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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Our Adoption Time Line

For those of you who might be interested in dates and time lines, we thought we'd share our adoption time line here. Plus, it's kind of nice for us to realize how far we've come.

May 2006 - First discussed looking into adoption. (But, there was a chance we would be moving, so we felt like the time wasn't right.)

October 1, 2006 - We felt prompted to contact LDS Family Services, while watching General Conference.

October 9, 2006 - Received the initial paperwork from LDS Family Services. Started praying like crazy to know if we were headed in the right direction.

November 17, 2006 - Attended an Adoption Orientation Meeting, and met our case worker. Answers to our prayers came flowing in. We left that meeting feeling very peaceful about our decision to adopt.

December 8, 2006 - Received more paperwork to fill out.

January 29, 2007 - Received the "big packet" of paperwork.

March 8, 2007 - Completed and submitted all paperwork.

March 21, 2007 - Met with our case worker for our one-on-one interviews and our first couple interview.

April 13, 2007 - Our case worker came up here to complete our home study, and do our final couple interview.

May 4, 2007 - Received the phone call that we were approved! Hooray! We were so excited, we cried.

May 8, 2007 - Received our official letter in the mail, saying we are approved.

So, since then we've been in the waiting period. There are moments when we feel like we're going to go crazy with the waiting... but, overall we have felt very much at peace with the process. As we've gone through life's trials, we've had to learn patience, and as a result we've come to trust in the Lord, and in His timetable.

As time has gone on, our thoughts have naturally turned more towards birth mothers, and more specifically our birth mother. Somehow, our burdens seem much less significant when we compare them to what our birth mother must be feeling. Though we don't know her, we have grown to love her. We pray for her, we hope she is surrounded by arms who love her and support her. We hope that when our paths meet, we will be able to help carry her burdens and bring peace to her heart. We look forward to that day.

12 comments:

Calamity Jane said...

Let the birth mother know that there are some seirous doting aunties who are praying for her too

Kimberly said...

You expressed that so beautifully. Your humility is so touching, and brings a smile every time I visit here. =)

Marc and Megan said...

calamity jane - yes, indeed! the best aunties that ever were! Though we don't know who she is, we hope somehow she feels the love we all feel for her. Thanks for your prayers for us and for her!

Marc and Megan said...

Kimberly - I am so glad you posted, because we owe you a BIG thanks... we received the kindest email the other day from an adoptive mom, who found our site through you. Thank you for posting our link on your blog! :)

Carrot Jello said...

That is pretty cool that you chronicled that.

Kimberly said...

I'm so glad to hear that! But in the end, the kudos go to Carrot, and to you guys for being wonderful enough people that it's a pleasure to link to you. =)

Marc and Megan said...

Yes, Kimberly, you're right!

Carrot deserves the BIGGEST thank you, for without her linking to us, you wouldn't have known to link to us. She was very much deserving of the "frequent linker" award. :)

We love you, Michelle!

PJ said...

A Couple in our ward went through the same steps as you. Three weeks ago they received a phone call and TWO days later had a beautiful baby boy! TWO DAYS!

I hope your day arrives swiftly!

Heffalump said...

My sister and her husband adopted their oldest through LDS social services. My niece is such a big part of our family that I often forget that she came to us through adoption.
I look forward to hearing good news when it comes your way and the waiting is over.

Marc and Megan said...

pj, thanks for hoping for us and with us! We appreciate it! And we love hearing happy stories about other people, too! Thank you!

Heffalump, it's been amazing to find out so many others have adoption stories. The more we hear about other adoption experiences, the more excited we get!

melody is slurping life said...

I've adored reading what little of your blog time allowed me today.

As a mom by biology (once) and adoption (three x), sending you blessings along this amazing journey.

Amy said...

Marc and Megan,

As a fellow prospective LDS adoptive parent who was approved only a month ago, I was absolutely captivated by your profile, site and blog. You're awesome! To my friends, you are the couple who I explain, "I'd give my baby to them if I were a birth mother!!"

For us, the idea of adoption occured in the spring of 2005. But, in the process of a relocation, it took much longer than we expected to settle down...and also much longer than I planned to complete the insane amount of paperwork! Hah.

From what I've read, I believe you're going to be amazing parents and I hope the day comes quickly for both of us! I'm thinking of creating a blog myself and would love to keep in touch with you two throughout this crazy and wonderful process. I'll comment again once I've made a profile! :)

Best of luck!
Amy