A Place to Call Home

ManagingtheEveryday When our little blog world gets quiet, it usually means that real life is anything but. 

The last month or so has been no exception. 

I keep trying to come up with the perfect post to explain everything, but I think this email we sent our families does a pretty good job:

Hi Family, 

Email is far from the best way to let you all know about our latest top secret project, but we wanted to let you all know at the same time…

We’re moving!

We will be staying in Seattle and aren’t sure which neighborhood we will be in yet, but we are going to be leaving our much loved spot on Capitol Hill – likely in the next few months. 

(No, I’m not pregnant.)

But we do need at least 2 bedrooms in order to pass our adoption home study.**

Yes. You read that right.

We are planning to adopt a child through foster care. :)

(a pause for you to be able to read that again…and again.)

Adoption has been something we’ve talked about for sometime and back in January we decided to officially go for it. Since then we’ve done research and talked with a couple agencies about the different options: international, domestic infant adoption and adopting through foster care. 

We decided that foster care was the best fit for our family. 

It’s going to be a long and complex process.

First, we have to find a new place to live. 

Then we have to take classes, get background checks, fill out LOTS of paperwork and do everything it takes to become certified foster parents. 

After that, we will be able to start receiving referrals. It will probably take a while to find the right “match”. 

And there you have it. 

Well, it’s a little more complicated than that. 

To give a little better idea of how it can look, this piece was written by a couple who came and spoke at one of the foster-to-adopt info sessions we went to. They adopted their son through the same agency we are planing to use. 

I’m sure we will be talking with each of you soon. 

Love, 

Lindsey, Juan & Javi

So…ta da! We are adopting. And selling. And buying. And moving!

Crazy.

I’m also happy to report that we are currently under contract both to sell our place AND to purchase our perfect-for-us new home in Ballard!

The entire home selling/buying process has made for an amazing story and I’m looking forward to sharing more once everything is finalized. 

By the end of June, we should be settled into our new place and ready to begin a mountain of foster/adopt paperwork. 

We are excited, nervous, uncertain and sure all at the same time. It’s going to be an adventure. :)

**In case you are wondering, Javi’s current bedroom doesn’t count as an actual bedroom since it lacks a window. 

Adoption!

We are so excited for some of our best friends, Liza & Daniel.

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After months of paperwork, a homestudy, reference checks and a whole bunch of other things, they are finally on the waiting list to adopt a baby! They have been blogging their adoption journey. You can visit their blog here

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Any day now, they could get a call letting them know that they have been chosen to be parents to a special baby boy or girl. It’s an exciting time!

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They have been fundraising for their little one in lots of creative ways. Making adorable t-shirts & baby onesies (available on Etsy):

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and selling fresh Oregon blueberries from Daniel’s family farm:

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They recently set up an Amazon affiliate account and I wanted to share the link with you.

The Amazon affiliate program is a tool that many bloggers, schools and other groups use to raise funds and generate revenue. 

It works like this:

  1. Click on their link (HERE). It will take you to the main Amazon.com website.
  2. Shop as usual. Everything – website, prices, selection, service – is the same.
  3. Buy something.
  4. Liza & Daniel will receive a small commission for referring you to Amazon.com. All funds will go towards their adoption costs. 

If you are interested in donating directly, you can make a donation on their YouCaring site here

Liza & Daniel, you guys are going to be amazing parents. We are so excited to meet your little one and can’t wait to hear the news that you have received “The Call”. It’s going to be awesome. :) 

Special Note: I am also an Amazon affiliate and many posts contain affiliate links attached to my account. The link above is attached to Liza & Daniel’s account. Please be sure to click through their link to help them fundraise for their adoption.