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Shelley-YEAH!!!! That is very exciting!!
With our adoption we would also be contacted 1st about any bio-siblings that would be born. One friend has 3 children from the same birthmother (so for now they have 5 kids in all) and another has 4 kids. 2 from 1 birthmother (domestic) and 2 from another birthmother (international).

Melissa thank youf or your answers. I never really worried about it but started freaking out a bit when I read your post. Thanks for ketting me know.
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Just found this thread. I'm an adoptive mom. We have a biological daughter (17) and our son is 4. He came home 8 weeks after he was born and we found out about him about a week before that. The social worker called me on a Monday and asked when I wanted to get him (this is after a couple of visits with her and HIS social worker). I said, "I guess now is too soon?" He came home on Friday, so I tell people I had a 5 day pregnancy with him.

He's the joy of our lives. You can see him here: http://www.mootwodesigns.com/photopo...0&limit=recent
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Thanks for sharing your sweetie, Nancy. He is a darling. Welcome to the thread!
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Hi Nancy,
Great story! Noah looks so much like our son Joel. Looks like you have a multiracial family like ours. Our own little rainbow.
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Noah is adorable Nancy! Hi btw! You just bought a stamp set from me. lol
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Shelley, how did it go the other day?
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Noah is adorable Nancy! Hi btw! You just bought a stamp set from me. lol
Hi! I thought I recognized the name!
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Great story! Noah looks so much like our son Joel. Looks like you have a multiracial family like ours. Our own little rainbow.
Hi, Shelley!

Yes, we do have a multiracial family! DH, DD17 and I are all of Scandanavian descent (DH - Norway, me - Denmark, DD17 - well, both!) and then there's little Noah! He told his daddy one day that he wishes he were "lellow," too, and we told him that we think chocolate is a good color to be! I have to say our family is remembered a lot of places we go!
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Oh Friday was wonderful! I am so happy to have these babies. Nancy, if you didn't read all of the posts, these are our 5th and 6th children. 3 biological, ages 27, 25, 23, our daughter from Korea age 17, our son age 15 is from Russia. Now we have light and dark chocolate. GOD smiles in all colors.

Ladies on a different note could you all please pray for our 2 year old former foster daughter who was adopted into a family of 10 children? Last week they found out that the mom's breast cancer is back and has matastisized to the bone and liver. This is so very sad. All of the children are young.

Thanks everyone! You're a wonderful group of women.
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Hi Ladies,
I've been reading a few posts from this lengthy thread, what blessings you have received, and what courage you all have! My twin sister gave a baby up for adoption 10 years ago, so the subject is near and dear to my heart, as I have a nephew out there benefiting from another family's love. I hope to meet him one day. The adoptive parents have kept in touch with my sister (BM) and sent pictures, etc. She does not know their full identity, though.
My sister has struggled, and had another baby (she's still unmarried) last year, and decided to keep it. I wonder if it was partly intentional, to heal the hurt of the loss of her son. We are enjoying our new neice, and love her to pieces. My sister is doing a great job as a mom, she's 35 and able to support the baby.
My real reason for posting is to share a website with you:

http://listen.family.org/daily/A000000183.cfm

It's Focus on the Family, and they had 2 broadcasts, on Jan. 25-26 about a family who adopted from China, and started an adoption ministry over there as a result. It is a beautiful story about a baby who was badly burned and left in a field to die. They rescued him and ... well, I won't spoil the story. Click on the link and you can listen to the broadcast over your computer. There is another broadcast from Steven Curtis Chapman, a Christian recording artist, who has also adopted 2 babies internationally. You can find it on the same site.
Let me know what you think! It is surely an inspiration to those of you who have experienced the joy of adoption as well as those of you who are waiting. Get your kleenex ready!
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Isn't that a beautiful story? I was listening to Focus on the Family and heard their story. I have also heard Steven Curtis Chapman and his adoption story. I am not sure if I mentioned the Christian missions board that I am on, but I wanted to do so in hopes that you might see what great things this young couple started after witnessing the poverty and plight of the children in Russia. Please check out this website as well. There are no paid staff members and we supprt 11 (or is it 13?) orphanages now. GOD has really used this young couple as well to do his work.

