Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Years Eve!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Birthday Giveaway


I am sooooo excited for my birthday giveaway this year!! It's my last birthday in my 20s so I wanted it to be something very cool!!

The lovely IVFQueen will be making 1 winner a #Hope shirt in the size of your choice!! (Please see a sample of her work on a onesie to the left)

How much better could this giveaway get?! Not much, because this is AWESOME if I do say so myself! But there is one more thing!! You will also be receiving a Starbucks gift card. So you can wear your #Hope shirt, while sipping on my personal favorite, Starbucks!

So, how do you win all this awesomeness?! It's easy! 
1) Become a blog follower & leave a comment telling me you did so
2) Tell me what your favorite birthday party was
3) Go like IVFQueen's shop, Ivey Sew & Design on FaceBook once you have done this, come leave me a comment saying you have.
4) Tweet "I entered @PCOSChick's awesome Birthday Giveaway for a #Hope shirt from @IVFQueen-you can too! Visit http://tinyurl.com/2cx76z2 Please RT" Then leave me a comment showing me your tweet (you can do this once a day for extra entries)

So that it is! It's easy & lots of ways to win!

I will be closing the giveaway at midnight est on the 7th of January & announcing the winner on the 8th. Once the winner is announced, you will have 1 week to get in touch with me with your shirt size. If you do not contact me within a week, I will then draw a new winner.

IVFQueen as that you please allow a few weeks from the time that I give her your shirt size to get the shirt to you.



Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A+ Report!

This girl got one heck of a good report at my post op!

I must say, I am disappointed that Dr. Phonebook forgot to take pictures during my surgery. He was so busy trying to see if he wouldn't have to cut me, that he forgot!! He was even upset about it today..but oh well!

I had no active endometriosis on either side; great news! I did have a pretty large cyst on my left ovary & of course very bad adhesions & scarring. All the pathology reports came back clear too, so amazing news!

He is very pleased with how well my incisions are doing & just me in general. My blood pressure was a bit high, but he wasn't too worried, as I had just come from my 1/2 day at work.

I am cleared to go back to work full time starting Monday & I can DRIVE!!! Oh car, how I have MISSED you!!!! I also got cleared for something that I was told would take 6 weeks after surgery...the DH & I can BD!! This is huge, because we couldn't 2 weeks before surgery, so we are already at 5 weeks & thought we had 3 more to go..so YAY!

I am still having some swelling, tire easily & have been having really bad hot flashes, but at this point he is not worried. He said it's a lot for my body to adjust to, so things will be out of whack for a bit. If they are not better by the end of January, beginning of February, he said he will check my hormone levels.

I am ok for minor working out; which he actually said is good. Since I am prone to adhesions & scarring, but moving it will help keep that at bay. So I will be walking on the treadmill daily!

In 3-4 more weeks I should be back to me, just improved!!! So great report-great start to the New Year

Wordless Wednesday-Hopeful

Monday, December 27, 2010

Holiday Miracles

They can happen, they really can!

I have not talked much on here about my family, other than my DH, but I must say, I am one VERY lucky girl! I still have all my grandparents, a wonderful brother & great in-laws. How did I get so lucky?!

My family has been so very supportive about our adoption, even before we announced that we were officially adopting. I had always talked about it since I was 19, so the majority of them were behind us 110% when we said this was how we were going to grow our family.

My DH & I decided we wanted to try to pay for the adoption in full so we did not have to rack up credit card debit, close our 401k, and/or take out loans. We knew if we had to that we could & would, but it was not our first choice.

Last year I was so moved at Christmas when my brother told the family that he did not want gifts, he wanted any money that would have been spent on him to be given to us so that we could start our "LP fund." Then out DH's parents gave us some money-which up to this point had paid for a lot of the paperwork, etc. We have been setting some aside every pay period, had our garage sale, etc. I am amazed each time somebody wants to help us out-it truly warms my heart & reminds me once again, how very lucky we are.

Fast forward to this Christmas...nothing short of a miracle has happened. I cannot go into lots of details...however I feel so very blessed to say that we have all the money we need to pay for our adoption. Prior to this, we felt this would be our only child because I would probably have to close my 401k & wipe out all of our savings...we now no longer think that. We are now able to pay for the adoption in full, with some left over to keep our savings going & start saving for LP's sibling!!!!

This is such a miracle to us & we are so in aww of the love & support we have received. We are so excited that we now have more opportunities for our family than we originally believed...we are elated!!

