#adoptionjourney

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As mamas, all we want to do is keep our little ones safe and make better all the pain and hurt. 
I want to fix my boys’ past and take away all the brokenness. I want to take a big ‘ol bandaid, put it right where the past trauma hurts the most, and kiss it to make it all better. 
But when it comes to my boys’ hearts, I’m learning that God does the work of healing. He patiently brings my precious boys to Him, and in His timing mends them with His overwhelming grace. 
And who better to do that than our all-knowing, tender God who loves my boys more than I could ever imagine.
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“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” -Lindsie, @linarn2011  Writer for O+A

As mamas, all we want to do is keep our little ones safe and make better all the pain and hurt.  I want to fix my boys’ past and take away all the brokenness. I want to take a big ‘ol bandaid, put it right where the past trauma hurts the most, and kiss it to make it all better.  But when it comes to my boys’ hearts, I’m learning that God does the work of healing. He patiently brings my precious boys to Him, and in His timing mends them with His overwhelming grace.  And who better to do that than our all-knowing, tender God who loves my boys more than I could ever imagine. Psalm 147:3 “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” -Lindsie, @linarn2011 Writer for O+A - 3 minutes ago

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We had a great time celebrating this amazing couple over the weekend! Always glad to be a part of their life! 
Joshandbrittanyadopt@gmail.com

#adoption #adoptionjourney #adoptionrocks #waitingtoadopt #hopingtoadopt #weddingguest #tennessee #summertime #friendslove

We had a great time celebrating this amazing couple over the weekend! Always glad to be a part of their life! Joshandbrittanyadopt@gmail.com #adoption #adoptionjourney #adoptionrocks #waitingtoadopt #hopingtoadopt #weddingguest #tennessee #summertime #friendslove - 6 minutes ago

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Just a couple of crazy kids enjoying the sunshine ☀️ 🐾 ADOPT ROLLO 🐶 @louieslegacy #adoptme #adoptdontshop #shepherdmix #ridgeback #dogsofinstagram #dogs #foster #shelterdogs #rescuesofinstagram #rescuedog #adoptionjourney #adoption #fosteringsaveslives #connecticut #volunteer #animal #animalrescue #follow #pitbullsofinstagram #dogfriendly #friends #bff #louieslegacyanimalrescue

Just a couple of crazy kids enjoying the sunshine ☀️ 🐾 ADOPT ROLLO 🐶 @louieslegacy #adoptme #adoptdontshop #shepherdmix #ridgeback #dogsofinstagram #dogs #foster #shelterdogs #rescuesofinstagram #rescuedog #adoptionjourney #adoption #fosteringsaveslives #connecticut #volunteer #animal #animalrescue #follow #pitbullsofinstagram #dogfriendly #friends #bff #louieslegacyanimalrescue - 7 minutes ago

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Now that Michael and Charlee’s birthdays + our big family vacation are over and summer is winding down (😭) it’s time to put all our energy into this adoption and raising money to bring our baby home! I know it may not look it, but we have already raised over $3,000 towards our adoption! We still have all these numbers to clear out! If you want to donate just pick a number (or more!), and donate that $$ amount. You can Venmo me @ whitneytomlin or PayPal me via family and friends @ whitneymichelletomlin@gmail.com ♥️♥️#adoption #adoptionauction #adoptionjourney #adoptionfundraiser #adoptionfundraising #bringinghomebabytomlin

Now that Michael and Charlee’s birthdays + our big family vacation are over and summer is winding down (😭) it’s time to put all our energy into this adoption and raising money to bring our baby home! I know it may not look it, but we have already raised over $3,000 towards our adoption! We still have all these numbers to clear out! If you want to donate just pick a number (or more!), and donate that $$ amount. You can Venmo me @ whitneytomlin or PayPal me via family and friends @ whitneymichelletomlin@gmail.com ♥️♥️#adoption #adoptionauction #adoptionjourney #adoptionfundraiser #adoptionfundraising #bringinghomebabytomlin - 10 minutes ago

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Makes me wanna cry... we visited the Springfield humane society a few months ago and every dog was  crying out to me. their hearts louder then the barking and whining permeating the echoey Cement  kennel hall. It was thick with fear sarrow and dread with hints of desperation as families walked by and showed little interest  time and time again.  #adoptadog #humanesociety #adoption #adoptionjourney

