physicals… check!

Physicals are one of the requirements to finish up the home-study process and we can check them off the list! Whoop whoop!! I love checking things off of a list… I mean… if we are being real, I create a list just to mark things off. So sad. Oh well. That’s me.

I had the best experience at my doctor’s office today. The nurse practitioner that normally sees me was there and she was genuinely so excited to see me. {Side-note: I haven’t been to the doctor for almost a year because my immune system is legit. I owe all the thanks in the world to the chiropractor. It has seriously changed my life.}

So… she was catching up with me and just listening. She knew we had been struggling with infertility for quite sometime and was so pumped to hear about our adoption.

I will definitely be taking Baby B to them when the time comes… As I was leaving, I said, “Hopefully next time I see you, I’ll be holding my sweet baby!!”

What an amazing thought. I was giddy on my ride home because I was actually able to say that. Not because it’s happened, but because it’s going to happen.

I’ll leave you with this.

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Thumbs up, dude! 🙂

Have a restful night, blessed by each of you! 🙂

tomorrow, tomorrow… I love ya..

….tomorrow! 

Oh, how I love Annie! One of my favorite movies of all time. 

Speaking of tomorrow… I never updated, but we did had to cancel our 2nd home-study because of schedule conflict and it is rescheduled for tomorrow. {One more step! YAY!}

We will be turning in our autobiographies and just chatting it up in our individual interviews.

We also will get to look at some examples of profiles, which I’m sooo pumped to see. After Thanksgiving and our adoption photo shoot, I plan to get started on ours. I am definitely looking forward to it, because of I love creating things of that nature, but I’m also a little apprehensive about it. I mean, hellooo!!.. this is what the birthmothers will look at while they are in the process of choosing their child’s forever family. Whoa. That will blow your mind. Okay, I’m crying.

I am just so in love with the Lord and in awe of His ultimate and amazing plan for our family. I can’t say it enough, He is faithful.

That’s it for tonight, friends. Much love and Happy Thanksgiving!

KB

He not only forgave us, He adopted us!

When we come to Christ, God not only forgives us, he also adopts us! It would be enough if God just cleansed your name, but he does more. He gives you his name. It would be enough if God just set you free, but he does more. He takes you home.

Adoptive parents understand this more than anyone. We biological parents know well the earnest longing to have a child. But in many cases our cribs were filled easily. We decided to have a child and a child came. In fact sometimes the child came with no decision. I’ve heard of unplanned pregnancies, but I’ve never heard of an unplanned adoption.

If anybody understands God’s ardor for his children, it’s someone who has rescued an orphan from despair, for that is what God has done for us. God sought you, found you, signed the papers and took you home! 

-Max Lucado
**My Dad sent this to me a couple of weeks ago. Of course, as I was reading it, I just started bawling my eyes out. I love these words. Adoption is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I’m honored that God has allowed me to be on this journey.**

Things for baby

This is definitely becoming my favorite blog post. I am lovin’ picking up little things along the way for our sweet one. This time it’s things for the little one, plus a little update.

Here are a few of things I’ve collected over the past few days.

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**Update**

Where are we in the process?

*We completed our first home interview/get to know you meeting.

*We have completed the first official home-study.

*We have sent off our fingerprints. {Please pray we hear soon if they have been processed! This is a very important piece of the puzzle!}

*Our second home-study is Monday, November 18th. {Our autobiographies are due, and our social worker will conduct our individual interviews.}

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*Our third home-study is scheduled for Dec. 16th!

After the third home-study and fingerprints, we will officially be waiting on our sweet little one.

That’s it for now. Praying each of you have a blessed night.

KB

Home-study #1

{Better late than never.}

I feel like the adoption process has officially started even though we turned in our application at the end of September. Our first home-study went fabulously. I mean, seriously, so much fun and not at all how the movies or things you’ve heard make it sound. Ha!

Once again, I’m amazed at how the Lord is showing Himself so evident in the midst of this process. I haven’t felt this much peace about the steps we are taking right now right now in the past five years.

The first home-study consists of our 1st payment towards the adoption, more questions related to our relationship, & turned in our paperwork 🙂 {I’ve heard horror stories about the paperwork, but it was/is really not that bad, which I’m grateful for.}

We also got our fingerprints taken care of. That’s one of the major legal things that has to take place in the adoption process. It’s was a very intimating for me. I don’t like dealing with legal scary stuff. I know, weird.

One step closer to our baby.

Much love.

KB

baby b’s room

We have started planning for the baby’s room and have decided on gray and yellow for the wall colors. We will add pink if we are blessed with a girl and teal if blessed with a boy.

{Side-note: I have been waiting to prepare for a baby for a very long time. My heart is overwhelmed with excitement and love.}

Here are some ideas via Pinterest that I’m going to replicate for baby’s room! Yay yay yay!!!

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Hope you are out enjoying this AH-mazing weather… I’m about to hit the road for a long run!

Much love to you!

KB

{the blog title}

I have been asked how I came up with the title of my blog and what’s the meaning behind it.

I am so excited to share what it means to me.

One of my dear friends, who adopted their first child almost 6 years ago, mentioned the phrase, “Plan A” a couple of months ago while we were texting. She has been a huge encourager and someone that I can talk to about the ups and downs of this journey. She understands all of the emotions and decisions {amongst other things} that we have experienced over the past five years.

