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Hello! We are Erin and Joshua and we are so excited to share our story with you. Thank you for reading!
Our friendship began 14 years ago when we first met at an event hosted by our family church. We had an instant connection over our shared love of the gospel, puzzles, books, and poetry. Although it wasn’t until a few years later that we began dating, we developed a strong friendship in those early years through writing emails regularly. As our friendship deepened into love, we decided to get married in 2012, right after we both graduated as Engineers from Georgia Tech, and began our adventure together.
We had four wonderful years establishing our young marriage and becoming a great team of two. In 2016, we welcomed our first baby girl, Anna Rose, into the world, followed closely by her sister, Juniper, just 21 months later. Our girls are now four and three and we all feel that our family is not yet complete (the girls have been begging for a sibling).
We have joyously entered this adoption journey because we value life and people, we have the means to care for another child, and we believe that God has picked the perfect child for our family. We are eager to meet this child through open adoption—there is a whole lot of love waiting for them!
Expectant mothers who choose to make an adoption plan may qualify for some level of financial assistance during their pregnancy. However, each person's situation and specific needs are different. Your adoption social worker can help you determine what level of assistance you qualify for and deserve. Many expectant mothers qualify for financial assistance to cover basic pregnancy and living expenses, including but not limited to - transportation reimbursement, utility assistance for phone, water, and electricity/gas, maternity clothing and supplements, etc.
Navigating a pregnancy alone is never easy. Depending on your situation and location, you may qualify for financial assistance to help cover the cost of basic living expenses, such as food and groceries.
Receiving quality medical care during your pregnancy is vital to both your health and the health of your baby. If you choose to place your baby for adoption, all of your pregnancy-related medical expenses will be covered by the adoptive family.
Women who choose to place their baby for adoption may receive financial assistance to help cover the cost of rent and utilities. If you feel that you’ll need some help with these costs, it’s important to talk to your adoption social worker about it early in the process. Each expectant mother’s situation is different, and eligibility may vary.
In order to have a healthy pregnancy, it’s important that you have everything you need to lead a healthy lifestyle. Like food and groceries, the cost of some household items - like feminine and dental care items, along with prenatal supplements - may be covered during your pregnancy.
Placing a baby for adoption is a loving, but incredibly challenging decision to make. Many women experience an array of emotions during this time and find that counseling is very helpful in navigating those feelings. If you would like to receive counseling during or after your pregnancy, that can be arranged by your adoption social worker. The cost of counseling will be covered by the adoptive family or adoption organization.
If you need assistance with transportation, your adoption social worker can work with you to find the best solution. You may eligible for assistance with transportation costs or be connected with a transportation service to utilize during your pregnancy.
It won't cost you anything. If you choose to place your baby for adoption, all of your medical and legal fees will be covered and you may be eligible for financial assistance with other pregnancy-related expenses.
Yes. Even if you don’t know the identity of the birth father, you can still choose to make an adoption plan. However, every adoption situation is different. The adoption social worker you’re assigned to will get to know you and your story first, and then guide you through the process accordingly.
You can make an adoption plan at any point in your pregnancy, even after the baby has been born. But, it's important to start the process as early in your pregnancy as possible. Connecting with those resources will allow you to gain access to important medical services, including prenatal care, to help ensure a healthy pregnancy.
One aspect of your adoption plan is the "Hospital Plan" an outline of how you'd like your hospital stay and delivery to go. You can craft this on your own or with the help of your adoption social worker. But everything is up to you. You’ll be able to choose who comes to the hospital with you, who is in the room with you during delivery, and how much time you’d like to spend with the baby before signing the final papers.
As part of your adoption plan, you'll determine whether or not you’d like to have an open or closed adoption or something in between. Open adoptions may include phone calls, messaging (via social media, email, or text), and/or periodic visits each year. Closed adoptions may include no contact at all or annual updates provided to the birth parent(s) by the adoptive family. Each post-adoption relationship is different and can vary based on what an expectant mother chooses in her adoption plan.
Apple picking is very popular where we live in South Carolina but we haven't always had the greatest luck with it. In the past, we have foolishly waited until it actually felt like fall outside to head to the orchards but most trees are all picked over by then. We have wonderful fall weather and fun memories together but we never leave with many apples that we picked ourselves. This year, though, the girls were determined to bake an apple pie from the apples we picked so we decided to go earlier and do some 'summer' apple picking instead. It was hot but it was so worth it! We got tons of great apples and the girls enjoyed snacking while we walked. Anna Rose and Juniper are VERY proud of their haul and are very excited for Auntie A, our resident master baker, to come over tomorrow to bake their pie with them!
We had such a wonderful time at the beach this past Labor Day weekend! This was also the first time that the girls have been brave enough to swim in the ocean! The first beach trip we went on two years ago, both girls were too afraid to even touch the water but delighted in digging in the sand. Last year, they enjoyed running in and out of the shallow water and allowing the tide to chase them in and out as the waves cashed to the shore. But this year—they were mermaids. Armed with their water wings and the sure presence of their Dad, Mom, or Uncle Chase these girls loved swimming and embraced their inner fish! This trip was especially dear to me as it was the first timewe had brought the girls to Hilton Head Island. This is the island that I went to every year as a girl growing up and I had the chance to share with them all the things I used to do. We had slushies on the beach, went to the Salty Dog, had ice cream in Coligny Plaza, and saw Shannon Tanner perform some kids’ songs (the same songs I had...
Sweet Juniper turned three just a few short weeks ago and this past weekend we were finally able to take her growth photos! This is a thing I do this with both of my girls on their birthdays each year: each of my daughters and I have a unique pose that we are photographed in each year to see how much we have changed. I am such a sucker for side-by-side photos marking change and growth and always have been! I can’t wait to take Anna Rose’s photo with her in October for year 5! I find joy in cataloging and documenting each important growth step. I remember the excitement I had filling our first daughter’s baby book with milestones and photos. Everyone told me that I wouldn’t have so much enthusiasm for my second child—but they were wrong! When Juniper was born next, I had just as much joy and energy taking her monthly photos from 0-24 months and all the side by sides I could think of to document in her life. One of the things I look forward to most in having a new baby in our home is getting to begin this process all over again—to...
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