Saturday, April 5, 2014

I'm Sheyann and I'm very excited to share the 
adoption life-lessons of my family with everyone.
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I met my husband, JJ, in 2002 and we were married in 2003. Exactly 4 month after we were married, we began trying to conceive a child. We were living in Rexburg, Idaho, attending BYU-Idaho at that time. Everyone around us was getting married and having children, we were of similar mind and couldn't wait to be parents! 11 years later, we are grateful to have our 2 children, who came to our family through adoption. We have one closed adoptive relationship and one VERY open adoptive relationship with our children's family. 

I can't begin to count the number of times we wondered if we'd be given the sacred calling of being parents of Heavenly Father's children. Then, we wondered if there would be only one, or two. More often than I can count, our adoption dreams seemed difficult, frustrating, hopeless, and endless. However, as I listen to General Conference today, I decided my first posted needed to share hope and strength.

Choosing adoption to build ones family requires endless courage, strength, and will undoubtedly come with seemingly endless challenges. Each of our adoption dreams and experiences will be different. Our family has experienced failed adoptive matches, three pregnancy losses, inquired about hundreds of waiting children, have been presented to final adoption selection committees (foster adoption process and waiting child process) about a dozen times, been foster parents, dealt with emotional and financial adoption scammers, have successfully adopted twice. Adopting is quickly becoming more difficult financially and due to increasingly difficult laws, but what I know more than anything else is this: When it is right and supposed to happen, things will work out. I look forward to sharing more of our experiences with everyone!

  So, to help me get to know everyone, please share where you are in your adoption journey!


The Frandsen's said...

We are just starting our journey to find baby #3 :-) We have adopted 2 AMAZING little boys and we have very open adoptions with both of their Birth Families. We <3 all things adoption!

Shine said...

Congratulations Frandsen family! That is so exciting. Which route will you be taking this time? Agency, private/independent, foster/adopt? Wishing you the very best!

Amanda said...

Candace - you didn't tell me you actually started the process again! I'm excited for you! We need to talk - call me sometime.

My husband and I have a 2-year-old daughter that lights up our lives. She joined us through adoption. We are on the journey to making her a big sister (she LOVES babies!), also through adoption.

An Open Adoption Documentary

Adoption Isn't Selfish

Straight from a Birthmom...

The Open Adoption Project via The R House