Makes me wanna cry... we visited the Springfield humane society a few months ago and every dog was crying out to me. their hearts louder then the barking and whining permeating the echoey Cement kennel hall. It was thick with fear sarrow and dread with hints of desperation as families walked by and showed little interest time and time again. #adoptadog #humanesociety #adoption #adoptionjourney - 10 minutes ago

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One of our favorite traditions is to spend a week in the mountains in Crested Butte, Colorado with Erin’s family. We are just returning from this years trip and had so much fun! We enjoyed family dinners, hiking the mountains, running, and relaxing. We look forward to our kids joining us on these adventures soon! --------------------------------⁣
Are you, or is someone you know, pregnant and considering adoption?⁣
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You can also contact our agency, Quiver Full Adoptions, Inc., by texting or calling 864-334-8593

#adoption #hopingtoadopt #adoptionjourney #waitingfamily #openadoption

One of our favorite traditions is to spend a week in the mountains in Crested Butte, Colorado with Erin’s family. We are just returning from this years trip and had so much fun! We enjoyed family dinners, hiking the mountains, running, and relaxing. We look forward to our kids joining us on these adventures soon! --------------------------------⁣ Are you, or is someone you know, pregnant and considering adoption?⁣ ⁣ Text or call us directly, anytime at 414-533-5861⁣ ⁣ Or Email us at mattanderinadopt@gmail.com ⁣ ⁣ www.matthewanderinadopt.com⁣ ⁣ You can also contact our agency, Quiver Full Adoptions, Inc., by texting or calling 864-334-8593 #adoption #hopingtoadopt #adoptionjourney #waitingfamily #openadoption - 12 minutes ago

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When a family of 2 becomes a family of 3. 💙✨

When a family of 2 becomes a family of 3. 💙✨ - 19 minutes ago

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Well the trainer said if I can’t get that letter signed I’d need something listing my disabilities stating they don’t affect me so short of a miracle this adoption process is likely not going to be a reality for me. C’est la vie. I’m going to complete the process and let God do what he does. The trainer said today it happens with veterans a lot because the VA won’t complete their forms. #adoptionjourney

Well the trainer said if I can’t get that letter signed I’d need something listing my disabilities stating they don’t affect me so short of a miracle this adoption process is likely not going to be a reality for me. C’est la vie. I’m going to complete the process and let God do what he does. The trainer said today it happens with veterans a lot because the VA won’t complete their forms. #adoptionjourney - 27 minutes ago

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SWIP TO SEE PROGRESSION ——> Fitz, a family dog, doesn’t have much challenge in his daily routine and unfortunately doesn’t get a lot of exercise or mental stimulation.

One day last year I decided to see how he would do learning the treadmill. I also wanted to test myself since Candace has been the only other dog I’ve taught to use the machine.

This is a great example of how tiring a mental exercise can be. He never got close to even a brisk pace, but his intense focus on the challenges I gave him drained all of his energy (see last photo lol)

First I got him comfortable with the idea of hopping onto the treadmill without it moving. I didn’t give him the option of moving backwards and I rewarded him with praise every time he moved forward. Every little baby step is a win.

The key is to read the dog’s body cues. When Fitz became nervous I slowed down and readjusted my strategy. Once he was comfortable with hopping onto the treadmill it was time to turn it on. You have to expect an initial freak out because to the dog the floor started moving! Even though he freaks out, I remain calm and confident.

Notice how he’s panting by the end even though he’s going very slow.

The biggest challenge for me was figuring out how to get him to walk because he wasn’t using his back legs! So I used the tight space environment to my advantage, slowed down the treadmill even more and let him use the back wall for support.

The end of the last video is where I ended it, with him walking slowly on his own, treadmill turned off and with heavy praise. I was very proud of him. Always end the exercise on a positive note.

Unfortunately I never had the chance to follow up with him, but I have no doubt he’d be a pro by now just like Candace! “Exposure creates confidence” – @toddlangston

