Infertility Conference, April 24th

March 30, 2010

Many of you who know me, or have followed this site for awhile know that adoption has greatly touched my life.  I cannot imagine our lives without our “little man”!  Of course, in order to get to the point of considering adoption… we struggled for a long time with infertility after three pregnancies.  It was always good to find someone else who knew what we were experiencing, given that we knew our family was not complete!

In honor of National Infertility Awareness Week, April 24th – May 1st, a friend of mine has organized an Infertility Conference to be held in Salt Lake City.  The event is for all people who are looking for hope, strength, and support.  It will be held on April 24th, from 9am to noon at the University of Utah, Health Science Education Center (click the button for more details) and it is absolutely free of charge!

I agreed to promote this conference on my site because of our personal experience with infertility.  I also wanted to do this because I have an uncle (Dr. James Heiner) who is one of the most prestigious fertility endocrinologists in the Western US.  Although he practices here in UT, many couples nationwide come to him and his partner for their excellent services.  (We often joke that my uncle has gotten several of my friends and family pregnant!) He is absolutely amazing and has shared stories with us since we were kids about the miracles he was able to experience.

My friend, Kerstin Daynes, who authored the book Infertility: Hope, Help, & Healing just created a video touching on the subject and sent it out for feedback.  Out of nowhere, I receive an email from my uncle letting me know that he had seen the video, and wanted to comment on what he said was a “good-looking” photo of us at the very end of the video! He asked how I knew Kerstin and I told him that we are in the same church congregation.  He then informed me that he will be a keynote speaker at this conference!  What a coincidence!  Here is the video… 

So, for any of you in Utah (or surrounding states, for that matter)  who have or are experienceing infertility, or know someone close to you who is in that situation… please do spread the word on this conference!  If you are in an infertility club or group, that would be the perfect venue to announce this event!  This is all about finding hope, support, and miracles… and even a few new friends!  I know I will plan on being there!  If you are going to attend, let me know and I will look for you!

Thanks a million!

Happy Hairdoing!

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That's what it's all about…

March 03, 2010

I just wanted to share a quick comment I received from Megan, a faithful follower of the website since the beginning.  The comment touched me so much, I wanted to share it with everyone.  I had no idea in the beginning that this website blend of hairdo’s and adoption could be so meaningful to anyone other than me!  It was heartfelt and very much appreciated…

Megan writes:

“Our little girl is going to be one next month. As I was getting an idea for my 4yr old’s hair this morning on your blog I thought to myself, what if I had never started to follow your blog… I would have never found the H2H agency and I don’t know how else I would of found our little girl. I just wanted to let you know that not only are you helping people make their girls look sooo cute, but you are changing lives. I know we can’t be the only family that has found the latest addition to our family through your blog. Thanks again!”

Megan, I am so happy for you! Happy Hairdoing!

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Adoption Situations…

October 26, 2009

This is a photo of our little guy from Heart 2 Heart adoptions. He’s now 15 months old!!! Crazy how fast they grow!


If any of you are homestudy ready and have been waiting around for awhile to adopt in other agencies, H2H has four available situations. We were homestudy ready and received our little guy in only two weeks! If you have any questions, please call Kathy, Cindi, Lisa, or Rachel at 1-866-691-1562.

Situation 1 (B)
AA Boy
Due December 10th in Utah
Fees are $16,000 + Full Medical (6k-8k)
Please call for more information

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Situation 2 (DR)
AA Unknown
Due November 10th in Utah
Fees are $16,000 + Full Medical (6k-8k)
Please call for more information

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Situation 3 (S)
AA Unknown
Due November 24th in Utah
Fees are $24,500 + Full Medical (10k-12k)
Please call for more information

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Situation 4 (SC)
1/2 CC 1/2 AA Boy
Due November 20th in Missouri
Fees are $ 24,500 + $4,000 Legal
Please call Kim for more information
801-792-9247

Happy Hairdoing!

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True Miracle…

August 18, 2009

Many of you wonder why I post so often about adoption, given that I author a hairblog for little girls. If you read further into the blog, you can see that adoption helped us complete our family. The following letter emailed to me is one of the main reasons why I strongly promote adoption here… it allows me to hopefully help connect others to find those sons or daughters they know are supposed to be part of their family. There is quite a bit of joy and happiness that comes with such feedback and I received permission to share it with you all! In a letter emailed two weeks ago, Andrea states:

Mindy,

This is the adoption story you didn’t know you had a hand in, but I wanted you to know that you did.

