New Blog

For anyone who still wants to keep up with our journey I started a new blog
http://chadandamberwallace.blogspot.com/

Hope you will join us to meeting our miracle!

Thank you girls for all the wonderful comments Im just in amazement. I go back and think of all those days, nights when I either got a BFN or AF showed up and I wondered many nights if we would remain childless forever, it was so tough. I think all those hard times and lots of tears shed have really helped to show me to be patient and never give up on God because he sure never gives up on us.

I think the nausea (havent thrown up yet) and the absolute exhaustion have sure helped me to realize that maybe I really am pregnant and its not all in my head.

We have only told a few people and we are waiting until Im a little farther along to tell others. We told one of our friends today (we debated back and forth whether to tell or not but now Im glad I did) and their reaction was absolutely priceless. They know our road and our walk through. She told me to call her doctor (remember I dont have a regular OB-GYN been going to a RE) and she highly recommended her and said she is absolutely amazing for first time moms. I of course had so many questions for her and she is such a great friend to answer all my logical and probably dumb questions..haha! She just had her baby back in April so its all fresh on her mind too.

I researched how to get pg but being pg is just cluless so Im learning all this stuff. I ordered three books to hopefully help because I am clueless when it comes to pregnancy. The books are
1) Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy
2) What to Expect: Eating Well When You're Expecting
3) What to Expect When You're Expecting: 4th Edition

Are there any other books that anyone would recommend to get? Im trying to read all I can to figure this out I feel so far out in left field

Surprise!!

Well post #100 will definitely be a memorable post...

14 months
18 cycles
+
5 mg Femara
+
progesterone cream (2X day)
=
one beautiful result
PREGNANT!


It was confirmed this morning by the doctor at 13 DPO-Day 29
31-progesterone
163-bhcg

First doctors appt-October 14 (my grandfathers birthday)

Due Date-June 3, 2010
Last day of school-May 25
Grandmothers birthday-June 4

God had a perfect plan, more perfect than I could ever imagine. I still cant believe my dream has became a reality, it really hasnt sunk in yet

This will mark post 99, next post will be 100!

Tomorrow is Friday the best day well maybe Saturday is better so we can sleep in. I have honestly had a great week. My mom has came around somehow. I called my dad (who is a good mediator) and maybe he talked some sense into her. We had a long talk yesterday afternoon for about 2 hrs. We will see how long things are good this time.

Tomorrow we head to Nashville, I absolutely cant wait. I love Nashville and miss it terribly. If we could take our jobs and our house we would move tomorrow, but of course thats not how life works. Im just hoping the rain holds off for the game Saturday night and maybe we can win, well see.

Boot Camp is still going good I love the feeling of it I must admit. I posted more over on my Weight Loss blog for anyone interested. Im hoping for a good weigh in tomorrow:)

This week has been kind of weird at school, a student who graduated last year shot himself over a girl and its just been a sad week. Please keep this family in your prayers, I can only imagine how tough it is for the parents but also the girlfriend too.

AF should be here Im guessing if its like every month Saturday (10 DPO) so well see if she stays away or not. If not, I know God has another plan for us.

Also if anyone is looking for recipes, Im trying to get my entire collection to it, so Im posting 1 to 2 per day new recipes.

Pictures from the Auburn Game
Auburn

me and Chad

Me and my cousin

Great Weekend!

Well this weekend was so much fun with my cousin and her family. We tailgated and well MSU did end up losing (not a big shock) and Auburn whipped our tail. It was so much fun just hanging out with my cousin, her hubby and her little girl who is precious. I have a few pictures but need to get them off my camera..haha!

Also, I never really knew what country my cousin was adopted from and I was asking her this weekend about it all and found out she was adopted from South Korea. We had kind of thought about this one as well for international adoption but thats about as far as its gone. I do think it would be kind of neat to have a baby that looks like my cousin and her little girl too. Well see where we go from there.

Im just waiting on AF to show up for now.

Today was boot camp day 1..you can read more about it on my WL blog (check the right hand side). It was tough to say the least.

Please say a little prayer for us with my mom. She has gotten beyond tolerable right now and I just dont know what to do anymore. Its amazing how she went from being excited about us having twins to being unbearable. Its just sad to be honest.

On another note we are heading to Nashville this weekend, one of my favorite cities (of course we used to live there so its more like home too) Maybe MSU can win, we will see. Its hard to cheer for the opponent though bc I used to work for Vanderbilt.

Well this week was tough, rough you name it. Ive been staying until anywhere from 6-9 pm everynight and getting there super early too. There has been so much going on and trying to get everything perfect (yes Im very much a perfectionist). I feel like Ive had no life this week and am so glad this week is coming to a close and have everything done thank goodness. I think it should be illegal to have regular duty (before school) and football duty on the same day but thats just me:)

My reward for having such a tough week was an AWESOME Friday. My kids were so good, so engaged and we had fun. In two classes we started learning Photoshop (how can you really not like learning such a cool program) and my other class actually begged me to go back early from lunch-they were doing de.mon.stration speeches and got to bring food if thats what they demon.str.ated. They absolutely loved it and we really had a great time learning about new things, how to do it, and they really did wonderfully on their sp.eeches too!.

Then I got home and my little pup, Brownie seemed more excited than ever to welcome me home, she is so cute and fun.

Tomorrow morning we leave really early to head to the plains of Alabama (Auburn) to visit with my cousin and her family and to enjoy some football (or lets hope we enjoy it:) ). I cant wait! Then next weekend we head to Vanderbilt..yeah! Two fun filled weekends!

Happy birthday!



Happy 30th birthday to my wonderful husband. I think he has been a little sad on turning 30 and I keep joking around with him that hes a lot older than me now since Im only 28..haha:) I fixed him his favorite meal that he asked for and we have just taken it easy.

Tomorrow starts back our women's bible study (only in the Fall and Spring) and Im looking forward to it. Its a great time with some wonderful Godly women.

Auburn cant get here soon enough..come on weekend! Im ready to leave now..haha:)

Great Weekend!

I hope everyone has had a great weekend! We have had a wonderful weekend with tons of relaxing and sleeping in which has been much needed!

The Dawgs (MSU) won their game on Saturday. We have had some really bad seasons the last few years but we got a new coach this year (an assistant from Florida-Dan Mullen) and it was amazing to see so much excitement around campus! We left 5 hrs before the game and couldnt even find a parking place I was truly shocked.

Then we spent the rest of the weekend with Chads family which they are always great, so different from my family:) His grandmother made a fabulous coconut pound cake (added it to my recipes blog if you are interested) that was so amazing but so addicting..haha!

I cant wait for next weekend to get here....off to Auburn and to see my cousin and her family so excited next weekend cant get here soon enough!

Hebrews 11:1 -Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

3 day weekend!

Im so excited that its a 3 day weekend, its MUCH needed! Those of you who are teachers understand it better than anyone does. The first month is so tough getting back into the habit of things so Labor day always comes in handy for sure, its a much anticipated holiday!

Tomorrow is MSU (Mississippi State University) plays JSU and should be lots of fun. We get to meet up with friends and Im sure Ill get to see my brother and his gf as well.

