So We Have Some News… We’re ADOPTING!!!!

2/7/2017

Our Adoption Announcement!

It’s official!!!! Jeff and I are so excited to announce that we’re adopting!!!!!

Oh boy do I have SO SO much to update you on and I can’t tell you how happy I am to finally be updating with HAPPY news when it comes to growing our family. So many of you have reached out since my last fertility update to share your thoughts, prayers, stories, concerns and encouragement with us and we could not be more grateful for your support.

We are so incredibly thrilled to now be on this adoption journey and it’s high time I shared how we got here with you! I imagine a lot of you will have questions so I’m going to try my best to answer here the most common questions we’ve gotten from people we’ve told.

If you read my post back in July, then you’d know that after the traumatic events of that month we had already started leaning heavily towards adoption. Well, a few weeks after that post, I sat down with a friend who had recently adopted and picked her brain. I wanted to know the costs, the emotions, the risks, the happiness, the EVERYTHING because we really knew nothing.

Our Adoption Announcement!

Jeff and I went on a little weekend getaway that next weekend and it was the first time in a LONG time where we really had time to talk at length about our options.

Did we want to continue fertility treatments? We had one more chance to try with IUI before IVF was on the table, which we knew we didn’t want to pursue. And we knew they wanted to do some major testing too, to see why I kept miscarrying. Was it worth the risk to my health? How important was it for us to have biological children? Could we afford adoption? Could we afford to keep doing fertility treatments to only follow it with adoption costs? Are we prepared for the unique set of challenges and emotions that come with adoption?

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The result of those conversations were this: Why continue to put my body, and our hearts, through so much heartache when we have both always wanted to explore adoption?

When we started really letting that sink in, adoption tugged harder than ever at our heartstrings and things just became so clear. We were meant to grow our family through adoption!

The day after we got back from our trip, we emailed an adoption consultant and started the process.

That’s just kind of how we are and how we always have been. Once we decide on something we go all IN and make it happen. Since making our decision to adopt in August, we’ve built an adoption team and completed the ominous “home study.” We’ve filled out mounds of paperwork, taken an adoption orientation class, had our fingerprints done, taken first aid classes, had a social worker visit our house, bought a car seat (!), put together an adoption outreach plan and made a profile (in book form and on adoption websites). As of November 15th (our two year anniversary!), we are officially considered a “waiting family” which means we are eagerly awaiting and searching for a match!

Our Adoption Announcement!

Now, to answer the many questions we get every day when we tell people we’re adopting!

We are doing a private domestic adoption. We are working independently with an adoption attorney and consultant, not with a specific agency. Our consultant, for those curious, I can best describe as one part outreach expert and one part adoption “doula.” She is there to help us form a plan for birth mother outreach, and also to guide us through the process overall, from a more personal standpoint than an attorney can provide.

Our baby can come from anywhere across the United States and could come at any time. There is no “list” like is often thought of with adoption, it’s moreso like online dating. In our profile, we talk about ourselves, our careers, our families, our plans and our dreams for our baby. We paint a picture of the life we hope to provide for a child. From there, if a birth mother likes our profile, we begin to learn more about her and if all parties feel like it is the right situation, we are considered “matched.” (I should note that there’s a LOT more detail that goes into it, but that would be a very lengthy post so I’m going to leave it at that for now.)

Consequently, that means we could get a baby tomorrow or we could be waiting a year and a half or more. We have absolutely no idea, which is an interesting challenge for this control freak!

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We hope to do an open adoption. In fact, our team has told us that most adoptions nowadays are open. The level of openness can vary from sending photos once a year to the birth mother to having regular in-person visits.

We will be adopting a newborn and we do not have a gender or race preference. That trifecta is one of the most common questions we get! We could match with a birth mother who is newly pregnant, almost ready to give birth or even one who has already given birth. If there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s that every single adoption situation is completely different than the next.

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So… are you decorating a nursery? Do you have a baby shower? How does this all work?

The answer to all of those…. eventually?? We don’t know? Yes? When it comes to adoption, everything still happens that happens when you’re pregnant but it just kind of comes out of order. Since I’m a pretty superstitious person, the idea of decorating a nursery before having a baby is really intimidating. That doesn’t mean I haven’t started looking and brainstorming things. I think we’ll need to find our “match” and evaluate our situation before making any of those decisions. I’m actually curious if any of you have adopted, how did you handle all of the above??

