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Hello! We are Andrew and Amy and we appreciate you stopping by and learning more about us as prospective parents!
We met in the spring of 2010 when Amy was promoted and transferred to Glenwood Springs, CO for work. We are a typical “love at first sight,” story. Andrew was working part time at Bed Bath & Beyond and we have been together ever since our first date, a week after Amy arrived in the new town! We were engaged at Christmas and married the next fall. We love spending time together and can’t wait to share our special bond with a child!
Not long after we were married, we started trying to grow our family. We suspected conceiving a child might be difficult, but we didn’t pursue medical help until late in 2017. We have always been confident in our calling to be parents, so by the middle of 2019, we knew that adoption would be the way we could grow our family!
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.
October 15, 2021 Somehow September flew by and now we're halfway through October! My picture below will show you the highlights!The pumpkins, gourds, and tomatoes were all picked from our garden this year! Andrew had a great summer of growing the pumpkins and the tomatoes were plentiful!Both moms have September birthdays. My mom and I went out to dinner at Breckenridge Brewery and spent time together. For Andrew's mom's birthday her and his dad and Annie all came to our house, we played games and made a nice meal. The moms and us went to our annual craft show - which was great since it was canceled last year! Andrew had a special event for work to celebrate his 5 year anniversary, so we got to get dressed up and do that! It was nice to go out and be at an event like that😄! We celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary downtown at the oldest hotel in Denver! We had massages and an incredible dinner at the Urban Farmer - it was all great! I had a work event this week where we all went UTVing in the mountains just outside of Woodland Park - it was a blast!!!! Fall...
Traditions. Traditions are such a beautiful way to mark moving through the year and life. Even though at different points in life they might hit a little differently. My mom and dad had started going to The Fort for their anniversary meal a few years before my dad passed away. Andrew and I have kept that tradition alive ever since and we take her every year on her anniversary to celebrate their love and marriage. We also never miss an opportunity to take our annual picture in front of the teepee they have at the restaurant in the courtyard. This was the first year in a decade we had to take our pictures in the rain, but hey, it's tradition! -Amy
July 29th, 2021 Rucker is two weeks post operation and has been home a full week! He can stand and walk around, but it's a little wobbly at times. But it's so much better than a paralyzed dog! We still have a long way to go as far as rehabilitation, but it's starting off well! Check out our dog pathway made out of multiple rugs linked together 🤣 he can't stand on the hardwood floor because he just slides and can't keep his legs under him! #adapting -Amy
August 8th, 2021 We wrapped up a family trip I've been planning for almost a year! Andrew's parents both turn 60 this year and I wanted to plan a special trip with the whole family to celebrate! We decided on a long weekend in Breckenridge and it was filled with lots of great family time! Abbey and Brian joined us from Tennessee and Adrienne, Drew, and Felix joined us from Wisconsin. Before we actually headed up to Breckenridge Andrew took Drew and Annie on a hike up Gray's Peak so Drew and Annie could cross off hiking a 14er. The next day we had a big breakfast and headed up to Breckenridge. Our first excursion was to take the gondola up to the top of a mountain rain where there's a little adventure park. We ate lunch, played mini golf, and hung out in the sunshine. After that we went to check in to our Airbnb home and then went out to dinner at Breckenridge Brewery - which is always a favorite! The next morning we went out on a family hike to a waterfall and we got to see a herd of mountain goats with a bunch of babies! After lunch...
