JoeJenni & Jenna's Adoption Journey

$3,351 of $12.5k goal

Raised by 23 people in 30 months
Jenni Thompson  CEDAR HILL, TX
First comes love.

Then comes marriage.

Then they're pushing a baby carriage.

This was mine and Jenni's plan. If only things were as easy as a silly childhood taunt we all learned on the playground. One thing we all know is that real life can be much more complicated.

We never counted on struggling to get pregnant. We never counted on losing our first pregnancy just one month after discovering we were going to have that baby we wanted so desperately. We never counted on the medical issues that we uncovered on both sides that practically would make it a miracle if Jenni and I became pregnant again.

But through it all, what we could count on, was God and each other. Sure, we fought with Him, went through personal struggles, and were confused. Through it all His love was constant, as was the insistent tugging that seemed to be telling me He had other plans for us: adoption. It took time, prayer, and grace to get Jenni and I on the same page, but we are finally here...ready to dive into the scary, exciting, and complicated world of adoption. And we need your help!

The power of prayer is very important to us, so we would first like to humbly ask for your prayers. Nothing can be accomplished without God, and this is indeed a very big undertaking. We want Him to be the focus and get the glory, so we ask for prayers first and foremost.

If you've heard adoption is expensive, then you've heard it right. We are currently in the application phase with the Texas Baptist Home for Children, and have been told that, after approval, the process can be anywhere from a few months to a few years. The final costs can reach close to $20,000.

After much prayer, we felt led to open up this site and reach out to anyone who might consider coming alongside us. We're praying that you would consider helping us fund the amount required to reach our goal. If donating to our cause is too much, again, we would definitely cherish your prayers.

Our first "mini-goal" is $1,000. This would fund the costs associated with our home visits and interviews that we need to pass to reach the waiting phase. After that, it would be the long (or short!) race to the finish line of bringing home a beautiful baby.

Along the way we will provide updates, blog posts, and information as we get it. We would also love to answer any questions you may have. The hope here is to give a first hand account, not only of how crowdfunding something as magical as this can be, but of what the adoption process looks like. We'd love for you to be a part of our journey.

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Update 3
Posted by Jenni Thompson
27 months ago
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Look Inside For A "Sweet" Deal!

It's been an eventful two weeks on the adoption front (which we'll write about soon). There's a huge possibility that our home studies will arrive much sooner than we anticipated, which means our mini-goal of $1000 is also closer!

To this end, Ashley Williamson, owner of Cupcake Co. and ArtnPourium in Cedar Hill has blessed us with two great items to giveaway and help kick things into gear: a dozen of her delicious cupcakes* from Cupcake Co. and a private painting party for six at ArtnPourium**!

So, from now until the end of January, any donation and share on your social media of choice made on our GoFundMe page enters your name into the running for the dozen cupcakes! Any donation of $25 or more (and share on your social media of choice) earns you an entry into the drawing for the party! To be clear, if you donate $25+, and share the giveaway, you're in both drawings!

The goal is to have fun, get the word out, raise $1000 (or more who knows?), share a blessing and an opportunity for you to come alongside our journey and get a "sweet" reward!

* This is a $32 value. The order requires 24 hour notice and is good for one year.

** This is a $210 value. Available for booking M-F 7-9pm, Sunday 1-3, and must be booked by October 2015.
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Update 2
Posted by Jenni Thompson
28 months ago
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My Adoption Story By Jenni

I always wanted three kids, three girls as a matter of fact. If I couldn't have three girls then two girls & a boy as the middle child would do. This was my going to be my story.

At the end of my 20's, I had my first child, a beautiful girl. I just knew I was on track. But just a few short years later, my perfect story ended in divorce. My little girl and I started over, and still I prayed for my three girl family.

I met Joe & we fell madly in love. My girl also fell madly in love with her Mr. Joe. On a beautiful morning in May, we became a family. There was hope for my perfect story.

That same year for Christmas, we gave our girl the gift she had been praying for: she was going to be a Big Sister. She was so happy she ran to her room, praising God for her gift.

A month later we suffered a miscarriage.

We were all heartbroken. We really didn't understand. Another year of disappointment passed, so we went to the doctor for help. Many terrible and invasive tests revealed I had a blood clotting disorder. To get pregnant, I needed to give myself shots twice a day in the stomach. We finally had an answer and a plan. But a year later the only thing that changed was the colorful bruises on my stomach.

