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We hope you know how much we admire you regardless of your decision whether to place your precious baby for adoption or to parent yourself. We can’t imagine how tough the decision is, but we respect you for the thought and care you are putting into the life of your child. We admire you so much for choosing life and considering adoption.
A few things that we feel we can promise to you if you decide to make an adoption plan:
Know that we are mindful of you and your sweet baby and we wish you peace and happiness whatever decision you make.
Zack, Courtney, and Easton
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.
We love Halloween! And fall in Idaho is our favorite...until it snows atleast. Every October we go to some kind of haunted house every weekend with friends or family. We make caramel apples, watch Halloween movies, eat way too many halloween-y treats, go on hikes (when the weathers nice). All the fun fall things. Court loves the haunted houses way more than Zack but he puts up with it for her. Haha.
Zack and I were lucky enough to get away for week. Just us two. We went on a cruise to the Bahamas. We got to take naps every day, eat too much food, ride horses on the beach (one of Courts "bucket list" items). It was such a fun and relaxing week. But we were really excited to get back home to Easton and our own bed. Easton got to spend the week with Nana (Courts Mom) and had so much fun with her.
We went to the Homecoming parade today here at home and our friend Saylor tagged along. Saylor is our neighbor but Easton tells everyone that he is her big brother and I (Court) think its the cutest. He is so helpful with her and keeps an eye on her. Every time candy got thrown their way and all the big kids swarmed in, Easton would jump in and make sure Saylor got some too. We are so excited to see him as a big brother someday!
Easton had to come with me to a photo session again today because daddy had to work late. We got to our location early so we got to explore on our own for a bit and then sat in our camp chairs watching the deer until my clients showed up. This kid is a little stinker sometimes but he is pretty good at making me laugh and keeping us entertained.
Zack is part of the Kiwanis club here in town and every year they have a baked potato booth at the state fair which Zack runs for them. He puts in so much time prepping leading up to the fair and then spends so much time at the fair during the week. Easton got to spend the day at the fair helping mom and dad in the booth. He was such a trooper waking up and getting out of the house by 7am, helping set up the booth and then helped serve customers all morning. Each time someone would come to the window or even just walk by Easton would yell "would you like a potato!?". He was such a good helper so he got to get a treat afterwards.
Most days my photo sessions are in the afternoon/evenings after Zack gets home from work but every once in a while I have one in the middle of the day and Easton gets to come with me. Today was one of those days and he was such a good helper!
Today was this boys first day back to pre-school. He was so excited to go back and see his teacher, Mrs. Jaime and all his friends. I realized last night that this will be our last year before he starts going to school all day, every day. So we're gonna do our best to soak it in and enjoy our time together as much as we can. We're excited to see what he learns this year!
This last weekend we went to the cabin and took our exchange student Giulia to Yellowstone National Park. We spent the day driving through the park finding Bison and Elk along the way to see Old Faithful. We loved getting to show her around her first National Park and one of the places that we love. .
Last night we were able to welcome our beautiful exchange student from Italy. We're so excited to have her here and get to introduce her to as many new things as we can!
We're back in Courtneys hometown for her sisters wedding this week and we got to meet the newest tiniest family member! I could snuggle him all day long.
Easton is in heaven when he gets to play with his cousins all day long! Tonight we went on a walk before bedtime around the reservoir behind nana and papas house. Easton and his cousin Owen collected all the bird feathers, pine cones and rocks they coud find and then picked all the yummy blackberries we could. Then they made Courtney carry all of them. haha (We'll take a basket with us next time). Courtney used to ride her horse around that same reservoir all the time when she was growing up so she loves taking Easton to explore back there whenever we are back to visit.
Mommy got to go to have a girls week which meant Zack and Easton got to have a boys week. Easton was SO excited to get to spend so much time with just daddy!! They went to the indoor trampoline place, the small waterpark here, the movies, and golfing with friends and his cousin. He was in heaven having daddy home with him for a few days. He had so much fun that now that mommy is home and daddys back at work he says everything is boring now. HaHa.
