Friday, April 18, 2014

Adoption Conference

Two weeks ago, Jeffrey and I had the opportunity to attend an adoption conference. You may wonder what an adoption conference is all about. Well, there may be many different types, but this one was more to equip parents with knowledge and strategies for once your child is home.

Though we still have a long wait ahead of us, we want to be proactive in educating ourselves and investing in our children even before they are here.

Many people who adopt think that they are going to face the same challenges that everyone faces with their biological children, and although these challenges still exist, many times people who adopt will sometimes face other challenges. This can be a little scary when thinking about some of these challenges, but we want to be wise and prepare for the unexpected. We are of course praying for a healthy baby- body and mind, but when you have lived the first part of your life in extreme poverty, are malnourished, and have been in an institution, there may be some emotional, physical, and psychological needs/delays that will need to be addressed.

The conference was very informative, and Jeffrey and I are still processing much of the information, but we are so honored and excited to be the parents of this beautiful child that is waiting for us, and we are waiting for them. We want to be able to meet all of the needs of our children whether they are biological or adopted, and we know that every child and every adoption is different.

Jeffrey said the thing that he really took from the conference was that maybe God didn't call us to adopt to make this huge impact on this child, but maybe God called us to adopt to make a huge change in us. We have been so humbled, stretched, and strengthened through this process, and we aren't even to the best part yet!



Thursday, April 3, 2014

TRIVIA NIGHT RECAP

I need to start by apologizing for not posting this sooner! Life has been a bit busy, and we haven't had the chance to stop and post.
This picture captures the fun that was had by all!

WOW! Once again we have been overwhelmed by the beautiful people who love and support our family. There are not enough words to express our gratitude to all the people who came, helped, and donated. We were able to raise $3,600! This is an awesome amount to add to our adoption fund!
The McGovern's Table!
Kaitlin and Aunt Janeece
THE AWESOME GRADERS!


Hartwicks shopping at the silent auction.
                
Whether you placed first or last, you are all champions to us!


WHAT AN AWESOME TURN OUT!
We had such a fun night. It felt more like a family reunion than a fundraiser!









WE HAVE TO GIVE A SPECIAL SHOUT OUT TO AUNT LEAH! SHE ORGANIZED THE WHOLE EVENT, AND DID AN AWESOME JOB!
We love these guys!
My Best Friends!


Bryan and Eli

So Sorry we couldn't include a picture of everyone who attended! If you were there, we THANK YOU! Thank you for making this night so special! We could not have done it without you! We are now closer to bringing home Baby W! We can't wait for you all to meet her/him! We can't wait to meet her/him either =)

Please continue to keep our adoption, our baby, and orphans all around the world in your prayers!