Today was another big day in our adoption journey. We sent our adoption profile book out to agencies!
We sent out our adoption profile book to 3 agencies!
That means expectant mom’s will be flipping through the pages of this book soon, deciding if they want their baby to call US mom and dad.
As soon as we signed our papers with Christian Adoption Consultants, we started our adoption profile book book. I would work all day, have dinner and head back to the computer, working on our profile book until the middle of the night. Josh and I poured over every picture and word carefully, making sure it fully expressed who we are and why we are adopting.
I read so many articles, all contradicting each other, about how to make this book. Some said not to mention that you like to travel. Many said to not use pretty or posed photos… It was a little stressful at first, but we decided to throw out all the “rules” and be exactly who we are and share what we love. We love to travel, and photography is such a big part of my life so I definitely wanted to include some of my photos in it. We are so glad that we did because the outcome is just what we were hoping for. We had sections in our adoption profile book about our us, our families, our house, our church and faith, Hadley, and our promise to the mom. My favorite pages are the ones that are throughout the book that say “In our family…” and then go on to give an insight about what we are about. (“…We do grace”, “…We do forgiveness, we do mistakes and second chances.”)
Now that we have sent our applications to our agencies, our preview books are traveling to eventually be read by our expectant mother! A huge reason why we chose domestic adoption is so we could have an open adoption and be a part of this mom’s life. This is a huge first step in our two stories coming together. We have been praying for this mom for a long time, wondering who she is, what she looks like, praying that she has a some sort of community around her while she navigates such difficult decisions, and hoping she is able to find joy in the midst of grief. I am guessing that many of the women that find their way to this book will be terrified, scared and maybe even numb, but we are praying that each woman that flips through our book, whether they choose us or not, may feel peace, find answers and be comforted. This morning, as Josh and I stood in our kitchen, we prayed over these books – in the middle of the prayer, Hadley woke up, got off the couch and made her way to us – sitting between our legs as we wrapped up our prayer. It’s like she knew this was a big moment and didn’t want to miss out!
We hope that our adoption profile book finds it’s way to one special woman that has been constantly on our mind, in our prayers and been waiting for us, just as we have been waiting so desperately for her. Soon we will enter each other’s lives and none of us will ever be the same.
And now we wait.
For other adoptive families, we printed our books at Blurb – this was a great option because you have to print so many book and their magazines range from $5-$8 depending on the paper you choose! If you like our layout and would me to help you design your book send me an email at hello(at)hannaheloge(dot)com.
If you would like to make a donation to our adoption visit our profile on Adopt a Love Story!