I did buy a bunch of baby books but have been too superstitious to open them so far! Ha, oh gosh.

Oh and how about this one, “Do you have baby names picked out!?” Baby names are only MY FAVORITE TOPIC OF ALL TIME! We have some names but need some major work there. I’m actually going to do a separate baby name post soon. =) I literally have been waiting my entire blogging career to be able to do a baby name post. Haha!! And you may see a few other family-oriented posts popping up here, too. But this won’t become a parenting blog or anything, so no worries there if that’s a concern!

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The process so far has been very eye-opening and it has put me so far outside of my comfort zone. I’m a true introvert, through and through, remember. We’ve been lucky enough to get to have conversations with a few amazing, strong women and learn their stories, and each time I think, “Is this the woman that we will be forever bonded with, for the rest of our lives?” It is challenging, exciting and surreal.

We’ve also learned how scam-filled the adoption world is, as sad as that may be. We are staying hopeful without getting our hopes up with every situation we are presented with. It’s a similar mentality to when we were doing fertility treatments, but the good news is there is so much hope ahead of us this time too.

More than anything else, we are just REALLY excited. Impatient, but excited. 😉 We feel so lucky. We’ve wanted to be parents together for almost a decade now, and trying for nearly two years. It’s crazy to think that it’s actually going to HAPPEN. We’re going to be parents. And it’s even crazier to think that we don’t know when or how, but we’re keeping our hearts open and ready for whatever turns our journey takes!

We are also anxiously awaiting all our tax documents to come in so we can get approved for a mortgage and find a home with more room for baby! But since I hear babes don’t need much space right away anyway, if our little one comes first, we’re going to make it work in our apartment too!

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Photos by One Eleven Photography

And there you have it! A mini Mindell is out there somewhere and we can not WAIT to find him or her and bring them home. Thank you all so much for coming on this journey with us, like I said, your support has meant everything to us. =)

I don’t know how curious you guys are about adoption but if you want to leave any questions you have below, I may do some follow up posts on the topic if there’s interest? I dunno! I’m no expert, but I’m always happy to share my experience.

And one more special note!

We knew we wanted to take some fun photos to help us announce the news to you all and we knew exactly who should take them, our friend Jenna! Jenna is the person who helped get us started on our adoption journey, having just been on a successful journey of her own. She has been such an unbelievably kind and open resource for us, answering all of our questions and sharing with such honesty. We have been so grateful for her friendship. It meant so much to us to have her take these photos and be a part of such big news for our family! Thank you, Jenna!!!!

107 comments

  • Laura Bogert

    Wonderful news Kelly and Jeff!!

  • Chelsey

    Oh my goodness!!! I’m so excited for you and Jeff! I’ve been following your journey and I can only imagine how happy the two of you are to grow your family:) I think it’s awesome that you will be adopting. When you talked about open adoption, it reminded me of Caitlyn and Tyler (I know you love some teen mom!) and I hope that you are fixed up with the perfect match. I wish you both the best of luck with your search, and I know you will both make great parents. Ahhh this is too exciting! Xoxo

    Chelsey
    @hipsterartteacher

    Ps- these photos are adorable!!!! Love the cotton candy!

    • Kelly

      Thanks Chelsey!!! Yes!! Oh my gosh, I feel like Caitlyn and Tyler were the first exposure I ever had to open adoption. I now cry even MORE than usual when I watch their story play out, ha! I’m an emotional basketcase. We’re super excited over here!!

  • Sophie

    This is fantastic news! So happy for you guys!!!!

  • Kathleen

    Congratulations!! Such exciting news!!! Wishing you all the best on your new adventure 🙂

  • ANNA

    Congratulations, so happy for you both! You to are going to be great parents!

  • Christi Johnstone

    Good luck! We completed our family almost seven years ago through domestic newborn adoption. Adoption is pretty darn incredible!

  • Christine Peel

    How exciting!! I’m so happy for you and Jeff. I totally understand the feeling that this has put you way out of your comfort zone. Thank you for sharing your story and I will send my prayers and positive thoughts as you wait to meet your mini Mindell.

