First off, I'm glad yesterday's post made you smile and brought back memories of the good, the bad and the ugly. 2nd off, your comments from that post had me cracking up. I was snorting with laughter at some of them. Thanks for the giggles!
2 non-adoption related Q & A's before I begin:
Did you like NKOTB?
Step by step. Ooooo baby! How dare I not include them.....of course I loved them! Who didn't? Since I don't have all the time in the world, I simply included the first 13 childhood loves I thought of. Believe me, if I had had more time to search through Yahoo images yesterday, I would've included about 50 more flashbacks to the 80's and 90's. :-)
When is your birthday?
My birthday is this Thursday, the 12th! Wahoo!
Oh, and thank you for your sweet comments from this post last week. I'm thrilled to have you all here following my blog and enjoying our journey with us! Also, Josh went through and read every comment. He says he "gets it". :-)
Here we go again...
*Why "Baby O"?
Baby O is simply a name I use for our baby on the blog that uses the first initial of our last name. ;-) Very original, I know.
*Is it really expensive to adopt?
Before I answer this, let me clearly say that Josh and I are not "buying a baby" as some people might put it. And 2nd, adoption expenses vary greatly depending on a number of factors - domestic or international, private adoption or agency facilitated, one country vs. another country.
But yes, my friends, adoption is extremely expensive and many people wonder why. Let me explain that a little bit. Think about it this way: A couple who is having a child through pregnancy has MANY expenses – hospital bills, checkups, etc. However, it is likely that they do NOT have to pay the entire bill because they are covered by insurance. Well, families who are adopting have expenses as well, but DO NOT have insurance to cover them. We pay for our child's care while they are in
*Are their grants available? What else are you doing to raise funds?
While adoption fees are costly, there are grants adoptive families can apply for, as well as loans. Some do fundraisers. Some save and stretch every penny. Some have generous family and friends that offer assistance.
Josh and I have done a number of these things and have been blessed with wonderful family members who have offered help as well. We also have a little something up our sleeve that we've been working on. ;-) Stay tuned.
While adoption fees can be high, I would encourage those who are interested in adoption to NOT be freaked out by the amount or simply think "There's no way we could afford it"!! Normally not all of the fees are paid at once, but are instead spread out and paid in chunks. As I said before, there are resources available.....you just need to seek them out.
*Is it important to you to adopt from
Josh and I would be thrilled to adopt from
There also comes the question if
Josh and are completely open to adopting from a number of different countries, as well as adopting domestically. Various types of adoptions have different requirements (age, marriage length, etc), so that needs to be taken into consideration.
We have learned that our plans are not God's plans. Of course, we can research and think and pray, but ultimately we will simply follow His lead!!
*How are you planning on decorating Baby O's nursery?
Honestly, I'm not sure yet! I'm not a cutesy kind of girl, so I'll probably choose something a bit more modern. JCPenney has some fun nursery bedding sets that I've been looking at. Does anyone have any suggestions??
*What do you do for work?
I am a former nanny turned children's librarian reference assistant with an elementary teaching degree married to a former carpenter turned pastor-to-be Seminary man.
I'll stop there for today. Your questions are great! Feel free to keep them coming...and I'll keep answering them. I have a running list. :-)
Completely random, but necessary ;-).......what did you Bachelor fans think of last night's episode?