So after the email I sent last week, I was overwhelmed with joy at the amazing & supportive responses I got from everyone! So many words of wisdom, and I learned things about many of you I didn't know in regards to the fact that some of you have adopted your children, or have a sibling that was adopted, etc. One valuable and exciting bit of information came from my BFF's (Candice) Aunt Sherry. She told me about an agency out of Tulsa and shared with me about a couple she knew who had used them. Within a few hours of that email, I not only talked to the executive director at the agency, but Sherry had also put me in contact with the couple who had adopted using that agency, and I was able to speak to that lady for quite some time. It was so helpful and exciting! After updating Patrick on everything, we felt it was that 2nd agency we were looking for. (For those who don't know, we have applied with one agency, but they highly recommend you apply with two, so we had been searching for another agency.) To give you an idea, the agency we applied with out of Arkansas said they average 3 - 4 babies a year, and it could take 2 - 5 years for a placement. On the other hand, this other agency averages 36 babies a year, and they say it can take 20 minutes - 2 years for a placement! The 20 minutes story is kind of funny/crazy! Basically you have to submit a "Life Book" that's like a digital scrapbook, and that's how birth mothers select you. Well, one couple dropped their book off at the office, and immediately thereafter were selected by a birth mother!! Isn't that crazy?!
So let the games begin! :) We are very excited and feel like God has orchestrated these steps perfectly. So now it's time for me to get started on our Life Book! While it will be a lot of work, I'm actually excited and think it will be a neat keepsake and walk down memory lane for both Pat and I. More to come soon! :)