The website is:www.fororphans.org

Shirley, it is a wonderful gift that your sister gave to the couple who have her son. I am happy that she was brave enough to do that. It takes a great deal of character and love, for a woman to give her child a better life through adoption.
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I haven't read all the posts in this thread but will tell you I've been blessed by adoption 4 times : ) My children are the greatest joy to me. Here's a larger link to their picture:

http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h1.../IMG_2755W.jpg

I'm always happy to talk to anyone about it. I had one family placement, 2 from foster care, and one private adoption - and we got to be in the room when she was born!!

The most important thing to do when considering adoption is to pray.

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Wendy you're kids are adorable!
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What a lovely family, Wendy! Thanks for sharing the picture!
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Wendy!! Thanks for sharing! Your family is gorgeous! Huge congrats to you!! I agree about the prayer component. We wouldn't have made it through without the strength of the Lord. We learned a LOT about patience during our 2 year journey to bring our sweet girl home. It was worth every minute.
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I agree. We waited 10 years, through trans-Atlantic moves and a birthmother who changed her mind four days after the baby was born, before we got our precious, precious son! Many, MANY times I cried out to the Lord in pain, anger and sorrow, but He came through and I would go through it all again, just to have Noah reach out and call me his "cute little Mommy!"
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Wendy, I agree! Your kids are adorable. My son asked us the other night when Kaitlyn (our foster baby) was going home? I said well Levi are you ready for her to go? He said no, but that she'd spent the night for a really long time. I said that she was going to live with us from now on and he says, "So do I have to call her sister too?" (He calls our daughter Madison, sister) It's so funny how kids react to certain things.
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As you can tell by my screen name I have been blessed by adoption twice. Both my children are adopted from S. Korea. Emma, now 4 1/2, was 6 months old when she blessed us in Jan. of 2003 and Owen was 5 months old when he blessed us in Nov. of 2005. Like camsmom said they were outs the minute we took custody of them, but it was still a great relief to have the final adoption take place.

We are so blessed, both of out children seem to adjust really quickly. I traveled to Seoul to bring our daughter home. It was a wonderful experience, I wouldn't have had it any other way, the only thing I didn't like about it was the fact that my husband was unable to travel with me. Emma and I bonded instantly and she had a very carefree attitude even at that young of age. The attitude has stuck with her to the ripe old age of 4. Emma was a very easy adjustment, she was sleeping throught the night the 2nd night we had her home, and slept through the night every night after, until about the age of 2 then she decided she need to sleep much at all anymore. We worked throuhg it and now she is back to a normal sleep schedule.

The moment my husband held our son in his arms, when we picked him up at the airport, I knew it was going to be an easy adjustment. Owen snuggled up to my husbands face and didn't cry at all. We had a 2 1/2 hour car ride home he slept the whole way and was ready to play when he arrived at his new home.

God has blessed us with 2 wonderful children, and to me that is priceless.


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HI everyone!

I haven't been here in awhile because of my DH's deployment. I haven't even hardly stamped or scrapbooked in about 5 months (gasp!!). But, I did want to update you all as I have posted in the past

DH and I sent our application to our placing agency back in July but we had to put everything on hold when he deployed in September, plus with all the changes happening in the Korean program we would have been forced to anyway. Since DH returned home we have been working and working on paperwork, paperwork, and more paperwork for the homestudy, LOL! We are almost done and ready to send in this huge packet for our homestudy! Once they get it they will have a social worker contact us and we can kick this homestudy out! I hope to have it completed by the end of April

I am so very excited and can't wait to share the news of a referral!!!
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Mombyadoptionx2, welcome to our group! What a wonderful story you shared with us!

Amanda, So glad your DH is home safe and sound. That's great that you are getting ready to start the home study process. Keep us posted!
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Hi. I'm an adoptive single Mom. My daughters are biological siblings placed with me through foster care. What a change they have made in my life! I am truly blessed.
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Yes, yes!! Amanda, give that hubby of yours a big squeeze from me and tell him thank you for his service to my family, and make sure you pay attention to the squeeze back, it's from me telling you thank you for YOUR service to my family. Being a Navy wife for 20 years (retired two years ago), I understand what you are going thru. Keep up the excitement, and remember... the RIGHT child is out there waiting for you as anxiously as you are waiting for him or her.

Whoube... welcome to the ranks. We would love to hear your story!
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Amanda,
Congratulations! I check these posts every once in a while to see if you've updated any info. I hope you get through "paperwork he**" quickly!