    • Kelly

      Thank you so much Christine! Definitely out of my comfort zone but most definitely worth it. Can’t wait to see where our journey takes us!

  • Brittany

    Congratulations!

  • Megan

    Such incredible news! I’ve been following your blog/journey for over a year now and feel like I know you both even though we’ve never met in IRL. This blog post brought tears to my eyes and I’m so incredibly happy for you both! <3

  • Heather B

    Oh my goodness I am SO SO happy for you! Such an exciting time, I am wishing you all the best on this incredible journey.

  • Monique| WritingMonique

    WOW! Congratulations! Wonderful news! After following your baby-story, I’m so happy for you both right now! 🙂

  • Kate

    I’ve been hitting refresh for the past 10 minutes (creepy?) because I just KNEW this was going to be about your family! So excited! If you’re up for it – and I understand if you’re not – I would love to hear more about the financial side of adoption. My husband and I have been interested in adoption for years but the process is daunting and it’s hard to find cost information online. Anything you’d be willing to share would be helpful. Most importantly, CONGRATULATIONS to the two of you!!

  • Michelle

    This is so great, I am so excited and happy for you guys!
    https://www.makeandmess.com/

  • Leslie Thomas

    This is wonderful! I’m so happy for you guys! Seriously, babies are the best! And when babies come to parents that want them as much as you do, it makes my heart sing.

  • elsie

    WOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! So so so happy for you and excited to meet mini Mindell!
    xx- Elsie

  • Kim

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you guys! 💕

  • Eleanor

    Thrilled for you! I got super excited when I read the title. You’re going to be awesome parents and I bet that nursery is going to be super super cute whenever it gets done.

  • Megan

    This is so amazing! What a wonderful time in you life! I am so happy for you two! Congratulations! I cannot wait to watch your little one grow as I’ve watched your blog grow! Thank you for sharing with us! xx

  • Jen

    Congratulations!
    We met our daughter 7 years ago and I remember those days so clearly. My advice to you would be that you CANNOT do anything wrong. There are no Jinxs out there; so be optimistic and trust that your family will come together exactly at the right time. I tortured myself with every choice and worried about everything that was out of my control. Looking back… none of it mattered. It’s all been awesome – even when it didn’t feel awesome, everything went perfectly the way it was supposed to go. Our daughter is the most amazing person. A true combination of herself and what she’s learned being in our family and growing up in our love. Truly, all kids need is love. We have an open adoption. It’s been complicated at times; and I am so happy to have that extended family for her. There’s no fear there anymore and we touch base often.

  • Kat

    Lovely post! Such exciting times ahead for you guys-congratulations!

  • Lesley

    What great news to start the day off with! Congratulations!!!

  • Kristina

    Yay!! This is so great 😀 I feel like I’m on this journey with you. I commented on your January 2016 post that I failed my ‘get pregnant in 2015’ goal too and we were thinking about adoption. I’m still not pregnant and we are a few short weeks away from becoming a ‘waiting family’ for an infant domestic adoption in Canada! Would love to see more posts about your process. How did you find putting your profile together? I’m working on that now and it’s so intimidating! Also tips for dealing with the waiting would be appreciated. Sending baby vibes your way and praying for a speedy match!

  • Taylor Collery

    SO SO happy for you guys!! I don’t personally know you, but just from the love you two share, you’re going to make amazing parents! And we’re starting a family too, so can’t wait for all your upcoming posts and ideas! Silly question, but out of the gazillion car seats, which one did you guys go with?!

  • Pat

    So excited for the two of you, what wonderful parents you will make. Can’t wait to hear mission accomplished 🙏Ing

  • Kimber

    I am BEYOND happy for you both. I have been following your journey and am so so so happy that you guys have even more hope on the horizon. You guys are going to be amazing parents and have so much love to give I could never imagine you guys NOT being parents! Some very lucky baby is out there waiting for you to love them and give them a warm and happy home. I am beyond beyond thrilled. I can’t wait until you guys get your baby blessing! God only gives you what you can handle and you guys have been so strong and such an inspiration for people.

  • Moonlight

    I’m SO happy for you guys, you can not imagine! I hope that a baby comes your way at the best time! I’d love to know more about anything regarding this, really!
    Congratulations, again, sending positive vibes from across the atlantic!

