Monday, September 1, 2008

AND THE PROCESS HAS STARTED

We turned in our preliminary paperwork to the adoption agency today. We completed the 8 page application, budget worksheet and financial information, signed the contract, and each wrote our autobiographies (4000 words each). We still have a lot of work to do, but hopefully we can start the homestudy process in the next couple of weeks. I've been working on our adoption profile all day today, which is a document given to birthmothers to help them choose the adoptive parents. I'm creating a book using Shutterfly. It's basically a scrapbook with some text - most notably a letter to the prospective birthmothers. The pages I'm creating include title page (with a closeup of Kev and I), letter to birthmom with a couple more pictures, our home, fun with pets, my family, Kev's family, our wedding, playmates (kids in our families), travels & leisure. Through Shutterfly, I get twenty pages in the book and I have 18 planned. I need one more page layout. Anyone have ideas?

3 comments:

Jessica said...

It might be cool to include a page about your dreams for the future. A "Where do you see your family in 10 years" kind of page.

I hope this process is exciting and fun for you guys. You deserve good things!

Domestic Goddess said...

Ginalou,
I found your blog a few months ago after doing a PCOS search. I have to say I am really inspired by your words. You have quite a journey and your honesty and sharing your feelings has helped more than you can imagine. I was excited to read that you and your husband are going the adoption route. Although the journey is still a long one, you are helping so many people along the way and that is very comendable. The photo book is a great idea, I like the previous comment on adding a page about the future. Maybe you could start with your journey so far, touch on some details on what led you to the decision to adopt and where you hope it will take you. You have a great story to share and I think it would be a great background to show your devotion. Just a thought!

~Jess Boyd

Stacey said...

Gina...An idea for your other page could be this quote:
"Always turn the page over, there are 2 sides to every story" Maybe use this page to reach out to the potential birthmother using different symbols that represent what they might be going through.

love ya...

 
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