Then we head up to Chads family and spend some time with them. Ahh the love of Labor day and how Im really excited for this weekend, but those weekends we seem to look forward to the most seem to pass quicker than we can blink...haha!

For other things-we have decided to give adoption a rest and maybe one day we will get back into it but right now we are just letting our hearts heal. God has given me a wonderful peace about it all and I know that whatever is meant to happen will happen in Gods will.
"See how very much our heavenly Father loves us, for He allows us to be called His children, and we really are!"
I John 3:1

"For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey Him and the power to do what He pleases." Philippians 2:13

Hope everyone has a wonderful Labor Day!

I just had to post this it was too cute:) What a rough life she has

1 week ago...

1 week ago today was one of the happiest days of our lives only to end so quickly. I cant believe its really been a whole week. Now we know what it feels to be so excited but at the same time to feel so much at the bottom of the pit too.

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18

God has a really clear plan and while we dont know every piece of it, today made the whole situation with the BM about as clear as can be. The writing is all over the wall and it hurt to see how clear it was but we also realized that God knew how emotionally attached to the BM and these babies we had gotten. Im just glad gave us such a clear answer and now it all makes sense as hard as it is to swallow especially what all we have found out.

An email a friend sent to me, I need to frame this all over our house:)-To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did.' When God takes something from your grasp, He's not punishing you, but merely opening your hands to receive something better. 'The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.'

For our plans we are just going to sit back and see what road God has in store for us. All of this has really made us want to go with an agency. We are still in the cue with Bethany so well see. We have never had anything against Bethany they have been nothing but kind and generous its just the wait. We did talk to our pastor though and he said that no one has ever had to wait over 18 mths. They did tell us since we are younger we probably would be picked sooner bc most couples they get are anywhere from mid to late 30's, some even early 40's.

We seem to keep coming back to them time and time over. Maybe God is trying to teach us patience in all of this and to really rely on him for everything. We are going to pray that he will direct us on the path he wants us to go down and well see where that path goes.

In other news the next few weekends are pretty exciting and hopefully it will help take our minds off of everything:)

  • This weekend is the first college football game (MSU vs. JSU), then we are going up to see chads family and stay the weekend with them.
  • Chads 30th birthday is Sept. 8..hes getting old..haha!
  • next weekend is the trip to see my cousin, her little girl and hubby (MSU vs. Auburn)
  • then the next weekend is Nashville (MSU vs. Vanderbilt) and possibly go see Wicked if we can get tickets.
Yes we are big time football people (for MSU-dont confuse with University of MS better known as Ole Miss-thats our major rival and would be a major insult:)

Quotes/Verses

Thank you for all the sweet comments, texts, and emails. So many people praying for us makes me feel incredibly blessed! I know one day we will be able to look back on things but right its just really tough.

I really do love searching for bible verses and quotes I have a TON. If anyone wants the list feel free to email me or leave a comment with your email and Ill be happy to email them to you. If enough people do want them Ill just post them here:)

I dont think I could ever really give up on my dream of being a mother but the past 16 or so months have been a real test, well see what God has in store for us.

Isaiah 40:31-but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;they shall mount up with wings like eagles;they shall run and not be weary;they shall walk and not faint.

Well we found out this morning that the birthmother miscarried...
Our hopes, our dreams of kids..just shattered to the ground.

I dont understand why God would let this situation come along only to be let right down. I dont know what we will do next...maybe we just arent meant to have kids.....

Chad & I are trying to put together a list of all these things we are going to need/want so I want to ask all those moms out there...
1) What do you now wish you had bought?
2) What made your life easier?
3) What do you wish you never bought?

Thanks for all the feedback!

Yes it is certain it is TWINS. I have had more emails, comments, text messages,phone calls from friends, family, people I dont even know with congrats, we are praying for you and just questions.


Im honestly just in awe of what God has put in our path for adoption. Never in my dreams would I be thinking that our journey to adoption would be TWINS (I keep saying this over and over in my mind I just cant believe it). I feel like we are living in this dream world and that Im going to wake up from this dream. I know that God lead us to this situation and it was in his plan. God made us experience more sadness and depression than I would wish on my worst enemy but he knew that we had to experience it so that when our perfect match came along we would be so over the moon excited and it would be that much more special!

So all the details that everyone is waiting for...
Yesterday Chad was overtalking to a distance co-worker that worked in the main office of the district. Well it came up that we were adopting and she said that her sister had just been contacted about a possible situation but she wasnt interested because they just couldnt afford it. Her sister and family were trying to find a match and she pretty much knew that whoever they recommended she would chose.

Well co-worker's mom calls BM and says she is very interested and wanted our number to talk to us. Well Chad talked to her, we talked to her several times. She said to us she wanted us to have her babies (still cant get it out of my head..not one but two!) as long as we dont homeschool them (of course we are both work in public school that are very good).

Then one thing lead to another and we were talking attorney so she could have peace of mind about us not leaving her (oh if she only knew 1000%+) but she wanted a guarantee. We are in the process of getting everything signed and all legalities now with everything.

Quick details:
-Birthmother is due April 7-8, 2010 so she is about 8 wks along
-she lives 3 hrs from us
-she is 17 yrs old
-doesnt have much to do with parents, especially mother. She found out recently that her dad has been diagnosed with cancer and has been given a year to live.
-she will be 18 Nov. 26
-TWINS!
-this is her SECOND, yes SECOND set of twins, first was at the age of 15
-first set were two girls
-birthfather wants to have nothing to do with the babies, he moved to CA and has given her all rights (different father from the 1st set)
-found an attorney and we are in the process of drawing up a contract and getting lots of legal help
-she wants 100% private adoption with pictures occasionally of the children
-will meet with her in the next week or so, probably will be through the week since she works most weekends and we will hopefully have all contracts drawn up
-she has an ultrasound on Thursday and has invited us to come along, not sure if we will or not.
-found out that you can legally in MS have a contract before the birth but she can of course still change her mind up until 10 days after birth
-my parents who if you remember didnt like the idea of our adoption have somehow now turned to the really excited cant wait stage
. My mom has asked so many times already so when do we get to go shopping. Never did I
think I would hear that from my mom quite frankly.
-we will not do anything nurserywise until we find out what it is (about 8-10 weeks)
-she has spoken with her father about things and he is supportive of it
-timing could not be any more perfect-I can take the remainder of the year off (6-8 wks depending on when they are born) and then the rest of the summer. Then we will probably do half daycare/half parents which they would be around 4 mths old.

A great verse to carry us through this long 7 mths. I know that God led us to this mother for a reason, it was not an accident by any means. If its in his will it will work out

2 Chronicles 20:15
Thus says the LORD to you, 'Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed at this great horde, for the battle is not yours but Gods.

Yes you really did read that right...TWINS! We have been talking to young BM from MS that is having TWINS several times today over the phone. Shes committed to us and attorneys are involved. Don't know what else to say. We are extremely excited! Life will be changing in 2010 for sure.

Please pray for the BM and also for us. We still have a long way to go so anything can happen but for now things are good. Its amazing how one day can change so much!

Twins..wow...Im in amazement..God is amazing! I know everyone kept telling us as many times as we have been kicked in the gut and gone through more heartache and disappointment than I ever imagined..God does have a perfect plan...just a reminder
Matthew 21:22
And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.