I hope the Holidays bring you all a miracle that is surprising & heart warming!!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays to all my wonderful readers!!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas Survey

I saw this survey over at Kaitlin's blog & thought it was super cute!


1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? I am the worlds WORST wrapper! I mean it looks like a 2 year old got ahold of the package after I finish trying to wrap. I am all about the gift bags & boxes!!

2. Real tree or Artificial? I have never had a real tree...they are too messy!

3. When do you put up the tree? This year with surgery & having Thanksgiving at our place, I did it before Thanksgiving so everyone could see it...normally though after.

4. When do you take the tree down? Sometime after the first of the year

5. Do you like eggnog? Not one bit

6. Favorite gift received as a child? My Little Foot stuffed animal from Land Before Time

7. Hardest person to buy for? My family is not big gift people....so it's not too terrible. My DH is pretty hard

8. Easiest person to buy for? My brother, he always needs something


9. Do you have a nativity scene? Noppers

10. Mail or email Christmas cards? I always mail, I figure it's the only time a year I do snail mail

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? My grandmother gave me a pocket calendar that had already started to be written in, so she whited it out...lol

12. Favorite Christmas Movie? The old fashion Frosty

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? I do it online, so just whenever

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Oh Im sure I have

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Buckeyes

16. Lights on the tree (colored or clear)? Mine has built in colored lights

17. Favorite Christmas song? I hate Christmas music

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? We normally travel, but this year because of my surgery, we are here

19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer? Probably not...Dasher, Dancer, Comet & Cupid, Donner, Blitzin, Rudolph?! I think I'm missing some

20. Angel, star or ribbon on top of tree? Mine isn't any of those..I'm not really sure what it is..lol

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? DH & I have never been home at Christmas...so no idea & this year, we couldn't wait..lol

22. Favorite children’s Christmas song? Again, I don't like Christmas music

23. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? The music starting in like October!!

24. Favorite ornament theme or color? Don't really have one-but when it comes to lights on a house...CLEAR

25. Turkey or ham on Christmas day? Ham of course

26. What do you want for Christmas this year? I already got what I wanted & more!

27. Does anyone in your family dress up as Santa? Nope

28. Age you discovered who Santa was? I have no idea

29. Eggnog, hot chocolate, or apple cider? Hot chocolate

30. Traditional colors (red and green) or other colors? Don't care

31. Do you have any Christmas decorations on your roof? Sorry

32. How does Santa get into your house? Chimney or magic key? Chimney

33. Do you prefer gifts or gift cards? Gift cards & cash please

34. Favorite children’s Christmas Cartoon? Charlie Brown

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Happy Birthday Mr. PCOSChick

Today is my DH's birthday!

No matter what I say in a blog, a card, give as a gift-nothing can tell him how much be means to me! What an amazing strength to me he has been.

How do you thank the man that has been through 5 surgeries in 2.5 years with you. The man that has been through infertility & started the adoption process with you. How do you truly tell him how much it all means?

I sometimes worry I do not thank him enough, or let him know how much he means to me...I can only hope he gets it!

He is my rock, my love, my best friend & on this day we will celebrate him!!

So Happy Birthday Mr. PCOSChick! I love you with all my heart!

Wordless Wednesday-Healing

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Life is Hard

I'm frustrated because I cannot work out. I'm upset because everything makes me so tired. I feel like I'm letting work down because I cannot work normal days. I feel like I'm a disappointment to my husband...tomorrow is his birthday & I can't do anything fun.

Everything makes me cry...I'm not a crier, so why all the crying?!

My "nice" pants right now are black yoga pants. I feel unattractive & not like a woman....maybe this is all hitting me?!

I guess I am just having a downer day. Life is hard, all this is hard...

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Feeling Lighter

It's weird, I feel empty-lighter. I feel normal on my right side, but it's like there is this void on my left. Was that side of my body truly weighted down by all the 'bad' stuff? Is that even possible?

I morn the loss of that part of my womanhood, but I also am so very excited to feel better. To get my life back & spend more time on me & with my DH. I no longer have to worry about all the problems that ovary & tube gave me..I can feel like me again.

