Happy fall, y’all!

Adoptive parents hoping to adoptHello, fall! We’re so excited for the start of our favorite season.

This is the time every year that we dive head first into pumpkin everything.

In our kitchen so far we have:

– Pumpkin coffee
– Pumpkin coffee creamer
– Pumpkin oatmeal
– Pumpkin butter
– Pumpkin English muffins
– Pumpkin ale

Whenever Jillian sees something pumpkin flavored, she purchases it immediately and we throw it in the mix. The first sign of fall for us isn’t leaves on the ground, because in Texas they are still on the trees. The first sign is pumpkin coffee creamer lining the grocery store aisles. So, for us, fall is officially here. Yay for sweater weather, sitting around our fire pit, and everything pumpkin!

5 things…

5 things we will teach our son or daughter:

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#1 – Compassion. Be kind, patient and generous with your love.

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#2 – Consideration. Think about others’ feelings and try to understand their unique situations.

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#3 – Honesty. Find a way to tell the truth and Open Adoption Hoping to Adoptseek it every chance you get.

#4 – Justice. Treat people fairly and fight to empower others.

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#5 – Determination. Take on challenges and grow with every opportunity.

Everyone has a story, and we want to hear yours!

Adoption StoryEveryone has a story, and we want to hear yours!

Where do you live? What do you like to do on weekends? How has your pregnancy been so far? We’d love to know all of that and everything in between.

We can’t wait to learn more about you and grow in this journey together.

Feel free to share your story with us on Adoptimist or I Heart Adoption via a message, email us at jillianandmelia@gmail.com, text us at 224-444-0929 or call us (toll-free) at 1-800-817-4735.

We’re so excited to hear from you!

A little pick-me-up

Waiting family looking for an open adoptionIn life and our day to day routines, sometimes we just need a little pick-me-up. Today has been one of those days for us. Maybe it’s been one for you too.

Maybe you’ve had a long week. Maybe you don’t feel well. Maybe being patient is starting to wear on you. Maybe you just need a break.

People told us before we started the adoption process that it was going to be a roller coaster. That our emotions would ebb and flow. That sometimes we would have all the hope and patience in the world only to wake up the next day and feel down. It’s true. It’s very true. But it gives us a sense of comfort to know that we aren’t alone in this journey. That one day we will be moms, and that it’s not a question of “if” but rather “when.” That fact definitely brings us peace when we grow impatient. It helps us live in the present knowing that one day in the (hopefully) near future, we will meet the child we are meant to parent. That it IS going to happen. And when it does happen, suddenly all of this will make sense. And all of the waiting will seem like it flew by.

This morning, we stumbled upon this image and we just love it. We hope you do too. And if you are a waiting family, breathe deeply, live in the present and know that your child is out there. And if you are a birthmother or a birth family, know that there are people out here who want so badly to love you and love your baby and be the best parents they can possibly be. Everything will come together and be so good so soon!

LOVE WINS

Gay Couple Adopting, Hoping to Adopt, Waiting FamilyAs of today, gay marriage is legal in all 50 states! We are overwhelmed with joy for the LGBTQ community, and we are so grateful that we can now say that we are married in the state of Texas, though we were married in New York.

Today is a landmark day for our nation, and we are so proud. As President Obama said, “justice arrives like a thunderbolt.” Our minds are absolutely spinning and we are feeling so many emotions. Today’s vote means we will never have to explain to our child why we’re married in New York, but that our marriage isn’t recognized by our state. We can tell our child that we are married. Period. We are beaming.

We’re on Instagram!

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Because we’re limited to how many photos we can add on our adoption profiles with IAC and Adoptimist, we thought Instagram might give you a better look into our day-to-day lives.

We’d love for you to follow us on our adoption adventure! You can find us at instagram.com/jillianandmeliaadopt.

We’ll keep adding photos of our life, our dog, our friends and everything in between. We hope this helps you see what your child’s life would be like if you chose us as adoptive parents.

Thanks so much and happy viewing!

Random facts about Jillian

  1. What makes you laugh the most? Lately, Kristen Wiig — see this epic scene with Bill Hader.
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    Golfing at Possum Kingdom Lake.

  2. What did you want to be when you were small? A marine biologist or Pat Benatar (which, I told my my mom when I was 6).
  3. What is your favorite game or sport to watch and play? Watch: Syracuse Orangemen Basketball, Play: Golf
  4. What is your favorite family vacation? Trips taken to Plum Island, MA with my family in New York.
  5. What would you sing at karaoke night? I am not one for karaoke, but I once brutally mis-sung White Wedding by Billy Idol.
  6. What two radio stations do you listen to in the car the most? KXT…indie rock, mostly. I admit to a little dance music, too.
  7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Greek salad
  8. If you were a superhero, what powers would you have? Teleportation. Then I could travel every weekend and not have to get in a stinky plane.
  9. What’s your favorite zoo animal? Monkey
  10. What was the last thing you recorded on TV? Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
  11. What was the last book you read? The Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth by James Altucher. I’m really into biz books lately.
  12. What kitchen appliance do you use every day? Fridge
  13. Do you love or hate rollercoasters? Love
  14. What’s your favorite family tradition? Wearing paper crowns from our Christmas crackers to dinner.
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    My best friend Elizabeth and me eating cherries outside Pike Place Market in Seattle.

  15. What is your favorite childhood memory? I loved sledding on the golf course I grew up on.
  16. What’s your favorite movie? Anchorman and Wanderlust, I also really liked Pan’s Labyrinth.
  17. What was your favorite subject in school? Science and art
  18. Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Extrovert – ENFP all the way.
  19. What do you do to keep fit? Hiking, biking, spin class, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding when it gets warmer.
  20. What was your first job? I made burgers and pancakes, but not at the same time.
  21. Who knows you the best? Melia and my best buddy, Elizabeth.
  22. Watch Star Wars or Star Trek? Trek, I like the Utopian ideology they have going on.
  23. Read on a Kindle or paperback book? I have a Kindle, but I still buy mostly paperback.
  24. Go to a play or musical? Play
  25. Go to the theater or a movie? Movie
  26. Hike or bike? Bike – one of the things I love the most.
  27. Go canoeing or waterskiing? Canoeing. Melia and I once flipped a canoe in the middle of a lake and had to be towed to shore. Memories.
  28. Choose a free trip or money? Trip! I love traveling. Money is just paper that smells funny.
  29. Where do you most want to travel, but have never been? Australia/New Zealand
  30. How would your friends describe you? I’m goofy and like to have fun, but I’m also good at business and being responsible (aka “adulting”), go figure.