T-shirts are in!!

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Our adoption T-shirts came in today! We are so proud to go out and about wearing them and sharing our message of adoption, and seeing all our friends and family that ordered one.

We used a company called Bonfire Funds and they were great working with us and making t-shirts is a great way to fund raise. If you or anyone you know would like to set a fund raiser for whatever it is that you are trying to raise money for (sports, schools, charity, adoption, missions, etc) you can do so clicking on this link. By doing so you will actually earn and extra $1 per t-shirt sold so it is worth checking out, and if you refer someone else then you will also get a little extra!

By this time next year

We had a crazy thought today: what if by this time next year we are parents already? I mean, how crazy (awesome) would that be?!

As we are in full fundraising mode (and planning our next ones), it is so incredible that in just a few months we are actually about a fifth of the way to reach our total adoption goal and have been so amazed at the love and support of family and friends!

Back to our thought for today, we really could be parents in a year! The Agency we are signed up for has us in a waiting list to be on the official list for a birth mom to pick us to adopt their baby, and while we were told on average that is about a year (or longer in some cases) process, that could totally happen.

Family and friends, we want nothing more than to be parents and can’t wait to do so and as the day draws closer we are just getting more and more exciting about when this day comes!

Love,

Luis & Danielle

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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.

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.

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!

Go Fund Me: Last Day!

Today is the very last day to donate to our Go Fund Me Campaign…this means after tonight at midnight we will be closing it down. We’ve received great support from loved ones and this has helped us kick start the series of fundraisers. Keep your eyes open for Monday, we will be announcing the next fundraiser then!

Click here to go to our Go Fund Me site before mid-night!

The Empty Room

roomWe’ve been home owners since the very end of December 2014 after a very long search for what would become our home and the place we would hopefully raise our children.

When we moved to this house we left one of the bedrooms empty on purpose because that was around the time when we were getting that monthly dissapointment of a failed pregnancy test. We had so much planned as we were moving in all of our stuff into the house, but we just left that room empty (we loaded boxes in there and it was a good stage room for stuff) with the purpose of it eventually turning into a nursery.

As months went by and there was still no positive, the reminder of there being an empty room not being used kept haunting us more each day. At the moment, its just our extra room, where Luis and his guitar and music stuff and a few boxes live. That room right now is a reminder of how being patient and waiting will some day pay off.

One thing we’ve addressed in our blog before is the time line of things. Most couples when they are expecting have an idea of when to start decorating and buying furniture. Every time we walk by that room we are reminded of how depending on how the process goes, we may not have time to prepare the room. When you adopt you can get a call that a birth mother has chosen you and this may be early in the pregnancy or you may get a call that a child has been born and he/she is ready for you to take them home. For all we know, this room may be empty until the day we bring a child into our home.

But some day it won’t be empty. Someday it will be full of toys, and kid furniture, and tears, and laughter and memories. Until that day comes, this room is a reminder that it will be worth the wait.

Baby Steps (Adoption Update)

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Many of you (family and friends) have been asking us for an update on how the adoption fundraising is going, and we  are happy to bring a good update. To date, and only after about 6 weeks from having announced to the world that we have embarked in the adventure of adoption, we have raised about 10% of our total adoption (which we are looking between $20,000-$30,000). This has all been from a combination of sources (Go Fund Me, PayPal and personal donations) and we could not be any more thankful! Plus, the emotional support has been much greater than we ever expected, we are thankful that our child will grow up knowing they will for life have such a loving community.

Fundraising can be a very stressful and daunting tasks, and at times a little discouraging, but we are starting the next stage of fundraising and are very excited about this.

We will be kicking off a new series of fundraisers that will include some more fun things like parties, a coffee tasting, yard sales and anything else we can think of. We are strong believers that we need to work to get to our end goal and are really looking forward to this next stage. We are far from the goal, but based on the response we have received so far we have no doubt that we will get to that, and can’t wait until the day comes where we can share with our kid the story of how we adopted them.

As far as where we are on the actual adoption process is a little hard to tell. The agency we have decided on (Adoption Assistance Agency) has a very long waiting list and only work with 10 families at a time, so odds of getting in soon are kind of low, but we are perfectly OK with that because that gives us more time to fund raise and praying for the child God has hand selected to be ours. On the days we get impatient, we remind ourselves we have been blessed with the opportunity to adopt and can’t wait for that day to come.

We will leave open donations through our PayPal account, but will be closing our Go Fund Me page at the end of this month. We may open it again in the future, but for now we will just leave it to PayPal if you would like to donate online. Overall, we are more excited about the local fundraising events we are going to start very soon and if you are interested in participating just let us know.

Love,

Luis, Danielle & Baby G

P.S. Below are the direct links for donations, we are so grateful for all the love and support everyone has shown!

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