I am not sure if it has really hit me that I am truly missing a huge part of me..I am sure it will. I am sure I will breakdown. But for now I'm focusing on the good of this.....is this normal? Are my feelings normal? I don't know!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Wordless Wednesday-IOU

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Trying to Catch Up

This will be a long one! This is all I really know from all that I was told since I have yet to see Dr. Phonebook (will explain in the blog)

I was supposed to be at the hospital at 6am on Thursday & did not make it there til 6:40. I love my DH, but he takes soooo long to get ready & doesn't do well on being on time places, which is a huge pet peeve of mine. Needless to day, I was so mad at him, because the hospital even called looking for me. By the time I got to the hospital they were waiting for me & whisked me in.

I got in preop & Dr. Phonebook was waiting for me. I knew I was his only surgery that day because he was actually having surgery afterward on his knee. He told me once again that they had looked over my file & really did not see lap. surgery being an option.

Before I knew it, I was on the table, saying bye to the DH & was in the operating room.  When I wok up in recovery, due to the fact that Dr. Phonebook was gone, I really had no idea what had happened, how long it took, etc.

Once I saw my BFF & DH after spending an hour in recovery, I found out they didn't have to cut me. WOW, I was in shock!! They did have some complications though. They were unable to take all the ovary, I apparently have about 2% off it left because it was stuck on a nerve to my leg & an artery, so that piece was left. Also, I guess I had some bleeding problems they had a had time getting stopped in me, so I have to be careful because I could start hemorrhaging. That is why they had me stay over night, so they could watch me.

Now, this is when things started getting real fun!

My first roomie was a major moaner!! It was awful; each time she would move she would moan. On top of that the woman in the room next to mean would just scream. Come to find out the woman next to me was a "frequent flier" and known as the fire truck because of the noises she made.

By the time noon came around, I already knew this was going to be a VERY long stay! However, I lucked out & at 1 them came for Sally, the moaning roommate! She went for some testing, however she never came back. I hope she was/is ok...but this meant I could try to rest.

Now, mind you, I was in the part of the room closes to the door & this became a HUGE pain! Everyone would keep coming in for Sally...so they would barge past me...looking for her, sometimes stopping & wanting to shoot the crap...sorry, not in the mood!

Finally fell asleep about 8 & at 11 some guy comes in looking over at the other side of the room...I was like sorry, Sally is gone. His response, oh no, I'm not looking for her-you are getting a roommate! Are you kidding me?!

The proceed to bring this woman in that looks like she already has 1 foot in the grave! They are in there for over 2 hours working on her with everything from breathing treatments, to figuring out her sugar level. Long story short-she wasn't all there, screamed all night & was going to be having a leg, if not 2 amputated the next morning.

So about 4, the night nurse comes in & is like you haven't slept. I was like between getting the new roomie & fire truck has woke up & my blood constantly being drawn, you are right-I haven't slept. At 4 they decided I didn't need my IV anymore, which turned into a huge mess! Blood everywhere, new blankets! Then tried to get my blood at 4 & couldn't get a vein. They had to get a specialist for that.

By this point, I still have not seen the doctor that is supposed to be helping Dr. Phonebook, I have no idea if I am leaving, etc-so I started making it VERY clear to anyone that would listen, that if I had to stay that they were moving me.

Well at 5am, a surgeon comes in & wants to know why I haven't been eating solids-ummmmm because nobody will give them to me! They tell me I'm on a liquid diet & I do not know why. Then like 10 mins later another surgeon comes in & tells me he wants my dressings changed & he would send somebody. Nobody comes & I say something to the nurse & she is like you do not have dressings! She gives me some dry rags though to like scrap off dried blood-awesome!

FINALLY about 6 the Dr. helping Dr. Phonebook comes in. I am not kidding when I say that he was in the room less than a minute. He said that he stopped in during surgery, saw my endo was VERY bad & the bloodwork had all come back ok, so he signed my discharge papers.

At that moment, he left! I texted my DH-asked him to get there ASAP & told the nurse. The nurses were great & all kept telling me they felt super sorry for me since all I had been through while I was there. They sped up my paperwork & I was outta there & home by 9am!

Sooooooo long story short! The hospital visit was AWFUL! I was able to have everything removed laposcopically. I am just waiting to finally be able to talk to Dr. Phonebook. I know that if he had been there, that my experience wouldn't have been as bad & I wouldn't have not be left wondering what all was going on.

Ok, I do know though-my uterus & right site look good & Dr. Phonebook said he would like nothing more than to see us with our miracle baby. Right now, I cannot even think about that. We do not plan on thinking of more kids until after LP has been home for a while.