Our dossier for China was finally sent over the day after Christmas, we were logged in on Jan. 30th. Now we are officially paper pregnant!
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Just a word of encouragement to anyone thinking about adoption -

I am a single woman, over 40 with an "average" income. I thought I'd never qualify for adoption.

Within a matter of months after completing my foster-to-adopt certification I got a call telling me a baby girl had been born the day before. They wanted to know if I was interested I'll never forget that day! Soon I found out the baby had a 2 year old sister already in the foster care system. She moved in with us a few months later.

It was tough emotionally waiting for Children's Services to get permanent custody and then dealing with the appeal process. Two years after it all started the adoption was finalized. It was all worth it and I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

I have a lot of support from friends and family and that has helped me tremendously. My daughters are now 3 and 5.

There are so many children in the foster care system that need loving homes.
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Hi. I'm new to Splitcoast and have not yet figured everything out. But when I saw this "thread" I had to jump in. My sweet daughter came to us through adoption three years ago. Her birth changed my life in so many ways. I was in the delivery room being whatever support I could be to her birth mother, on the delivery day. The experience transformed me! My daughter's birth mother is and will always be my angel! Remembering what she went through to give "our" daughter life touched my heart and still brings me to tears and I will forever be grateful to her for her act of love. It would be so much easier for birth mothers to make other decisions.

My daughter is now asking questions which we are answering slowly, as asked. She knows that mommy carried her in my heart not my tummy. She knows that mommy can not have a baby in her tummy. She knows that I waited a long time for her and that she is the answer to my every dream. But that is it for now. We wait for the next question.

I pray that when her whole story unfolds for her that she has as much appreciation in her heart as I do.

Blessings to all who have grown their family by adoption. By the way, my sweet little one is the one in the red and white striped scarf. Isn't she something?
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Welcome Jan! Your DD is beautiful!! We also adopted three years ago (the handsome boy in my avatar). He too has been asking questions about where he came from. I surprisingly got pregnant and had our DD 1 year ago (next week that is) so DS wondered if he came from my tummy. So we had to sit down and have a talk.
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Wow, that's funny. My DH's name is Phil too!

I really don't know how to answer my DD's questions so I'm playing it by ear. As long as I convey love by all I guess I can't go wrong. Right?
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Wow, that's funny. My DH's name is Phil too!

I really don't know how to answer my DD's questions so I'm playing it by ear. As long as I convey love by all I guess I can't go wrong. Right?
That's right! I don't think DS really gets it yet. We were selected by his 18yo birthmom. Therefore, I always tell him that she knew she couldn't take care of him so she picked out mommy and daddy to take care of him. That answer always seems to work. Even when I told him that he didn't come from mommy's tummy he did not seem bothered by it at all. He hasn't mentioned it since either. I am sure he his too young to completely "get it."
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Have you ladies made a life book for your children? You can find a whole website and the how-to book at: http://www.adoptionlifebooks.com/

This book is NOT a scrap book. It is kinda like, where-was-I-before-I-became-me book. You write it to the child's age and understanding level. It is a great way to explain all those questions.
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Since our two youngest were first our foster children, I did do the lifebooks for them. Your caseworker checks to make sure that these are kept current monthly. This is a great resource. Thank you for sharing it with us.
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Thanks fo rthinking of me! That makes me feel so good

Yesterday I sent in the mondo huge envelope full of paperwork for our homestudy. Phew! I was so happy to get that out! We are still waiting on a couple forms to complete the paperwork required for the HS (mine and DH's medical forms....waiting on a couple tests to come back, my oldest sons med form (he wasn't at the Dr. yet), a couple of our referral worksheets, etc). Also I am waiting to hear back on something that needs to be put on our I600A form. I swear, that form bites so bad. I have 1 blank unflilled because the agency can't get ahold of the local USCIS to tell me what I need to put there. Arg. But all in all it is going well. It feels great to be *almost* through THAT paper stack at least, LOL! Homestudy here we come! Woooohooooo!
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Hi! My name is Wendy and my dh and I are finishing the paperwork for our adoption. Our agency works with birthmothers to select the adoptive parents. We have to do a scrapbook profile about ourselves. Just wondering if there is anyone out there who has done this already. Any ideas?

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Unread 03-20-2007, 11:16 AM   #554
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Yay Amanda! So excited for you!

