Laura Coleman is an Accredited Financial Counselor, a wife, a mom, a strong independent woman, and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She has spent the last 17 years in the financial industry. First working in mortgages, then moving on to financial education and providing help to our Military Service Members as a Personal Financial Counselor. She knows what it’s like to be a single working professional, a married woman, a woman that dealt with fertility and then adoption of 3 children. She also understands Pacer/Spender types as she is married to an opposite type. She is a Midwesterner at heart, but is currently raising her family in the South and she just loves the people and the weather there.
Our Story (by Laura)
I didn’t plan on adopting. It was never part of the “when I grow up, I want to adopt” plan. Instead, I imagined that I would be 25 years old, married, with 2 kids and we’d grow into 6 kids. I was going to be a stay-at-home mom that gardened, canned, and sewed clothes. The reality of my situation was that I didn’t find my Prince Charming until I was 33, married 7 months later at age 34, struggled with fertility for 2 years until we adopted 3 kids, and now I’m a working financial counselor/mom. There’s more to this story, I’ll get into that later, but sufficed to say, my life didn’t happen like I planned it. Looking back, I realize it happened EXACTLY how it should have. Things happened that led to other things to happen, which led to the opportunities to welcome 3 children into our home. I’ve often wondered, why THIS journey?
As a financial counselor, I’ve met so many couples that have mentioned to me that they want to have children. When they’ve discovered that I too have experienced fertility issues, we become close friends. I share what I’ve learned and a sense of relief washes over their faces. I realized that I needed to provide a guide to my clients to help them not make the same financial struggles we had while also dealing with the emotional aspects of dashed dreams.
If you are reading this because you are struggling with infertility, I want you to know that you are not alone. There is a community out there that wants to connect with you, inspire you, mourn with you, and help you on your journey. I made many mistakes along our path and I hope to help others, so they can avoid some of the heartache and frustration that we experienced.