SWIP TO SEE PROGRESSION ——> Fitz, a family dog, doesn’t have much challenge in his daily routine and unfortunately doesn’t get a lot of exercise or mental stimulation. One day last year I decided to see how he would do learning the treadmill. I also wanted to test myself since Candace has been the only other dog I’ve taught to use the machine. This is a great example of how tiring a mental exercise can be. He never got close to even a brisk pace, but his intense focus on the challenges I gave him drained all of his energy (see last photo lol) First I got him comfortable with the idea of hopping onto the treadmill without it moving. I didn’t give him the option of moving backwards and I rewarded him with praise every time he moved forward. Every little baby step is a win. The key is to read the dog’s body cues. When Fitz became nervous I slowed down and readjusted my strategy. Once he was comfortable with hopping onto the treadmill it was time to turn it on. You have to expect an initial freak out because to the dog the floor started moving! Even though he freaks out, I remain calm and confident. Notice how he’s panting by the end even though he’s going very slow. The biggest challenge for me was figuring out how to get him to walk because he wasn’t using his back legs! So I used the tight space environment to my advantage, slowed down the treadmill even more and let him use the back wall for support. The end of the last video is where I ended it, with him walking slowly on his own, treadmill turned off and with heavy praise. I was very proud of him. Always end the exercise on a positive note. Unfortunately I never had the chance to follow up with him, but I have no doubt he’d be a pro by now just like Candace! “Exposure creates confidence” – @toddlangston - 29 minutes ago

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The universe keep sending me this lesson over and over again. Every time I hear someone is matched or someone's pregnant my first reaction should be Joy but a little part of me inside is a bit jealous, it's human nature I know but I'm trying my best to overcome that part of me. Self-reflection and mastering ones emotions. 😔😔😔
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The universe keep sending me this lesson over and over again. Every time I hear someone is matched or someone's pregnant my first reaction should be Joy but a little part of me inside is a bit jealous, it's human nature I know but I'm trying my best to overcome that part of me. Self-reflection and mastering ones emotions. 😔😔😔 . . #adoptionjourney #harmony #onealfamily #family #reality #honesty #sad #joy - 36 minutes ago

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The look I gave my alarm clock this morning 🤬
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#hedgehog #hedgehogsofinstagram #hedgehogs #hedgehoglife #hedgehoglove #hedgehogcommunity #petphotography #petphotographer #petphotoshoot #petphotos #adoptdontshop #adoptionjourney #rescue #rescuesofinstagram #pets #petstagram #cutie #socute

The look I gave my alarm clock this morning 🤬 . . . . . . . . . #hedgehog #hedgehogsofinstagram #hedgehogs #hedgehoglife #hedgehoglove #hedgehogcommunity #petphotography #petphotographer #petphotoshoot #petphotos #adoptdontshop #adoptionjourney #rescue #rescuesofinstagram #pets #petstagram #cutie #socute - 41 minutes ago

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At the park today Amelia spotted this girl and started saying “Same Milli!!” over and over. Eventually we ended up at the splash pad together. They laughed and played and chased the water with the biggest screams and giggles. We learned her name and that she is mixed race as well. It’s crazy, but I feel like Milli knew she was like her right from the start.  Like they had some form of instant connection you don’t know you are looking for until you find it. It’s hard to find here in Montana so when you do you appreciate it and reach out. Beyond your own comfort zone. I hope we can have more play dates together and they can learn from each other, ask questions that maybe only they each know the answer to. I already learned I probably shouldn’t of cut Amelia’s hair because it can destroy her own natural curl pattern. 🤷🏼‍♀️ Learning as we go. Together. Always. One step at a time. ❤️ .
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At the park today Amelia spotted this girl and started saying “Same Milli!!” over and over. Eventually we ended up at the splash pad together. They laughed and played and chased the water with the biggest screams and giggles. We learned her name and that she is mixed race as well. It’s crazy, but I feel like Milli knew she was like her right from the start. Like they had some form of instant connection you don’t know you are looking for until you find it. It’s hard to find here in Montana so when you do you appreciate it and reach out. Beyond your own comfort zone. I hope we can have more play dates together and they can learn from each other, ask questions that maybe only they each know the answer to. I already learned I probably shouldn’t of cut Amelia’s hair because it can destroy her own natural curl pattern. 🤷🏼‍♀️ Learning as we go. Together. Always. One step at a time. ❤️ . . #mondayswithmillijune #bettertogether - 46 minutes ago

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We all should have the a right to know where we come from #family_foot_prints

We all should have the a right to know where we come from #family_foot_prints - 50 minutes ago

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We made it out for our biggest family outing so far on Saturday! Of course I forgot to get a picture with each boy, but heck I’m proud of getting any picture taken at all! Twin life is awesome but makes everything a challenge!

