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  1. I have given this question a lot of thought lately. We did not have a good experience in our fertility quest. I'm not sure our dr. did much more than try to make money off of us (he suggested IVF at our first visit even though we are both relatively young and there is no biological explaination for our infertility). Anyway, we didn't do much in way of treatments because of his callous attitude. Recently we went to dinner with some friends that also struggled with infertility and subsequently gave birth to two healthy children. They had a different dr. and a much different experience.
  2. Congratulations to the newest family!
  3. Welcome Newest Tot! Tom and Kathy, we have been on pins and needles for TWO days!! ELATED does NOT cover it! We are overjoyed by the arrival of your little one! Can't wait to meet both your girls in person! Hugs, Jay, Tina, and Makenzie
  4. Congratulations!! Girls are awesome! What a wonderful way to start your new year!!
  5. tksimmons02


    It only gets worse after orientation!
  6. This article beautifully illustrates the guilt I felt at placement. I can totally relate to the author's sorrow. I cried more for Makenzie's birthmother than I ever did for myself through all our infertility trials. I still get misty when I think of it. Thank you for sharing!
  7. Jada, that was really moving. Thanks so much for sharing!
  8. Obviously, they talked to the wrong San Antonio based adoption agency!
  9. Congratulations to our newest Abrazo Princess and her faithful forever family!
  10. That sounds like a wonderfull Hallmark Movie to me!
  11. tksimmons02


    Happy Birthday Kristin! My birthday wish last year was to be a mommy too! I got my precious wish 2 1/2 months before I turned 31. Abrazo is the place to be! I can't wait to hear about your journey!
  12. Congratulations to BOTH wonderful new families!! Enjoy these precious days with your new princesses!!
  13. Tina, Wanna hear something crazy? Once we decided on adoption, I said I was completely done with keeping track of the monthly cycle. And I really did. I was so done with it all. Now since I don't keep track whatsoever, I never know when my friend may be coming for a visit. So, at least every month or every other month, I think to myself "I bet I'm pregnant". And I'm not sad or disappointed when my friend comes, I'm just amazed that I still even think that. I guess "it" never completely goes away. But I now feel so much more trusting of God's plan -- whatever that may be. Toni,
  14. Claudia, Thank you so much for your candor. I completely agree. Most of the time I don't ever want to think about fertility treatments again, but I do have my moments when I wonder "what if..." It makes me feel much better to know that I am not the only adoptive mom that still thinks that. I think we (as couples that have struggled with infertility) know better than most that God is completely in control of this decision. We can plan all we want to, but God will decide. I feel comfort and peace knowing that I don't have the final say. It is easier for me to rest in His guidance and l
  15. Congratulations to both families on their joyous new additions!
  16. I saw the Oprah interview this afternoon as well. I don't know what to think about it. Madonna might actually have done the right thing this time. She did say she had a social worker and that she had completed a homestudy. I will give her the benefit of the doubt on that card. However, I HATE the attitude that people adopt to "save" children. We did not adopt our daughter to "save" her. We adopted her because we desperately wanted children and her birthparents could not provide the home they wanted for her. I deplore celebrities thinking that adoption is all about "saving" a child.
  17. She could come home with us if Makenzie was older than 6 months! I pray this little angel finds her forever home very soon.
  18. I think it's because Madonna is a lightning rod for controversy. She loves to be the center of attention. People assume because of past behavior that her current situation is also questionable. Angelina is much less known for being controversial purposely. It also helps that Angelina is gorgeous! I never knew that either of her adoptions were questionable until I read the links provided. Personally, I am much more offended by the trend that Angelina has set. I have seen interviews with several startlets talking about how much they admired Angelina. They further commented that they
  19. Reading stories like that makes me appreciate the gravity of our Social Worker's position and the delicate balance you ladies have to make with each PIW. Going through the homestudy/adoption process felt very invasive. I was really upset about all the personal questions and suppositions made about our characters. I am a very private person by nature, so discussing everything from my own childhood to our marital intimacies with strangers was in the least distasteful to me. It never occured to me that there was a good reason for all these invasions. The world is a much darker place than
  20. I have been reading about these "designer babies". One of the stories I read (Sorry, I can't remember where so we can't all send hate mail. ) stated that biological parents wanted the same "freedoms" given to adoptive parents. It posited that because adoptive parents can choose gender, race, disability, etc. that biological parents should be given the same opportunities. They worded it like it was discrimination to interfere with biological parents "natural right to choose". I got so angry I'm pretty sure I didn't finish the article (might have been on line). Anyway, I think babies a
  21. Congratulations to the new family! You look absolutely radiant!
  22. Congratulations on expanding your family exponentially! She sure is one lucky little girl!
  23. Congratulations on your sweet baby girl!! Many blessing to both families!
  24. Congratulations on your new bouncing baby boy!!
  25. Two girls means two times the fun!! Congratulations!!
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