Before MaeLee and I ever met, the Lord placed a burden in both of our hearts for the ministry of adoption. It’s such a clear picture of the Gospel. In Ephesians 1:3-6 Paul talks about the adoption we have received from God. We were spiritual orphans, unable to fend for ourselves, and God intervened by doing what we couldn’t; Taking away our sin. When we adopt, we are able to show others that love God showed us when he sent his son Jesus. For whatever reason we both sensed that God was calling us to adopting in our future.
So it didn’t take long when we began courting to get around to the question of children, and more specifically, adoption. One of the ways we were confident God was leading us towards marrying one another was because of this common bond. All that to say adoption has been on our radar for a long time. We have watched and supported friends go through that process and have been waiting for the right time to embark on that journey ourselves. Through many conversations and prayers we are confident this is our time to start the process of adopting. We plan to adopt through Faithful Adoption Consultants (FAC). We have heard great testimony from those who have used their services. You can see there website [https://www.faithfuladoptionconsultants.com/]. Needless to say this is going to be a long road filled with twists and turns and we will need our strong support system of family and friends to help us along the way. One of the biggest helps we will need along the way is financial support. The adoption process is an expensive one and there is no way we can do it alone. Those of you who help us along this journey will truly be a part of our family forever!
First Support Opportunity
As you may know I have been training for several months now for something called the Dopey Challenge. The Dopey Challenge consist of four races over the course of four days (January 4-7) totaling 48.6 miles (that’s a 5k, 10k, half-marathon, and full marathon). We have decided to make this our first fundraiser for our adoption. We are asking people to pledge money per mile I complete in these runs (i.e. $1 per mile would be a total donation of $48.60, assuming I finish each race). If you would like to pledge money per mile you can fill out this google form http://bit.ly/dopey4dough or private message MaeLee or me. Also, feel free to contact either of us if you have any questions!
We’re looking forward to you coming along this journey with us!
Counting all things loss,
Timothy, MaeLee, Cam, and EmmaLee-Tyler
Yesterday officially marked us at 37 weeks! Wow! This pregnancy has flown by in the grand view of things, but has really slowed down for me since May. Being out of my internship with not much to keep me busy has dragged things along. I feel like the more people ask us how much longer the longer it takes to go by. Ha! We have been blessed to make it this far in the pregnancy without any major complications or setbacks.
At 37 weeks Cam should be about 6.5 pounds (give or take) and close to 20 inches long (again, give or take). We should have a better idea of his weight come Thursday this week. The doctor wants to check my amniotic fluid and Cam’s weight to make sure my blood pressure isn’t affecting his growth. At my doctor’s appointment last week, everything went well except it had to be around 100 degrees in there because their a/c was broken! What worse place for an a/c to break than a doctor’s office full of pregnant women in the summer time?! 🙂 I had another non-stress test and again it was so great to listen to his heart rate for so long. We are pretty sure Cam gets scared when I laugh because his heart rate always jumps up at first then goes back down after he realizes what the sound is. 🙂
My blood pressure has been consistently running high and I’m doing all I can to stay sitting most of the day. I cannot imagine how high it would be if I was actually active. I check my blood pressure throughout the day and take extra doses of medication to try to knock it down some, but the extra doses of meds are starting to not work anymore. With all that said, I have known since before I was pregnant with my heart condition and blood pressure issues that the doctors wouldn’t let me go the full 40 weeks due to the strain it would put on me and the baby. So with another ultrasound, non-stress test, and regular check-up, I have a really long doctor’s appointment this week and we should be given a date that they will induce me.
It is absolutely crazy to think about, almost unfathomable, how out little man could be here ANY DAY now!! We are so ready to see him and hold him. I cannot wait to steal his first kiss and love on him! I’ve been trying to tell him that he can come out and play any time now. 🙂 He has been head down for a while now and things are progressing well for him to get this show on the road and come into the world. We ask that you pray for a safe delivery and healthy baby and mom.
Again, thank you for your prayers for us during this time of transition and getting prepared to move to a new place. We are officially in a contract for our new home and the home inspection should be happening in the next couple of days. Pending the inspection we should be good to go and get things moving along in closing on the house. We are hoping and praying that it moves along faster than other closings because there is no one living in the home and it would make it easier on us to move in as quickly as possible.
We are excited and thrilled about all of these things happening in our lives and trying to remain excited about them without becoming overwhelmed of everything happening at once. 🙂