Thursday, May 27, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
What makes Patrick extra special to me, is that he has an extra special family. His Aunt is my friend Jill. His mom is Jill's sister, my new friend Emily. Emily and her husband Brian, adopted Patrick when he was just over a week old. They knew his prognosis when they adopted him, but they fell in love with him. How could they not, he is a doll!
Because intestinal transplants are not done here in Utah, Patrick's local dr.'s recommended that he be seen at Seattle Children's Hospital. Doctors at Seattle Children’s Hospital in Washington recommended a life-saving small bowel/intestinal transplant. An estimated $70,000 is needed to help with transplant related costs.
Paul Cardall and some of his friends are putting together a benefit concert with 100% of funds raised going to help Patrick.
To get tickets for this fabulous concert go here:
Tickets can also be bought at the door. There will be a silent auction starting at 6:00 and the concert at 7:00. Again, 100% of funds raised go to help with transplant related expenses.
A list of items from the silent auction can be found here: http://www.cotaforpatrickh.com/node/885
To learn more about Patrick and how you can help: http://cotaforpatrickh.com/
Monday, May 17, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
You may have caught that I said OUR family now knows. You may have thought I was talking about Jacob’s family and my family. While they all know, that isn’t the family I was talking about. Well, at least not Jacob’s family. You see, I was talking about my family; my family and K’s family. Because my family and K’s family are one in the same. To tell the whole story I need to back up 16 years.
16 years ago my dad found out his baby brother and his wife were expecting a baby. They would be unable to take care of their little one. So my dad and my stepmom decided to adopt this baby girl. That baby girl, who was born their niece, became their daughter, and my sister. That little girl, is K. Now, almost 16 years later, K has found herself with an unexpected pregnancy. The family member who called us to see if we were still looking to adopt is our dad, mine and K’s. Placing the baby with us was K’s idea. As soon as she started considering adoption, she knew we were the parents for her little one. When I say we will have an open adoption, that obviously, is a big understatement as well. We will see K often. She lives two hours north of us, so not as often as we would like, but as often as we can. K has asked that Emily call her Aunt K. Emily will know that K is her birthmom. We will be open and honest with her. And she will above all, know how special her K is, and how special she herself is to come from K.
Trust me, this was unexpected for us. We thought that our baby’s birthmom would be someone we didn’t know, or maybe someone who was a friend of a friend. Never did we fathom that it would be someone we both know and love, let alone someone we are related to. What’s funny is over the last couple of years, the thought has floated in and out of our minds, what if our baby’s birthmom was K. We always dismissed that thought as quickly as it came. In Jan. of 2009, when we were sitting in church and got the overwhelming feeling that we needed to start the adoption process again, we thought maybe our little one would be coming soon. We were going to wait till we moved to Utah, but like I said, the feeling was overwhelming that we needed to start right then. Had we waited until we moved to Utah, we would have waited several months to even start the process after we arrived, taking the time to settle in, get the house in order, enjoy the holiday’s and then start the process. But because we started the process in New Mexico, we were already approved to adopt when we moved here. All we needed to do was update our file with Utah state background checks & a new home study. We were approved within a couple of months of our move. So why is that important to our story. Well, if we had waited until we moved here to start, we wouldn’t have started the process until Jan. if that. But because we were already approved when we got here, we were eager to get the updates done. Because we were, our file was updated by Thanksgiving and we were good to go again. Because of this, we told all our family at Thanksgiving that we were approved and hoping to adopt. K overheard us talking about that. She thought at that point she might be pregnant but hadn’t confirmed it yet.