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Dear Current Stranger/Future Friend,
Thank you for taking the time to read and learn about us! While we can’t imagine what you are currently facing, we wish you the best as you work to make the challenging decisions that lie ahead of you. We believe that placing a child for adoption is a loving and selfless act, and we have the utmost respect for anyone who makes this decision. We hope you find peace and comfort along your way as you strive to find what is best for you and your child.
Expectant mothers who choose to make an adoption plan may qualify for some level of financial assistance during their pregnancy. However, each person's situation and specific needs are different. Your adoption social worker can help you determine what level of assistance you qualify for and deserve. Many expectant mothers qualify for financial assistance to cover basic pregnancy and living expenses, including but not limited to - transportation reimbursement, utility assistance for phone, water, and electricity/gas, maternity clothing and supplements, etc.
Navigating a pregnancy alone is never easy. Depending on your situation and location, you may qualify for financial assistance to help cover the cost of basic living expenses, such as food and groceries.
Receiving quality medical care during your pregnancy is vital to both your health and the health of your baby. If you choose to place your baby for adoption, all of your pregnancy-related medical expenses will be covered by the adoptive family.
Women who choose to place their baby for adoption may receive financial assistance to help cover the cost of rent and utilities. If you feel that you’ll need some help with these costs, it’s important to talk to your adoption social worker about it early in the process. Each expectant mother’s situation is different, and eligibility may vary.
In order to have a healthy pregnancy, it’s important that you have everything you need to lead a healthy lifestyle. Like food and groceries, the cost of some household items - like feminine and dental care items, along with prenatal supplements - may be covered during your pregnancy.
Placing a baby for adoption is a loving, but incredibly challenging decision to make. Many women experience an array of emotions during this time and find that counseling is very helpful in navigating those feelings. If you would like to receive counseling during or after your pregnancy, that can be arranged by your adoption social worker. The cost of counseling will be covered by the adoptive family or adoption organization.
If you need assistance with transportation, your adoption social worker can work with you to find the best solution. You may eligible for assistance with transportation costs or be connected with a transportation service to utilize during your pregnancy.
It won't cost you anything. If you choose to place your baby for adoption, all of your medical and legal fees will be covered and you may be eligible for financial assistance with other pregnancy-related expenses.
Yes. Even if you don’t know the identity of the birth father, you can still choose to make an adoption plan. However, every adoption situation is different. The adoption social worker you’re assigned to will get to know you and your story first, and then guide you through the process accordingly.
You can make an adoption plan at any point in your pregnancy, even after the baby has been born. But, it's important to start the process as early in your pregnancy as possible. Connecting with those resources will allow you to gain access to important medical services, including prenatal care, to help ensure a healthy pregnancy.
One aspect of your adoption plan is the "Hospital Plan" an outline of how you'd like your hospital stay and delivery to go. You can craft this on your own or with the help of your adoption social worker. But everything is up to you. You’ll be able to choose who comes to the hospital with you, who is in the room with you during delivery, and how much time you’d like to spend with the baby before signing the final papers.
As part of your adoption plan, you'll determine whether or not you’d like to have an open or closed adoption or something in between. Open adoptions may include phone calls, messaging (via social media, email, or text), and/or periodic visits each year. Closed adoptions may include no contact at all or annual updates provided to the birth parent(s) by the adoptive family. Each post-adoption relationship is different and can vary based on what an expectant mother chooses in her adoption plan.
Toward the beginning of August, we enjoyed going to a family reunion for Nate's side of the family. Not all of his large family was able to make it, but we sure had fun with those that could! We spent a few days hanging out at a property in northern Utah, playing games, eating food, hiking, and doing some little competitons. There was even a fun waterslide on the property that we spent an afternoon playing on. Not everyone went on our hike to the Wind Caves, but those who did had a lot of fun! These "caves," which really are more like a little collection of arches, are so fun to explore! Little competitions included a pancake contest, a cupcake decorating contest, and a jump rope contest. Our kids had a blast running around the large property and playing with their cousins. We are grateful to have such a fun family!
