to have such supportive friends!


As I said before, the benefit is scheduled for October 9th and 2:30 pm. We will be having a dinner, silent auction, raffle, cribbage tournament, and more fun games! There will be something for everyone that's for sure! So far, a few things we have for the auction/raffle include: 4 club level MN Wild tickets with a parking pass, a 2 night stay at a golf course/lakefront condo in Birchwood, Wisconsin, local restaurant gift cards and coupons, a family photo shoot, Origami Owl jewelry, and several handmade goods such as accessories and quilts.  Our goal is to have 200 people attend so invite all of your family and friends! You can find more details and RSVP on our facebook page. See you there!! 


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The Waiting Game: A Short Adoption Update


Last week I went to the cute little post office above and mailed in our payments and (almost) all of our paperwork for our home study AND our consultant! We are still waiting on two recommendation letters from friends, and we have a couple questions left on our family biographical form. Both should be done in the next week! It was SUCH a relief to finish all of the paperwork and get it off of my dining room table! Now we hurry up and wait. Something we will be doing a lot of for the rest of our process. We have to wait for our social worker to have an opening to meet with us, for FBI fingerprint clearances, child abuse clearances, and background checks, then wait for our social worker to write and finalize our home study! (Not to mention waiting after the home study for situations, a match, the remainder of birthmom's pregnancy, the birth, and waiting on the ICPC paperwork to take baby home!) Those of you who know me know I am a bit of a control freak . . . I will be getting quite the lesson in patience in the coming months! I got confirmation emails today from both agencies and it looks like we should be an official 'waiting family' within the next three months. Sooner if we can get clearance from the state of Missouri (Philip lived there for six months when he was doing job training) in a timely manner. I guess they never have any luck with expediting out of state clearances, but we will try! More updates to come :)

  

Thanks to everyone who has so graciously donated, we were able to send our payment in full to both our home study agency and our consultant! We are now really getting the ball rolling!! Unfortunately, those are two of the smallest expenses throughout the process. Now we will have to send payments to the agencies we choose to work with and attorneys, have our profile books printed and distributed, and cover medical and living expenses for birthmom. If you have been thinking about donating but haven’t yet, we ask that you consider giving through the link on the right side of this page, or better yet, come to our ADOPTION BENEFIT!! That’s right, if you're still reading—SAVE THE DATE! We are having a benefit on Sunday, October 9th in Scandia, MN. I will be writing another blog post with more details in the next few days. You can also visit the Facebook page which will also be updated soon!! Hope to see you all there!

 

Much Love,

Heather and Philip

Tell Your Story: Our Origami Owl Fundraiser


I first came across Origami Owl at a friend’s house warming party and I fell in LOVE with it! If you don’t already know, Origami Owl is a personalized jewelry company. With their jewelry, you can tell your story. I also loved the fact that one of their main design elements is a hexagon (think honeycomb!!) and that it is perfect for a little bee. At that party, I ordered two necklaces and also scheduled my own jewelry bar party! A few weeks before my party, the Origami Owl designer contacted me and said that she was so moved by our adoption story that she wanted to donate a portion of the proceeds back to us for adoption expenses! The party is still open online, and if you have never checked out Origami Owl, I highly encourage you to! They make great Christmas and Birthday gifts too and you will be helping bring baby bee home in the process! When placing your order, be sure to use our party code: 307567. The online ordering will end September 18th, 2016!

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