ADDED...
Due Date-April 7 or 8 ( 8 weeks)-some may think Im crazy for being so excited so early but for a BM to ask for a legal contract she wants to look no more?? Ill let God handle it, its in his hands now, not ours:) he is in control and he has a perfect plan. This maybe the longest 7 mths of our lives but I know he is in control!

Edited to Add-

If anyone has any questions please ask and Ill answer them all at once:)

Thank You

I just want to say a big thank you to all of you who have took the time to comment, you really dont know how much your comments really do help:) So please keep them coming:) Also a big thank you to those of you that I didnt know were reading along and stopped by to comment. It always helps to know how much support you have:)

This has been the hardest thing I think we have ever been to, its like the biggest emotional rollercoaster we have ever been on. We have both said it that we would rather have not been contacted at all then to have the contacts we got and the way it ended.

We have also gone and back forth on lots of options. Im just really beginning to feel like Im in this big competition with all these women at CA and its not what I want at all and I think thats made it that much tougher too. Am I the only one that feels this way?

A girl that I work with had a close friend of hers that TTC for 5 years, finally got pg only to go into labor at 24 wks. She ended up delivering the baby and the baby survived for 12 days and passed away today so please keep this family in your prayers, I couldnt even imagine the pain that family is experiencing. My heart just breaks for them.

In other news, my brother has the swine flu Im coming down with something that Im really not sure but feel terrible but at least I have HGTV to keep me company:)

The past oh 48-72 hrs have been I think by far the most emotional I feel like Ive ever been through. Yes TTC is tough but wow adoption its a totally new ballgame.

Yesterday-I went to the grocery store yesterday and saw a friends mom who I had not spoken to in years. Whats the first thing she says...anyone want to take a guess?? If you guessed children you are right. She says oh how many kids do you have now? I said none. She said oh so you dont want any? I said no God has not blessed us with any yet. Oh then it gets better...her daughter..girl I was friends with years ago is pg and is due in January. She went on and on about her, her pg just everything to go along with it.

Well like that wasn't enough..today a co-worker announces the great pg....not like one isn't enough lets get another one in there.

Then we get stabbed not once but twice I feel like with adoption..once for religion, the other because well who knows she wont respond..what did we say..why? Why?

Does life ever get any easier? Why do we have to experience such heartache and why can everyone around us have a baby/get pg except us? I have lost my appetite like I never imagined I could seriously go days and days without eating and I don't think it would bother me. Ive just really let everything get to me B-I-G time.

Today has been a really, really long day I just got home about an hour ago (at like yes 9 pm and got there this am at 7 am) so I think I just need to go to sleep and maybe my emotions will be better.

Contact 2

Just a little update on BM 2
We talked to her a few times on Friday and we asked for US pics and all the sudden contact stopped. We really dont know what happened quite frankly but she contacted 5 other couples and none have heard back from her since Friday. Im kind of putting it behind me and saying this one is over with.

Today has been a great day with church and lots of church friends. Our pastor had a great sermon and we had a wonderful Sunday School service as well. We were challenged to spend more time in the word and in prayer. Its something Ive really been trying to do more. Its definitely a tough thing to do when you seem so busy but I know that with this time that it will help me to be closer to God. It really has shown me why we go to the church we go to and it makes me feel very blessed for so many wonderful people to be praying for us during this time.

I feel like Ive already been on a emotional rollercoaster and Ive just started the process. I know it will all be worth it in the long run but right now its so hard not to get so excited over any contact. I know one of these contacts will work out for us when God sends us the perfect BM.

Contact #2

We got another contact from a birthmother who is 4 mths along! This is all so interesting and exciting!


A little more info:
  • BM is up north (not within driving distance at all)
  • She has 2 due dates (Feb. 8 & Feb. 11) and of course my bday is Feb. 11:)
  • she wants to be a secondary teacher like me:)
  • its a boy

Possibility??

Well tonight Chad was talking to a friend on Facebook that he graduated with that adopted a little girl who is absolutely ADORABLE! Well we have been talking to her about adoption and she seems to know lots of people.

She doesnt really keep in contact with the BM just due to some things that happened. Well she found out through the grapevine today that the BM is pg again (this will be her 6th..yes 6th child and she is only 23..wow) and is giving this one up for adoption. She said all this mother wants is $. We asked how much and she (girl chad graduated with) said a few hundred, groceries, etc....are you kidding me..thats it?? She said the most expensive part to them was they wanted to make sure this girl was clean of drugs the last month so they put her up in a hotel and paid for all necessities.

She gave up another one for adoption last year (she has had the past few in Sept) and that family still talks to her (BM) and then the girl chad graduated with talks to that family (anyone confused?!) and thats how she found out. Supposedly she is due in late Sept/early October she thought.

The scary part?? She has not been to the doctor yet and is that far along. She (girl Chad graduated with) said everyone of her babies have tested + for some type of drug. Scary? Yes but I know that they can also be weened off it too.

This girl keeps getting pg so she doesnt have to go to jail and is in this for the $, gets pg, gives up a child gets some $. I just couldnt imagine. Just a sad, sad situation.

Supposedly we are going to get in contact with her and see if she has already picked a family or not. The BM lives really close to Chads family in AL. Please say a little prayer for us and that if its God's will that he will show us the way, and if not he will show us the right situation.

Before I start out I just have this sense of frustration. So we emailed a few times with the birth family and then it was like as soon as we said we were not non-denomination she wanted to have nothing to do with us. I was pretty sure we would have contacts some of which didnt work out but never in a million years did I think it would be over religion. She pretty much said she was looking for someone that was non-denomination.

I will learn to accept it and know that God has another situation waiting for us but its just disheartening to hear that the reason you wont get picked is because of your religion which is Presbyterian (PCA) and not non-denomination.

We havent heard from the family all day today and I doubt we will. I just pray for God to show us the perfect situation and the perfect family in Gods perfect timing.

Well today marks our first contact we have had with a birthmother family. The birthmom is due in Spring of next year. We are still learning about the situation and there is still lots we dont know at this point and time.


If you could please say a little prayer for us that if this is Gods will then it will happen and if not then he will show us the perfect situation in his timing and not allow us to get too attached to the situation.