We celebrated daddys birthday with a nice round of golf the other day. Mostly daddy golfed, mommy rode in the golf cart and cheered (golf clap) him on and easton found ladybugs. Haha.
We just got back from spending a week in one of our favorite places with Courtneys side of the family. Courtney grew up going to Lake Powell every summer with her family. It is her favorite place in the world and she loves being able to share it with her boys now! Easton was in heaven all week being able to play in the sand and water ALL day EVERY day with his cousins! He was so exhausted we didn't have to tell him it was bedtime once the entire week.
Happy 4th of July!! We got to celebrate the 4th of July by going to the parade, playing at the splash pad and watching some awesome fireworks with some family and friends. Easton has been looking forward to watching the fireworks all week. A very long but fun day!
We've had a lot of really busy weekends this month but this last weekend we were finally able to relax a little bit and go to the cabin and have fun with Papa and our cousin Josh. Rzr rides in the mountains are one of our favorite things to do when we are there. Even when its a little chilly. Easton wanted to snuggle up in my jacket when he got cold.
This boy had his first soccer game last night. He was so excited but a little nervous at the beginning too. But he did SO awesome!! He scored 3 goals and was such a good sport helping his teammates up when they fell. I know we're biased but he is the sweetest kid!
It's finally summer time! Its been a busy week for this boy. He has been looking forward to swim lessons and playing soccer for months. He finally got to start both of those this week. He was adamant about wearing his uniform to practice "or else soccer can't go on". haha. And he is so excited to have daddy be his coach!
Summer time means wedding season. Shooting 3 weddings 3 weekends in a row is a little chaotic and exhausting. This guy has spent each one of those weekends at these wedding with me as my second shooter and keeping me on track and its just nice having him there with me.
Courtney and Eastons birthdays are in the same week. Zack surprised us (Court & Easton) with a trip to DisneyWorld for our birthdays. As you can imagine DisneyWorld with a now 4 year old comes with some meltdowns. Sometimes from all 3 of us. Haha. But Easton was a trooper and we had so much fun celebrating, taking him on his first roller coaster, seeing his favorite transformer, spiderman and mickey mouse. And mommy and daddy found out that we can't ride roller coasters like we used to. I guess we're getting "old".
St. Patricks Day Cupcakes while visiting cousins in Texas.
Courtney and Easton were able to get away for a week to visit Courtneys sisters family in Texas. It was full of bike rides, going to a different park every day, and just being outside, which was so needed because we were so sick of the snow in Idaho.
Easton decided that for mommy and daddys date night he was going to pick out everything for mom to wear. And then he said we had to take a picture making a silly face. He also made daddy wear a necklace that he made.
Easton wanted to be in charge of "Mommy, Daddy, Easton Night" tonight. He decided he wanted to set up our tent in the basement and "camp" while eating ice cream sundaes for dinner and watching a movie. He picked out all the things he wanted for his ice cream sundaes at the grocery store and with mommys help he made the tent nice and comfy with lots of blankets and pillows.
We have an empty room next to Eastons that will be a baby room eventually. About every couple of days Easton comes in this room and brings some of his toys in here and says he needs to put them in here to share with his baby. Then he brings a blanket and pillow and says he needs to sleep in here to make sure his baby doesn't fall out of his/her bed when they get here. He's so ready to be the best big brother!
This is just our kid casually saying a prayer in the middle of the grocery store in his words..."telling Jesus that mom broke my heart and because she won't let me have a cookie". Haha.
Easton got to be Star of the Week at preschool which means he got to be his teachers helper all week, be in charge of snack time and he got to have mommy and daddy come to class with him one day and read his favorite story to his class. Easton said that daddy had to read it though because he's better at it than mommy cuz he does the funny voices.
This boy loves going to the barber and getting his haircut. He's only 4 but he is particular about his hair. haha. He will tell people that Luis is the only one allowed to cut his hair. He does his own hair every day. We're in the mohawk every day phase right now and he loves having "his hair guy" give him some awesome designs. Todays was the autobots symbol. Every time he gets his haircut he insists on going to daddys office to show him right after.
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