As you may already know, we are in the process of adopting our first child! We are so excited about this opportunity and cannot wait for it to happen. Our road to parenthood has been a complicated one. A few years ago, we discovered that we are both carriers of a genetic disease and that having biological children would be extremely risky. Although we are both perfectly healthy, our children would have a high risk of being born with a fatal disease. We decided not to take the risk, and to pursue parenthood through domestic infant adoption instead.
We were matched with a birth family in September and our bundle of joy is due in February! We are so very grateful for everyone's prayers and support during this journey. The outpouring of community support means the world to us!
Although we are excited to become parents, we had little prior knowledge of the expenses that we would incur along the way. The average infant adoption in the United States costs $43,000 or more. To date, we have invested about $17,000 in the process. This year we encountered an obstacle when our agency closed. After lots of research and a consultation, we hired an AAAA Attorney (specialized in adoption) over the summer when a spot became available. We were provided with a cost estimate and we will be raising our fundraiser total to try and raise more money for our adoption. Please don't feel obligated to give more, we appreciate everything!
We feel that a child joining our family through adoption would be a tremendous gift. We are extremely grateful for any donation as it will help us make this dream become possible!
Hello everyone, Nick and I just wanted to send a quick update. We have met with the expectant birth family, once on Facetime and once in person. Both went well and we are planning to meet again in the next several weeks. The expectant birth family has a one-year-old son who was with them when we met in person. It was nice being able to interact with him, he is adorable and sweet. We also have ultra-sound photos, which we are excited about. They are so clear! February can't get here fast enough for us. We appreciate prayers for the health and safety of the baby and also for the expectant birth family who is placing their baby out of love.
Lastly, we have no words for the generosity we have received from friends, family, our community, and Nick's students and players. We are so very grateful for everyone's support and kindness. Thank you for supporting our journey! ❤️
Hello everyone! We have an exciting update! We were matched with a birth family this morning! Our bundle of joy is due in mid-February! We are so very grateful for everyone's prayers and support during this journey. The outpouring of community support means the world to us!
We were provided with a cost estimate and we will be raising our fundraiser total to try and raise more money for our adoption. Please don't feel obligated to give more, we appreciate everything!
Again, thank you so much for your support and generosity!
Love, The Harmons