I am home for 3 weeks. No driving, no nada! I have to be careful as not to hemorrhage. Even after the 29th-I still am limited for 6 weeks total!

Thank you everyone for all the love & support.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Just had to let everyone know that PCOSChick is out of surgery...2 hours early! Doctor just came out and told DH and I that it was best case scenario! She is being kept overnight but doctor says it went better than expected! Keep the good thoughts coming for a quick recovery...I know they helped her get thru this surgery! I will update again soon!

Oophorectomy

As you read this, I am currently at the hospital having a unilateral Oophorectomy. Yep, that is right an Oophorectomy!! Say that 3 times fast :)

Did you know what this what the surgery is called when you have an ovary removed?! I mean what ever happened to just calling the surgery ovarian removal? Why the big long fancy name?? Dr. Phonebook even agreed that the name is a bit much!

I am not only having an Oophorectomy, I am also having my fallopian tube removed & my bowel fixed in any way it may need.

I will not know until I wake up if the surgery was done laparoscopically or an incision was made. However Dr Phonebook told me because I am such a mess to pretty much count on being cut! Depending on how it was done my recovery will either be a week or 6 weeks (so planning for 6).

I will also have to stay at least tonight, if not tomorrow. I am however, really hoping to be home by tomorrow. So I guess you could say, a few unknowns.

When it's all said & done...this is what I'll have.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Wordless Wednesday-Surgery

Here is to hoping tomorrow isn't like this!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Blog Award

The lovely Pixie over at Cheese Curds & Kimchi has passed The Versatile Blogger award on to me! If you have not checked out her blog, please do so! She has some great post & encourage her on her journey to become a mommy :)


So here's rules for the award:
~Thank and link back to the person who gave you the award.
~Share 7 things about yourself.
~Pass the award along to 7 other bloggers who you recently discovered and think are fabulous.
~Contact the bloggers you chose and let them know about the award

1) I like to drink water with my coffee. There is just something about following up a nice drink of coffee with another of cold water, odd, I know!
2) My heated mattress pad is one of my most prized possessions! I love that thing & HIGHLY recommend one to anybody!
3) I do not know what I did for clothes before Target! If it doesn't come from Target, I don't own it. When Target came to my town, it was all down hill for my pocket book from there.
4) I named my dog after a mountain range in Japan because when I was bringing him home from the breeder he just kept climbing all over everyone & thing.
5) I am named after my dad's kindergarten crush-yes, my mom agreed :)
6) I've always known I wanted to adopt. I wanted to no matter if I could have children or not & I didn't care if I was married or single.
7) I do not know now to turn down a boiled and/or deviled egg....I just love them

I am passing this award on to the following 7 lovely bloggers, because I would like to learn more about them.

Al over at Mission Motherhood
Tillie at A Nuttier Life
Kaitlin from Ah...My Married Life
Keiko at Hannah Wept, Sarah Laughed
Suzy over at Not A Fertile Myrtle 
JJ from Reproductive Jeans
Jess at A Greater Yes: Our Story Of Embryo Adoption

Friday, December 3, 2010

Hurting Heart

I was telling my BFF that I think surgery hurts my heart more than anything. Even though this is not my first major surgery like this & I know what to expect, my heart still hurts.

I do not worry about the pain of the surgery, I do not worry about recovery time-this is old hat (sadly) for me. I worry about my heart!

I know I am infertile, I know I will never have children, this is all ok. I have had time to deal & know that this all has happened for a reason. I am excited for the adventure ahead of us & how our family is growing through adoption. However, I still have a hard time with the fact that my body failed.

Surgery is a reminder of how my body failed me, my husband, my family. Surgery makes my heart hurt in a way that is deep & gut wrenching.

I worry about being a burden to my family & having to be taken care of. This is so very hard for me. This will be my 5th surgery since my DH & I have been married & it just weighs on me. I know he loves me, I know he stands by me no matter what...but this is just another hurt.

I know I probably shouldn't hurt like this. If I am ok with not being able to have children, why does it still hurt so that my body failed?

With each surgery, my heart hurts a bit more-I add another band-aid to it & move forward.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Question Answered

Well, here we are at the end of November-National Adoption Month is coming to an end. I want to thank you all who supported my post this month & those of you that did not care for some of them-thank you for voicing your opinion & making me think about things I had not before.

I had said I would end this month by answering your questions & I actually only received one...so here is the question. In the meantime, if you guys have any more questions, I am more than happy to answer!


Nicole said...

