Baby Carr Adoption Fund

For: Katy Carr and Adam Carr
Texas
Organizer: Katy Carr
$27,766
of $30,000 goal.
Raised by 141 donors
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The Story

Hi!

We're Adam and Katy Carr and if you know us, we're sure you will agree with the following fun facts:
*Super Fun
*Adventurous
*Globe-Trotting Jet Setters
*Happily Married for 6 Years
*Residents of 3 States in 6 Years (and lots of hairstyles to match!)
*Awesome Facebook and Instagram posters

That list can go on and on as all of those things are true.  What you may not know about us:
*3 Infertility Doctors
*2 Surgeries for Katy
*Lots of blood tests/hormone tests/thyroid tests/other kinds of tests
*Dozens of failed pregnancy tests
*Questioning what we did wrong and why having kids just wasn't happening
*Feeling like a failure


Those things are all true as well.  As we looked at our journey, the knowledge that we may not become parents in the traditional sense was a hard pill to swallow.  But while we've struggled and questioned the "why" the one thing we've never questioned was the "when."  You see, we've always believed we are meant to parent a child.  Throughout the struggles, doubts and fears, we have taken comfort that God's plan for us was perfect and even though we didn't know what that plan entailed, we knew it would be amazing!

Through some soul searching and lots of prayer, we're taking a step towards adoption and we could not be more excited. 

What do you know about adoption?  
Fun facts:
*Roughly 58,000 children each year are adopted through private, foster and international placements
*The average cost of a private adoption is $25-40,000+ (every state has different laws, fees, etc.)
*Dave Thomas, Steve Jobs, Kristin Chenoweth, Bill Clinton, Faith Hill, Simone Biles and Mother Theresa were all adopted
*Larry Bird, Al Roker, Andy Griffith,  Walt Disney, and Hugh Jackman are all adoptive parents

Fun facts about our adoption:
*We're working with a national agency which means our profile is available to birth moms across the US
*Katy's mom worked for an adoption agency back in Georgia so she's already fielded about 142,305 calls from us with random questions- and she hasn't blocked our calls yet!
*Since we started opening up about our journey, the number of people who have called with their own adoption story keeps growing.

Adoption at first glance can seem stressful, expensive and even scary.  It's a huge financial investment and there are a lot of unknowns.  What will our child look like?  Where will they be from?  Are we the type of couple a birth mom would want?  It's easy to get caught up in the "what if's" so instead of all the questions and worries, we're choosing to focus on the positive and the actions that can be done in order to move this forward.

Its a bit of a leap to share our story as we are not used to putting ourselves out there in this way. Because our fertility journey has already been long, stressful and expensive it's our hope to be able to partner with you- and here's how you can be a part of this amazing journey!

More than anything, we're asking our friends and family to pray.  Knowing you are with us, praying for us and this strong and courageous birth mom is more than we can ask for.  Please pray for our sanity, our patience levels, and our decision making as this is a huge leap of faith and confidence that this is God's will for our lives.  We don't look at adoption as someone "giving" up their child but rather a courageous act of love by a mom and dad that want the very best for their baby. It's our hope that we can not only provide a loving environment to a child, but that we can also be there for the birth parents as well. So please, pray for us, but pray for these birth parents- for their well being, their health and their wisdom 

If you are able to give, please give.  While we are certainly financially able to raise a child, it is daunting to think about $30,000+ before we can even get started.  We are doing some internal fundraising, selling some items and (of course) saving, saving, saving, but your generosity is so appreciated and needed.  

Finally, please share our story.  While you may not be able to give, there may be someone in your network of friends and family that has a heart for adoption and would help with the financial support.  Or there might be someone you know who is also struggling with infertility and it's our hope that our journey can be one of encouragement.  Finally please share because even if it has no direct impact on us, it will hopefully spread the message of adoption to your network and raise awareness to what continues to be a huge opportunity.  This year roughly 400,000 children will be available for adoption. Whatever we can do together to provide safe and loving homes for them is needed. 

Thank you for listening.  Thank you for praying and sharing.  Thank you for giving.  Thank you for being a part of our journey and our story.

