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New Adoption T-shirts (and other cozy styles!) for Fall 2018

Our Adoption T-shirt Fundraiser was such a great success this past summer, that we knew we wanted to do it again for the Fall! We've picked out colors specifically for fall and new styles including crew neck sweat shirts, hoodies, and long sleeve t-shirts! 

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From this campaign, you can choose a crewneck sweatshirts, long sleeve tee, or a pullover hoodie in black, cardinal red, dark heather, indigo, or sport grey. If you choose the t-shirt, then your color options are slightly different and you can choose between dark heather grey (looks a lot like the sport grey), black, cardinal, midnight navy, or stone grey. 

My personal pick is the Crewneck Sweatshirt in Sport Grey. I can't wait to wear it all through the fall and winter months! 

We've also brought back the Moto-style front and back t-shirt. You can snag that one up if you missed it this summer

This is going to be a quick campaign (only 15 days including today!) so that this first batch will arrive in early October just in time for Fall. Each style (t-shirt, hoodie, crewneck sweatshirt, and long sleeve tee) come in sizes S-3XL. Only the regular t-shirt comes in XS. 

We appreciate every click, share, and purchase and are incredibly grateful for how supportive everyone in our community is with our adoption. We love you all so much! 

AdoptionJJ Campbell
And now we Wait
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We are due for an Adoption update here on Campbell House. Now that we are in the waiting period, there honestly isn't much going on with our Adoption, just some behind the scenes stuff.  

It's kind of weird. Some days, I think about what our baby might look like or what it will be like when the baby is in our care. Other days I don't think about it at all. I think that's the way it's supposed to be right now.

The whole Adoption process is like the ocean. Some days the waves are high and constant, meaning there's always something to do and you have to get it done at that very moment and you feel like you're downing a little bit. Other times the waters are totally still and you look to your partner and say, "is there something we're supposed to be doing because I feel oddly calm about this?" 

Right now, we are in one of those calm times. We are waiting for the phone to ring. We're waiting for a message from our Adoption Worker. I'm not going to lie, I've been tempted to call Kristen more than once asking if there was any news or if there was something we could be doing to make our profile better. Thankfully, I've resisted that temptation. 

But as for how we are doing with the waiting, I"m happy to report that we're doing really well!

Occasionally, sad thoughts and feeling come over though. When I dip into the negativity of waiting, it brings out hurtful questions, "Is something wrong with us? Why isn't anyone selecting us? I guess we're not fit to be parents. We're never going to get a baby." Yeah, it escalates quickly! Fear and uncertainty in the middle of waiting goes from 0 to a 60 in an instant. 

BUT, those thoughts don't last long because I've been claiming and hanging onto this verse for the past few months, 

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again; Rejoice! Let your graciousness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
— Philippians 4:4-7

That's been a favorite passage of scripture for a long time, but it means so much more to me in this season. I am petitioning God daily to bring us our baby at the right time and I trust that it's going to happen. That deep trust and faith helps me NOT dwell on the waiting.

My mind swirls with excitement as I think about what it will be like to be a mother. Until then, I can be confident that God is working behind the scenes, preparing us, preparing the birth mother, and working everything out for the right time. There's no need for me to dip into those negative waters.

If you're wondering how you can help, you can pray. Pray for us in the waiting and and pray for our baby that he/she is safe (or will be safe) and developing (or will develop) properly.

You can also help us continue fundraising. We are so blessed by how people have shown up and given to our adoption fund. Definitely blows my mind and I cry when I think about it. We have a little ways to go and every little bit helps!

 

We will be doing another t-shirt fundraiser closer to the fall (sweatshirts, hoodies, long sleeve t-shirts!). I've joined up with Young Living as a distributor as a side hustle to support this and future adoptions (YEP!). I'm sure that we'll have other fundraising opportunities pop up randomly as well. We love our community and love that everyone is supporting us!!

Here's to waiting! Every day brings us closer to our baby. 

Kiddo Room Inspiration

Now that we are in the "waiting for the phone to ring" period of our Adoption, I can finally start working on the nursery. It's different for every person going through the adoption process. Some can't bear to walk past an empty nursery every day, while others gleefully pass by because of what the nursery represents. 

I believe I do, and will as time goes on, fall into that latter category. 

There is NOTHING wrong with waiting to put your kiddo room together until after your baby is in your care. It really does differ from person to person. For someone like me, it's an energizing activity and fun to focus on! Initially, I was planning on acquiring only the absolute necessary basics and waiting to put together the nursery after the baby is in our care. 