My husband and I have been considering adoption for some time. Due to the financial aspect we have been thinking more along the lines of a national adoption from foster care, but I have always been interested in international adoption. The biggest obstacle to this is of course financial, so I guess I am curious as to how much it is costing, what all have you had to do in order to be able to adopt internationally, and how long does it take?

Thank you!
Nicole

Nicole-
We started our paperwork for our Dossier in Januaray of this year & finished it in October. Now of course, you can do it faster than that, however due to jobs & getting where we needed to, etc. ours took a bit. We started the entire process, as far as researching to find an agency, taking our adoption classes, & more back in October of 2009. 

I know finances can be a worry, I think it is to a lot of people, unless you are Angelina Jolie! We decided not to let money play a role when we were choosing anything. We just knew somehow we would make it work out. I have not kept track of what we have spent to this point & I do not want to know when it's all said & done how much we spent. I just know we are going to be ok & everything will work. (Easier said than done sometimes) I will admit, I freaked at first, wasn't sure how we could do it-but once I stopped worrying, it worked out a lot better! 

Our agency told us to expect 40,000 with travel & everything. Now, to save money we have been working on our hotel & airline points, as that can help in that cost department. 

Now, I know I mentioned the Dossier earlier, this is something that you have to do with international adoption & not domestic. This consist of everything from marriage liscense & birth certificates, to multiple rounds of fingerprints, essays & pictures. There are options that you have when it comes to your dossier. You can hire a dossier "agency" & have them do it for you or you can do it yourself. I did ours & it can be a lot of stuff to get together-just make sure you are very well organized.

As far as time goes, we are into it almost 14 months since we started everything & figure we have another year to 2 years.

Hope this helped, if you have anything else I can help with, please feel free to let me know!

Monday, November 29, 2010

8 Myths and Realities About Adoption

Here are some common myths when it comes to adoption. Have you heard these before?

MYTH
There are very few babies being placed for adoption.
REALITY
20,000 or more U.S.-born infants are placed for adoption each year—as many or more than the number of international adoptions yearly.

MYTH
Adoption is outrageously expensive, out of reach for most families.
REALITY
Adoption is often no more expensive than giving birth.Costs to adopt domestically average $15,000, before the $10,000 Adoption Tax Credit and benefits that many employers offer.

MYTH It takes years to complete an adoption.
REALITY The average time span of adoption is one to two years. The majority of domestic and international
adopters who responded to a recent poll by Adoptive Families Magazine completed their adoptions
in less than a year.

MYTH Birthparents can show up at any time to reclaim their child.
REALITY Once an adoption is finalized, the adoptive family is recognized as the child’s family by law. Despite the publicity surrounding a few high-profile cases, post-adoption revocations are extremely rare.

MYTH Birthparents are all troubled teens.
REALITY Most birthparents today are over 18, but lack the resources to care for a child. It is generally
with courage and love for their child that they terminate their parental rights.

MYTH Adopted children are more likely to be troubled than birth children.
REALITY Research shows that adoptees are as well-adjusted as their non-adopted peers. There is virtually
no difference in psychological functioning between them.

MYTH Open adoption causes problems for children.
REALITY Adoptees are not confused by contact with their birthparents. They benefit from the increased
understanding that their birthparents gave them life but their forever families take care of and nurture them.

MYTH Parents can’t love an adopted child as much as they would a biological child.
REALITY Love and attachment are not the result of nor guaranteed by biology. The intensity of bonding
and depth of emotion are the same, regardless of how the child joined the family.

**note:this article came from Adoptive Families Magazine in 2000**

Sunday, November 28, 2010

America's Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces List

Each year, the Dave Thomas Foundation announces a list of employers with the best adoption benefits in the nation.

Rankings are based on the maximum amount of financial reimbursement and paid leave for employees who adopt. Honorees include the top 100, the top ten by size and the top five in each industry. 

1   Wendy's/Arby's Group, Inc.
2   Citizen's Financial Group, Inc. / RBS Americas
3   Liquidnet (tie)
3   LSI Corporation (tie)
5   Putnam Investments
6   Vanguard Group
7   Subaru of America, Inc.
8   BHP Billiton
9   The Timberland Company
10 Barilla America, Inc.   
For a full list of the top 100, visit here 
Do you work at any of these companies? Have you found this to be true?! 