  • Charlotte

    Congrats to both of you. As an adoptee I always feel happy to learn that other couples still open their homes and hearts like that.

    ✌🏽

  • Amanda

    CONGRATULATIONS! You two are going to amazing, fun, loving, cool parents! I am excited to follow this journey as you share!

  • Jess G

    I am so incredibly happy and excited to read this! Y’all are going to be the most amazing, loving, FUN parents!

  • Christina

    So so excited for you two! Congratulations! I’ve been following your story since your wedding and I’m so excited for you two as you start out on this next adventure. Thanks for sharing with us! xoxo

  • Eileen

    Can not wait for my new niece or nephew. My girls will be so thrilled, too. (your brother is not a big fan of infants, but he will have a soccer ball ready when it is time!) Now get those taxes done so we can shop for a house! XO

  • Natalie

    So so happy for you two! You’ll be such wonderful parents!

  • Gracie McKinstry-Smith

    CONGRATULATIONS KELLY AND JEFF!!!! This is HUGE and I know the world is SO happy for you! Oh baby! Wishing you so much luck on this journey! I can wait to hear more as it comes!

  • Aubry

    This makes me cry. So happy for you two, your little one is blessed to already have you as parents! x

  • Erin

    Congrats! Adoption is awesome. I am a 39 year old who still thinks my parents are lying about me being adopted. 😉 there really is no difference, your mom and dad who love you are your mom and dad. That kiddo is lucky to have you two!! Mazel!!

  • Driver B

    This is such wonderful news! Congratulations on finding the right path for your family. Looking forward to future updates.

  • Tamara

    why am i crying?? this is so wonderful my heart is in this with you guys 110% im so very happy for this adventure of having a family! congrats kelly and jeff xoxoxox

  • Terrell

    EEEEEEEKKK! Congrats to baby momma and daddy to be!!! You all are the most deserving of a sweet babe! I cannot wait for this to happen for you. I told you about my daughter we adopted from India. We waited for what seemed forever for a “match” even though there are sooo many babies/children in orphanages. We had to make sure the baby was cleared for adoption from their country first, hoops hoops and more hoops to wait on…then we were told it was a GIRL! and then we waited until things were finalized before she could come home. Once I knew we were getting a girl and about her age when she would arrive (guestimate) I then decided on nursery décor – and boy did I do it big! She had more than any child could have dreamed of…..and still to this day (she’s now 13) more spoiled and loved….And I wouldn’t want it any other way. You all are going to be so so blessed and I can’t wait to follow your journey! HUGE HUGS ALWAYS!
    Terrell

    • Blossom

      hi,

      I am considering adoption from India as well, and I would love to be able to get an idea about how the process works , I know there’s a lot of information out there but it just seems so overwhelming I don’t know where to even start , would it be possible to pick your brain a little perhaps ?

      Thanks ,
      Blossom

  • Pennie Limming

    Wow!!!! What a wonderful post you have shared!!! SO happy for you both (and I don’t even know you) and will look forward to hearing about your journey as it unfolds. I think it’s safe to say that this little human being has a love-filled home already waiting.

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  • Les

    i could not be happier for you two (until the day your little babe is in your arms!)
    im so happy that you’re moving forward with growing your family in a way that suits you both.

    this is going to be one lucky kid!!! i cannot wait to see your family grow and i cant wait to see all the kid friendly(er) diys you come up with!

    Cheers to you, Jeff & Bella. i could not think of a more deserving family.

    love you guys!
    here’s to some major sunshine in 2017!
    <3

  • Kristina B

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    I AM SOOOOOOOOOO excited for you guys!!!!!! That’s really all I can manage right now! It couldn’t happen to 2 more amazing and loving people. I can’t wait for your baby name post.
    “If it’s a girl we’re thinking Lisa and if it’s a boy maybe Frank…”

  • Lyndi Barrett

    Oh this is so exciting! What a beautiful. heartfelt post!
    Congratulations Jeff and Kelly. That is one lucky baby!
    Wishing you all the best with the journey ahead xo

  • Cathy

    YAY!!! I am so excited for you guys!! Can’t wait to follow along on your journey & celebrate with you guys! Thank you for sharing your adventure wit us.

