Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!
Josh and I are in Tucson with my family for the holiday! We have just been enjoying the slightly warmer weather and time with family. We got to visit my Dad’s new charter school finally! I am so proud of my Mom and Dad, and sister and brother-in-law who made this incredible school come to life and that will shape children’s lives for years and years to come.
On Christmas Eve, my brother Kevin, rented us a party bus and we took to the streets of Tucson to spread a little Christmas cheer.
We handed out McDonald’s gift cards, socks, food and little gifts to people around Tucson that were spending there day in a park or on a street corner.
One of our new family traditions is to have our own church service on Christmas eve. My Dad speaks, Josh and my brother-in-law played guitar – we sing, a little off-key, and enjoy the night gathered together. My family was very sneaky this year and when we passed the “offering” they all put a note in it for baby Eloge. Josh and I took turns through our set-backs and tears reading each card out loud. It was so special and we will always treasure these little notes to our first little one.
Some exciting news
We have been chosen to be a featured family over at Adopt a Love Story! This is a new non-profit that is helping families overcome the financial barriers of adoption while sharing their adoption story. Now, if you make a donation to our adoption though AALS it will be tax-deductible! Take a second to like Adopt a Love Story on Facebook and follow them on Instagram. We are thrilled to be partnering with Adopt a Love Story!
An adoption update
We are still in a waiting phase. Our Home Study meetings are are done but we are still waiting for a background check from Colorado to come back to us. Our Home Study can not be complete without it. Once we receive that background check then our Home Study will be sent to us and then we can move onto the next step, applying to agencies! Our wonderful consultant Leah, at Christian Adoption Consultants will give us a list of agencies that they work with around the US and from that list Josh and I will apply to about 4-5 agencies. Once we apply to the agencies we will be on their list to start seeing “situations” – These situations will give us information about potential birthmoms. Where they are, when they are due, any known medical history and costs. If we feel like a “situation” is a good fit for us we can present our profile book to them. I will do a separate blogpost later about the next steps and what our profile book looks like!