Saturday, November 27, 2010

From Foster Care to Adoption: One Family’s Story Disproves Myths

I found this article & thought it was really a great article. It really touches on some of the myths & truths people tend to think about when it comes to adopting. (found here)


From Foster Care to Adoption: One Family’s Story Disproves Myths

National Adoption Month Finds Matthews Family Celebrating, Spreading the Word to Other Families About Adoption Services from EMQ FamiliesFirst
CAMPBELL, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--For the Matthews family the foster care-adoption process has not only transformed the lives of some terrific kids in need but also the lives of the Matthews themselves. EMQ FamiliesFirst (EMQFF) (http://www.emqff.org/services/foster.shtml) helps families in 36 California counties through the foster care-adoption process. During November, National Adoption Month (http://www.emqff.org/press/pressroom/adoption_month.shtml) the agency will celebrate these families that disprove common myths about the foster-to-adoption procedure. EMQ FamiliesFirst is California’s largest children’s services agency.
“but we knew that so many children needed homes.”
Myth: Only people with a “perfect” history can adopt.
Reality: Sometimes, a parent’s previous life experience can be the best gift to a child. Perfection is not a requirement.
Even before Sarah Matthews and her husband were married, she knew she wanted to adopt children in need. She had spent a brief amount of time in a caring foster home as a teen and had known a number of children “in the system.” She knew they deserved better. Her future husband caught her enthusiasm. “We didn’t know what our family was going to look like,” said Sarah, “but we knew that so many children needed homes.” They have ended up with a still-growing family full of diverse ethnicities and ages, yet full of love and care.
Myth: There is too much “red tape” and bureaucracy involved in adopting a child from foster care.
Reality: Congress has streamlined the foster care adoption process through the Safe Families Act of 1997. Children that are not reunited with their birth parents are matched with permanent adoptive families as efficiently as possible.
The Matthews had one biological child before four-year-old Amy came to them as a foster child. “Amy’s adoption took roughly 18 months and went smoothly,” said Sarah.
Myth: Only infants are in need of being adopted.
Reality: The majority of foster children are six years and older.
The next additions to the Matthews family were half-sisters, five-year-old Sophia and eight-month-old Amanda. Being of Native American descent added the additional pre-adoption requirement of formally notifying their tribe, but the adoptions were still complete in just over two years.
Myth: Birth parents can take their children back.
Reality: Once parental rights are terminated, the birth parents have no further recourse for gaining custody of the children.
“Sometimes when you say the words ‘foster parent’ it can be intimidating to people,” Sarah said. “They say things like, ‘Oh, I could never handle giving them back.’ While those are valid concerns, each obstacle can be overcome. Our family is proof of that.”
The Matthews are so thrilled with their growing family and the foster-to-adoption process that they are planning a foster parent party to help spread the word about becoming a foster parent. “We want to encourage others to open their hearts to the possibility of adopting,” said Sarah. The Matthews also have thrown a party to celebrate each completed adoption within their own family. “We make a whole day of it. We invite our family and friends and have our pastor say a special prayer for our family. The gathering afterwards is quite a party – emotional, but incredible,” said Sarah.
Myth: Adoptive families are “on their own” after adoption is finalized.
Reality: EMQ FamiliesFirst offers post-adoption services, including clinical services, support groups and financial assistance.
EMQ FamiliesFirst adoption services continue long after the paperwork is finalized. From beginning to end, adoption social workers help with the legal process, work with families during the adoption-level home study, and make sure the adoptive assistance program is in place. We advocate for the family and facilitate between the family and the county. If a child needs mental health services, we’ll make a referral to best help that child.
The Matthews feel they still have room in their hearts and their home for a larger family and expect to complete another adoption soon. “We set out to improve the lives of children and have learned that it is our own lives that have been changed for the better,” said Sarah.
About EMQ FamiliesFirst
EMQ FamiliesFirst http://www.emqff.org/about/agency/backgrounder.shtml does whatever it takes to help children and families in crisis. The agency is recognized for innovative mental health treatment, foster care and social services that help families recover from trauma, abuse and addiction, and rebuild their lives. EMQ FamiliesFirst fights for sustainable change and advocates for improvements in the local, state and federal systems that serve children in need. For more information, please visit http://www.emqff.org.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Famous Adoptees & Adopters

