Adoption, Daydreams, Motherhood / 24.11.2016

Happy Thanksgiving from Homemade Hijinks On Thanksgiving Day one year ago, we nervously set forth on the wildest journey of our lives: we took a leap of faith and announced to our friends, family, and the world that we intended to adopt a child. I still remember the emotions and adrenaline that surged forward in that moment... Stepping out from underneath the shadow of infertility and into the light of hope. And I remember the whisper of my heart, as it promised once again that THIS would be my last holiday season with empty arms.
Adoption, Daydreams / 30.09.2016

Waiting is hard. But adoption is worth it! Waiting is hard. We've been waiting for a child to join our family for more than 3 years now, and I'm not sure it ever gets any easier, even this close to the end. After years of infertility, mounds of adoption paperwork, and months of waiting to be matched with an expectant mother, you'd think I'd eventually get used to hope deferred... But there is no "getting used to" this aching longing for motherhood in my heart. 
Adoption, Motherhood / 06.06.2016

If you are considering adoption for the first time, it's likely that no two words conjure up more anxiety than the dreaded "home study." Take heart, dear Mamas! There's hope! If you are considering adoption for the first time, it's likely that no two words conjure up more anxiety than the dreaded "home study." Take heart, dear Mamas. I was in your shoes not so long ago! An adoption home study is a series of visits with a licensed social worker (or other agent) to assess the suitability of a family and their environment to parent an adopted child. Every member of the family is involved in the process, including other children in the home. The name "home study" can be rather misleading, since an examination of your home (mostly for safety, etc.) is only one piece of this process. The study also includes a series of questionnaires/autobiographical statements, interviews, financial records, and medical evaluations.