Home Study Visit {1}

I am so excited to share that WE ARE APPROVED TO ADOPT! After completing ALL the paperwork (and boy was it a lot!), doctors appointments, background checks, and a weekend of training, we were able to start the home study process.

 

Now I am going to be honest…I found the prospect of inviting a stranger into our home to evaluate us as future parents completely terrifying. As a couple, we wear our feelings and our hearts on our sleeves. Whenever we meet new people, I usually apologize at the start for anything my husband may share. We kinda lack filters, not in a crude inappropriate way, but in an awkward truth kind of way. The more nervous and uncomfortable we are in a situation, the more we reveal. And even though we are honest people with nothing to hide, I was still anxious about the whole situation. I mean what if I said something wrong and it changed the social worker’s opinion of me? What if we awkwardly joked about something that made us look like we would be terrible parents?

So with all of those worries and thoughts in my head, we stepped out and said “What will be will be.” Deep down I know that Will and I will be great parents. We have both been blessed beyond measure with the parents and families we grew up in. Our childhood memories are those of love, adventure, and stability. I look at Will as a husband and father to our fur babies and am so sure of the man I married. As a team we are awesome (if I do say so myself) and with our ups and downs we still laugh and love and have the best time.

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We met our social worker the first week of December 2015. She came to our perfectly cleaned and organized home and sat down with us for two hours. She asked us questions about why we wanted to adopt and all the questions you ask when getting to know someone. And I quickly realized that she wasn’t asking those questions to see if we fit a specific adoptive family criteria. She really wanted to know us personally…to build a study of who we are not only as people, but as a unit. Our likes, hobbies, jobs, and dreams. And for those two hours we talked with a sense of ease and feeling of peace. We did not try to impress or win her over. We just talked about us.

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Ice Skating in Denver – One of our favorite things

Just like that…one of the three visits I had been so terrified about was over. We kept looking at each other and saying “Was that really it?”. I mean, ok, we still had two more visits (one being the individual interviews), but wow what a feeling. It wasn’t the paperwork or training that made me realize we could do this. It is the partnership I have with my husband, the life we have already built together, and trust in our God who has called us to adoption. Baby M we love you already and cannot wait for you to be ours.

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Painting the Nursery for Baby M – Blog Post Coming Soon

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for Home Study Visit {2}

 

 

Adoption Announcement Photoshoot

We are coming to the end of our homestudy (post coming soon about our experience) and when it is finalized (the 2nd week of January) we will be eligible to be matched to a birth parent and baby!

 

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It is our plan to send out a “We are hoping to Adopt” Announcement at the start of the year! This is to let our extended family and friends know about our adoption plans and to enable the people in our lives to support us, either through prayer, sharing our story, or financially through donations.

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We are praying for a baby to join this House Full of Pecks in 2016! We know that adoption is hard, that the process can take years, but we are staying positive and praying for God to bring our baby to us this year. That might sound crazy or naive, but we are stepping out in faith and trusting God’s plan for us. And as hopeful as we are for a baby in 2016, we are willing to wait as long as it takes for our baby!

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And what is an adoption announcement without a photoshoot?!?!? I met Kate this past summer when I drove her and a few other high school girls around Erie for the Amazing Race. This is an event for High School students who are part of our Church youth group, which I have been volunteering with since this summer.  It was a really fun afternoon and our team came in 2nd Place! Anyways, I have come to know Kate over this past semester at youth group and discovered she has a love for photography! She is so kind, has a great heart, and I knew she would be perfect to take our photos! And let me tell you what an awesome time we had!

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Kate made us feel really comfortable and was able to capture us and our personalities so well. She even managed to get a few of the four of us, despite Miss Bennett not co-operating! We would highly recommend her for any and all of your photoshoots and will definitely be using her for our photoshoots in the future! You can see more of her work on her website

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I am currently finishing up our adoption profile book that will be viewed by birth parents for a potential match! This journey has been so beautiful and has taught both of us about not only trusting in the Lord for his provision and timing, but to treasure this time of waiting as he prepares us to be parents. I spoke to someone recently who had adopted through our agency and they said one of the most helpful things I have heard in regards to waiting. It is not a question of “if” we will get a child, but a question of “when” our child will become ours completely.