Three months ago we signed up for adoption with Adoption Center of Choice. We have adopted two babies from there and love working with them. This summer we had gone through seven babies and we were just waiting for the right baby.

Then, Amy (a friend from Utah & blog friend), posted a comment on my blog to go check out a hair blog. This blog listed a different adoption agency that had lots of babies coming in the next couple of months. We called them and at first they seemed pretty high in price. So we decided to stay where we were.

Then ACC called and told us that they had a baby for us. He was in Atlanta Georgia, he was due on July 25th, and his birth mother’s name was Jenny. After a quick prayer we knew this baby was the right one! So we told them to send her our profile. So then we heard nothing else for the rest of the week… and it was a VERY long week!

We finally broke down last Friday and called them for an update. They looked it up and found out that the contact person with Jenny had an emergency and didn’t ever have a chance to get back to Jenny! UGGGHHH!!!

Then, within 15 minutes of that news, the new adoption agency Heart to Heart called saying they would make it easier if we still want to sign up with them. We said yes!!! So then she told Eric, my husband, about an upcoming situation. They had a birth mother with her two children coming to Utah THAT NEXT DAY! She is from Atlanta, Georgia, and was due on July 25th, her name being Jenny!!! Yes! Miracle of miracles, it was the SAME birth mother! (We had somehow found ourselves once again, but through another agency!) So she flew in on Saturday, Sunday we got our stuff ready to give them, and Monday morning we went in and met with Heart to Heart. That is where they told us that their policy is to provide the birth mother with three different family profiles.

So, staying positive, we tried to finish getting our paper work all done. When we didn’t finish on time, the agency told us, “No problem, we have plenty time to complete it.” Ten minutes later (yes 10 minutes later) they called us back to say she still hadn’t chosen a family for her baby, but that she was dilated at a three and that they were starting her at 6:00am the next morning. Talk about a stressful night!!! Then we heard that she needed time to pray and be away from her kids to make the choice for this baby. Immediately, Eric and I felt peace, and knew that whatever decision she made, that she would be guided to it, and that we shouldn’t stress anymore.

The next morning (Tuesday), I started to feel a little stressed, but I was holding it together. ALL DAY long we got updates that Jenny was still in labor, nothing was happening much, and she still hadn’t decided on a family. Then at about 1:30pm, they called and said that after the baby was born she wanted to talk to us to make sure her decision was right. I asked the agency if she was talking to ALL THREE families, and I was told no… that it was only us! So Eric went back to work, and we tried to not get too excited.

At about 4:30 that afternoon, Eric came back home from work again and we talked with Jenny on the phone in our back yard. We found out then how little the baby boy was. She also said that when she got the first portfolio with ACC she thought she might pick us. Then when she came to Utah she was given our portfolio again via Heart to Heart. She said she knew that God was telling her that ours was the family for her child. Of course, we know that God was telling us all, my friend Amy, and of course you through your blog, where we all needed to be to find each other.

At 2:00 p.m. the next day, Jenny (who goes by her middle name, Angel) placed the baby in my arms and I fell in love!!!

Now it has been almost three weeks. I love my little guy so much. I know God would have found me a way to get my baby, but I have to tell you I am so grateful that your blog helped us get to him. I don’t know you at all, but I am very grateful to you, and wanted you to know his story and to see a picture of him. Keep up the good work!

Love,
Andrea

*Names were changed to maintain family’s confidentiality…

Happy Hairdoing!

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Adoption Follow Up

July 28, 2009

UPDATE 09/11/2009: I just heard that a family was found for this baby! Thanks to all of you who showed interest, and were praying for this little girl!

I’d like to add as a follow up on the Emergency Baby Situation:

I don’t have any more info than I posted on here in the last post. My blog is just a way for the agency to get the word out quickly since I have such great followers. I’m not privy to any more info than you have currently. I get nothing out of this except the peace of mind in knowing I might have helped a family find a baby and vice versa. We just loved Heart to Heart and so I post their info once in awhile. If you are an interested family please contact them. I sorry, but I just can’t answer the questions I’ve been getting emailed to me. I would love to help, but can’t. So please contact Megan at Heart to Heart!

Happy Hairdoing!

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