It's been a little over a week since I last posted, but I've been doing a ton of work and staying busy over the course of those ten days. I'm really moving ahead with my adoption!
Well over the past week, I've been working hard to update the entire website. I wanted to ensure that it really showcased my life in a way that could help expectant parents understand me.
When I originally created the website, I cropped all of the photos to just show me. I was nervous about sharing photos of my siblings, family, and friends. After all, I've never shared photos of my family here (except pictures that show them from the back). The more I thought about it though, the more I felt like the website didn't show a true representation of who I am and my life as a whole. I wanted prospective birth parents to have a greater understanding of my life, which could be helped through seeing photos.
So I added pictures.
I talked to family and friends and asked everyone if they would be alright with me putting their photos on a public site, and of course they all agreed to help me. My mom and I spent the past week combing through photos to pick images that showed my life and the life into which my future children would fit.
I loved the way the site turned out!
My sister had already read through the entire site (and even helped me catch a small error), but she looked through again to make sure all of the photos looked good.
I finally sat down with my mom last night and went over every single page on my website. She checked to make sure that everything I wrote sounded good, gave me a few more photos, and of course listened to every song that I uploaded to the site to show my love of singing... she can't not listen to something that I've recorded if she sees it haha.
I also decided to ask family and friends to write a little something for my site. I wanted to show some other opinions on my me as a person, my life, and even showcase how excited everyone is to add a baby to the family.
I'm still waiting for most people to finish writing something, but I've already added words from four of my siblings and one of my friends. I am so lucky to have all of these people to cheer me on as I go through this process; they've all been incredibly supportive and have been willing to do whatever it takes to help me bring home a baby... three months into quarantine, my siblings are even trying to be as annoying as possible now to make sure that I really do want to have kids haha!
I'm also still on track to finish my home study soon. Unfortunately, its completion was postponed numerous times because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it looks like I'll be able to finish it up next month! Finally!
So what's next?
Well, now I'm looking ahead. I'll be sharing my website wherever I can in hopes of eventually connecting with prospective birth parents. I'll also need to get an adoption attorney. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I can self-match, without the use of a large adoption agency, since that can be insanely expensive. We'll see how it goes.
I am so excited to see what the future holds! It seems like the further into this process I get, the more real the whole thing seems.
Please feel free to follow me on Facebook & Instagram, and don't forget to share my website... you never know where a match will come from, so it's important to share the site with as many people as possible!
Thanks for reading!