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  • vanessa 9:56 am on August 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Almost done with our foster care license… 

    Almost done with our foster care license application 😀 Our last home visit is on Sept 10, and after that we’ll be waiting for our baby.

  • vanessa 6:21 pm on March 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    How am I supposed to get this house read … 

    How am I supposed to get this house ready for a child! When I have no extra money?? We have to paint, lay carpet, move all of our bedroom stuff into another bedroom so that the baby can have the room with the window; and I still need to get all the baby essentials. At least when your pregnant you get a baby shower. When your doing foster/ adopt everything is so uncertain, it feel like no one can understand.
    I really need help managing all of this.

    • Kimberly 7:40 pm on March 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hi~ I just found you today through Mel. I wish I could offer some help, and although I am not sure how I could I just wanted to tell you that I’m sending you all kinds of positive thoughts and wishing you well.

  • vanessa 6:45 am on March 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    I did it finals are done, now spring bre … 

    I did it finals are done, now spring break is in full swing!

    No news or contact from DSHS about our application, probably wont hear anything until the second foster/adopt orientation on 4/8/09.

    • sara 7:37 pm on March 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      how long did it take from the day you mailed your APP till you heard anything back from dhsh?

      • vanessa 8:01 pm on March 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Sara, thanks for your comment. I helps to know that people are out there 😀 Anyway, my husband and I are at the very beginning of the process and only mailed our application about three weeks ago, and I still haven’s heard anything from DSHS, not even acknowledgment that they received the application! I know they are very busy and Ive heard that the process can be long and tedious. So we shall see . . .

  • vanessa 4:40 pm on March 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Oh! the stress!! Yesterday was so horrib … 

    Oh! the stress!!
    Yesterday was so horrible! I had a chemistry test yesterday afternoon, like I said below, and I also had a chemistry lab report due before the exam started. Well I couldn’t figure out the lab and everyone in our study group was telling me different things, so I was getting really worked up and decided to go and talk to the teacher, by the time I got there I was a nervous crying wreck, and I just bursted into tears! Poor guy, my professor, he is this sweet little old man. Im so embarrassed. I hate not being able to control my emotions, I feel like Im always on the verge of tears. My head is so full. Full of stuff about foster/adopt, full of chemistry and math facts, all waiting to fall out! LOL
    I really could use your supportive words 🙂

  • vanessa 6:58 pm on March 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Let the Race Begin 

    Let the race begin. The race to a child that is. I cant help but think that the faster we finish our paperwork, meetings, and training the faster DSHS will give us a child to foster then adopt. But I dont think it works that way. All the people at DSHS Ive talked to say that they changed the way the program works, its now more like an adoption agency and they are trying to match prospective parents with the right child. Apparently they changed it because they wanted to have less children “returned” so to speak. Obviously I think this is a great idea, I want to be placed with our child, but I dont want it to take forever.
    Now, having said all that, Im sure that you may get a chuckle out of the fact that I mistakenly went to a very important meeting/orientation for the foster/adopt program on the wrong day, one day later than it was. A meeting that is only held once a month and now we have to wait until April 8th to go again. Needless to say I was very upset, my husband and I got into a minor argument in the parking lot of DSHS, and he was yelling, “great! they’re really gonna want to give us a kid now!!” And I couldn’t help but think that we really looked like we fit in, fighting in the middle of the DSHS parking lot. LOL 😀
    Anyway, Ive mailed all our paperwork and all the meetings and classes are scheduled, and written down correctly, now the renovations on the house begin! Wish us luck!

  • vanessa 12:14 am on March 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , donation, foster care,   

    Whats New? 

    So, heres the low down. My hubbie and I have been TTC with donor sperm off and on for the last 5 years without success. We were very seriously considering having his vasectomy reversed with the new procedure they have called vasovasostomy, which is about 98% effective, but the cost is to high. For the last year I had given up on motherhood, I was even convinced that I didnt want children anymore! Well all those TTC’ers out there know thats not really possible!! LOL

    Then one day, seriously one day, I started thinking about having a child again, but I knew it would not happen biologically. So that evening I went online and started looking into the foster/adopt program we have in our state. The next day I got a call to discuss our options, and later that week we were in an orientation and the ball has been moving forward, or should I say hurtling forward ever since.

    Right now we are in the application/licensing part of the process. Our liaison/advocate says it takes about 3-6 months to complete the process and be placed into the pool of prospective parents. This is actually very fast, so we are somewhat frantic trying to get everything ready, including our house, which we are hoping to do some renovations on to better accommodate a child. We are hoping for a little girl from birth to three years old, and I am accepting donations to help with the costs associated with preparing for her arrival. Anything will help, money, clothes, infant/toddler toys, advice, anything is appreciated. I always thought I would feel a little odd asking for donations, but as those of know the journey to motherhood can be long and tedious, we get broken down, and sometimes the only way up is getting help from a stranger, and our babies of coarse!

    If you would like to donate please contact me and I will send you the link for paypal, if you want to donate anonymously you can go to paypal and use my email address, vrmarin@me.com, to send a donation also. Thank you again, and please let me know if theres anything I can do to help you through your journey 🙂


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