We went back for more tests and saw three more doctors. This time we learned our problems wasn't just me, it was both of us. Chances were slim we could conceive naturally. Even IVF was a long shot according to one of the doctors. More heartbreak and bewilderment. I really didn't understand. I was supposed to have three kids, three girls. But that was not going to happen. My perfect dream was fading.

Then Joe approached me about adoption. I thought adoption was great. I know lots of couples with fertility issues that quickly became pregnant when they started down the adoption path. This must be how we would get pregnant!

It wasn't. I really didn't want to adopt. I wanted to carry our baby. I wanted Joe's baby. I was angry and God was hurting my feelings. I was done. Couldn't do it anymore. No perfect three kid family for me.

However, Joe knew God was calling us to adoption. He began praying for my heart to change. He knew only God could break through my stubbornness.

On a cold morning nearing Thanksgiving break, that is exactly what God did.

A sweet girl from my church showed me a picture of her and her brother standing in the chapel of Texas Baptist Home for Children on their adoption day. I had no idea this sweet girl and her brother were adopted! My heart was turning.

Within a couple of months, Joe and I attend a fostering seminar at Texas Baptist Home. My heart opened more. But as we sat there listening, we knew fostering was not where we were being lead. Later in the spring, we attended an adoption summit at a local church. We met with a number of agencies, but we were drawn to one. We filled out the application with great anticipation. As quickly the application was submitted, the rejection came. We were told we were not a good fit for domestic adoption as we already had a child. More heartbreak and confusion. Joe quickly got in touch with another agency., but he never received a call back. Again I was done.

Then great joy and sadness all came on the same day. My sweet AC gave birth to her precious son that afternoon. That night, Joe’s mother suddenly died. It was a roller coaster of emotions. I found myself singing "Circle of Life" the rest of the night.

As we were finally settling down for the evening, I read through all the “important”news on Facebook and saw a dear friend had shared a post from Texas Baptist Homes announcing the opening of their Infant/Private Adoption program that had been closed for two years. I think my heart stopped. Could this be it??? Really?? One new life, one life passed and the possibility of fulfilled promise? My brain was going in circles and I was still singing.

The following months have been a blur of excitement and fear. We attended adoption orientation and training. We filled out the mountain of paperwork...oh the paperwork. This process was intense. I had to answer questions about past and present topics I never thought I would need to share, things that hit insecurities that I believed to be passed.

The insecurities kept building at every step. Why would someone pick me? I never get picked. And if I get picked they will change their minds as soon as they know about me. This is exactly where Satan wants me to live. But Satan didn't open my heart to adoption, God did. My God chose me. He adopted me. He loves me. He opened my heart to Him. He showed me, once again, that this is not about me or what I'm doing. It's all about Him and what He is doing in me and in my family. The insecurities still creep in and pride can overwhelm me, but I am continually reminded of Christ and I'm brought back to Him.
The paperwork is turned in. And now we wait. We wait for home studies and background checks. We wait and we pray. We pray for the precious birthmother to give us her gift. We pray our fundraising efforts. We pray that God continues to move in mighty ways. We pray for our families, as they continue to support us. And we are grateful. Everyday.
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Update 1
Posted by Jenni Thompson
29 months ago
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We've had quite the busy month after beginning our GoFundMe page, and I think we're do for a few updates!

Thank you so much to everyone who's shared the page, prayed for us, donated, or high fived us over these past weeks. Your love and support mean so much and have been a blessing!

We received some good news over the past month. After using our fine math skills, we discovered the amoutn we have to raise over this two year process actually dropped by around $4,700! While the full amount is still a tall order and there's a long way to go, I think we can say that is definitely an answer to prayer!

We can now officially say that the first wave of paperwork, applications, and assorted whatnots are in the hands of the adoption agency! It makes a mundane action like dropping a letter in the mail suddenly feel like a humbling, life-changing moment.

For anyone not familiar with the more detailed side of our story, I've been writing a blog on and off again for a while that does far deeper than the little bio space available here. Head here ( http://www.howtomakebabies.wordpress.com) and start at the beginning. One caveat though, as the subject matter deals with fertility and all that goes along with that topic, the blog is often very candid and frank discussion wise. Consider that a warning for anyone made uncomfortable by such topics.

Again, a million thank you's for your prayers, shares, encouragements, and help! Please don't stop! Looking forward to experiencing God working in this with you!
Heading to the post office!!
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