Monday, March 19, 2012
So I know that I said last week I would be posting Steve and I's most recent big adoption news, and I haven't gotten around to actually doing it! I guess the key to a great blog is holding your readers in suspense, right?!
Taiwan is going through a great deal of changes to their adoption laws. Due to the changes, Steve and I are feeling God leading us to adopt domestically, rather than adopting internationally. When we first began discussing this, my heart was crushed at the thought that I would not be able to adopt a baby from Taiwan. However, I soon began thinking about all of the great things that come with a domestic adoption:
- We will get to make our family profile for the birthmother to look at.
- We will be able to possibly meet and get to know my child's biological family.
- We will actually be able to bring my baby home from the hospital.
- We won't have to travel overseas, so I will be able to use my maternity leave to actually stay home with my baby.
So the more that I thought about it, the more excited I became about the new transition. The cost will be pretty much the same, so that was good news for my fiscally intelligent husband. Fortunately, our home study agency has a placement program as well, so we will just be using them. We won't have to transfer any paperwork or have any difficult added steps to the process. This also means that we might possibly get a placement more quickly... that would just depend upon when a birthmother chooses us and how far along she is in her pregnancy. I am just very excited about this!
God has also been providing for us financially! I have sold over $300 in jars of Mamaria's pasta sauce. We have also been getting donations from family and friends. This weekend we received an anonymous gift from someone. It was such a blessing, and I must say I got a little choked up! God is so good and I know that He is leading Steve and I every step of the way. He already knows who our baby will be and is preparing us for our child.
Thank you everyone for your continued support and prayers for Baby Gocke!!
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Friday, March 9, 2012
Growing up in an Italian household, pretty much every Saturday morning I would wake up to the wonderful smell of garlic, onion, tomato, basil, and oregano as my mother was making sauce. She would simmer the sauce all day, and then put it in tuperware. Every Sunday we would have spaghetti for lunch... literally every Sunday! It's these traditions that I hope to share with my children! I loved growing up in an Italian household (however loud and chaotic it might have been)!
In order to raise money for our adoption, Steve and I have decided to sell my homemade sauce, for which I have now perfected the art of canning. So if you would like to get a little taste of true Italian culture (and help us raise money to bring home our baby), please order some of Mamaria's homemade sauce! You can call Maria (217) 898-1158, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or order through facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MamariasItalianKitchen
Thank you for your help!!
Thursday, March 1, 2012
On another note, we have started our home study paperwork. I think my husband is seeing the unattractive side of my career. He sat down the other night and spent three hours doing paperwork. By the end of it, his sentences weren't even making sense anymore. I now have a much greater sense of sympathy for my clients! The paperwork is very exhausting. But we also have enjoyed reading each other's answers to the home study questions. Especially the ones regarding "your spouses' strengths and weaknesses." Apparently, I am a somewhat messy spouse! Haha!! I already knew that though. But he also said I am a great cook, and that I am a hard worker. We still have to write our autobiographies. Can I just write for my social worker to watch "Everybody Loves Raymond," and our caseworker will completely understand my family?! So we have knocked a lot off of our list of things to do for our home study! Just get 'er done!!!!