July 14, 2021 Just 3 weeks and 4 days (but who's counting?) since we put our beloved Penny to sleep, I come home from work one night to Rucker unable to walk! Looking exactly like Penny, no use of his hind legs, in pain, etc. I couldn't believe it! So after a weekend at the emergency vet, we confirmed he has the same thing Penny did, a herniated disk in his spine 😭 Andrew and I spent the weekend on a rollercoaster of emotions! Shock, grief, nervousness, sadness, hope, anxiousness, concern. I am feeling tired! We have decided to try the surgery that hopefully will make it so he can walk again and live out the next several years of his life with us. The surgery felt like too much for Penny because of her age and other health issues, so it was a tough choice not to do it for her. So, today is the day, Rucker has his surgery and then has a week long stay at the vet, so I will post an update soon! -Amy
July 6th, 2021 We've hit a bit of bumpy road lately. First, we experienced the loss of a long time, very special, family friend of Andrew's family. It wasn't sudden, and everyone takes great comfort in knowing that he's in heaven now, but the sting of the loss still weighs heavy on us and that wonderful family. Second, we had to put our beloved Penny to sleep. Her back issues had increased to the point where she had lost all movement in her hind legs, as well as any kind of bathroom control. It has been pretty devastating to both Andrew and I. She was so special to the two of us! I am absolutely certain that the hard/sad times make the good/joyous times even sweeter. It is a blessing to have two losses that sting the way they do because it's proof we had something so special in the first place! Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27
June 6, 2021 I have been blessed with several truly great friendships in my life! Most of my friendships I have in adulthood started when I was a kid, and I think that's pretty special. One relationship that is particularly special is that with my long term bestie Janelle. We met when we were both 15 at our first job, which was at a little toy store in our neighborhood. We both had gotten jobs there because we could walk (no licenses yet!) and if the weather was bad we could probably convince our moms to come get us. Just like any really great friendship, we weren't especially fond of each other at first. But that changed and the first time we ever hung out, we went to get pie at Village Inn, and then that was it, we've been a constant in each other's lives ever since. Some outsiders think it odd we are as close as we are, often people think we are opposites. But opposites attract, right?? There's been numerous times we were just what the other needed, and our different perspective proved to be helpful. One difference would be, I would be categorized as the more...
May 18, 2021 Hello! Happy Tuesday! I realized I told you that my time at Bed Bath & Beyond ended, but didn't circle back and tell you about my new job! I started immediately, so that was a blessing of course! Although, between you and me I was hoping for a week or two off 😉 Now I am the Office Manager for a small concrete coating company in Parker. This job checked so many of the boxes of what I was looking for in my next job and I have really enjoyed it so far! I knew as I prepared to transition into motherhood I did not want a retail management job anymore. I wanted something with a more consistent schedule, maybe a few holidays off, no late or overnight shifts, and something with the flexibility to work from home if needed. I found all these things, and it's only 10 minutes away from our house! -Amy
May 12th, 2021 This past Sunday we celebrated Mother's Day with my mom, Fran and Andrew's parents, Mary and Ed. Andrew had to work so it was just Annie and I. My mom and I's tradition for the past 10 years is to go to a brunch buffet at the Inverness hotel. We missed it last year (#2020) and we were hopeful it would be back this year, but nothing 🤷♀️. So I got this crazy idea to create the fancy brunch at home...which was a lot of work...but turned out great! The moms were impressed and enjoyed themselves! Annie and I spent Saturday afternoon prepping and cooking a few things in advance and then tying up loose ends after church on Sunday. Annie is the best! The joke was for her to reign me in a little more next time! Overall it was a great success and we felt accomplished. This year I couldn't help but reflect on what a loaded holiday this is going to be for you and I in the future. I basically have no great answers of course. We will be walking this road together, figuring out how we fit in each other's lives. But it...
May 6, 2021 Spring. My least favorite season. It's interesting how different things, or times, represent different things for different people. I understand how spring can be exciting for people, I think for many it represents newness, rebirth, the coming alive of the world around us. The air gets warmer, there are buds on trees and bushes, daffodils and tulips sprout up. I get it, I like sunshine too. Have you ever had a time where all the not so great things happen to you? Like how people might say - bad things happen in 3's, or just in general it feels like the world might be kicking you while you're down? So for whatever reason that's this season for me. Over the course of several years, some life changing, not so great events have happened in my life, always in the spring. During spring I can get a little down, and it causes me to reflect on many things. This is the time of year I want to look at pictures, or old family videos, or go places that make me feel closer to those who are gone. I also have reflected on those good old life lessons we get...
April 28, 2021 It's been a hectic, stressful, emotional week around here! Our beloved Penny gave us quite the scare! Last Tuesday she was shaking, was kind of unresponsive and just not her self at all. We took her to an emergency vet and we discovered she was in a lot of pain from a back issue. They gave us 3 kinds of pain meds and told us to watch her and let her rest. By the next day she couldn't even use her hind legs anymore! So we went back to the emergency vet and they started off telling us that it was going to take a surgery to save her life, a surgery that was going to cost around $10,000! Eventually they said we could try a steroid and we should call our regular vet in the morning. Which is what we did, and I am so thankful for our vet! She calmed us down, made some adjustments to the care plan, and Penny is doing much better! We aren't completely out of the woods yet, but we're on the climb out for sure!