  • Melissa (Best Friends For Frosting)

    CONGRATULATIONS This post officially made my week! ! I have followed your story the entire time and so happy to see your well-deserving happily ever after is FINALLY falling into place. Can I tell you how excited I am for nursery updates and baby posts… I know you’ve mentioned before that you may not post about it on Studio DIY. Will you share things that still pertain to the brand over here like the nursery update and parties? Excited to see how your content strategy unfolds on that topic as every blogger has a different stance on it. 😉 I can’t tell you how excited I am for you guys! You are going to bless a very lucky child! XO

  • Virginia

    I am so excited for you both, and the sweet babe that y’all add to the family! I’m so excited to see Bella become a big sister!! Will y’all share the baby on all the different social media outlets once the legal stuff is done? Also, if y’all move before the baby, will y’all have to redo the house visits? So, so, so happy for all of you!!

  • Tanya P

    My fiance and I have been going through fertility treatments for over a year now. The injections, procedures, appointments, hormones, a miscarriage, and lots of two week waits! Its been really difficult and we’re now on the track for IVF. I find comfort in reading about other women’s experiences with infertility. It makes me feel less alone! I wish you all the best in your new journey towards adoption. Lots of love from Montreal Qc.

  • Lexi

    What amazing news! SO happy for your little family. CONGRATULATIONS! <3

  • Chelsey Gike

    Kelly & Jeff!!!! I am so so happy for you guys, I’m bawling my eyes out over here for you. This is such wonderful news and I’m so excited that you’ve shared this with your readers. You will be such fantastic parents and I can’t wait to follow along on this journey. Xoxo Chelsey from Canada

  • ELISE LANEY

    I am so happy for you both! I love your hearts and I can’t wait for you to be matched with your long-awaited baby Mindell. <3

  • Quinn

    Congrats, congrats, Kelly & Jeff!!! I’m glad you always go for what you want! This is so exciting! 🙂

  • Gia

    Oh my goodness! Congrats Kelly!!! I’m so happy and excited for you guys! You’re gonna be a mama! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Sending all the good vibes for a smooth journey!

  • Revel and Glitter

    Yay! I am so glad to hear that you will finally get the pleasure of being parents and keeping it an open adoption! My husband was adopted at 2 months old, and later found his birth family when he was 18. He used to ride the bus past his birth grandmother’s house and didn’t even know! His birth mom had since remarried and had more kids and the way they act together, you would not know they weren’t raised together. Having a sense of connection, if possible, is so important!

  • Holly

    OMG I’m SO excited for you two! After reading all of your updates these last few months, it’s wonderful to hear your good news and I can’t wait to hear more. Congrats!!

  • Dani Majer

    SO EXCITED FOR YOU GUYS!!! You both are beyond deserving. Love following your journey & can’t wait to see some Studio DIY Baby Shower & 1st Birthday projects. #BELLAGETSASIBLING

  • Britta & Carli Garsow

    So happy for you both! Such an exciting time in your lives!

  • Ana

    BEYOND HAPPY TO READ THIS POST! So excited to follow your parenting journey. Loved seeing the two of you in front of the camera as well and the beautiful chemistry you have. Congratulations!!

  • Melanie

    Ahhh I couldn’t not comment on this. This is absolutely amazing news, congratulations congratulations congratulations! You are both going to be the most incredible (& COOLEST) parents. Such a wonderfully selfless and inspiring thing to do, so so happy and in awe of you guys! All the best, Mel & Bonz (BATOKO) xxx

  • Regan

    Their are adds now? Btw congrats!

  • Maria

    SO SO SO happy for you both!! xo

  • CONNIE

    You are officially my favorite blogger. So inspired by and proud of you and Jeff.

  • Allison

    So so happy for you. We just brought home our baby boy right before thanksgiving through adoption. It’s been simply incredible. There are a lot of emotions in the process but the results are worth every second. Hang in there💛

  • Megan

    OMG CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! I have anxiously been awaiting your fertility update and this update just sent me over the moon. I am so happy for you and Jeff. You can feel the lightness and happy anticipation. YAY!!