Adoptees
Andy Berlin - entrepreneur: chairman of Berlin Cameron & Partners
Anthony Williams - politician
Aristotle - philosopher
Art Linkletter - comedian
Bo Diddley - musician, performer
Buffy Sainte-Marie - musician, actress
Carl-Theodor Dreyer - Danish film director
Charlotte Anne Lopez - Miss Teen USA
Christina Crawford - author
Clarissa Pinkola Estes - author
Crazy Horse - Lakota war chief
Dan O'Brien - decathlete
Daunte Culpepper - football player
Dave Thomas - entrepreneur: founder of Wendy's
Debbie Harry - singer
D.M.C. - hip hop artist
Edgar Allan Poe - poet, writer
Edward Albee - playwright
Eleanor Roosevelt - First Lady
Eric Dickerson - athlete
Faith Daniels - news anchor
Faith Hill - country singer
Freddie Bartholomew - actor
George Washington Carver - inventor
Greg Louganis - athlete
James MacArthur - actor
James Michener - author
Jean Jacques Rousseau - philosopher
Jesse Jackson - minister
Jesus - adopted by Joseph the carpenter (Bible)
Jett Williams - country singer and author
Jim Palmer - athlete
John J. Audubon - naturalist
John Hancock - politician
John Lennon - musician
Langston Hughes - poet and writer
Larry Ellison - entrepreneur: chief executive of Oracle
Lee Majors - actor
Leo Tolstoy - writer
Les Brown - motivational speaker
Lynnette Cole - Miss USA 2000
Malcolm X - civil rights leader
Mark Acre - athlete
Matthew Laborteaux - actor
Melissa Gilbert - actress
Michael Reagan - author, talk show host
Moses - Biblical leader
Nancy Reagan - First Lady
Nat King Cole - singer
Nelson Mandela - politician
Patrick Labyorteaux - actor
Peter and Kitty Carruthers - figure skaters
President Gerald Ford - politician
President William Clinton - politician
Priscilla Presley - actress
Ray Liotta - actor
Reno - performance artist, comedian
Sarah McLachlan - singer
Scott Hamilton - figure skater
Sen. Paull H. Shin - politician
Sen. Robert Byrd - politician
Steve Jobs - entrepreneur: co-founder of Apple computer
Surya Bonaly - figure skater
Tim Green - football player/commentator
Tim McGraw - country singer
Tom Monaghan - entrepreneur
Tommy Davidson - comedian
Victoria Rowell - actress
Wilson Riles - educator

Adoptive Parents
Al Roker - news anchor
Alfre Woodard - actress
Alexander the Great - King of Macedonia, 356-323 B.C.
Angelina Jolie - actress
Art Buchwald - comedian
Barbara Walters - journalist
Ben Stein - actor and game show host
Bette Davis - actress
Billy Bob Thornton - actor, writer, singer
Bob (and Delores) Hope - entertainer
Brooke Adams - actress
Burt Reynolds - actor
Calista Flockhart - actress
Cecil B. De Mille - film director
Charles Bronson - actor
Chelsea Noble - actress
Connie Chung - news anchor
Dale Evans - singer
Dan Marino - athlete
Dan Wilson - athlete
David E. Kelley - television producer
Diane Keaton - actress
Dianne Wiest - actress
Donna Mills - actress
Ed McMahon - entertainer
Edie Falco - actress
Erma Bombeck - author
Estelle Parsons - actress
Eve Arden - actress
Father George Clements - minister
Gail Sheehy - writer
Gary Merrill - actor
George Burns - comedian
George Lucas - film director
Gloria Swanson - actress
Gracie Allen - comedian
Harpo Marx - actor
Harry Belafonte - singer
Hedy Lamarr - actress
Helen Hayes - actress
Henry Fonda - actor
Hugh Jackman - actor
Isabella Rossellini - -actress
Jamie Lee Curtis - actress
Jane Fonda - actress
Jane Wyman - actress
Jann Wenner - publisher
Jill Ireland - actress
Jill Krementz - author
JoBeth Williams - actress
Joan Didion - author
Joan Fontaine - actress
John DeLorean - entrepreneur
John Denver - singer
John Gregory Dunne - author
Josephine Baker - singer and dancer
Judy Woodruff - news anchor
Julie Andrews - actress
Karen Grassle - actress
Karl Wallenda - acrobat
Kate Capshaw - actress
Kate Jackson - actress
Kirby Puckett - athlete
Kirk Cameron - actor
Kirstie Alley - actress
Kris Kristofferson - singer
Kurt Vonnegut - author
Linda Ronstadt - singer
Loni Anderson - actress
Louis Gossett, Jr - actor.
Magic Johnson - athlete
Marcia Wallace - actress
Marie Osmond - singer
Maury Povich - news anchor
Meg Ryan - actress
Mercedes Ruehl - actress
Mia Farrow - actress
Michelle Pfeiffer - actress
Natalie Williams - athlete
Nell Carter - entertainer
Nicole Kidman - actress
Oscar de la Renta - designer
Ozzy (and Sharon) Osbourne - musician
Parker Stevenson - actor
Patti LaBelle - singer
Paul Newman - actor
Paula Poundstone - comedian
Pearl Bailey - singer
Peter Falk - actor
President Ronald Reagan - politician
Regina Belle - singer
Richard King Mellon - financier
Robert Fulghum - writer
Rosie O'Donnell - actress
Roy Rogers - entertainer
Sally Jessy Raphaƫl - talk show host
Sammy Davis, Jr. - entertainer
Sen. Jesse Helms - politician
Sen. John McCain - politician
Sen. Lloyd Bentsen - politician
Sen. Paul Simon - politician
Sen. Paull H. Shin - politician
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson - Texas
Sharon Stone - actress
Sir Christopher Guest - actor
Stephen Spielberg - film director
Steven Curtis Chapman - Christian musician
Susan Ruttan - actress
Taurean Blacque - actor
Ted Danson - actor
Teri Garr - actress
Tom Cruise - actor
Valerie Harper - actress
Walt (and Lily) Disney - founder of Disneyland
William Delahunt - politician
Willie Mays - athlete

