Monday, March 28, 2011

Day 87 - Adoption, Doctor Visit & Birth family Visit...

It is no secret that I think adoption is a wonderful way to grow your family :o) I often get asked about what agency we used to adopt the little girls so I am going to go ahead and document it here :o) Hi Jessica :o)

I had NO idea how important it is to choose an ethical adoption agency when we started our first adoption. Honestly, we were pretty clueless about the corruption that is present in the world of international adoption. After completing two international adoptions, my eyes have been opened. We are sooooooooo thankful that we have 100% confidence that BOTH of our adoptions were completed ethically. We can look into the eyes of each of our daughters one day and honestly say, "Your birth family chose for you to be placed for adoption."

For our Vietnam adoption, we used Dillon International (who is now teamed up with Buckner). We LOVE this agency. Our local social worker is ah-maz-ing and the country coordinator (at their headquarters in Tulsa) is very knowledgeable and honest and the in-country staff (in Vietnam) was sooooo helpful and professional. The post adoption support has been above and beyond anything I expected. I would feel comfortable calling any agency person involved in our adoption tomorrow. We attend several local adoption events throughout the year and always look forward to attending heritage camp each year in Tulsa.

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For our second adoption, we felt our daughter was living in Ethiopia. Unfortunately, at the time, Dillon did not facilitate adoptions in Ethiopia. We did a TON of research {we learned our lesson about ethical adoptions when we were in Vietnam during the start of the shutdown...there are some BAD agencies out there}. We decided on Gladney {based in Ft. Worth} for our second adoption. I have nothing but good things to say about Gladney. They are professional, ethical and friendly. We LOVED the in-country staff. It is REALLY important to choose an agency that has a top-notch in-country staff...you do not want to be in a country that speaks a different language, trying to complete an adoption with a poor staff.

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Did our adoptions go smoothly? No. Were there frustrations? Yes. Were there delays? Yes. We were completely prepared for each of these circumstances? YES. Would I use these agencies again? In a heartbeat...oh how I wish :o)

Sweet Little Pumpkin has had a little sore on her eyelid for several weeks. It became infected yesterday and when she woke up this morning, her poor little eyelid was very swollen...
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...and she is still smiling. Breaks a mama's heart!

The doctor drained the sore and prescribed an antibiotic. I am thankful to report that she is doing MUCH, MUCH better!

My little trooper...
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We were so thankful that the skies cleared and the weather warmed up this afternoon! We LOVE playing outside!!
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I LOVE how Sunshine's hair lightens each summer...so sweet!
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This girl loves her kitty :o)
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This child knows how to work a camera :o) Ha!
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...and just like that, she's off! "Follow me, Mama!"
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"Take my picture here!"
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I think she knows she's cute :o)
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I keep this blog to document my girls since I don't keep a scrapbook or anything like that so you may notice that I randomly say things...I just don't want to forget the little things that make up our days :o)

We started getting the daily paper a few months ago and Sunshine LOVES it...haha! She is the first one to grab the paper each day...she loves pulling out the comics :o) I am not sure she gets most of the jokes, but she doesn't care. Ha! I LOVE it! She even painted the comics a few days ago.

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And in other news...Baby Boy will meet his birthfather tomorrow.

8 comments:

The Garners said...

Oh I hope SL's eye continues to get better! :(

Wonderful pictures. I love that H likes to read the comics! She's so funny!

The Garners said...

P.S. Praying for Jonah tomorrow!

Leigh said...

Thanks for the paint info.

Praying for your family tomorrow...

Laura said...

I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers today for J.

Jessica@The Southern Belle Baby said...

Hello to you, too! :) Thank you for sharing all of the info! I really appreciate it.

I hope SL's eye is feeling better soon.

I will say a prayer for Jonah today!!

Julie said...

Hope the visit went ok today. I'm sure very stressful for everyone involved.

Heather M. said...

Oh My Goodness! That poor little eye!!! hope it is much better by today! Praying for little boy...oh, the lives some lead. I just don't understand it.

Penelope said...

Great post on adoption agencies! Such great family memories to play outside! Happy Spring!