One day we were texting back and forth… She said something along these lines: “Sometimes you have to give up your Plan A for God’s plan. It will be better than anything you could even imagine.”

It got me thinking about “Plan A” and what that means. I mentioned it to my sister once we started talking about adoption, my sis brought it up again, made this mug, and the blog title was born. {shout out to my sis, Lauren! You are legit.}

Let me make it known that this was not our Plan A, but it was certainly God’s. This was how we were going to grow our family from the very beginning of time. Whoa. Stop and think about that for a sec.

We have certainly had an interesting journey getting to this point and to be honest, I wouldn’t change it. I would not be the woman that I am today if it weren’t for all the tears, screaming, praying, kneeling, pleading, pacing, {& maybe a little throwing}. All of that helped us get here, to this point in our journey, to solely depend on Him. We are definitely at the end of ourselves and I think that’s the best place we could possibly be.

He promises that…”in all things God works for the good of those who love Him…” {Romans 8:28} Annnnnd I’m pretty sure He is. Adoption? Good?? Umm…. Most definitely!!

To just think about how since the beginning of time, the Lord knew my baby would grow in someone else’s tummy. Our God is greater. He is bigger and more wonderful than our minds can even fathom. I mean, really? All of this, to give me the desires of my heart. I’m one blessed woman. And I can’t wait to tell my child/children how much God loves him or her and how He brought he or she to Dru and me.

Much love to each of you. Thanks for caring & reading 🙂

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Helping Baby B Come Home

Pray

The first request Dru and I have is that you pray with us.

Here are some specifics.

  • Pray that God would glorified in our lives and in our journey to our baby.
  • Pray for the birthmother of our baby.
  • Pray that she not consider abortion & that she would choose LIFE.
  • Pray that she would stay healthy during the pregnancy and that our sweet baby would be protected and nurtured in her belly.
  • Pray that the baby would make it all the way to full-term.
  • Pray that this process would go smoothly.
  • Pray for wisdom, patience, and blessings over our social worker. What an amazing job to be able to do what she does, but I can’t imagine the stress & heartache that is involved.

Share

Please share our story. Share how our journey lead us to grow our family through adoption. We are so grateful for the support and love that we’ve already received. I want to support others that are going through this journey, as well.

 Adoption is an amazing opportunity to share the gospel. After all, we are all adopted into God’s family. So please share!

Financial Support 

We would be honored if you felt lead to support us financially.

There are two ways this can happen.

1. The first way you can support our adoption is by sending a personal check to Lifeline. Just note on the memo line that it’s for the ‘Birkeland Adoption.’

2. The second way is to make an online payment.

  • First, go to www.lifelinechild.org
  • Click on “Make a Payment” in the top right hand corner.
  • On the next page, click “Make a Domestic Payment”.
  • After that, enter your name, card info, & in the “Additional Comments” section note that this payment is for the Birkeland Adoption!!!!

Thank you so much for your prayers, love, and support… whatever that looks like. We are appreciative of every prayer prayed for our little one on his or her way to us. Adoption is such a miracle and we can’t wait to see God’s plan unfold for our family.

Much love!

Kailey & Dru

Things for Baby

It has started, friends.

I am resisting the temptation to pick up a little something for our baby every time I’m in Target… wait… I am totally not resisting the temptation. I am loving it and not apologizing for it. I have waited a long time to buy for our sweet baby and it’s finally time. This is the first of many posts of ‘things for baby’. Prepare yourself.

Here’s a gander at some sweet little outfits I’ve gotten, plus some wash clothes. Since we didn’t specify the sex of our child, I’m buying gender neutral clothing. The books are my Dad’s from when he was little. I can’t wait to place them in their perfect place in the baby’s nursery. And, this post would not be complete without a diaper picture. Apparently we can’t have enough diapers. I will be buying them when they are on sale, ya know, just to be prepared. Well there you have it. Things for baby, take one.

Have a great night 🙂

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thingsforbaby2

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Ah-mazing

To say that our meeting with our social worker went well, is a total understatement. It was fabulous. She basically gave us an abbreviated overview of what the whole process looks like from now to when our baby is in our arms. Since I’ve talked to friends over the last couple of weeks, I feel like I had a pretty good idea of what’s coming, but there are certainly decisions that we have to make that I wasn’t aware of. It’s all good my friends. So good.

On Tuesday, we received our manual via email. If you’re wondering what it is like… just imagine going to class the first day of your college career and the professor putting a 100 page syllabus in front of you. Ha! Yes, it’s that long, but it just breaks down each homestudy and its requirements. {Definitely the greatest syllabus I’ve every gotten!}

What’s next, you ask?

We are in the process of gathering all of the paperwork for our first homestudy.. {Eeeek!!}  We are still discussing when this will actually happen because of schedules. Other than that, we are waiting to get our fingerprinting info in the mail. That’s the part of the process that supposedly takes the longest. We shall see.

I am fully aware that God is in control. I have relied on Him until now and I am soooo not going to stop now. Our miracle is just around the corner and I am just giddy with excitement and expectancy.

Our God is good, people.

The picture below pretty much puts a huge smile on my face.

Word to the wise….if you want to adopt at some point, go ahead and organize ALL of your legal documents in a container like this one. It will save you hours and hours.

As always, thanks for reading 🙂

Much love!

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