Tag: Surrender

So Excited To Share Our Tanks and Tees With You!!

We are SUPER excited to show you our tanks and t-shirts we are selling for our adoption!!!!  ALL proceeds go directly to our adoption fund!!

We LOVE them and hope you like them as much as we do!!

Why the quote about surfing?!?

Although we are BEYOND grateful for adoption, let’s be honest….adoption is HARD.  It’s uncomfortable, it’s risky, and it’s scary. It’s about giving up control and just surrendering to the process (the HARDEST part for me personally).  We’ve learned that we can be knocked over by these waves of emotions brought on by adoption OR we can learn to adapt, let go, and ride out that wave so we can see the BEAUTY that adoption offers as well.

So now you know :)…..here is how to order!!!

These are VERY soft Bella Triblend unisex t-shirts and ladies flowy tanks!! The t-shirts are offered in Sunset or Blue Tri-Blend, for adults sizes XS-3XL. The flowy racerback tanks are offered in Sunset and Denim Slub for ladies sizes  XS-2XL. These are PRE-ORDER only! Order will close on September 24th and all orders will ship or be available for pick up the first 2 weeks of October.  Each shirt is $22 and we will ship for $4 for first shirt add $1 per shirt after that (to same address).

Message us to place your order and be sure to state STYLE, COLOR, SIZE, QUANTITY and YOUR EMAIL. I will send you an invoice via PayPal OR if you are local you can pay via cash or check in person!

 

We’re Matched!!!

At some point and time I PROMISE I will go back and update you on how we got from there to here, but in the meantime, we could not be more excited to announce that we’ve been MATCHED!!!! We are expecting a little one to arrive around Thanksgiving!

Announcing the adoption was the fun part.

The part that feels a little more overwhelming is coming up with the $39,000 we are going to need to pay for the adoption (believe it or not, we don’t have that much spare money just lying around). Everything we’ve been through has definitely made us a stronger couple, but also a couple with a lot less money!

We’ve been working hard and have already paid for and saved enough to cover half of our adoption expenses. We only have $19,000 left to go and we have 5 months to get there! We are both working extra jobs, selling anything we don’t need, applying for grants, but we’ve realized that we can’t do this on our own.

We are going to need help. Adoption is expensive. We’re not fundraising because we can’t afford take care of a baby; we’re fundraising to ALLOW us the opportunity to do so.

We hope that during our fundraising efforts, we’re able to become advocates for the option of adoption and can shed a little light on this long, complicated process. We are humbled by the, many friends, family members — even strangers — who have been walking with us along this unknown, scary path.

We’ve set aside our pride to ask and accept financial help.

It’s not easy.
Trust me.

So, if you are interested in helping out in any way, we will be sharing lots of opportunities on our blog and social media!

There are some ongoing things in the sidebar on the right that can be done at any time, like shopping in our Etsy shop, visiting and/or sharing our YouCaring site, donating through PayPal, or just sharing our blog and adoption journey!

Thank you for loving us; we could not get through this without you.

xoxo Michelle & Bill

Here We Go Again…

Just wanted to give everyone a quick update on our trip (or lack thereof)…

I had my pre-trip ultrasound yesterday (supposed to leave on Friday for the Czech Republic) and once again they found a mass.  I sent the report to my doctor in the Czech Republic with fingers crossed that he would still let me proceed with my transfer.  Unfortunately things didn’t turn out in my favor.  He responded back this afternoon and would like me to have surgery…again…before we proceed with our next cycle. So, once again my trip is cancelled and our hopes of having a baby are on hold for a little longer.

xoxo

Michelle

Ready To Try Again

Good Morning….and YES it is a GOOD morning!  Although I have been mentally ready to go back to the Czech Republic for another try at embryo adoption, my body hasn’t been…until today!  I’ve been given the go ahead from both my Czech and US doctors to try again and it’s much sooner than anticipated.  I leave for my next trip to the Reprofit Clinic on April 1st!  It’s crazy to think that if all goes well I could be pregnant this time next month! As always, we remain cautiously optimistic, but deep down inside we are both REALLY hoping that this is the one!  Thank you all for your continued love and support!

xoxo – Michelle & Bill  surrender

Resolve Walk of Hope – Tampa

Come out and see us this Saturday in Tampa at the Resolve Walk of Hope! The Walk of Hope recognizes the many ways in which families are built, supports local support services and programs for the of women and men living with infertility, and raises public understanding of how the disease of infertility impacts families nationwide. For those of you that don’t know our story, my husband and I have struggled with infertility for many years and have now chosen to go down the path of adoption, so this organization is near and dear to our hearts!  A portion of the sale from each of our cupcakes will go to Resolve, so come out, and enjoy some amazing cupcakes while helping out a great cause!  If you want to take it one step further, you are more than welcome to join our team and walk with us – it’s a just a mile and you’ll be handsomely rewarded with cupcakes at the end 🙂 Contact me for details!

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The Universe Works in Mysterious Ways!

Hi All!

We had our second fundraising sale yesterday at the St Pete Beach Rec center. We want to thank EVERYONE that came out to stopped by to see us! It was also awesome to meet so many new people and hear their adoption journeys. The kindness of strangers makes our hearts so happy! I know we say this all the time, but we really can’t do this without you all, so thank you, thank you, thank you!

Back to the sale…It was a community sale, so we REALLY had our hopes set high as far as traffic at the sale.  Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other plans…it rained pretty much the whole time!  Our sales weren’t quite where we wanted them to be and we didn’t hit our fundraising goal, but hey, we did make some money, so that’s a good day in our books 🙂  Here’s where the Universe(God)stepped in…although we didn’t have a lot of traffic, almost everyone that stopped in loved our baked goods, especially our cupcakes in a jar. We brought them as more of an add on item, not thinking that they would be such a huge hit!

 

cupcakesSeriously though, whats not to love about them, they’re so stinking adorable and delicious to boot! We ended up with multiple orders before the day was done and after posting them online, we ended up with more and more orders through the night! We went from feeling like the day had been a bust, to feeling so blessed and overjoyed. Someone is definitely watching out for us!

We’ve been making the cupcakes for years for friends and family and now we can make them for you too!  Our online shop will be open this week, but if you want to place an order before then, just reach out to me on Facebook or on our contact page here.

Thank you all for your love and support!

xoxo – Michelle & Bill

Surrender for the Magic

Good Morning all!  I hope that everyone has had a nice and relaxing Labor Day weekend!  We’ve taken the time to relax a little, work on some side projects, and met up with family last night for dinner – all in all a good weekend in my books!

I came across a photo on Facebook that I just HAD to share with you all!

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“SURRENDER is not about letting go of action, it’s about letting go of outcome”

This struck such a chord with me because if you know me, you know that I LOVE a plan!  I make plans for my plans, no really…lol! In my head I think, “How am I going to get what I want if I don’t make a plan for it”. Bill on the other hand is a, “Don’t worry about it and it will all work out” type of guy (which can drive a girl like me crazy)!

I think a lot of us fall into this planning pattern, especially when going through fertility treatments and the adoption process. You have dates for appointments, dates to start/stop medicine, dates for intercourse (sorry dad).  You plan when you are going to test, how you are going to save money, what your next step will be if plan A (and B, C, and D) don’t work. When we were doing IVF, we would plan our whole life around our cycles – to a certain point you have to.

So for me, this was the perfect reminder to take a big deep breath in and try to let go of some of the control, because in reality this whole process is not in my control.  I am right where I need to be in my life right now.  There is a bigger plan out there for me that I have no control of and I need to surrender and let the magic happen!

xoxo – Michelle

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