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thankful

This Thanksgiving I have so very much to be thankful for!

I am so very thankful for each & everyone of you, my blog readers; also my twitter friends!

I cannot believe that by this time next year, we could have our LP with us, celebrating his or her first Thanksgiving at home.

I am thankful that we are able to become parents through adoption. I feel so blessed that this is an option for us & that our families accept it.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Wordless Wednesday-Casa De Maria

A few pictures of the orphanage where LP will be coming from

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Question & Answers

You have questions & I have answers!

Ask any question about our adoption, about adoption, etc & I will answer it on the last day of the month! I feel it is a great way to end National Adoption Month. So please, ask away!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

International Statistic


Here are some statistics on international adoptions to the US in the last 10 years.  You can go to the United States Intercountry Adoption site for all kinds of news, statistics & more such as this



FY 2009
FY 2008
FY 2007
FY 2006
FY 2005
1
China
3001
Guatemala
4122
China
5453
China
6492
China
7903
2
Ethiopia
2277
China
3911
Guatemala
4727
Guatemala
4135
Russia
4631
3
Russia
1586
Russia
1857
Russia
2303
Russia
3702
Guatemala
3783
4
South Korea
1080
Ethiopia
1724
Ethiopia
1254
South Korea
1373
South Korea
1628
5
Guatemala
756
South Korea
1065
South Korea
938
Ethiopia
731
Ukraine
824
6
Ukraine
610
Vietnam
748
Vietnam
828
Kazakhstan
588
Kazakhstan
755
7
Vietnam
481
Ukraine
490
Ukraine
613
Ukraine
463
Ethiopia
442
8
Haiti
330
Kazakhstan
380
Kazakhstan
547
Liberia
353
India
323
9
India
297
India
308
India
411
Colombia
344
Colombia
287
10
Kazakhstan
295
Colombia
306
Liberia
314
India
319
Philippines
268
11
Philippines
281
Haiti
301
Colombia
309
Haiti
310
Haiti
234
12
China - Taiwan
253
Philippines
292
Philippines
260
Philippines
248
Liberia
183
13
Colombia
238
Liberia
254
Haiti
191
China - Taiwan
187
China - Taiwan
141
14
Nigeria
110
China - Taiwan
219
China - Taiwan
184
Vietnam
163
Mexico
88
15
Ghana
103
Nigeria
149
Mexico
89
Mexico
70
Poland
73
16
Mexico
72
Mexico
105
Poland
84
Poland
67
Thailand
71
17
Uganda
69
Ghana
97
Thailand
66
Nepal
66
Brazil
66
18
Thailand
56
Kyrgyzstan
78
Brazil
55
Brazil
66
Nigeria
65
19
Jamaica
54
Poland
77
Kyrgyzstan
54
Nigeria
62
Jamaica
62
20
Poland
50
Thailand
59
Uganda
54
Thailand
56
Nepal
62




 
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