#twinmama #embryoadoption #embryodonation #infertility #webeatinfertility #twinmom #twinboys #fraternaltwins #snowflakebaby #ivfsuccess #adoptionjourney #endometriosis #1in8 #infertilitywarrior #boymom #twinstagram #twinlife #twins #twomonthsold

We made it out for our biggest family outing so far on Saturday! Of course I forgot to get a picture with each boy, but heck I’m proud of getting any picture taken at all! Twin life is awesome but makes everything a challenge! #twinmama #embryoadoption #embryodonation #infertility #webeatinfertility #twinmom #twinboys #fraternaltwins #snowflakebaby #ivfsuccess #adoptionjourney #endometriosis #1in8 #infertilitywarrior #boymom #twinstagram #twinlife #twins #twomonthsold - 51 minutes ago

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My “walking” buddies;)🧡
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#adoption #adoptionrocks #baby #love #adoptionislove #babygirl #family #adopt #adoptionjourney #cutebaby #babylove #newborn #momlife #infant #instababy #faith #lifestyle #godsgirl #ourlittleginger #thankful #ourfamily #homesweethome #summerstrolls

My “walking” buddies;)🧡 . . . . #adoption #adoptionrocks #baby #love #adoptionislove #babygirl #family #adopt #adoptionjourney #cutebaby #babylove #newborn #momlife #infant #instababy #faith #lifestyle #godsgirl #ourlittleginger #thankful #ourfamily #homesweethome #summerstrolls - 1 hour ago

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Remembering almost 20 years ago. I was making plans to become a brand new mom. I am an adoptive mom and I was knee deep in paper work and being interviewed by social workers. Living in a State that didn't feel like home. And the auspicious Y2K always in the news. Just looming, always a concern, would I even have money to adopt, would the market crash, was the world going to survive? The world according to me was a series of emotional rollercoasters. Oh did I mentioned that menopause was in full swing. Not a family member in sight either. What the heck was I doing?
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What I found was I was in exactly the right place, timeframe, and inner awareness space I couldn't have planned it better.
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Making it through the pre-adoption process is well, a process to state it mildly. Then the waiting begins. This is where this story gets interesting. God had an amazing plan in mind. .
Here comes December, 1999 - I met with a birth mom who was making an adoption plan for her unborn child. She had been working with Catholic Social Services, the agency that completed my home study. In the State I didn't want to be in, Virginia. We were registered with an agency in Michigan, that was not looking promising for an adoption in the coming year. As an afterthought, the agency in Virginia took a copy of our profile, presented it to the birthmom wanting to make a decision on adoption. She chooses us. We had  similar heritage's and so forth. And two weeks into December, I was a new mom. Two weeks later, Y2K happened. I remember standing in front of the TV ringing in the year with a two week old baby, of which I was fostering at the time. In Virginia, the birth mom  has three months to change her mind. So the year 2000 came and I remember saying out loud "we still have power". .
That was God's plan for me at that time. Moving to Virginia was supposed to be. It was a God thing that took me in a 3 year journey I will never forget. .
So today, I wanted to acknowledge that my life is in God's hands and I am on my knees in thanks. This is just one story of my adventures with God.
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Do you have one story where you knew it was a 'God Thing'?

Remembering almost 20 years ago. I was making plans to become a brand new mom. I am an adoptive mom and I was knee deep in paper work and being interviewed by social workers. Living in a State that didn't feel like home. And the auspicious Y2K always in the news. Just looming, always a concern, would I even have money to adopt, would the market crash, was the world going to survive? The world according to me was a series of emotional rollercoasters. Oh did I mentioned that menopause was in full swing. Not a family member in sight either. What the heck was I doing? . What I found was I was in exactly the right place, timeframe, and inner awareness space I couldn't have planned it better. . Making it through the pre-adoption process is well, a process to state it mildly. Then the waiting begins. This is where this story gets interesting. God had an amazing plan in mind. . Here comes December, 1999 - I met with a birth mom who was making an adoption plan for her unborn child. She had been working with Catholic Social Services, the agency that completed my home study. In the State I didn't want to be in, Virginia. We were registered with an agency in Michigan, that was not looking promising for an adoption in the coming year. As an afterthought, the agency in Virginia took a copy of our profile, presented it to the birthmom wanting to make a decision on adoption. She chooses us. We had similar heritage's and so forth. And two weeks into December, I was a new mom. Two weeks later, Y2K happened. I remember standing in front of the TV ringing in the year with a two week old baby, of which I was fostering at the time. In Virginia, the birth mom has three months to change her mind. So the year 2000 came and I remember saying out loud "we still have power". . That was God's plan for me at that time. Moving to Virginia was supposed to be. It was a God thing that took me in a 3 year journey I will never forget. . So today, I wanted to acknowledge that my life is in God's hands and I am on my knees in thanks. This is just one story of my adventures with God. . Do you have one story where you knew it was a 'God Thing'? - 1 hour ago

