Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Yay for spreading the word!!!

 
About a month ago I was browsing through the adoption boards on Pinterest when I came across something that has totally changed my world since I saw it. I found a YouTube channel called OurAdoptionOption done by a woman named Candace. The video I watched first was about how Candace had found breast milk donors for her adopted son through social media. I got lost in her other videos too. She has adopted two boys and has open adoptions with both of their birth families. Its a beautiful thing to watch and her family is so sweet. At the time I saw this I had a Facebook page but that was the extent of it. Then it hit me. If she can find breast milk, I can find our baby. I immediately looked into starting  a YouTube channel and discovered it was easier than expected (remember how determined I am? See blog post here and here.) I was so enthusiastic about the process that I contacted Candace through her YouTube channel and told her she had inspired me. She asked if I had a blog. Me? Blog? I've never considered myself a writer, but she said it was a great way to spread the word. Yet again, I became determined. 
Now here we are, about a month into YouTube with 13 videos (and climbing) and over 50 subscribers. After two weeks of blogging we've had over 2,500 page views by people from all over the world and I am having so much fun!! I'm excited about the responses to our story. I'm excited to see how this will all work into finding our child. I'm just dang excited!!! This has all been very therapeutic for me. Putting into words the events of this last year and a half has lifted a weight off my soul. I feel encouraged, supported, and enthusiastic about our future as parents. For anyone out there who has experienced hardship, not just from infertility or loss but anything, I encourage you to write about it. Write about how you have persevered, how God has grown you, how you've come out the other side as "gold" as my mother would say. We are not totally on the other side yet. We are on a journey. A journey I am convinced will end with an incredible beginning. 
Thank you so much to everyone who has supported us, shared our videos and blog posts, and prayed for us. It means more to us than we could ever say.

Here's Candace helping us spread the word. She has over 4,400 subscribers! Thanks Candace!!
 
Candace is also a part of a group of adoptive parents and birth parents who have come together to write about their experiences with open adoption. I highly encourage you to check out their Facebook page Open Adoption, Open heart.

6 comments:

  1. I just was able to catch up on the last few posts! Each and every one touches my heart and is so wonderful to read. I am thankful that the Lord led you to this way of spreading the word that is also therapeutic. :) I can't wait to see how He puts all of the pieces together and brings your baby home!!

    Bonnie K.

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  2. Whats your youtube channel? I'd love to subscribe. Your journey is beautiful, very similar to mine and my husband. Its crazy how God uses these twists and turns of our lives ... How? Why? I'm still learning. our journey took a dfferent turn than yours ... We met at church, started dating when i was 16, dated 6 years then married then after almost 7 years of struggling with infertility and the loses of 3 babies we finally had our miracle. somehow i was able to carry to term with our daughter. Will we be able to do it again? I don't know, its in God's hands.
    I will be praying for you and your husband and your journey and the miracle of your future adopted son/daughter. God bless!

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    1. Thank you Priscilla! I'm so sorry to hear about your losses. I struggle with the same questions. We're confident in God's love and plan for us though and we appreciate your prayers and support more than you know. Our YouTube channel is https://www.youtube.com/user/JKAdopt722.

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  3. I adore Candace, she is sweet. I actually found out about her through one person ( it was a few different girls). It was right before Sawyer was born. I think I have gotten teary with almost every single one of her videos. Seeing her videos and now watching both your videos as well as reading your blog post as well as Candances' , you both would be a great matches for any birth mother or even family to place their baby with your families.

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    1. Candace is super sweet! I'm very glad we've become friends. I look forward to watching her journey and learning from her experiences. Thanks for your support Erica!

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