    I have commented a couple of times (creepily?) about how our lives seem parallel (re: baby making) and my husband and I have started the adoption route too (stepping away after 3 years of trying, 2 years of fertility treatments, 2 miscarriages- last year was particularly difficult). You are further along the adoption road and I am eating up every word you write!!!! Thank you for sharing and being so open.

    I would be interested in hearing about the financial aspect if you are comfortable talking about it. Right now we are weighing the different options and of course the price tag plays a role in that. If not, I know money can be weird, I am happy to soak up any other detail you decide to share.

    Soooooo much love and light to you two. xoxo

  • Alex

    Congrats! Hoping this time of waiting and expectation is a blessing to you. All the best!

  • Rachel Phillips

    This is the best thing I’ve read all day. Congrats!! I have ALWAYS been interested in the adoption progress, so 1000x YES to sharing more about your journey and the process! 😀

  • abby

    omg I love that your adopting I think it is too important to adopt

  • Samira

    I was adopted. It is the biggest display of love EVER!!! I feel like thanking you, even if it doesn’t concern my life. haha Anyway, thank you, I mean, congratulations and lots of lots of happiness!! 😉

  • Krista

    AHHHH! So excited for you two! You guys will be great parents

  • Stacey

    Well done and All the very best!

  • Olivia Bleeker

    Kelly and Jeff!!!

    Oh my goodness! You wouldn’t believe how incredibly excited I am to read this! 🙂 I’ve been following along on your journey regarding this topic for a while now and this is just the most perfect thing. My younger brother is adopted from Guatemala and my life & our family both have been SO changed so much for the better ~ adoption is just the best! I can’t wait for you two! This is so exciting.

  • Olivia

    As one who was adopted, I am thrilled to hear this! Adoption has blessed my life in countless ways. And your desire to have an open adoption is a wonderful one. I am blessed to have a close relationship with my birth mother, and she is an actual angel. Every birth mother is, for in placing their baby, they are displaying just about the greatest love that can be shown. It is difficult to doubt that I am loved when so many people wanted me and my birth mother placed her love for me above all else. Love abounds in adoption!

  • Barbara

    Congrats Kelly and Jeff!
    It fills my heart with joy to know you guys are adopting and your dream to become a bigger family is finally coming true! I have absolutely no doubt that you are going to be awesome parents and I can only imagine the parties that you are going to throw to that lucky baby!!
    Ps: This reminds me of Chandler and Monica from Friends who also adopted!
    Best of wishes guys 💓💓💓💓

  • Octavia

    We’ve been discussing adoption for a while now since I cannot have children biologically. It’s scary but exciting at the same time. We haven’t a clue about when to start or if we want to start – what kind of topics did you cover in your conversations?

  • Julia

    I have been following you for a few years now and am so happy to hear this!! As a member of a family mixed with two biological (me being one of the two) and two adopted from China this makes me heart so happy. You will not only have a bigger family but you’re giving a little tiny baby a home he or she might not have had. People have often asked if I love my adopted siblings differently or if I notice that we are different. And the answer is no in the most no sense of the word. There is not a second I look at my sister or brother and think of her any differently than my brother. I remember once in middle school being asked that and asking the person if the looked at their dogs and thought you are the brown dog and you are the black dog therefore you are different. No! You look at your dogs and think those are my dogs named Max and Fido! Adopting a baby into your family will be the most incredible experience and I cannot wait to see what it brings you! Congrats!!!

  • Magda

    Congratulations guys!!! You make such a happy couple and you’ll make mini Mindell the luckiest kid!! xx

  • KP

    Wow, had to scroll so far to post a comment 😉

    SO HAPPY for you and Jeff and your families and your future munchkin! That is one lucky kid who will have such caring, fun and loving parents to guide him or her through life.

    Reading about this brought the biggest smile to my face. 😀 Can’t wait to “meet” the little nugget in a future blog or video!

  • Elisa

    So so so happy for you both, no doubt your baby will be the happiest baby on earth 🙂

  • Mandy Elliott

    This is so exciting! I am so happy for you and your husband and my heart shares the long road you’ve walked as well. My husband and I also announced yesterday that we will be adopting domestically so it looks like we have much in common! Big love to you in your exciting journey ahead!