Some questions have come from emails, blog comments, and some have been asked by family and friends and thought I would add those in as well:)
CA=Christian Adoption
Are you already up for consideration? I thought there was a slight wait? Yep we are already up for consideration as of 7 days ago:) We had to wait a few days before going up online (a few days)
Do you have to do a life book? nope
Are you excited to be with CA? Yep its really a great group of people
Whats the average waiting time with CA? 3-10 mths
Whats the average cost with CA? 5-12k
How did you find CA? Kellie from Life and Adoption told me about CA after I guess I sensed some great frustration in our path towards adoption and I will forever be grateful for her decision to tell us:)
Are there any blogs of people who have adopted or are in the process from CA? Yes...
1) Kellie from Life and Adoption has just started the process just like us,
2) Mindy and Jonathan from Bartling Miracles have adopted one little boy from CA and are now on the waiting list for another
3) Warren and Tamla from Our Adoption Journey ...adopted a child
4) Patrick & Tracy from Too Blessed to be Stressed....adopted a child
Will you have to do another home study since you already completed one? Yes we will have to complete another one because the SW who did it did not have a MSW so it will not be honored
How did you get started on the journey of adoption? Chad & I always knew that we wanted to adopt at least one child but we thought we would have one then adopt one but God had other plans for us. We first filled out our application through our state to adopt and went through the 15 hrs of classes that it took and were very disappointed with how things went but still went on with. During our time of wait we filled out our application with Bethany Christian Services and were told we would have to wait 6-9 mths before we would even be in our initial class and then after that it would be another 1-3 years totaling at least close to 2 years and up to 4 years.
How does CA work? You have to pay a $2500 fee to be listed online and you have to write a dear birthmother letter. Once you complete that it takes a few days to be listed on the site and after that point and time you could get a call from a birthmother at any point and time. You list your own phone # (we got a 1-800) and also your email address so they could literally call you at any point of the day. CA is almost like a facilitator for private/independent adoptions. For adoption agencies and attornies they are not allowed to ask their client if they are a christian unless they are a christian agency (its against the law big time) so if an attorney or agency has a birthmother that wants to have a christian family then they turn to a place like Christian Adoption to find a home for their precious child. The lady who runs CA helps you along the way if you have questions, need help, etc.
Is CA an agency? No they are not an agency
Why domestic over international adoption? We are not against international by any means and hope to do an international adoption through Russia after our first adoption which hopefully will be in a few years.
How old is the oldest child you would take? we have said that 2 years old would be the oldest child we are comfortable with but of course would love a newborn as well.
Are you planning on doing a nursery before you get a call? No we will not do anything with a nursery until we are matched
Is there any guarantee with CA? No there is no guarantee but they do have a great success rate:) The fee that you pay you can be on for 2 years, after that you have to pay an additional fee
How do you feel about an open adoption? I am open to one just depends on the birthmother in all honesty. If that is what the birthmother wants then of course we would definitely do it.
Do you think you will ever have a child on your own? it depends on what is in Gods will, we are ok with adopting all our children and not having one on our own. We will see what God has in store for us:)

I think Ive answered everything:) If anyone has another questions that something from here sparks please email me at amberwallace03@gmail.com or leave a comment and Ill add it to the list!

Blog Awards

I just want to say a big thank you to all of you girls that have nominated me for blog awards..I feel very honored! Its been a crazy, hectic week but it always is the first week of school.

Check back tomorrow for a round of FAQ's about adoption and our situation and if you have one that you would like to see added please send me an email at amberwallace03@gmail.com or leave a comment

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Award #1-One Lovely Blog Award
Ive been so lucky to be awarded this not once but twice by two fabulous ladies! Thanks to Breen over at Chapman Journey to a baby & Mrs. Hammer at Expect Miracles


Rules: Accept the award; post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his/her blog link. Pass the award on to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.
1) Plaid with Polka Dots
2) Life and Adoption
3) Our Road to Reagan
4) Our Story
5) Curran Adoption Journey
6) Kellys Korner
7) Life {Sweet} Life
8) Making our House a Home
9) Bartling Miracles
10) More Than Dog Children
11) The R House
12) Heart Cries
13) Stuart and Sarah Creamer
14) Fong Family Adoption
15) One Step at a Time
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Award #2-Your Blog is fabulous
Thank you Kellie for giving me my award! And thank you for thinking my blog is fabulous!




The rules for this award are as follows:
1) List five current obsessions
2) Pass the award on to five fabulous blogs

Five current obsessions:
1. Cooking. Love to find new recipes and love to try new things. Maybe thats why I started the cooking blog..haha!

2. Adoption. I find myself looking at lots of things with adoption to see how long it takes and just to find out anything new about it. Cant wait for our bundle of joy to arrive!

3. Planning classes..as silly as it sounds its soo very true! I love my classes and couldnt imagine doing anything else. I learn so much from my kids and doing research online I just love it. I love to find out new things in the technology world and new things I can teach my kids. I get paid to have fun..haha:)

4. Facebook. Yes I so agree with you Kellie:) I seem to be on facebook when I get home and its so addicting. Everyone that I know seems to be on it now.

5. Digital Scrapbooking. I absolutely love scrapbooking I dont seem to have enough time to do it but its so much fun. I love to find new kits, alphabets, etc and the free ones are really great:)

5 Fabulous Blogs:
1. In Its Time-always amazed how she stays so positive about things and it seems like just when Im having a rough day I can always pop in and she seems to have a message that always touches me so thanks!
2. Journey to a "wondraful baby" we just seem to have so much in common its almost scary..haha! Great person and cant wait to share in our adoption journey together!
3. The Borg's Blog-love how honest she is in all her posts and just a wonderful blessing to see God in work in such a wonderful way with her 2 beautiful adopted children!
4. Our Journey of Love-what a wonderful christian family who has been through so much but is about to adopt their 2nd precious child.
5. God's Faithfulness through infertility - a beautiful story of Gods perfect plan

What a whirlwind of 2 days it has been! Well as most of you know Im a high school computer teacher and with that comes computers (21 + mine to be exact). Well the logins for all my students to login has not worked for their particular login, then on top of that I find out that I havent been moved over to the new server....oh yes my life has been quite the hectic place lately.

I have survived somehow..there is a lot more to to the story but thats the short version of it:) Ive been so upset at the particular dept it took 4 days to come out, they came out and stuff still isnt fixed and they told me I have to create a WO to get the rest fixed. Its a good thing I had a class or I might have strangled the tech. So they have to come back out to get it done.

I still have 7 of my 21 that dont work so I have to wing it with teaching until they get taken care of. I really dont know what Im going to do with them tomorrow. I mean the first day was fine I had enough for them to do but the 2nd day is getting into the hard part especially with block classes.

Ok did any of that stuff just make any sense..haha! I think Im just babbling now...

Some funny/dumb blonde things from my kids the past 2 days Ill share
-you listen to Dave Matthews, my parents listen to them (we all said what our fav musician/band was)
-you worked at vanderbilt..like the fancy school..haha
-did you get shot at your old school (it was in a bad area of town)..I had to state I am here arent I..haha
-what does compose an email mean..yes really they did say it
-what is economics (state its pretty much banking, finance, etc and they had no clue what that was..wow!)
-do people at vanderbilt smoke that green you know bad stuff

I think thats all I can think of for now..I know theres more but my brain is kind of dead right now.

No news really on anything to do with adoption, its been a crazy/hectic start to the week hopefully it will get better. I really think Im going to enjoy my kids this year

Then I had one of my students say that they are pg and are finding out if its a boy or girl tomorrow. Um this makes my frustration rise. Kids in high school having kids and we cant even have one. Really Im ok with it but its like when you think you are ok you get hit with a brick like this. Then another one of my friends announced her pg on facebook..its her 4th..yeah cant I just have one?!

I have gotten so many questions regarding adoption and our information. If you have a question about anything to do with adoption or our personal situation (how we got here, why adoption, etc) please leave a comment or send me an email at amberwallace03@gmail.com and this week Ill compile all of them and post them all at once!
Thank you girls for all the sweet comments Im just in amazement of them all and how great things have turned out:) I cant wait to get the call for our baby!

