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
https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-aeju2-9efeea Melinda Simmons talks about how they raised $36,000 towards the adoption of a little boy named Ezra that they are matched with from China. Listen to the unique ways they raised money including $15,000 from Chipstarter. If you think it's impossible to find the money for your adoption; think again. Melinda and her husband … Continue reading How A Concert with Johnny Swim Helped a Couple Adopt Debt Free
https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-ejcmx-9d2a34 Zeke and Shanda Arter, owners of the Maple Street Biscuit Co. in Chattanooga, TN recognized the financial burden that couples have as they seek to adopt. Listen to today's episode where we discuss how Zeke got the idea to start the Little Biscuit Adoption Fund, how their employees donated the first money to the … Continue reading The Story Behind How Little Biscuit Adoption Fund Started
“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?
https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-qz63y-9c7f4b I always dreamed of being a wife and a mother. When someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I answered, "A Mom". I got married at 34 and after an unsuccessful year, discovered that we had fertility issues. In this episode, I discuss my own journey towards adopting our … Continue reading Every Journey Begins With Your Own
https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-deyix-9c7ebe Lauren Haun adopted 3 children from China. She helped start the Hope4One Ministry that assists Foster and Adoptive families through providing a clothes closet, support group, and an adoption fund. On this episode she talks about her adoption story, the challenges that they have faced, and what led her to Hope4One Ministries. Lauren shows … Continue reading Hope4One Ministries Lauren Haun and Their Give One Save One Adoption Campaign
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