If you have additional questions or just want to shoot us a note, please email us at [email protected]

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on February 23, 2017

Posted on February 23, 2017

We are so excited to announce our performance fundraiser that is happening March 18th at 8pm at Theatre Macon in Macon, GA.  If you would like to purchase advanced reserved seats, please make a donation for the ticket price ($20) and include your name and details of your reservation and we will get you set up!  This is the last big push to get us to our goal so thanks in advance for your help and support!

Posted on January 23, 2017

Posted on January 23, 2017

So we've been on this whirlwind for the last 4 months, and I'm so proud of how far we've come:

1. Pray and decision to follow adoption path- check!

2. Find an agency- check!

3. Announce to our friends- check!

4. Work on profile- check!

5. Work on home study- check!

6. Save/fundraise- still in progress, but a huge check!

7. Complete profile- check!

8. Receive home study approval- check!

So now we're what my caseworker calls the "waiting" phase.  And as I'm sure you know if you know me at all, patience and waiting is not my strong suit.  So, thankfully we do have a few little things taking up some of our time:

1. Work- I don't know what's in the water, but January so far has been one of the busiest work months for me to date.  It also didn't help that I was in NYC for a business trip all of last week (although being in NYC was completely wonderful so I'm not complaining).  I can't figure it out.  Work is completely nuts right now and showing no signs of letting up.

2. Home- We are still trying to finish up some last minute projects in case we get the baby call anytime soon.  Of course it did not help that in the last week, we had a sink explosion in our guest bathroom (think exploding fire hydrant... it was not pretty) and part of our fence blew away thanks to the current Texas weather we've been experiencing.  It seems like every time we turn around there's something to be done on top of the extra projects we've been planning.

3. Life- Mr. A and I are really trying to spend as much time together as possible.  Date nights, clean the house nights, turning off the TV and paying attention to each other- you name it, we're working on it.  We know this non-child life we're living has an expiration date and so we're cherishing every minute of time with each other.  It's rough as we are both really being pulled by work, but we're managing...even if our "together time" is spent mopping up water from our busted sink.  Super romantic, right?!?!

The social worker also sent a lovely "What to Expect" packet that discusses some of the things we can do now while we are in the waiting phase.  I was very excited because, you know, Ms. Impatient here so are some of the extra things we are looking at:

1. Baby registry.  I talked about this in a previous blog, but it's more than just registering.  It's really about learning what all of these gadgets and gizmos do.  And of course, tons of my mama-friends have offered to help with the registry to make sure we've got everything we need.

2. Applying for grants.  This is a harder one as I've never applied for grants before so it's a bit like taking a brand new class and I'm a little lost right now.  We are doing GREAT with our fundraising and saving, but it doesn't hurt to see what's out there.  I don't know what is out there for us, but I'm going to use my free time (ha) to see what we can do.  If anyone out there has any experience with adoption grants or funding, please shoot over any information you can!

3. Working on a jewelry fundraiser!  That's right, one of my amazing vendors that I work with has donated over 30 pieces of sterling silver jewelry towards our cause.  I'm thinking sometime around Valentine's Day so watch the blog and my Facebook page for more information.

I can't believe we're almost finished with this month.  Time has FLOWN, but what's stayed constant is the prayers, well wishes and support from all of you.  Mr. A's mom sent us a box this week filled with all sorts of stuff for baby C. and it just makes me giddy.  I'm so excited to see what's around the corner!


Posted on December 25, 2016

Posted on December 25, 2016

Hi friends!  I just wanted to take a minute to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!  

Our home visit is scheduled for THIS TUESDAY (cue the nerves) and we can't believe we're already at this stage.  We also completed our profile and turned it into our agency last week so things are REALLY starting to move!  We've also been completely covered by prayers, good wishes, and gifts with the Christmas Cards we've been receiving in the mail.  What a blessing you ALL have been to Adam and I!

We have received so many blessings and gifts from you these past three months, and it's our hope and prayer you are blessed over this season as you gather with your friends and family.  It's Christmas Eve, and I'm looking at our tree and our stockings, and trying to imagine what next year might look like.  Will we have that 3rd stocking?  Will we get that "Baby's First Christmas" ornament on the tree?  Regardless of the future, the present is one of thankfulness, love and excitement over what's to come.

We love you all so much.  THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

Love, Katy & Adam

*Keep up with us at www.katysneverendingstory.com

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