  • Vanessa

    Congratulations!!! Any chance you can share some sources? Counselor? We are thinking of pursuing adoption but feel overwhelmed and not sure where to start!

  • Heather

    Oh! This is SO EXCITING! We adopted our first. Arthur is 6 now! He came home when he was one, however, we were matched with him when he was 4 months old. We definitely had a completed empty nursery for a while, but I don’t necessarily regret it. While t was painful, it made things very real. Kept our hope and excitiemebt alive. Also, we chose a name almost as soon as we finished paper work and shared it with our family. Reflecting back later, I realized that giving him a name even before we were matched was so great for our family! They had something to hold on to in a situation where everything was so uncertain. Helped it to be real for them too. Here’s my “birth story” from way back when. 😊

    http://loveiswaitingadoptionstory.blogspot.com/2011/07/i-have-little-story-to-tell-you.html?m=1

  • Jessica

    So happy for you both! this fills my heart <3
    Hope you guys get your baby tomorrow!!!
    You'll do great 🙂

    Jessica
    @prettygoodsatx

  • Anne

    Congratulations! Good luck with the waiting and everything!

  • Maritza

    Such wonderful news – so happy for your both! Jumpy-claps!

  • Hannah

    Congratulations! Being a mom is the best thing ever! Giving birth is also the worst thing ever. I had a 9 pounder and thought I was going to die. So happy for you to become a mom and not have to experience that. Looking forward to seeing your baby crafts!

  • Terrie

    Congratulations!! I am so happy for you and Jeff =)

  • Steph @ Lipstick & Cake

    Congratulations Kelly and Jeff! I’m so happy for you – your announcement warmed my heart and bought tears to my eyes.
    I’ve always felt a strong connection to adoption and hoped that one day I could provide a loving home to a child who needed one. I too experienced years of infertility issues, including a miscarriage, and now believe that I’m destined to adopt.
    Wishing you all the best and looking forward to following you on your adoption journey. xx

  • Vicky Sullivan

    Congrats guys! Wishing you and your child all the love and happiness in the world. So happy for you.

    xo,
    Vicky
    http://www.aspiringsocialite.com/

  • Nicole

    Congratulations!! I cried tears of joy for you!! Cheers to you both!

  • lucia

    this is so exciting!! CONGRATS! i’m sure you’ll both be amazing parents!!! can’t wait to hear (read!) the good news when your baby finally comes home!!! the best is yet to come!

  • Pat Schwab

    Kelly and Jeff, This is such wonderful news. I wish you a wonderful journey on the road to parenthood. Pat S

  • Katie

    Congratulations! So timely that I saw this post as I was catching up on some blog reading – my husband and I just made the same announcement (that we are adopting) this week! We are about to do our home study, so we’re not quite as far along in the process as you are, but we’re so excited to finally be able to share with the world – holding on to our “secret” for about 6 months when we were in the preliminary research/application stage was killing me!

  • Jen @ Green Wedding Shoes

    Kelly + Jeff!!! Just saw this and I’m SO SO excited for you guys. You are going to make the BEST parents and some little babe out there is going to be so lucky to find you guys. Fingers crossed it happens soon for you guys!!! — and yes, babies don’t take much space so you have plenty of time…although finding a house in LA is totally another story (but I’m sure you know that!)

    xoxo Jen

  • Caroline

    Hi there! First I want to congratulate you on your adoption journey, that’s insanely fabulous news! Second, my husband and I are looking into adoption and would like to start the process sometime in the next couple of years and really have no idea how to dive in or which programs are reputable and fitting. Any advice on how to find a consultant or programs to look into, would be a great help. 💜💜💜💜

  • Kelsey

    Mazel tov! So thrilled for you! Sending thoughts for a peaceful journey to parenthood.

  • TAMMY

    That’s soooooooo amazing!!!!!! I’m so happy for you guys 🙂 My husband and I adopted our daughter, Sydney, over 10-years ago & it was the best decision of our life. Good luck on your exciting adoption adventure!

  • carrie

    I realized I never commented on this, kelly. But I am so excited and thrilled for y’all!!! Xo

    Carrie
    http://www.wearwherewell.com

  • Heather

    Congratulations on your expanding family. These are fantastic pictures. Thank you for sharing your journey!

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