 

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We are also praying for our future birth parents…that they will see how much we already love this child, and how humbled we are to get to partner with them to raise this baby. We pray for strength and courage as they make their adoption plan and for wisdom in choosing. We are two imperfect people, striving to live a life worthy of the children we will be given.

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Thank you for taking the time to look at our pictures and for following us in our journey. We are so grateful for your prayers and support! If you would like to receive an adoption announcement and to support us in our adoption journey, please connect with me on here or on Facebook.

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“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
-Joshua 1:9

Gatsby’s Ancestry Revealed

Its been a couple weeks since I have written on here and boy have I been busy! With a trip to Vegas with friends, my birthday and my in-laws visiting, its been harder to find time to stop and write. But today I finally was able to sit myself down and am excited to share more about our #familyoffour.

When we rescued our little Gatsby we were told he was most likely a 2-3 month old lab mix who had great growth potential. At the time that was really important to us because we wanted a good playmate and brother for our 70 pound American Bulldog who needed help learning how to play positively with other dogs. We soon found out from the vet that he was actually a few months older, most likely of corgi descent and probably wouldn’t get bigger than 35/40 pounds. After loving him for almost a year we decided to have a wisdom panel taken to find out what breeds made up our energetic and completely adorable (little) pup.

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Gatsby Sitting on our Deck…Isn’t he just the cutest????

After a month of waiting for the results, we finally received them from our vet last week. She was so excited to share Gatsby’s ancestry and even was able to notice different characteristics that he currently exhibits that matched the results.

So the big reveal….. Gatsby is a Australian Shepherd, Rottweiler, Golden Retriever mix.

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Gatsby’s Ancestry Revealed

We were totally surprised by the results! We had an inkling that he would be a shepherd of some sort but Rottweiler…WOW! Looking at him now we can see all three breeds, in his coloring, in his ears, in his brown little eyebrows, and in his constant herding of Bennett in the backyard and his boisterous and playful personality.

I am not gonna lie, I was thrilled to find out that he is not one bit corgi, and that his short stature is due to the “mixed breed” that makes up a portion of his ancestry beyond three generations. They selected 5 breeds that most likely contributed to that mixed breed ancestry, and that it is likely only one or more of these breeds played a part in his genetic makeup. The five breeds listed from most likely to less likely are Shetland Sheepdog, Pekingese, Samoyed, Alaskan Malamute, and Shih Tzu.

We would guess from the way he is shedding his undercoat this summer that he has at least a little bit of the Alaskan Malamute in him. And as all three confirmed breeds have floppy ears, Gatsby’s adorable ears that stick straight up would be attributed to one of those 5 breeds as well (maybe the Samoyed or Sheepdog).
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As exciting as this has all been, it has really got me thinking about the importance of ancestry and family. We rescued Gatsby with hardly any information about his age, breed, or past circumstances. And as we have filled in some of the blanks with him, it has not changed how we feel about him one little bit. I have loved him the same now knowing his breed and age as I did before I knew those things. Through our rescuing of both Gatsby and Miss Bennett, I think God has been teaching me about unconditional love to prepare my heart for when we adopt our kids. It won’t matter where they came from or who they came from for me to love them unconditionally. And as they grow up and we learn more about them as parents do with their growing children, it will only make my love grow and grow.

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At the end of the day Gatsby is Gatsby…our little honeybadger. He is the best brother and playmate for our Miss Bennett. Even though he is only 35 pounds to her 70 pounds, he can still take her down when they play fight. He is loyal and constantly makes me laugh with his belly rolls and little flirtatious grunts. I would not be the same person without him.