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I feel like a fertility veteran. Five times I went into the stirrups for embryo transfer. It wasn’t fun. One of my egg retrievals, I chose not to do medication because we were only retrieving one egg. The doctor decided that two more eggs were ready and retrieved them as well. That was THE MOST … Continue reading Utilizing The Health Savings Account During Fertility
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Nothing says dream smasher like Financial Infidelity. You have a dream of adopting a baby or trying to conceive through fertility and you realize that you need a substantial amount of money. Then you discover that your spouse has racked up $15,000 on a credit card that you weren’t aware they had. It’s like the … Continue reading Understanding Financial Infidelity
I love hearing stories of people successfully raising money to adopt. I see the hard work they put into the process and it's the best feeling in the world to see their hard work payoff. That's how I felt listening to Melinda Simmons talk to me about their journey to raise $36,000 for their international … Continue reading 7 Resources for Adopting Debt Free
“You’ll need $17,500 for the full IVF cycle.” I remember the doctor saying this as we sat in his office discussing our options. We struggled with male infertility, which according to our doctor wasn’t uncommon. 1 in 8 couples struggle with infertility and 50% of them are male infertility. I don’t know if that … Continue reading Should I Borrow From My 401(k) To Pay For Adoption/Fertility?
In 2015 my husband and I found out that our daughter was going to have a biological sister. The mother kept testing positive for drugs during her pregnancy and we believed that DCS would take the baby. We started Path classes to become certified to be a foster home. We left messages for the caseworker … Continue reading Fostering a child can change BOTH your lives.
When I first approached my husband about fostering, his response was, "NO!". There was no wishy-washy coming from him. I asked him what he was afraid of and his response was,"falling in love with them and sending them back to their birth parents." Why are we so afraid of loving someone that needs to be … Continue reading Don’t Let Fear Stop You From Being A Foster Parent
In July I invited my neighbor Courtney over to swim. While our kids swam, I was able to catch up with her and we talked about what we've been doing. She's always been so encouraging of us adopting our kids. I think it's important to surround yourself with good people and she's one of them. … Continue reading Podcast with Hope4One’s Lauren Haun