We're Adam and Katy Carr and if you know us, we're sure you will agree with the following fun facts:
*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?
*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]