Because we love you

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A dear friend of ours that is also an adoptive parent shared this on our Facebook this week. These words resonate so much as we think, pray and already love our future child (children, let’s be honest!). We have no idea what he or she will even look like or where he or she will come, but we already love our kid, more than words can express!

As the days get closer and as we continue to raise funds to adopt you, we love you more than you will ever know. Someday you will make us a lucky Mom and a lucky Dad.

T-shirt Campaign: One week left!

Only one week less to purchase a T-shirt as part of our campaign. We have been very thankful and happy to know that there is much support from friends that have purchased, or are planning on it.

Don’t forget to click here to purchase a T-shirt!

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(If you purchase a t-shirt, take a selfie with it and either post it on Social Media, text or e-mail it to us. We want to see how they look on y’all!)

Our Family Slogan

Wow, we find it so hard to believe that we have been in the midst of gearing up and working on prepping for adoption since June! This year has been both a blessing and a struggle with us as we came to the realization earlier that having children “the natural way” may or may not be something that will happen to us.

For this reason we have decided to adopt this as our family slogan:

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This is in the back side of our T-shirt campaign (which you can find if you click on this link, but the offer ends on August 31st!). It means to us our acceptance that our children may never be “blood related” to us, but that doesn’t matter to us. Family IS more than blood! It’s laughter, love, tears, adventure, experiences, joy, sadness, hope and much more. If there is anything we have learned through adoption is that family is all of that, and while our kids may not carry our same genes and DNA, they will have us. They will be loving and compassionate like Danielle and outgoing and adventurous like Luis, they will share similar traits with their aunts, uncles and grandparents and will always be loved, no matter who or even where the came from. We believe that our children will be Guerreros, just as much as we are.

Family IS more than blood.

Family IS love.

The Cat is Home Study ready

11821869_1633462770260231_603805061_nThere are some things that can seem small that you never expect would be a “thing” when you are adopting. One of them is making sure your pets are up to code and healthy, this is why this week we made sure we had all of Cali’s shots and health up to date.

This is Cali, she is around 4 years old and we got her when we were first dating. Danielle saw an ad on Craigslist for someone giving out kittens and she called me to ask “hey, do you like cats?” Now let me clarify, I never disliked cats, I had a cat growing up, I just hadn’t thought of the prospect of having a cat, specially with someone I had just started dating. What I didn’t know is that Danielle and her Mom and Sister were on their way to this barn in the middle of nowhere to pick up this cat. They arrived at this barn with all these malnourished kittens that were probably starving and not taken care of, they ended up choosing Cali to be ours.

Cats have odd personalities, Cali is not really a people person, we don’t even know if she likes even us some times and then other times she can’t get enough of being around us. She freaks out whenever family or friends come over and it takes her a day or two when people from out of town stay with us.

But she is ours and we have loved her.

Anyway, for the home study process, any pets in the house need to have all their shots and vet records up to day, so as small as this step may sound, we are pretty happy that we got this first step done.

Now hopefully we can start progressing some more soon, but all in due time.

Two very different paths

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There are many different roads you can take when it comes to adoption, although the most common are through the State and the other is through a Private Agency.

Yesterday we received the biggest confirmation on why we are doing the right thing in having chosen to stick with a Private Agency instead of going through the State. Now, regardless of how you feel about the State’s system, we are not saying at all that it is not worth it. There is a huge need for families to foster and adopt through the State, especially here in New Mexico, we just really felt like that was clearly not for us at this time. We have talked about fostering in the future, but feel that our primary focus now should be adopting baby G.

We atteded a meeting at our local “State Agency” to gather information because even though we had already set our eyes on sticking with Adoption Assistance Agency and we are on their waiting list, we figured we at least would give it the benefit of the doubt to explore what other options are. It is not worth going into detail because it is not our place to encourage or discourage anyone from pursuing this venue, but we just got a big impression of how going through public adoption is not right venue for us. We are so grateful to be involved (even if it is a waiting list manner) with an agency that has the best interest for all the parties involved and the well being of both bio, adoptive and the child as well.

Inside the Womb

Very interesting. We often think about who the woman is that will (or is for all we know) that will be carrying our children. We will forever be grateful to her for making the choice of giving a child away, instead of the other alternative when someone has an unexpected pregnancy.

Diamond Mike Watson

11811367_985730768136294_2677470364734882904_nOctober, 1957. This pregnant lady is the birthmother I have never known. The amazing thing is realizing that I am growing in her womb, and that I was born four months after this photo was taken.  I was never told as child , “You came from mommy’s stomach.” For so many years, I thought a woman was simply fat when she was pregnant. I didn’t understand the concept of pregnancy because I thought kids were chosen.

I have always been such an investigative adoptee.  That’s why I have lost many “friends” over the years. I discovered who my birthparents were from 20 years of searching. My birth family was told by my birthmother that I was born dead, so there was no reason for anyone to go search for me.

Until I was 36 years old, I had many recurring feelings of being alone. Until then, I had never…

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First fundraiser: Over

Officially as of 12:00am on August 1st we closed our Go Fund Me campaign and we are both in awe of how generous everyone has been. We’ve received additional donations outside of Go Fund Me as well (GFM keeps a percentage of your donation, so some prefer just personal checks, which we totally get), but we can gladly say that this one in particular is over.

So what comes next?

As we have said in other blog posts, we are still not at our goal and are a long ways away. Yard sales? Events? T-shirts? All of the above!

We will be announcing our next fundraiser next weekend and we are pretty stoked about this one. Unlike Go Fund Me where we felt as though we were just asking people for money, the following ones will benefit our friends and family, while we raise funds to adopt Baby G.

From all 3 of us (Luis, Danielle and Baby G):

P.S. Even though we closed our GFM campaign, online contributions are still available via PayPal. Just CLICK HERE to be re-directed to that site.

We love you all so much and are so encouraged by your support!