Adoption Resources

adoption

Adoption is important to both of our families, as caring for orphans is not only a job Christians are charged with, but also a glorious picture of the gospel and our adoption as sons and daughters of God. If you have questions about adoption, have a heart for adoption, or want to grow your love for orphans, one of the best things you can do is get your hands on a copy of Adopted for Life by Russell Moore right now.

Below are links to some of our favorite adoption resources, and we’ll add to this list as we come across things:

The Connected Child by Karyn Purvis & David Cross

Adoption: The Heart of the Gospel – sermon by John Piper

What I Learned About Our Heavenly Father by Being An Adoptive Father

Foster Care Resources

foster careBoth of our families plan to pursue foster care in the future. Here are our favorite links about the importance of foster care & how you can get involved and support foster families.

Foster Children Need the Church

Foster Care as the Way of Christ

10 Simple Ways Your Church Can Serve Foster Families

Wanted: Parents Willing to Get Too Attached

Fighting for Faith in a Fostering Family

Foster Caring: How to care for foster children without becoming a foster parent

Foster Care: An Invitation into an Entirely New Normal

Surprised by Foster Care: 5 Ways It’s Not What I Thought It Would Be

The Kieklak Twins {Birth Story}

On Monday, April 10th, I went in to the hospital for my nonstress test as usual. They continued to monitor me for preeclampsia, and check that the boys weren’t in distress. Everything looked great. The nurse did note that I was having some contractions, but that wasn’t abnormal for me during these tests.

I went home and went about my day, and Steve & I even went to watch some of the youth kids play baseball that evening. We went to bed like normal, fully expecting nothing to happen on the baby front until my next appointment on Thursday.

Then at 1:30, I got up to go to the bathroom and my water broke. We put our bags in the car (and I grabbed a protein bar, since I’m not a fan of just eating ice chips for hours) and headed to the hospital. We got there around 2:15, and by 2:45 they’d confirmed that my water had broken and moved me to a labor and delivery room. I was just dilated to 1, and even though I was having contractions, I couldn’t feel them at all, so they started me on pitocin.

The Cost of Embryo Adoption {The Final Tally}

cost of embryo adoption
Now that all of the adoption and embryo transfer fees are behind us for this adoption, I thought I’d post about all the costs involved, and the total amount we ended up paying.

This information was difficult for me to find (other than the estimates that the adoption agency provided) when we were looking into embryo adoption for the first time a few years ago, so hopefully this will be helpful to you if you’re considering embryo adoption.

Peek-a-boo! {Now There’s TWO!}

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Steve & I came back from Thanksgiving break on Sunday night both feeling sick, but we were so excited because this Wednesday was our ultrasound, and we were eager to find out our little one’s gender. We were both going to be so excited for a boy or a girl!

When we got to our appointment, I lay down on the ultrasound table and as soon as the exam started, we both saw it – TWO heads!