Wendy, Congrats on getting the process started! We had to do a scrapbook/photo album when we were going to adopt through the foster care system. I just did something very simple because I only had a couple of days to get it done. (They called on a Tuesday and said they needed by Thursday) But I know some people who have done full on scrapbooks. I would say as far as advice goes, get creative, be heartfelt and make it fit your family. You want whoever sees it to really be able to get a sense of who you as a family are. Good luck!
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Unread 03-20-2007, 01:18 PM   #555
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Hey Wendy,

I didn't do a scrapbook because it just wasn't needed in our 4 adoptions. It's nice that you have one done because you never know when you're going to need one.

I want to encourage you that even though you are working with an agency, don't forget to network on your own. Tell everyone you know that you are looking for an adoptive placement. (doctors, co-workers, teachers, church friends, the lady who takes your order at sub-way, LOL). You just never know where your child is going to come from.

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Wendy,

How wonderful! I am very excited for you. Our daughter is now three. Her birthmother chose us from our profile. She was very picky, or so the lawyer informed us, but she chose us based on the profile and one photo that we included in particular. We picked three photos to include. One was a wedding photo, one was a photo of our big fluffy dog with my step daughter and the one that touched her was of my step daughter in my lap and me in my husbands lap. My step daughters arms were backwards around my neck and all of our faces were pushed together. I wanted to show our family but what she saw was the love that we each have for the other. She knew, she said, that if I could love "that" child as much as I obviously did then I could love "her" child. I knew that I would love "our" daugher but I never knew what an impact her birth mother would have in my life. I was there when my daughter was born. I am forever grateful to the amazing person who is my daughters birth mother and my angel.
Now to your question....write from your heart, tell of your life, your home, your family and what this child will mean to you. If you can include photos pick carefully. Touch her heart.
That's my two cents. Good luck. I will keep you in my prayers! Many blessings!
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Jan,
I got to be in the room when my last daughter was born and the experience was irreplacable. I had adopted 3 times previously so it was a real treat for me to see her born. I know that I see my children as blessings, and it sounds like you to as well.

Wendy (the other Wendy, not the Wendy getting ready to adopt!)
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Unread 03-21-2007, 10:03 AM   #558
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Wendy,

Being in the room when my daughter was born was a blessing in so many ways, as you know. I experienced birth, which was amazing. I can answer so many of my daughters questions when she has them. I bonded with her birth mother in a way that was only possible in that time. I have a few precious photos of the three of us-my daughter, me and her birth mother that I have to give her when she is ready to receive them. I know first hand the sacrifice that my dear angel made to bring "our" daughter into the world when it would have been easier to have made another decision. That story and truth, I pray, will help my daughter understand her place in this world and in all our lives.
I have been working on a little story for my daughter that a 3 year old can understand. Has anyone done that? I can't decide when to tell my daughter that she is adopted. She has asked only a few questions about babies. She knows that she grew in my heart and that I can't have babies in my tummy. That is it. I'm just waiting for the next question. But I need to tell her about the adoption and I don't want to wait too long. Any advise?
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Hi Jan-we do go over a quick birthstory with our son so he knows teh basics and will expand on it once he gets older.

There was a lady in Korea who was going to have a baby, but she was not able to take care of the baby.
She wanted to make sure the baby grew up in a home with parents who could give him a good life and she wanted people who would love him and take care of him. So she went and made an adoption plan to help make sure the baby would be in a very good home with people who would be his forever mommy and daddy.
In America mommy and daddy wanted to have a baby so we went to an adoption agency and talked to Ms. Leslee. She asked us all sorts of questions about what kind of mommy and daddy we would be, and we had to do a lot of paperwork and make plans so that we could adopt you.Like go to the doctor to make sure we were healthy, and have a nice house ready for a sweet baby.
Once you were born in Korea you lived with a foster family who took SUCH good care of you. They knew you were going to live with mommy and daddy in the United States, so they loved you a lot for the time you were there. One day mommy and daddy got the phone call that you were ready to come from Korea to our house....

blah blah blah

(I am a rambler, LOL)

Anyway-so far so good. We did have a period where he would say something about when he had to leave our house-but we have made it clear we are his mommy and daddy forever and even when we are upset woth him we love him and will always be his parents.
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Wow, great story. I must remember to use that very important "forever" word alot when I write my daughters story. Thanks so much for sharing.
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