For anyone that missed the last post we got put up almost 24 hrs from now..yeah!!

We are ONLINE!

We got up online last night so exciting! There are a few things that need to be changed but hopefully we will get those changed ASAP!

http://www.christianadoption.com/sample809/chadamber.htm

Exhausted...

What a day today has been. This morning with our school we went to the ropes course. Now keep in mind Im the girl that had no physical anything and plays/played no sports so the ropes course put a big huge "red flag" saying Im going to make a fool out of myself in front of all these other teachers whom Ive just met since I swtiched schools this year.

Well I survived the low ropes course and our group did so well I decided to be brave and try the high ropes course-brave yeah or maybe peer pressure. I climbed a 30 ft rock wall and did the zip line jumping off of 30 ft high. Can I just say how tough climbing a 30 ft rock wall was I feel like my arms are now jello! I dont think Ive ever drank so much water so quickly afterwards-I think I drank 3 16.9 oz bottles in like a record oh maybe 30 minutes. I think I did earn my exercise for today and will be paying for it tomorrow..haha!

Then got back to my room, and finally decided to tackle it and its a living nightmare. The girl that I took over for didnt leave on good terms and left the room in such a mess its ridiculous! There are 3 other teachers + me in my particular area and they have offered to help me out tomorrow because its so bad. Im lucky to have such wonderful people that are willing to help me out so greatly. At my old school you would have never seen that happen!

I just feel so overwhelmed right now (always do this time of year) and am trying to just breath right now and survive and kids come back Monday. There are so many little things that no one told me about with setting up all the lab computers (since I teach computer) and its just really got me stressing out...why didnt someone tell me this earlier so I could do it??? Chads almost entire family is coming down this weekend to visit I dont know what I was thinking by agreeing to this. I know we will have fun but the weekend before school starts back..eeks! I keep telling myself I will survive...I will survive...can someone please remind me of this?!

In other news...I was talking to a co-worker and somehow we got on the topic of kids and anyway she was saying that her and her husband TTC for 7 years and were told they would never have kids. They now have 3 kids (all singles) and she said they proved the doctors wrong! It gave me a bit of hope that maybe one day!

Adoption News..heard from the lady at CA and our profile will be up no later than tomorrow night by midnight I cant wait to see it! Yeah...yeah!

So all in all it was a crazy day...short recap
1) High and low ropes course..was fun!
2) stressful day with school and everything that has to be done BEFORE Monday!
3) Hope from a fellow co-worker
4) Adoption News---on by tomorrow night at midnight..yeah!

We officially submitted everything to Christian Adoption and now we are just waiting for it to be put up on the web..so exciting! We got our picture back from our friend photographer and it really turned out great. Ill post our profile once it gets up. It seems as though the word is getting out about this place as they have had 4 couples up in a little over a week..amazing!

Christian Adoption (CA) is a wonderful ministry and I cant wait to adopt our precious child and meet them!

So AF is really confusing the absolute living daylights out of me...So almost a week ago I started off pretty heavy but it was brown blood not red...well ever since then Ive had spotting to almost non existent days. Im so confused on what is up...When I went to the ER with the kidney stone they took a pg test and it was negative but Ive never gone this long with having pretty much a non existent cycle what is up?? Anyone ever had this happen?

Courtney from www.fongfamilyadoption.org has emailed me the following message:

Our garage sale is over but we do have several unsold items to pass on to another family who also plans to raise money for their adoption. I know your blog gets a lot of traffic so would you mind posting an announcement about this on your blog some time? We would love to help another Chicago-area family out.

If you are in the Chicago-area or know someone that is please drop by her blog at www.fongfamilyadoption.org. Thanks Courtney for the gracious offer!

Recipe Blog

Anyone else obsessed with recipes? Yes Im very guilty so I finally started a recipe blog with lots of sites if you are interested. If you have any sites Ive missed please share or if you have a recipe you want to be added just send me an email or leave a comment:)
http://ambers-recipes.blogspot.com/

Im finally feeling back to normal now thank goodness and I think I passed the kidney stone too..yeah! Now its back to working full days tomorrow. One week from tomorrow the kids come back..wow this week is going to go by so quickly so much to do. As soon as we get the picture back from our friend we are going to submit everything to CA so exciting!

What a whirlwind today has been and not anything to what I expected it to be.

Yesterday I prayed to God to give me a clear sign if we were not to do this cycle and start the adoption process. Boy did he give me an answer that equaled to more pain than I could have ever imagined.

This morning around 1:30 I woke up in a little bit of pain, it continually got worst and worst as the morning moved on. I tried to numb the pain or make it better with hot baths, cold rags, pain medicine and none of it did a thing. A few hours later I woke Chad up and said its getting too intense I just cant fit it anymore.

We ended up in the ER room for nearly 3 hours. Ive had a kidney stone before and it was nothing like it. Started in my lower pelvic area, moved right above it. The other two times Ive had a kidney stone they have both started in my back and I was down on the floor in pain within seconds its the most intense pain you could honestly imagine. I also throw up which Ive also never done with a kidney stone which confused me even more.

They did all kinds of tests, CT scans and gave me a IV with fluids because everyone told me I was pale as a ghost and they were very worried I was going to pass out. After doing all the tests and urine sample it came back to a kidney stone. The doctor came in and told me all the possibles (ruptured cyst, ectopic pregnancy, kidney stone) it could be which just freaked me out (at this point I dont know how coherent I was of the amount of pain I was in but somehow I understood her). They gave me a morphine drip which took all the pain away so that was nice but made me loopy for about 9 hrs afterwards. I took a good long nap and I feel like a new person.

So there was no work today, no trip to Destin which is disappointing on the Destin trip but I know its all for the best just in case. we had talked about going down in the morning but I think we are just going to hang out here.

Of course this morning when I didnt show up to my appt at the RE the nurse contacted me to see what happened. Chad emailed her and told her and said we didnt need to go forward until my kidneys are 100%.

Lessons learned...
1) Gods plan is far more perfect than ours and I need to trust him because he has given all signs to adoption so we are going to move forward with that and cancel any fertility stuff.
2) I need to cut the sweet tea out or I will have more (didnt drink it for a while due to my last one, started back and got one...as much as I love sweet tea its not worth the pain!)

Ok after a rough two days I think Destin is sounding better and better:) After my day at work (little over half day) we are heading down there..cant wait!

Please say a little prayer for our dear friends who are having their wedding on the beach on saturday. The weather is saying all rain and I couldnt imagine paying the amount they have to have an indoor wedding so I hope and pray the rain will hold off for them.

We are staying with one of my good friends who I have been friends with for over 20 years. She has two little kiddos who are absolutely precious I cant wait to see them! I know we will have lots of fun we always do and she just got her first house and I know she is so excited so I cant wait to see it:)

Spoke with my RE and I always had in my mind if this cycle didnt work we were done..I mean we have tried just about everything and nothing has worked. Well maybe God had another plan...
Ive been trying to get all the doctors who I have been too in the past 15 mths to put me on some type of progesterone supplement since my luteal phase is so short. They all think that fertility drugs (clomid preferably) has been the answer not progesterone supplements. I know some of you dont think its that big of a deal but my RE.....F-I-N-A-L-L-Y is going to give me a prescription for vaginal supplements. Maybe this isnt a big deal to anyone else but its a huge deal to me. Do you know how long I have waited to even have a true shot of getting pg...we will see what happens...so I say if this doesnt work out we are done..over and moving on to fully adoption. Then I know we have tried everything and God has a different route for us.