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Today Hunter & Camilla became forever family with their sweet mama, Kristina!! Though there are two older siblings to these sweet kiddos, they (understandably) opted for the pool instead of court today! Can’t say we blame them, lol!! Much love & light to the Courtney family in the years ahead!! (And how precious is the always darling & kind Judge Witte tying Hunter’s shoe for him?!) #lawshop #adoption #foreverfamily #peacelovelaw #adoptionjourney #love #family #iowa #iowalawyer

Today Hunter & Camilla became forever family with their sweet mama, Kristina!! Though there are two older siblings to these sweet kiddos, they (understandably) opted for the pool instead of court today! Can’t say we blame them, lol!! Much love & light to the Courtney family in the years ahead!! (And how precious is the always darling & kind Judge Witte tying Hunter’s shoe for him?!) #lawshop #adoption #foreverfamily #peacelovelaw #adoptionjourney #love #family #iowa #iowalawyer - 1 hour ago

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[Meet Me Monday] Introducing Oma!! (German for “grandmother.”) Oma is Sarah’s mom & she lives in southern Michigan. We see her at least once every 3 weeks when she comes to spend a day (or two!) with our kiddos. She is so excited about our plans to adopt that she bought our future baby their first toy as soon as we began our wait. Unfortunately Sarah’s dad died in 2011 but Oma has stepped up to continue his favorite things, teaching our girls the joys of fishing, kayaking, and lake adventures (they are also Oma’s favorite things...no wonder their marriage was so successful!). We love her and are so grateful for her positive influence in our kids’ lives!

[Meet Me Monday] Introducing Oma!! (German for “grandmother.”) Oma is Sarah’s mom & she lives in southern Michigan. We see her at least once every 3 weeks when she comes to spend a day (or two!) with our kiddos. She is so excited about our plans to adopt that she bought our future baby their first toy as soon as we began our wait. Unfortunately Sarah’s dad died in 2011 but Oma has stepped up to continue his favorite things, teaching our girls the joys of fishing, kayaking, and lake adventures (they are also Oma’s favorite things...no wonder their marriage was so successful!). We love her and are so grateful for her positive influence in our kids’ lives! - 1 hour ago

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My main squeeze 🍋
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I knew I was always missing something. I always knew I wanted to be someone’s mother. I knew all along it was the greatest gift in this life to be a mother. 
For a long time I thought my door on motherhood had been closed. It took me a very long time to see through all of the negatives that had pushed that door shut. 
I am so glad that #adoption opened that door. Flung it wide open. Parker has healed wounds that I figured would never have the chance to be healed. 
I love this baby boy so much and he has healed every scar, filled every void, completed everything that was incomplete. My life goal is to make sure he has all of the love we can give him and make sure his life is everything he wants it to be. I’m wrapped around his itty bitty finger.
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#ouradoptionstory #adoptionjourney #michiganadoption #littlelove #instalove #babyboy #adoptionisbeautiful #purebliss #family #adoptionislove

My main squeeze 🍋 . . I knew I was always missing something. I always knew I wanted to be someone’s mother. I knew all along it was the greatest gift in this life to be a mother. For a long time I thought my door on motherhood had been closed. It took me a very long time to see through all of the negatives that had pushed that door shut. I am so glad that #adoption opened that door. Flung it wide open. Parker has healed wounds that I figured would never have the chance to be healed. I love this baby boy so much and he has healed every scar, filled every void, completed everything that was incomplete. My life goal is to make sure he has all of the love we can give him and make sure his life is everything he wants it to be. I’m wrapped around his itty bitty finger. . . . . . . . #ouradoptionstory #adoptionjourney #michiganadoption #littlelove #instalove #babyboy #adoptionisbeautiful #purebliss #family #adoptionislove - 1 hour ago

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Love these people! Throwing it back a little bit! So proud of my Littles and all they have become! 
Joshandbrittanyadopt@Gmail.com

#adoption #adoptionjourney #adoptionrocks #waitingtoadopt #hopingtoadopt #thisisus #familygoals

Love these people! Throwing it back a little bit! So proud of my Littles and all they have become! Joshandbrittanyadopt@Gmail.com #adoption #adoptionjourney #adoptionrocks #waitingtoadopt #hopingtoadopt #thisisus #familygoals - 1 hour ago

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