Thursday, August 28, 2014

Adoption Agency Orientation

We attended our first adoption agency orientation a couple weeks ago. To tell the truth, it scared the shit out of us. We never felt so inadequate before. The requirements for adoption made it seem like we needed to be light years ahead of ourselves. We learned about where the children come from, what birth parents expect from this process and the costs. Oh, we will never forget the discussion on costs. Did I mention that we have master degrees? We are in no position to add onto that debt for the sake of a child.

There are registration fees, application fees, and program fees. There are classes we have to take and there are fees associated to that. Then it's the dreaded home study and it's fee. Then there is a marketing fee. I have an issue with the concept of 'seeking out our own baby' or pay to be 'marketed'. As a marketer by trade, we do our best to give the tip of the ice burg when explaining products and services. We want the customer to be interested enough to spend the money before asking questions. Because I know this, I am reluctant to do that to our birth parents. I want to be honest and concise. This is all too overwhelming!

Perhaps we can be childless. Yeah! There are couples out that there that travel the globe, eat at the finest restaurants and buy all white furniture because they don't have children. We can do that! {But I hear that small voice inside saying, "Then again it's so much more fun to experience this all with our own children."}

The only question that was not answered was the different between private adoption and non-private adoption. I understand children in waiting (foster/orphans), but the agency made it seem as though there aren't babies in waiting, just children. So the only way to welcome babies into our family is via private infant adoption? Someone catch me because I'm about to faint!!

What have we gotten ourselves into?!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Get Fit for Life

#19 Get in the BEST Shape of my Life

I actually need to pat myself on the back. I lost 12 pounds over the past 6 months. You might not think that's alot, but I have gained nearly 15 pounds a year over the last 3 years. If I follow gluten free more often like my husband, I might have lost more. All I can say is Bagels and Rolls! Nonetheless, I'm proud that I've actually welcomed 31 years old weighing less than I did at 30.

My eating habits have changed tremendously over the past year. I rarely eat potatoes because hubby can't eat them, and I have cut down on white rice and added brown rice. I continue to eat peppers despite hubby's allergy, and I managed to only buy single servings of ice cream at the shops rather than half gallons for the home. I'm proud of myself for drinking lots of water and tea through out the day. (I just need to work on doing it daily.) I am also proud of not snacking all day. That's hard to do when you work a stressful desk job.

#19- Completed
Over the past few weeks, I have taken up Zumba, but more seriously this time. I have had the video game for a few years, but didn't use it consistently. Not sure why I didn't, but I have seen the changes this form of dancing has done to others. My cousin has lost over #60 lbs and a old high school buddy has lost nearly the same. I need to lose about #50 pounds! Losing #30 will be more than I could ask for. Hubby and I also moved to a more walk-able area. I've strolled to the grocery store twice in one week already.

My road has just begun. I'm not in the best shape that I can be in physically, but mentally I'm ready to get there. You might say that I didn't complete this task, but I do. You have to start somewhere and today I'm in the best shape I've been in for the last three years!

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