Plan of Action this month..final month...
1) Go in tomorrow morning (too early-since work starts back tomorrow) to get my FSH and prolactin levels tested again. Not sure when I will get my results back. Ive been on cabergoline since March due to a very elevated prolactin
2) increase dose of Femara to 5 mg
3) ultrasound on day 14 (Aug. 12-my brothers birthday) and do an HCG shot
4) vaginal progesterone supplement that will start the day I go in for ultrasound (so excited about this step!)

Anyone had a vaginal progesterone supplement so I know what to expect?? Any side effects, etc.??

we are going to start working on our dear birthmother letter this month and if it doesnt work Im really ok with it but I guess I just want to know Ive given it my all that Im willing to try.

Less than 24 hrs we will be in Destin!!! Have a great weekend!

Frustrated...

So this morning came my worst enemy...AF...making it one of my shortest luteal phases. My doctor that the HCG shot would lengthen my luteal phase but its only shortened it.

Im just frustrated that my body seems to cooperate and do fine until that 8-10 DPO and it cant be normal. No doctor has really ever been able to solve the problem of lengthening my luteal phase. Well I should take that back my first OB-GYN put me on Clomid which allowed it to go from 5 DPO to 9 DPO and its really never been longer. No doctor can make it longer than 9 DPO...

Its almost like this is a no brainer and I would think would be able to be fixed without much but it doesnt seem to be that easy I guess.

Then to make it better my cycle days are getting shorter too..
This cycle was only 24 days..I mean really cant I catch a break..at least let me go 28 days so I at least dont have to see you so often...
last month was 23 days....
26 days month before

I would rather ovulate later and have a longer cycle then O sooner. Im just frustrated and feel like pulling out my hair because its like the issue really has never been resolved.

Ive been taking B6-200mg for the past 2 mths (2 of my shortest cycles) which is supposed to lengthen my luteal phase and its only shortened my cycle days. No more B6 thats for sure.

I mean couldnt AF hold off until after we got back from Destin...guess that would have been too much to ask for...

Anyone who has dealt with a short luteal phase have any suggestions??

It just seemed like today was not my day or maybe God was just trying to give us a clear path.

1)Got my progesterone back and it was only 8.2 at 8 DPO.
I never in a million years expected it to be that low. I mean even the nurse said my doctor didnt even quite understand. I mean my follicle sizes grew great, I got a HCG shot, my progesterone with clomid has been great why so low? My heart just sunk and yes tears begun. No one can seem to understand my body. I respond fine to any type of meds, my progesterone has always been high so why cant we have a child?? I have never been tested at 8DPO its been anywhere from 3 DPO to 7 DPO. Is that one day mean something? Im clueless...
I think God was just trying to give me a clear answer that adoption is for us but I must admit my heart has not sunk over news like this in a while.

2) My parents were supposed to keep our little puppy Brownie this weekend they always do. Well my mom texts me (cant even call me) and says that I need to make other arrangements for Brownie that they arent keeping her. Pissed was an understatement because now I have to get additional shots for her, spend more at a boarding place because everyone was booked due to everyone making one last vacation before school starts that cost us over double the price it should have...this is just one more addition of my parents and the book I need to write on their crap. She has known about this for a while why wait until a few days before we leave to say anything?? Dont worry she wont be keeping her anymore if we go somewhere we will be booking her at the place that everyone recommends around here but of course she couldnt get in because they were already booked. Oh then lets add that I cant pick my poor puppy up on Sunday I have to wait until Monday to get her....

3) Then to end the day..Chads Explorer died and went up into smoke..his Explorer is not even that old either. He had to get it towed so we are hoping its nothing too major

Maybe just maybe something can go right...ugh what a frustrating day...

Yesterday I went to a local International Adoption Meeting and came to the conclusion that obviously I have done a ton of research and knew most things that were told which I must admit made me feel good that my research really is paying off.

Things that I learned/some that I knew
-Hong Kong only does special needs kids
-top 2 countries are China and Russia
-China has a 4 year waiting period. Why? They only allow one child per family member and do not have enough workers there to get the paperwork completed
-some countries require a long time to travel (Kazakhstan-6 to 7 wks, Ukraine-7 to 8 wks, Colombia-6 to 8 wks)
-Soouth Korea has only 5 states in the US that will allow you to adopt a healthy, normal child, the other 45 states have to adopt a child with special needs
-Haiti likes to adopt only Christian families but require parents to be 30 yrs and will not budge on it
-most countries have very limited info about the child and birthparents and you have to accept it.

Process for International Adoption...could be a little different through different agencies
1) Information Meeting
2) Pre-Application
3) Formal contract & Application
4) Immigration Process
5)Home Study (2-3 mths)
6) Dossier
7) Referral
8) Travel
9)Post-Placement Reports (Russia requires 5 visits over a 2 year period)
10) Citizenship

went in for my progesterone test this morning and should know something by this afternoon sometime...
-adoptions arent final until 6 mths after you return home (could be different in other states)
-most countries will not allow you to adopt another child without a year between the kids

Busy week

This week is quite a week but I love staying busy I must admit also

Last night we went to go take our professional pictures with our dear friend. Well it looked like it was fixing to storm but it was the only night either one of us didnt have something going on. Well I prayed really hard to please Lord just let the rain hold off until we get a few pictures so we will have one for our profile if you want us to adopt. Well wouldnt you know it the rain held off and just about the time our friend put his camera up it started raining. God is good and gave us a clear sign of adoption. The rain held off and we got some great pictures I think. Just waiting to see the final pictures!

Tonight is the International Adoption meeting to see if we are interested or not and get some more info

Wednesday is getting my progesterone tested to see if we even have a chance of being pg. I would be excited of course if we were, but if not we are going to go forward with CA and get things ready for it.

Thursday-have to take Brownie to get her yearly shots

Friday-start back with school, have a shorter day and orientation and all that fun stuff.

After the training and all that jazz we are heading to Destin for the weekend I cant wait! One of our good friends is getting married this weekend. I just hope the rain holds off for them because according to the weather its supposed to rain all weekend long.

Well thats our crazy week for ya. Next week is the start back to school in full for teachers, then the following Monday (Aug. 10) kids come back..my summer is slowly coming to a stop. Im ready to go back but then again I kind of will miss sleeping in too so its a bittersweet moment...

This is a list that I have compiled over the past few weeks. Not sure how many are considering Russian Adoption but if so here is a list of people that are going through the process/have already adopted. Some information was on blogs and some was not listed. I have also listed a link to this post on the side for anyone who wants to go back at a later date. If you have anyone that I have missed please leave a comment and I will get them added.
Also information on how it all works.


