For those of you who know us, just skip down to the section titled Our Adoption Journey.
For those of you that don’t know us, thank you for visiting our page! Please read about my surrogacy journey and why we’re choosing adoption.
If you’d like to learn more about our personal lives and see more photos, please visit the website (profile) below I created for a previous birth mother who we are no longer working with. (For details on why we are no longer moving forward with this particular birth mother, I have copied the status I shared on my personal Facebook page on this YouCaring page under the "Updates" tab.) Link to adoption profile: www.robertandjackie.weebly.com.
In 2007, I decided to become a surrogate. My son, Maddox, was a year old. I had a great pregnancy with him. I loved every minute of it and wanted to help someone else have a baby.
I became pregnant and it went smoothly until I suffered a placental abruption. The twins were fine, but I came within minutes of bleeding to death. Shortly afterward, I received the news that the hormones I used to get pregnant (since the babies were not my genetics) had caused a massive blood clot.
The clot ran from my femoral vein behind my right knee up my leg, branching into various organs and running continuously up to approximately an inch below my heart. My doctors had never seen anything like it. I spent a month in the hospital and another 18 months on blood thinners with weekly appointments and testing before finally being released by my doctors.
Even though I am no longer in danger from my clot, the damage to my body is done. It would just be too risky for me to carry again. My son almost lost me once. And I can’t chance that again.
Our Adoption Journey:
Robert and I have wanted to adopt for years. We finally got serious about it last year and we are now open with the State of Arkansas. We’ve also started to consider private adoption as well.
I started this YouCaring page on August 01, 2014 because, when I had called an adoption agency to ask about pricing, we were given the opportunity to show a birth mother our profile unexpectedly. The birth mother loved us (or so we thought) and we immediately began fundraising to bring home our baby. We were aware of how unique this opportunity was because this agency was willing to accept our approved home study from the State of Arkansas and did not make us pay any upfront fees before being matched.
However, approximately one week later, we were devastated to find out that this woman had previously scammed two families out of money during previous pregnancies but never gave the children up for adoption. After hearing this, we knew we had to start over once again. (If you'd like to read the status update that I posted on Facebook to announce our sad news to our friends and family, please check under the "Updates" tab.)
So, here we are again, with no match. While it is heartbreaking to start over, we are already so much more prepared than we were even one week ago. We have already raised $800! We have a huge yardsale planned using clothing donations of friends, families, and strangers. We have a raffle planned also. I'm also more confident that we can (eventually) reach our $20,000+ financial goal to bring home our baby because of the support that we've received from family, friends, and strangers both during the announcement of our match and when we found out we were back at square one.
Please continue to donate and share, as our efforts are ongoing. Any day we could get the call that are matched! We will not give up until we bring home Baby W. Below are all of the ways that you can help.
DONATE!Even $10 will help us reach our goal.
SHARE!Please share our story with everyone you know. Share this link and encourage others to do the same.
VOLUNTEER!We will likely be having garage sales or other events to raise money. You can volunteer to help us reach our goal.
PRAY!Please pray for us. Pray that somehow, our financial needs for this adoption will be met. Pray that we will have faith that this will work out. Pray that we stay strong during what will undoubtedly be a very emotional journey. Pray for the changes that will inevitably happen as we bring home a baby.
Thank you for reading we story. Please check back soon for “updates” which will be shown under the “updates” tab.