Adoption

We’re adopting a baby!

The good news is, the kid won’t have my nose.

We decided years ago that we wanted to adopt our first child- and then we got pregnant- and then we had a miscarriage- and now we’re adopting. That’s the thumbnail description of what has been a remarkably bumpy couple of years.

A few things I’m thinking about as we start this journey:

  • I can’t wait to be a dad.
  • I can’t wait to see what happens to Lindsay as a mom. I’m picturing something like THIS.
  • I can’t wait to tell people that I’m exhausted because I was up all night taking care of my fussy baby.
  • I can’t wait to play catch (there’s always softball if we get a baby girl).
  • I can’t wait to change my very first diaper. Yes, that’s sarcasm, and yes, I’ve honestly never changed a diaper. I’m gonna barf on the kid.

Lindsay and I have finished almost all of the paperwork, but we’ve still got a handful of classes to take and a mountain of money to raise. We’ve got a couple of ideas (yard sales, armed robberies) to raise the money, and we’re hoping that our friends and family will consider helping us too. We set up a PayPal button on our adoption website that makes it really easy to donate. We’ll be writing letters to our baby all throughout the process, so we called it “Dear Baby Guard,”.

We’re open to a boy or a girl, but I have a weird feeling I know what it’s gonna be. We have a boy name picked out, but we’re not saying what it is because you’ll steal it. No girl names have grabbed us yet. Every time Lindsay comes up with a good name I ruin it. She’ll say, “How about Summer?” and I’ll immediately think that “Summer Guard” sounds like a feminine product. My last name is not very girly.

Holy cow, I’m going to be a dad.

:Gulp:

12 thoughts on “Adoption”

  1. That is awesome! I sat here reading that as Ty talked a mile a minute tome about how he does not need to help me with laundry because that is my chore not his. He said his chore is to feed the dog and clean his room. But he told me that if he got bored playing then he might decide to help me. Oh the joys. You will be a great dad and Lindsay a great mom! Cannot wait to hear your stories!

  2. So stoked for you both! Praying for you and your soon-to-be-kiddo in this process.

    And changing a diaper ain’t so bad on your own child. It’s the epitome of unconditional love. 😉

  3. So excited for you guys! What an amazing journey you two are on. Can’t wait to hear more as the process continues!

  4. Amen!!!!! You will be amazing parents. Somewhere there’s a lucky baby who God ordained from the foundations of the earth to be counted as YOUR son or daughter. 🙂

    How about a “Laughitated: Adoption Special” as a fundraiser?

  5. Congratulations! I am also thinking that you should stay away from the names “Right” or “Crossing” or “Life”. Summer Guard is funny!

  6. Hey thats awesome news man!

    umm names your last name rocks man!

    Honor Guard
    Peace Guard
    16th Century Guard
    Jedi Guard

    and Chastity Guard.

    All excellent names!

  7. Man, adoption is the best thing. We were told we could not have kids, we adopted our first child, and have since had 3 others! God is silly like that. There is a bond with an adoptive child that is like no other.

    Also interesting to note, you can disown your natural children, give them up, legally. Once you adopt a child, and go before the judge, you can never legally separate from that child. I think God planned it that way.

  8. That’s a great turnout Brewster! We haven’t been told we can’t have kids yet, but it’s nice to know that doctors are still wrong sometimes!

    I hadn’t heard what you said about separation before… It probably has something to do with how much adoptive parents go through to actually bring a child home. Why would they give the kid back after all that! I heard about the parents who adopted from Russia this year who are trying to give the kid back and it blows my mind.

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