Common Abbreviations
  • CSS= Catholic Social Services
  • 171H= Official permission to bring child/children into the country. NOTHING happens until this paper is in your hot little hand, Notice of Favorable Determination Concerning Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition
  • I 600A= Form requesting permission for us to bring a child/children into the country to adopt and become a citizen, Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition
  • MOE = Ministry of Education (in Russia)
  • PAP= Potential Adoptive Parent
  • CHI=Children's Hope International
  • IA= International Adoption
  • Paper Chase - Collecting documents needed for the HS, Dossier, I600A and I171H
  • HS - Home Study
  • SW - Social Worker (person doing our HS)
  • Dossier - Legal documents requested by Russia (birth certs, home study, background checks, marriage license, financial statement, photos, and MUCH more!)
  • Apostille - Legalization of a document for international use
  • USCIS - US Citizenship & Immigration Services
Info
How does the Russian adoption process work?
There are several phases to the adoption process. This is a much simplified summary. I'll break these down into Paperwork, paperwork, paperwork, waiting, travel, paperwork, travel and paperwork.

Application to adoption agency - Send an application to adoption agency. This states the basic facts to ensure you are eligible to adopt in a specific country.

Home Study - The home study can be one by the adoption agency if it licensed in your state. You can use a local agency to complete this if your agency in not licensed there. The home study includes several interviews and an inspection of our home. The social worker will create a report to be included in the dossier.

Dossier - The dossier is the package of documents that goes to Russia. This includes the home study and various other letters and document that need to be notarized and apostilled. It is then sent to Russia to be translated and then you are assigned a particular region in Russia where you wait for a referral.

Referral - After the dossier is submitted to Russia, you wait for a child to be assigned to you. The child is assigned based on your request and the child's needs. This is the longest part of the adoption process and can take up to 18 months as of now. Once you receive the referral you will receive a picture and brief medical report. You will have the opportunity to reject the referral if the child has any issues that you could not properly take care of.

Travel, Trip 1 - Once you accept your referral you will arrange for your first trip to Russia. This is a short trip of 6-8 days where you meet the child and request a court date in Russia for the official adoption.

Waiting for Court Date - When you get back to the U.S. you will have to update any dossier documents and get new medical exams. Once a court date is assigned you will arrange travel for the second trip.

Travel, Trip 2 - Trip two will last approximately 3-4 weeks. You will go to meet the child and appear before the Russian court stating your case for adoption. If approved there is a ten-day waiting period and then you can finally pick up your child for good! You then travel to Moscow to have an appointment at the embassy to finalize any citizenship paperwork.

Arrive home, post-placement reports - You will have periodic visits by the social worker so they can send reports back to Russia. This allows the Russian government to keep track of its citizen (child will have dual-citizenship) and also fosters a good relationship between the agencies and future adopters.
Lots of Blogs

