On 6.16.2016, I became pregnant with the Mirena implant. Joseph and I were so excited even though the pregnancy was extremely unexpected. We had made plans to travel to Louisville, Ky for our third wedding anniversary, but quickly canceled them in order to see the doctor immediately. That morning, I started to spot... I instantly knew what was happening. The Mirena implant hadn't prevented my pregnancy, it terminated it.
I wasn't warned in the doctor's office that becoming pregnant with the Mirena could cause infertility until after I had it taken out a few months later. Not to mention I had already been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome so becoming pregnant was already difficult. My doctor was so motivated and sure that with just a little Clomid (a drug used to stimulate ovulation to help women with infertility issues become pregnant) I would become pregnant.
Months after months of Clomid, increased doses, mood swings, and three miscarriages later I decided that I had had enough. If I was meant to give birth to my next child then God would allow me to do so on his terms and in his time. Two years later, we are still waiting. Over those two years, I have had a fierce calling within me that I am not meant to carry my next child. In a sense, I knew I wasn't meant to get pregnant. That someone else is going to carry my baby for me and my husband and I will adopt.
Now here we are! We have made contact with multiple adoption agencies and are ready to take the steps in adoption. It's no secret that adoption is a very expensive thing to do. You pay for a home study, application fees, the birth mother's expenses, travel expenses, attorneys, etc. Joseph and I have found multiple ways to change our budget to help fund the adoption, however, we still need a little help. With your purchase of a t-shirt, bag, or hoodie you can make a very big difference in our family and for a little girl yet to be born in the United States.
A little about the design: It's a simple design that can be used to show support for any family made through adoption! The "O" in love has been made into the symbol for adoption. The phrase "Love makes a home" speaks to the fact that you don't have to be biologically related to be a family and make a home.
The product will be shipped at the end of the campaign (11.26.2018) and will be delivered before Christmas making it a super awesome gift for anyone that's adopted or is thinking about adopting!
Thank you for your time and we hope you enjoy your shirt!
Joseph, Bethany, and Andrew