Welcome to our corner of the web! Here you will learn about our family and our journey of a family member adoption. In July of 2010, after 9 years of trying to add to our family and 5 years after we started our adoption journey, we welcomed baby Emily Rose. Emily's birth mom is Sharon's adopted sister. We look forward to someday adopting more children but for now, we are enjoying our time together as a family of 4!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Parent Profiles and Monarch Photography

Thursday Jacob and I attended our first FSA class at our adoption agency. FSA stands for Families Supporting Adoption and is made up of all sorts of people who have been touched by adoption in one form or another, whether it be adoptive families (or in our case hopeful family), birth families and adoptees. Our local chapter is the West Valley Chapter and they host mini-classes on various subjects.

This mini-class was on "Other Adoption Options". Several families in the FSA spoke to us about their past adoption experiences. One couple talked about Foster Adoption, another about a private adoption agency, two couples talked about adoption through private attorneys. Parent Profiles was also talked about, a lot.... After a lot of consideration Jacob and I have decided to sign up for Parent Profiles. Can't hurt right? I know we open ourselves up for scammers if we do that, but at the same time, we just feel like we need to do all we can to help our future childs birth family find us. (We've already been scammed just through our blog and an adoption website I belong to, but that's another post.) So we're going for it. Our profile will hopefully be up and running in a week or two.

Oh, and we are getting family pictures done on Tuesday. I can't wait! Our last family pictures were done by a friend of mine almost 2 years ago. That friend lives in Kansas still and we are in Utah, so having her do them again was impossible. My nephews mom Ashley is a photographer, and is fantastic! Her eye for detail is stunning! Seriously, check her out! Her company is called Monarch Photography. If you are needing photos for any reason, or just because, give her a call. Ashley specializes in weddings but can do really any photography. Seriously, she is fantastic! And I'm not just saying that because she's my nephews mom, seriously, she is fantastic!

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