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See those smiling faces? That's us, Jeremy and Jordan, pretty much all the time. Our friends and family would tell you that we are friendly, caring, loyal and a darn good match! In fact, Jordan told Jeremy on their 4th date that she was going to marry him (he was taken by surprise but figured it out for himself soon enough!) We have been married for almost eight years and have been there for each other through life's highs and lows, finding joy even in the hard times.
We have been blessed with a biological son who is five years old. He brings so much happiness to our family and we would love for him to grow up with siblings. Unfortunately, we have suffered multiple miscarriages and had a daughter who passed away days after birth. We have always talked about adoption and because we feel strongly about growing our family, we know that we are headed on the right path.
We are seeking a semi-open or open adoption. Years ago, a family member chose an adoption plan for her baby. Not a day goes by that we do not think of him and wonder what kind of young man he has become. We would to work with a birth mother to discover what works best for all involved.
We love being parents and would love to share our love with more children. We can’t wait to welcome a child into our family through adoption.
Expectant mothers who choose to make an adoption plan may qualify for some level of financial assistance during their pregnancy. However, each person's situation and specific needs are different. Your adoption social worker can help you determine what level of assistance you qualify for and deserve. Many expectant mothers qualify for financial assistance to cover basic pregnancy and living expenses, including but not limited to - transportation reimbursement, utility assistance for phone, water, and electricity/gas, maternity clothing and supplements, etc.
Navigating a pregnancy alone is never easy. Depending on your situation and location, you may qualify for financial assistance to help cover the cost of basic living expenses, such as food and groceries.
Receiving quality medical care during your pregnancy is vital to both your health and the health of your baby. If you choose to place your baby for adoption, all of your pregnancy-related medical expenses will be covered by the adoptive family.
Women who choose to place their baby for adoption may receive financial assistance to help cover the cost of rent and utilities. If you feel that you’ll need some help with these costs, it’s important to talk to your adoption social worker about it early in the process. Each expectant mother’s situation is different, and eligibility may vary.
In order to have a healthy pregnancy, it’s important that you have everything you need to lead a healthy lifestyle. Like food and groceries, the cost of some household items - like feminine and dental care items, along with prenatal supplements - may be covered during your pregnancy.
Placing a baby for adoption is a loving, but incredibly challenging decision to make. Many women experience an array of emotions during this time and find that counseling is very helpful in navigating those feelings. If you would like to receive counseling during or after your pregnancy, that can be arranged by your adoption social worker. The cost of counseling will be covered by the adoptive family or adoption organization.
If you need assistance with transportation, your adoption social worker can work with you to find the best solution. You may eligible for assistance with transportation costs or be connected with a transportation service to utilize during your pregnancy.
It won't cost you anything. If you choose to place your baby for adoption, all of your medical and legal fees will be covered and you may be eligible for financial assistance with other pregnancy-related expenses.
Yes. Even if you don’t know the identity of the birth father, you can still choose to make an adoption plan. However, every adoption situation is different. The adoption social worker you’re assigned to will get to know you and your story first, and then guide you through the process accordingly.
You can make an adoption plan at any point in your pregnancy, even after the baby has been born. But, it's important to start the process as early in your pregnancy as possible. Connecting with those resources will allow you to gain access to important medical services, including prenatal care, to help ensure a healthy pregnancy.
One aspect of your adoption plan is the "Hospital Plan" an outline of how you'd like your hospital stay and delivery to go. You can craft this on your own or with the help of your adoption social worker. But everything is up to you. You’ll be able to choose who comes to the hospital with you, who is in the room with you during delivery, and how much time you’d like to spend with the baby before signing the final papers.
As part of your adoption plan, you'll determine whether or not you’d like to have an open or closed adoption or something in between. Open adoptions may include phone calls, messaging (via social media, email, or text), and/or periodic visits each year. Closed adoptions may include no contact at all or annual updates provided to the birth parent(s) by the adoptive family. Each post-adoption relationship is different and can vary based on what an expectant mother chooses in her adoption plan.
Jeremy's busy time is in the summer. He spends most days (and some nights) baling hay and working on the family farm. Lately, the days have been hot and he has been too busy to come home and grab a bite to eat. When that happens, we take lunch to him! Sometimes I make him a sandwich or a burrito but today we got Burger King while we were running errands. He was very happy. On most days, Weston will tag along in the tractor for a few rounds and "drive", but today he decided it was too hot! I feel ya buddy! Thankfully by the end of August most of the tractor work slows down and the office work (AIR CONDITIONING!) picks up!
Some people drink wine, sip tea, read a book, write in a journal or garden when they are bored, stressed or need to relax. I do some of those things too, but most often I find myself drawing. It's never anything fancy, and most often is just scribbles on paper. Recently though, I started taking my time and drawing in an art book. It is the neatest book; it has over 500 sketching prompts. They just say what to draw and give you a space for it. It is so fun! I used to not know what to draw, but this is neat because it gives so many ideas! These are a few of my favorites, and it makes me happy to see I've accomplished something!
Weston had a couple cavities and had to get fillings. I was really afraid that he would freak out and cry, but he totally surprised me and the dentist! He sat there and watched a movie on the big screen (what a cool dentist right?!) and loved the cherry smell of the laughing gas. Haha. When the dentist was done, he asked Weston if he still liked him and he said yes! He was so brave, and now has a happy and cavity free smile.
It is still over 100 degrees daily here and I am ready for it to be over! We have to find ways to enjoy this lingering heat! Our church last week had an ice cream social and homemade ice cream contest! We always enter and never win. Our last years' recipes included German chocolate ice cream, Key lime ice cream and cinnamon ice cream. This year we were rushed for time and didn't decide to participate until the day of! We both wanted to enter this year so we each made our own. I made a vanilla base, and a homemade raspberry sauce to swirl in. Then I added dark chocolate raspberry candy bars to the mix and it was the perfect amount of tart and sweet with the chocolate and raspberry! Jeremy decided to make a butter pecan ice cream and at the last minute decided to add maple syrup to it. He used his Uncle's maple syrup (his uncle has a maple syrup farm in Wisconsin). We stirred the butter, pecans, brown sugar and maple syrup in a pan until it made a thick maple caramel. It was so amazing!! We put little dropfulls of the maple pecan...
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