I thought that I should tell you a little about my story and why this blog.
My wife and I have been married for four years now, and even before marriage, we knew we wanted a big family. Two years into our marriage, we finally agreed we were at a place where we could start trying to have kids without it killing our finances and lives. About six months into trying, we decided to go to an OBGYN to see if there is any assistance we could get. We knew that it would be a challenge to have kids because my wife has PCOS.
We met an awesome doctor and started taking Chlomid, which is a medicine that helps induce egg formation in the ovaries. We tried this for another six months. It was after that that we decided to visit a fertility clinic and start the process of IUI. After spending about $8,000 on that and failing, we decided it was time to explore other avenues for having children.
It was in that moment, that adoption got rooted into our hearts. We discovered an adoption facilitator that specializes in domestic infant adoption placements. Lifetime Adoption is a wonderful organization that really cares for birthmothers and waiting families.
After submitting our contract and $20,000 payment to Lifetime Adoption, we became a waiting family. Lifetime advised us that legal fees for adoption were not covered in the payment we sent to them. Legal fees that would average $15,000-$20,000 depending on the state and situation. We still believe that this was the right decision for our family.
A year out from that decision, I am trying to do everything I can to pay off this debt and save enough for legal fees before we get our adoption placement. I am working four jobs, plus this blog.
- I have an amazing day job as an IT Engineer at a company called slashBlue
- I drive for both Lyft and Uber (those are my referral links)
- I deliver for Amazon Flex
I can’t wait to tell you more about these jobs in future posts.
Why this blog?
I want to use this blog as a place to capture my learnings and failures over the years so that other techs, users and family can find answers to issues they may be facing with their technology.
Secondly, I want to prop up companies and technologies that I truly believe will have a great impact for small businesses and individuals. This will be done through affiliate links. Which means for each person who buys a product or service through one of the links on this blog, I will get a very small percentage of that sale. There are two ways that people on the internet go about this, there are the swindlers who promote anything just to make a buck. Then there are the honest people who have tried, tested and proven that the technology or service they are promoting works well. I will do my best to represent the latter.
By the end of 2017, my goal is to have 100 unique sessions and 500 pageviews per day. I will post weekly analytics reports to transparently reflect progress in this area.
Thank you for visiting my blog and for supporting our journey to adoption. You can find more information about our adoption here.