Thursday, September 26, 2013

Support Adoption, Eat a Frosty

I now notice the word adoption showing up everywhere: In Mass, at work (one of the forms we use is called an "IRA Adoption Agreement"), and today at Wendy's.

Tonight I decided to treat myself to a Frosty and saw this sign while in the drive-thru:

Notice at the bottom:
Donations Benefit the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
I was intrigued, and also excited at the prospect of 5 Jr. Frosty coupons for $1. So, in addition to enjoying my chocolatey dessert, I bought a coupon book.

Then I went home and checked out the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

Turns out that Wendy's is a big champion of helping children in foster care find forever families. The foundation provides resources to adoption agencies and social workers to help the highest-need children get adopted. Dave Thomas (Wendy's founder) also championed the adoption tax credit before Congress and supported the creation of an adoption stamp.

It is so refreshing to see an organization that supports adoption. What a beautiful mission, and one worth supporting. I have a feeling I'm going to be eating a lot more Frosty's in the coming months!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Trying to be patient

Fall is my favorite season. I luv luv luv all of it: yummy fresh-off-the-tree apples, pumpkin carving, fall festivals, crispness in the air, Oktoberfest in my hometown, changing in the leaves, mums, hay bales, caramel apples.

My heart aches for child(ren) to make fall memories with. Sometimes it is just sooooooooo hard to wait.

Jesus help me be patient and trust in you.

Us in 2010, can't wait to carve pumpkins with our kiddos some day.

Friday, September 13, 2013

7 Quick Takes Friday (9-13-13)

A few things we are up to this fall, as we continue working on our home-study:

#1 - Mike is applying to begin his doctorate in Sacred Theology at University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein Seminary. Funny, the acronym for his degree is going to be S.T.D. (Doctor of Sacred Theology, but in Latin). He is done with classes, so he is starting work on his dissertation. So proud.

#2 - Related to #1, we got an awesome desk from IKEA for Mike to use as his dissertation workspace. We also rearranged our second bedroom (thanks to help from Fr. Matt in moving furniture). I think it looks nice.

#3 - I’ve decided to train for a half-marathon. Yikes. I love autumn weather (the pretty leaves, the smell in the air), so I thought this would be a perfect time to get outdoors and run. I haven’t officially registered for a race yet. I’m too chicken, and want to make sure I get a few long runs in. Good thing, because last night I took a major fall and now have two skinned knees and two skinned palms...not sure how my "long run" will go tomorrow! Hope to schedule it in October. 

#4 - Lately I’ve realized that I spend WAY too much time online, so I’m trying to find other productive ways to use time. I’ve decided to learn rosary making. Got a kit with instructions and started watching lots of how-to videos on YouTube. So far so good.

#5 - Pumpkin is back! This is my favorite time of year. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all the pumpkin possibilities out there. Pumpkin iced coffee, pumpkin chai, stocked up on Pumpkin coffee creamer. I also bought canned pumpkin to stir into my oatmeal…not sure how it will taste, but I saw a magazine pic with it, and couldn’t resist trying it. What’s your favorite pumpkin item?

#6 - Did I mention yet that autumn is my favorite time of year??? Yet another reason to love autumn is NFL Football…regular season is finally here…GO PACK GO!

#7 - We had our first home-study interview this week with our social worker. Home-study interview #1 = More paperwork to do + a chance to explain our infertility journey and desire to adopt. It was a good meeting. One meeting down, four to go. Thanks for all the prayers!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Pictures, Pictures

As part of the adoption process we will be creating a profile book. It will include photos and descriptions of our life, hobbies, and hopes for our child. This weekend we had fun getting photos taken to be included in our profile book. If you know anyone who is considering adoption for their child, please share our contact information with them.