We were so happy that our town put on all its normal Indepence Day activities and events this year, and we had fun participating in them! We started out our morning early with a 5K run. Both Austin and Emma improved their run times by around five minutes from the last time they tried two years ago. Rebecca, who was running with Austin, was surprised that she also won first place for her age group. After breakfast, we watched the parade and then returned to the park for additional games and activities. We enjoyed a water fight, learning to use hand powered tools, bingo, and other fun competitions like cup stacking. After doing everything we could fit in at the park, we came home and made a cherry pie that afternoon. Then that evening we had family over for a BBQ dinner, and we returned to the park for a fantastic fireworks show. We are so grateful to live in such a wonderful country where we have the priviledges of enjoying the precious freedoms and boundless oppertunities that we do! We are particularly grateful for those who have given their time, lives, and resources to the building of these freedoms...
Recently we went down to Moab for a couple days to celebrate our wedding anniversary while grandparents watched our kids. While Austin and Emma enjoyed going out to eat, ice cream trips, s'mores, parks, and movies with grandparents, we enjoyed mountain biking, canoyneering, and relaxing further south. Both of us would love to learn how to set things up properly to repell confidently and safely on our own, but since we aren't there yet, we went on a couple guided trips instead. The canyons were beautiful and we really enjoyed the tours. In addition to biking and canyoneering, we also enjoyed relaxing at the pool, eating at a couple nice restraunts, playing disc golf, and picnicing at the end of a short box canyon.
Austin and Emma have once again been involved in our area's running club this spring, and both have had a great time running for our city's team. This last week was the final track meet before the district qualifying meet. Our kids were very happy that their teams won ribbons for the relay, qualifying them for the district meet in that event. Most importantly though, they have improved their own personal records as the season has progressed in several events and had a great time participating with friends!
During the last week of April, we had the oppertunity to take a trip to Charleston with Rebecca's side of the family. We stayed in a house right next to the beach and were able to spend time there nearly every day during our stay. The beach was often full of hermit crabs, sea shells, sand dollars, jelly fish, and other interesting things to see and explore. Our kids loved to play in the water and the sand. In addition to spending time at the beach, we also enjoyed a hike around a swamp, where we spotted an alligator, and visiting some historic sites including the Provost Dungeon and Exchange, the Middleton Plantation, and Fort Moultrie. It was both fun and educational for all of us.
We try to stick with some fun traditions for Easter each year just as we do other holidays. We often do some activities, such as dying Easter eggs on Saturday. But we usually at least find Easter baskets on Easter day. We also like to do Easter egg hunts. Austin and Emma enjoy hiding eggs about as much as they enjoy finding them, so we always give them a turn to hide some eggs for us to find too. Additionally, we usually enjoy a nice dinner, sometimes with extended family but not always, and we like to have a nice dessert along with it. Here are our kids eating dessert as we read the Easter story from the scriptures:
We feel blessed to live in an area with lots of kid/family friendly places and activities nearby. One such place is called Dinosaur Park. It is actually a museum and a park, with interesting and informative displays inside and a walkway and playground outside. We headed here for a fun family outing on Friday and enjoyed studying various rocks, crystals, minerals, and fossils as we made our way around the inside displays. We gazed up at the impressive skeletons of the giant creatures who roamed the earth so long before we were here and wondered at the remnants of various creatures hailing from the ice age. Then we headed outside to explore the dozens of painted dinosaur statues dotting the walkways, each with their own descriptive plaques. Of course before heading out it was time to play on the dinosaur themed playground with cement dinosaur skulls to hide under, a giant sea turtle to ride, hatching baby dinosaurs to weave around, and various slides to glide down!
A couple weeks ago, we found a baby mourning dove shivering on our front lawn. Actually, our dog found it first, and licked it a few times as she loves to do with anything she finds. We looked around for any sign of its parents or nest. We ended up finding what looked like a broken nest and a recently deceased sibling. Carefully, we buried the dead sibling, but we figured this little bird would have little chance of surviving without some help. Therefore we started searching for what we could do. While I haven't found many birds in need of help in our area, for years as a kid we found injured birds in our neighborhood. At that time, we had a family friend who actually took in such birds and ran a little rescue out of her house, so we were always bringing them to her. I wasn't sure if such a rescue existed anywhere close enough to us, but we ended up finding one further north of our house that fortunately accepted mourning doves. Our kids and I scrapped the rest of our morning plans and drove the little dove up to the rescue. Our efforts seem...
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