Received Child (if more than 1, final adoption date, agency, part of Russia, state live in, adoption length)
http://2008russia.blogspot.com/ (July 08) (Wide Horizons for Children) (Bryansk) (NH) (13 mths)
http://3fromrussia.blogspot.com/ (twins-Kemerovo-Dec. 08 + 2-Rostov-on-Don-2003) (23 mths)
http://adopt2fromrussia.blogspot.com/ (CA)
http://adoptingcolby.blogspot.com/ (Feb. 09) (Wide Horizons) (Kamensk) (17 mths) (CT)
http://adventuretohaylie.blogspot.com/ (Jan. 08) (Kemerovo) (KY)
http://adventureswithbearcub.blogspot.com/ (July 07) (Vladivostok) (FL)
http://a-leapof-faith.blogspot.com/ (Jan. 07) (Lighthouse Adoptions) (Moscow) (CA)
http://babytruestory.blogspot.com/ (May 09) (CHI) (20 mths)
http://cheeriosinmyshorts.blogspot.com/ (April 08) (Catholic Social Services) (CHI-original) (Moscow) (TX) (9mths)
http://chrisanddanica.blogspot.com/ (twins) (Dec. 07) (Alliance for Children) (Perm) (CO)
http://child-of-mine.blogspot.com/ (Aug. 07) (Childrens Hope International) (AL)
http://comeundone.typepad.com/come_undone/ (Alliance for Children) (St. Petersburg) (NY)
http://cravensadoptionstory.blogspot.com/ (May 08) (Catholic Social Services-originally with CHI) (Moscow) (MN) (16 mths)
http://daisraelfamily.blogspot.com/ (Nov. 08) (Childrens Hope International) (Moscow) (FL) (21 mths)
http://finding--emily.blogspot.com/ (April 08) (International Assistance Group) (Moscow) (CA) (6 mths)
http://findingrfamilee.blogspot.com/ (Oct. 08) (Childrens Hope International) (Vladivostok) (UT) (18 mths)
http://goeppneradoption.blogspot.com/ (2) (Feb. 08) (Kras) (FL)
http://ginsbergsrussianadoption.blogspot.com/ (Kemervo) (TN)
http://hearttohome.blogspot.com/ (2), (2004, Nov. 06), (Adoption Options), (Kirov, Murmansk)
http://hishersandours.blogspot.com/ (Aug. 07), (Smolensk), (TX), (25 mths)
http://homesweethome-patti.blogspot.com/ (July 2008), (Astrakhan),(15 mths)
http://janesbiroadoption.blogspot.com/ (2), (Sept. 07), (changed agencies), (Birobidzhan), (TX), (33 mths)
http://jeffanddawn.blogspot.com/ (March 09), (Wide Horizons for Children), (Ekaterinburg), (9 mths)
http://joelandclarion.blogspot.com/ (2), (Sept. 08), (Childrens Hope International), (Vladivostok), (MO)
http://journey2rfamily.blogspot.com/ (3), (2005, 2006, 2008), (Murmansk)
http://journeytohotdog.blogspot.com/ (2), (Jan. 2004, Nov. 2005), (Childrens Hope International), (Astrakhan), (south)
http://journeytomax.blogspot.com/ (June 07), (Agency), (Vladivostok), (SC)
http://journeytoparents.blogspot.com/ (Feb. 08), (Agency), (Novosibirsk), (FL), (10 mths)
http://katiedustin.blogspot.com/ (2), (Mar. 06, June 06), (Kemerovo, Chuvash), (TN)
http://kimabraham.blogspot.com/ (Dec. 08), (Novokuznetsk), (TN), (21 mths)
http://kourifamily.blogspot.com/ (2), (Mar. 2006, Feb. 2008), (AWAA), (Chelyabinsk), (22 mths)
http://laurenandmarco.blogspot.com/ (March 07), (Alliance for Children), (Moscow), (MD), (9 mths)
http://www.lisarenniadoption.blogspot.com/ (2) (Alliance for Children) (Perm) (TX)
http://little-llama.blogspot.com/ (Apr. 2008), (Moscow), (15 mths)
http://markysinzi.blogspot.com/ (Mar. 08), (Catholic Social Services), (Moscow), (AZ), (8 mths)
http://marymargaretmaybe.blogspot.com/ (July 08), (CHI), (St. Petersburg), (TN), (19 mths)
http://mike-mary2russia.blogspot.com/ (Apr. 09), (Agency), (Moscow), (TX)
http://miraculouslyourown.blogspot.com/ (July 09), (Adoption Associates), (Kaliningrad), (MI), (11 mths)
http://nrbfamily.blogspot.com/ (2004), (Final agency-Lighthouse Adoptions), (1st-CHI, 2nd-Adoption Ark) (Novokuznetsk, Kemerovo), (OK)
http://oneal-ourfamilyblog.blogspot.com/ (April 08), (Childrens Hope International), (Tver), (TN) (19 mths)
http://our-journey-to-parenthood.blogspot.com/ (June 07), (Childrens Hope International), (Vladivostok), (12 mths)
http://ourlittlesuperhero.blogspot.com/ (Nov. 07), (Informed Adoption Advocates), (Novosibirsk), (CA), (18 mths)
http://ourrussianangel.blogspot.com/ (May 09), (Ekaterinburg), (CA)
http://ourrussianchildren.blogspot.com/ (more than 1), (July 08), (Moscow), (MI)
http://overstreetjourney.blogspot.com/ (May 09), (CHI), (Vladivostok), (IL), (14 mths)
http://pathtoparenthood.blogspot.com/ (2), (Oct. 08), (CHI-original, Adoption Associates-agency), (Arkhangel'sk), (TX), (10 mths)
http://peteandme.blogspot.com/ (2), (March 09), (Krasnoyarsk), (IL), (17 mths)
http://pisarikadoption.blogspot.com/ (2), (Jan. 07), (Christian World Adoption), (Volgograd), (OK)
http://prudhomme-family.blogspot.com/ (private) (1 + 1 (in process), (2005), (Christian World Adoption), (Volgograd), (MO)
http://rileyadoption.blogspot.com/ (Oct. 07), (Childrens Hope International), (Petrozavodsk), (MN), (10 mths)
http://russianadoptionchronicles.blogspot.com/ (#), (Feb. 08), (Families through International Adoption), (Novokuznetsk), (IN), (15 mths)
http://russianpeanut.blogspot.com/ (July 08), (CHI), (Moscow), (16 mths)
http://siberiabrands.blogspot.com/ (2), (July 08), (Novosibirsk), (WA)
http://smilesandtrials.blogspot.com/ (God's Waiting Children), (CA)
http://solnichkababies.blogspot.com/ (2), (Cradle of Hope Adoption Center), (Khabarovsk), (VA)
http://stacypatandaidan.blogspot.com/ (Apr. 08), (Bethany), (Krasnoyarsk), (VA), (18 mths)
http://thebaersdengrows.blogspot.com/ (Feb. 08), (Adoption Options), (Kirov), (FL), (11 mths)
http://www.thebierbaumsadventure.blogspot.com/ (2), (March 07), (Adoption Options), (Orenburg), (CA), (9 mths)
http://thecareyadventures.blogspot.com/ (3), (Sept. 2003, Mar. 2006, Sept. 2007), (Adoption Options), (Pskov, Samara, Orenburg), (FL), (length)
http://thediapermonologues.blogspot.com/ (Feb. 08), (World Assoc. for Children & Parents), (Vladivostok), (WA)
http://www.thegebhardtfamily.blogspot.com/ (Apr. 08), (Childrens Hope International), (Vladivostok), (IL)
http://www.thejergerjourney.blogspot.com/ (Apr. 08), (America World Adoption), (
Krasnoyarsk), (30 mths)
http://themorganmemo.blogspot.com/ (July 08), (Kids First Adoption Services), (Ekaterinburg), (IN), (14 mths)
http://thesandersfamilyjourney.blogspot.com/ (Apr. 08),(Krasnoyarsk), (TN)
http://thesmiths441.blogspot.com/ (Nov. 08), (Childrens Hope International), (Krasnoyarsk), (NJ), (22 mths)
http://threegirlsandarussianboy.blogspot.com/ (Dec. 08), (Beacon House), (Kemerovo), (13 mths)
http://torussia-withlove.blogspot.com/ (Mar. 09), (Lighthouse Adoptions), (Vladivostok), (MI), (10 mths)
http://tourtobeafamily.blogspot.com/ (May 09), (Adoption Options), (Kirov), (PA)
http://tiger-kar.blogspot.com/ (May 08), (Catholic Social Services-2nd), (VA), (8 mths)
http://trayloradoption.blogspot.com/ (Mar. 09), (Childrens Hope International), (Vladivostok), (FL), (14 mths)
http://vodkaandcaviar.blogspot.com/ (2), (Oct. 05, Mar. 08), (Ekaterinburg, Balashikha), (CT)
http://waldenfamilyadoption.blogspot.com/ (June 09), (Tomsk), (TX), (10 mths)
http://web.mac.com/jmartin7100/Adoption_Site/Welcome.html (2), (Oct. 08), (Childrens Hope International), (Novokuznetsk), (29 mths)
http://www.webchrissy.com/ (May 09), (Adopt a Child),(7 mths)
http://welcomevictor.blogspot.com/ (Nov. 07), (Childrens Hope International), (Vladivostok), (FL), (13 mths)
http://wolffamilyadoption.blogspot.com/ (Nov. 08), (Nizhny Novgorod), (CA)

In Process (# of children, date started, agency used, Region of Russia, state in)
http://2009russia.blogspot.com/ (Jan. 08), (Wide Horizons for Children), (Bryansk), (CT)
http://alexandrafaithkneiding.blogspot.com/ (Aug. 08), (Kaliningrad), (MI)
http://becomingamommy.blogspot.com/ (July 07), (Adoption Associates), (Cheboksary), (NJ)
http://crburbee.blogspot.com/ (Feb. 08), (Izhevsk), (MO)
http://curranadoptionjourney.blogspot.com/ (Aug. 08), (World Association for Children and Parents), (Vladivostok)
http://frogssnailsnpuppydogtails.blogspot.com/ (May 08), (Perm), (Calgary, Alberta)
http://fromtxtorussiawithlove.blogspot.com/ (May 08), (Kaliningrad), (TX)
http://gemsforglory.com/AJCQuest/ (Nov. 07), (America World Adoption)
http://hope-ourbabygirl.blogspot.com/ (Jan. 09), (Lighthouse Adoptions), (FL)
http://jellemasjourney.blogspot.com/ (Oct. 08), (Alberta Child Services), (Vladivostok), (Alberta)
http://juliannalydia.blogspot.com/ (Apr. 08), (FTIA), (adopted 1 from Novokuznetsk in March 07)
http://mattiesbabybrothersisterfromrussia.blogspot.com/ ((World Horizons for Children), (Ekat), (MA)
http://maurailise.blogspot.com/ (Mar. 08), (Kemerova), (MI)
http://merzdn.blogspot.com/ (Gladney Center for Adoption), (Kaluga), (VA)
http://michaelandhunterann.blogspot.com/ (Aug. 08), (Vladivostok), (WA)
http://prudhomme-family.blogspot.com/ (private) (Christian World Adoption), (Volgograd), (MO)
http://pupekfamilyjourney.blogspot.com/ (April 08), (World Horizons for Children), (Yekaterinburg), (NY)
http://steveandkate.wordpress.com/ (Christian World Adoption), (OH)
http://theroadtomax.blogspot.com/ (Aug. 07), (Vladivostok)
http://thesmiths441.blogspot.com/ (Jan. 07), (CHI), (Krasnoyarsk), (NJ)

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