Thank you for visiting our page! Whoever you are, we appreciate your taking the time to read our story, share, pray, or contribute. Each person who has supported us through this journey has given us so much.
We have always known we wanted to be parents. We talked about how many kids we'd have, where they'd go to school, and what sports we hoped they'd play (basketball, of course!) even before we were married. Like most couples, we talked about our anticipated timeline, that we wanted to wait a few years and enjoy life with just the two of us before we started to grow our family.
In November of 2014, things were right on schedule when we saw two pink lines on a pregnancy test. We were thrilled, and of course began planning what our life would be like as a family of three.
Our life did change, but not the way we expected. That pregnancy ended in miscarriage at 8 weeks. We were absolutely devastated. Miscarriage is surprisingly common, but we never thought it was something we would face. But over the next two years, it became a regular part of our life.
In all, we have lost five pregnancies. Beth has had 4 surgical procedures (called D&C), 2 surgeries to repair a uterine septum, 2 rounds of IUI, 68 blood draws, 173 progesterone injections, and repeated doses of clomid, letrozole, and estrogen. After each loss, we fought a little harder, determined to succeed.
But in the last few months, we've started to open a new door. We've realized that there is a different path meant for us. We are leaving behind the fertility treatments and beginning a new journey: adoption.
We know that this road can also bring challenges and disappointment. But it has given us a renewed sense of hope and excitement. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but we know that each step will take us closer to bringing home our baby.
The biggest hurdle in this is financial. Adoption is an expensive process. We will share a breakdown of the fees we will pay along the way, and we promise that none of these things are "unnecessary." Legal fees, medical bills, counseling and support services, and educational courses are just some of the examples of what we're paying for. Adoption is a complicated process, and we trust our agency to dot all the i's and cross the t's.
Our "Big Ask" of you is for financial support. We mean it when we say that every penny counts. We are planning to borrow a large portion of the costs, but we hope to raise $22,000. If you aren't in a place to make a donation, we understand. Please share our page with your friends and family. You can also like and share our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/kennyandbethadopt). We've been amazed at the way our story has helped others experiencing loss, so the more we can tell, the better! If you are local, you can get inolved with some of our fundraising efforts. We'll post about those as they come along. And of course, keep us, our future child, and his or her birth family in your prayers. Our lives are about to change forever!
Thank you for supporting us in any way you can!
-Kenny and Beth