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 Design Engineer at a company called slashBlue
- I drive for both Lyft and Uber (those are my referral links)
- I deliver for Amazon Flex
- Lastly, I freelance on Fiverr (starting to try and pick up more business here as it fits our family schedule better)
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 promote my Fiverr freelance work as I truly believe I can have a great impact on small businesses and individuals. Within Fiverr, I have several things that I provide:
- The configuration of Google Apps (G Suite) for domain emails – This is perfect for small businesses who want to get away from the hotmail.com or yahoo.com email address and into a more professional email address that matches their website.
- The configuration of Office 365 (email) for domains – This is Microsoft’s version of the gig above, it also provides access to Skype for Business.
- Speed up and secure your website – With this gig, I will configure CloudFlare for your website. CloudFlare offers security and speed improvements.
- Configure MailChimp for your website domain – MailChimp is the #1 email marketing platform out there, reinforce it by sending email from your own professional email address.
- Setup UniFi Controller for your network – UniFi offers one of the fastest adopting network appliances and with this gig, I will help you set it up for your home or work office.
- Spec out your next PC – Ever wonder how much more you can get with your next computer if you just built it yourself? Wonder no longer, with this gig, I will provide you a customized spec sheet for your next PC.
- Custom offers – I am also open to any custom offers that are related to IT. If you would like to reach out, let me know and I’d be happy to help you out!
By the end of 2017, I hope to be a Level 2 Seller on Fiverr.
Thank you for visiting my blog and for supporting our journey to adoption. You can find more information about our adoption here.