April 19, 2021 Ya know when you've had something going on every week for a while and then you have a quiet week and it feels like kind of a let down? I guess that's how I feel about this last week! No birthdays, no Easter, no get togethers 🤷♀️ Just normal life. Although one of our favorite shows came back - which is always great, right? Andrew and I have been watching The Chosen, which has been so amazing from an entertainment, spiritual, and educational standpoint. Now, before I lose you, just hear me out! The show is about Jesus and his disciples - but mostly about his disciples - hence the title. The show is directed and created by a guy who was tired of there not being a meaningful, engaging story about Jesus. Everything that he felt was put out was stuffy, felt unobtainable, and painted Jesus and more importantly the disciples, as surface only, perfect creatures who just tell you parables and leave you wondering, or even worse, zoned out. The show explores, what could Jesus have been like, while he was man, on earth? Who were the disciples? What were their backgrounds? What were they...
April 12, 2021 This time it was mine! Andrew did a fantastic job of including all my favorite things into a weekend of celebration! Saturday we had breakfast at Snooze (which is my absolute favorite breakfast!) and then we went for a little hike, just south of Larkspur - and guess what!? We got to see a bear and her cub! We were up on a rocky cliff and were looking down into a meadow - and out they came from some scrub oak!! It was so cool!!!! Andrew also gave me my present that day - which is a record player! I am SO excited! He got two records to start - Marvin Gaye and Queen - and now we're going to have to go on little quests to find new records! Best present ever! Sunday we went to church where we had a ground breaking ceremony for a new addition we're getting ready to build. Then in the afternoon, we went to a winery for drinks and snacks and Andrew surprised me with all my favorite people being there! But we failed to take a picture! Then after that, Andrew, his parents, Annie, and myself went back to...
April 6, 2021 He is risen, indeed! Alleluia! Easter blessings and joy to you! For Easter this year Andrew and I attended the 7am church service and spent some time with our church family afterwards chatting and snacking ☺️ The Holy Week services are my favorite of the church year! I spent last Sunday during Sunday School trying to explain the different days and the significant events to my 3-5 year old class - I don't know if they quite got it - but we'll keep working on it 😉 After church we went to my mom's house for Easter dinner. Andrew's parents and Annie came too and we spent time sitting outside on the deck, going for a walk, and eating! It was a lovely, warm, relaxing day. -Amy
March 28, 2021 Another week, another birthday! This time it was Andrew's! To celebrate, we all went axe throwing at Wyze Axe over in Englewood - that was a unique experience! If you haven't been, it's pretty much just like bowling - just with an axe 😂 After axe throwing we all went back to Andrew's parent's house and grilled kabobs, ate birthday cake, and sat around a fire in the backyard. It was a lovely day surrounded by family! -Amy Pictured below from left to right: Fran (Amy's mom), Andrew, Amy, Ed (Andrew's dad), Mary (Andrew's mom), and Annie (Andrew's sister)
March 21, 2021 Today would have been my dad's 72nd birthday. He always said his birthday was the first full day of spring, so this season always feels a little somber for me - which is probably the opposite of most folks view on spring. Maybe you had been wondering where my dad is in all these family pictures? My dad passed away May 3, 2012, unexpectedly, while sleeping. My dad was kind, and gentle, and gifted me my love of music. I grew up in the most 'classic' scenario, a dad who worked Monday-Friday at a desk job as a mortgage banker and a mom who stayed home with me. Weekends are when my dad would play with me as a child, and as I grew into a teenager we would have a family tradition of getting doughnuts on Sundays, which then would transition to going out to breakfast on Saturdays which would carry on into my twenties. The last time I saw my dad was on one of those Saturdays - we had gone to breakfast and hung around their house. When I was leaving, my dad was getting ready to do some yard work and he waved...
