We have BIG news!
We are beyond excited and are doing everything we can to be prepared to welcome a beautiful new life into our home. As part of our adoption process, we have started a crowdfunding campaign. It may surprise you to hear that adoption related costs can easily total up to $35,000 or more. This is why we have set a goal of $30,000 to help us ease the financial burden that often overwhelms adoptive parents. We are saving as much as we can and will be applying for grants as well, however, there is no guarantee that we will get chosen.
We hope that by inviting you into this process, you will see yourself as part of the community we hope to build around our child as he/she grows up.
We will be hosting fundraising events along the way and will be updating this page with opportunities to gather our friends, family, and community to help support us along this journey!
***A Fun Way to Donate/Contribute***
Our puzzle consists of 500 pieces! For every $30.00 you give, you will have purchased a puzzle piece!! The first $15,000.00 raised will be creating the puzzle. You can contribute to one piece or as many as your family desires!! We will personally write your name on the back of every piece that you purchase so that we and Baby Douglas will always know who helped us build our family! Our hope is to complete the puzzle, frame it, and hang it in the babies room!!
My husband, Austin, and I had dreams of getting pregnant and starting our family. In December of 2018, I had exploratory surgery to discover that I had severe endometriosis. After a long road of minor surgeries, tests, and too many doctors visits to count, I had major excision surgery to remove endometriosis. We thought this would solve our problems, and we would finally get to be parents! As time has gone on and complications arose, we began to feel so defeated, scared, and sad that what we want more than anything may never happen. It has been a really lonely time for my husband and I as we watch many around us growing their families and we have been hoping and praying for our own. I remember saying to my husband on one of the many nights where we have sat and cried tears that we just needed a win. With the weeks to follow, we could feel something shift inside of us one day at a time. We began to feel lighter, happier, and that we could be in control of how we become parents. We decided that one way or another, we would get experience parenthood. So, I finally listened to my body to stop fighting against what it doesn't want to do right now. That brings us to where we are today, pursuing adoption!! This decision has not been made lightly. As you have read, adoption is very expensive, and it is a emotional rollercoaster. The journey my husband and I are going on will not be easy, but like we have said, we have made it through this very difficult year together, and we are going to continue on until we bring our baby home.
Thank you again for all your love, support and contributions. As the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child and in our case, it takes a village to bring home our baby.
Brooke & Austin
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