After the unbelievably loving response that I got from Tuesday’s post, I have to start this post with a thank you to my readers! I can’t count the messages, comments, texts, and emails that I got from you guys, all sending prayers our way. It just goes to show that I wasn’t kidding about that Romans 12:15 stuff, you guys have that verse written on your hearts.
I thought that now would be a good time to let you guys know some more specific ways you can be praying for us during this next step of our adoption.
I’m so excited to finally share that we’ve been matched with a genetic family!
This past Sunday, Cara organized a bake sale at our church here in Louisville to raise money for our adoption – isn’t she the sweetest? Tons of ladies spent their weekend baking up a storm to pull it off. Steve and I were so overwhelmed by all the baked goods!
We’ve finally completed our home study! We had all the paperwork done by the end of February, but it took a while for us to find time to fit in all the reading & online education stuff. But now we’re through, with an approved home study.
Hey guys! I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted, but things have been pretty busy in the Kieklak household this past month or so.
UPDATE: Our fundraiser is closed – thanks for your support!
Adoption isn’t easy.
For us, adopting isn’t just about adding children to our family. We believe that God calls us to care for orphans (Isaiah 1:17, James 1:27), and we believe that these easily overlooked embryonic orphans are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27, Psalm 139:13-16).
Since Embryo Adoption isn’t very common, I thought I’d outline the general process for you guys. Our adoption agency, Nightlight, also does domestic and international adoptions. There aren’t a lot of laws regarding embryo adoptions, so they try to keep the embryo adoption process as close to a regular adoption as possible. The home study, education requirements, and matching process are all very similar to any other domestic adoption.
In my post yesterday, I announced that Steve & I are currently going through the embryo adoption process with Nightlight Christian Adoptions. Unless you know someone who has gone through an embryo adoption, you probably don’t know much about it. You’re probably even thinking that it’s the same as IVF.
It’s actually pretty different.
Since my diagnosis this summer, there have been quite a few times that people have recommended in-vitro fertilization to us as an option. There are several important reasons why Steve & I don’t believe it’s biblically and ethically right to do IVF (except in some specific cases), so I thought I’d outline them quickly here.