March 12, 2021 Today marks my very last day working at Bed Bath & Beyond. I've been criss crossing between sheets and pillows to spatulas and cookware sets for nearly 16 years! It's the only job I've had in my adult life! I've learned so much these last 16 years and have cultivated lasting relationships that I will treasure for many years to come! I even found Andrew here! I could write pages and pages of stories, things I have learned, the times I've laughed and cried, but nobody has time to read all that! I have been thinking of moving on from Bed Bath for a little while now, and when they announced they were closing our store, I knew it was time! I've known for a while that this wasn't exactly the job I would want as a mother because of the long hours, never really being with family for holidays, and other small reasons too! So, today we lock the door one last time, and next week I start a new adventure with a much better schedule, holidays off, and it's only 5 minutes from our house! The below picture is the folks who were there the last...
March 3, 2021 It's probably only right that if I posted about the cats a couple times, the dogs deserve a moment to shine too! I couldn't imagine my world without these two! They are always with me around the house!Sweet little Penny on the left is my little dog soulmate. Everyone always wants to pet and talk to her because she's so tiny and cute with her little spots! Penny is a little more cat than dog and would prefer to be snoozing on the couch in the sunshine over going for walks or even worse, chasing a ball. That handsome black dog on the right, Rucker is the king of blankies! I've never known a dog that loves to be wrapped up under a blankie or even better, snoozing by the fire place more than him. Rucker would prefer that all attention is given to him, and can often be found trying to push Penny out of the way if someone is interested in petting them. -Amy ***Bonus material - all the animals are named after songs or singers!*** Penny - Penny & Me by Hanson (yes Hanson, like the Mmmbop Hanson brothers - it's true, I am a fan)...
February 23, 2021 Not that anyone needs to read another post anywhere about what a year it's been, how we can't wait to get back to normal, things stink, etc. So I'm not going to say any of that stuff 😉 What I am going to say is times like these always seem to put the small stuff in perspective. One small thing I've come to really appreciate - $5 movies at AMC on Wednesday afternoons! So far I've seen Indiana Jones, Remember the Titans, and Hidden Figures...and who knows what this week will bring! Last week I took my mom, who hasn't gone out a whole lot (understandably so) and we had the whole theater to our selves! I snapped the below picture after the movie had started, so ignore the weird blurriness! -Amy
February 17, 2021 I know I already did a cat appreciation post... but this afternoon I walked by the nursery and I found the two cats snoozing in the sunshine in there, and it was too cute not to share! Apparently the crib mattress we picked out is Jackson approved! I've been thinking of you, the birth parents, a lot lately. I hope you are doing ok and I day dream about the relationship we will get to have. So many unknowns! I guess only time will tell! - Amy
February 3, 2021 I'm so thankful for Andrew and his crazy DIY skills! He has continued to impress me over and over again with his house projects! In our current home he has redone the flooring on the main level and the upstairs, painted everything, every room, even all the ceilings, installed new baseboards, created a killer backdrop for where our tv is mounted from old fencing from our yard, and these are just some of the indoor projects! I'll save a future post for outdoor projects 😉 Most recently, we looked around and thought our house was looking a little too grey, black, and white so we decided to revamp the half bath on the main floor. We went with a shade of pink for the walls - because that is unlike anything else in the house! He then tiled the wall behind the sink top to bottom with white subway tile to tie in the tile from the kitchen. Andrew found the perfect vessel sink and new faucet online and we went on a hunt for a funky mirror! We're still on the prowl for a cool art piece to hang on the wall above the toilet -...
January 25, 2021 I realized it had been a couple months since I had made it outside for a hike, so I knew I had to change that! I went to Staunton State Park because it's relatively close, only about an hour away, and there are so many good hiking and mountain bike trails there, it's easy to find an adventure! It snowed on and off for my 13 mile hike, which made for a peaceful day. I have been wanting to hike to Elk Falls in the winter, I was a little surprised to find it completely frozen! From there I went to the top of Lions Head, but when I got to the top, the cloud cover and snow was just thick enough I didn't have much of a view! Either way, the excursion was just what I needed! - Andrew
January 18, 2020 These two guys are so sweet and wonderful, I felt like they needed their own post 😉 Our black cat, Jackson, is Andrew's very best friend, especially in the morning! Jackson will follow him around until he sits down so he can claim his spot in Andrew's lap. Our grey cat, Thomas, is a best friend to anyone! I don't know that I've ever had a cat as friendly as Thomas, no matter who you are he comes to say hello!
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