Adoption Fundraiser Garage Sale!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 21st.
We’re having an adoption fundraiser garage sale!
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I’m so excited to announce that we’re planning a big garage sale on Saturday, May 21 from 8am-2pm to help build our adoption fund.  We’re thinking HUGE and we’d love your help!  I’ve read of many similar adoption sales bringing in anywhere from $1000-$4000 (CRAZY) so I’m praying that Lord uses this in mighty ways to help us. Please pray along with me!
 
What You Can Do
1)  Set aside stuff to donate to our sale (clothes, toys, electronics, games, decorations, furniture, etc.).  If you’re planning to donate clothing, it might be helpful to bag it according to size or at least baby/child/adult.  Let us know and we will be able to pick it up.
 
2)  Consider helping me run this crazy thing.  I definitely cannot do this on my own!  If you’d like to help by lending a table to place items on, volunteer to assist in pricing things, help me set out the stuff in the wee hours of the morning that Saturday, sign up to help handle the money during part of the sale, or volunteer to help tear down after it’s over, please let me know.  You can leave me a comment below if you’re interested.
 
3) Pray for beautiful weather and generous buyers!  
 
I’m so excited to be able to join with you to do this.  I love that adoption is such a community thing where we can join together to reflect God’s heart.  I can’t wait to see how the Lord uses this to help us gather the resources we need to adopt!  Thank you so much for considering.
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Clarke’s Adoption Fund

Cody and I decided to start a gofundme page. It was tough, we both hate asking for help. We have an opportunity to move up our PRIDE training to May and realized this is a blessing. With weeks of trying to go through our local social services and trying get answers and training dates, we finally got an answer of indefinitely. They don’t know when they will be able to hold the training so we decided to move forward with a private agency. Needless to say we are moving at lighting speed compared to local social services. We are extremely excited to be moving forward and can’t wait to go through this process!

https://www.gofundme.com/clarkesadoption

Sorry I’ve been MIA

Hey everyone! Sorry I have been MIA. We have had a lot going on these past two weeks with my sister in town, bridal showers, and softball tournaments! What has been happening with us and our infertility journey?  Well with cycle 19 being a fail, Cody and I have had a long, hard, emotional discussion on what we want to do next.  Now this discussion has been going on for months but we are still hoping we can get pregnant naturally. It looks like that might not be the case or it might take us many more failed cycles to get our BFP. We have always talked about having a big family.  As the months pass, we are realizing we might not be able to do that on our own sooo..

WE HAVE DECIDED TO ADOPT

Not only have we decided to adopt but we have decided to adopt from our local Foster Care system here in Virginia. For the past month we have been talking to a local non-profit Connecting Hearts.  They have been helping us with the first steps of adoption from foster care.  Did you know there are more than 800 kids in Virginia’s foster care system waiting to be adopted?  Most of them will age out of the system.  The process of going through your local Social Services is a long one.  It seems our county is having some issues (to say the least).  After waiting for several weeks to hear from them, they finally called us pretty much to say they did not know when they will be having their next PRIDE training session (which is the first step).  We have decided to go with a private agency so we can get started sooner rather than later. Even going through a private agency the process can take about 4-8 month to complete. First we have PRIDE training, which is a 30 hour course, then background checks and finally the home study.  We are at the very beginning of this process and are very excited!

This does not mean we are not going to have biological children. We have decided fertility treatment is not for us, but we are moving forward with finding the why. Why we are infertile and what may be causing our infertility? I have my surgery consult next Monday for my endometriosis.  I just had blood work done again and everything came back great. We hope to find answers so we can move forward wherever this journey takes us.