But I made the turn on that as soon as our Home Study process was complete. I WANT to put it together. I WANT to be prompted to prayer when I walk past the room. I WANT to walk in there and imagine what it will be like when the little guy or gal is here, a part of our family. 

So, I'm slowly working on it! Luke and I been gathering inspiration for a while and I'm ready to share that with you! 

We are going gender neutral with our color palette because we won't know if it's a girl or a boy. So instead of pinks or blues, we're going with GREENS and light wood tones.

Here are some inspiration pictures for items I want in the nursery, with the links to where I found them: 

Changing Table/Dresser

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I love the idea of using a dresser with a changing pad secured on top. We are taking an old dresser from Luke's grandmother's house and will paint it this color. I'm not sure if we'll do the gold drawer pulls though. 

The piece we are getting is super special. My MIL told me that Luke's grandfather had the piece made for Luke's grandmother. It's really special! I'm glad it's getting to stay in the family. Yes, I have her permission to paint it. I'd leave it the way it is, but it's too dark for the aesthetic we're going for. 

Crib 

I love how the simple, light wood crib works with the bold dresser. It makes me giddy just thinking about it. 

Book Ledges

Who cares if book ledges are overdone? They are so cute and seem to be so practical. Until Pinterest shows me something cuter than a book ledge and chair combo, I'm 100% having something like this in my nursery. I like the white and I like wood tone. Who knows which way we'll pick?

Llama & Wicker Accents

I have been on the Llama train for a couple of years now. I am LOVING the trend. Everything has great color and texture and I'm excited to incorporate llama accents into my kiddo room. I already have the Llama head from Target. I can't wait to hang it up!

I'm also planning to incorporate wicker baskets for storage and other accent pieces.

A Good Rug

A room is not complete without a good rug. I'm keeping my eye out for a rug that won't just work in the nursery, but in my whole house. I like to switch things up and move things around! So I'm looking for something with color and a nice pattern OR something neutral that I could put in any room. 

A Really Good Chair

We are going to keep everything else in the nursery as affordable as possible, but we are planning to splurge a little on the chair. From everything I've read and people I've talked to, they all say don't skimp on the chair because you're going to spend a lot of time in it. So, I'm looking for super comfy and something that will work with the overall design aesthetic of my home. I'm planning to keep it forever. 

Those are some of the bigger things that I'm looking for! Of course, little details will come over time. Currently, we've painted the walls white. That's it! I'm excited to start working on it. Mamas, you can let me know what nursery items are necessary. First timer over here! All I know is what colors I like.... LOL. All help appreciated. 

 

 

Adoption Updates // Summer 2018

Hello Friends! We are due for another Adoption update! 

Things got really busy and went really fast from the end of March 'til now. Within these months we:

  • attended an all-day training event at the Bethany office in Hattiesburg
  • knocked out all 3 Home Study interviews (1. They come to your house. 2. You go to their office for one on one interviews. 3. They come back to your house)
  • shredded about half of our training at a 2 day Conference -- Empowered to Connect --
  • completed our service plan 
  • finalized the Home Study Report
  • designed and ordered our profile books
  • created our web profile
  • hosted a t-shirt fundraiser

That's a lot of stuff! We've been white-knuckling it since March, but I wouldn't have it any other way. 

There is a lot of push and pause in the adoption process. Push as in, get what you need to get done as fast as you can. Pause as in, it's out of your hands, you've done all you can do, take a breather. There really is no middle ground, but you know what? I like that. It works well for my personality type. 

We are moving out of a season of Push, as you can see above, and into a season of Pause. We are officially on waiting lists and our profile is being shown to birthmothers in person and online. I've never been so excited to wait in my life!

We don't know when or how often our profile is being viewed, but I think it's best that way. There is way too much pressure in the knowing, so now we just wait for the phone call. It could come quickly or it could take a while. There's no way to really know when, but that doesn't mean we don't have work to do! 

Here are some things we'll be working on this summer and into the fall: 

  • Another T-shirt Fundraiser -- we had major success on our T-shirt Fundraiser! I am so grateful for each and every one of you who bought shirts. They should be hitting mailboxes soon! When you receive your shirt(s) post a pic and use the hashtag #lukeandjjadopt so we can make sure to see it! Our Fall t-shirt fundraiser will include long sleeve t-shirts, hoodies, and sweatshirts!! I can't wait!!
  • Plan more Fundraisers -- we need to raise about $7K-$8K more dollars now that we are in the waiting for the call period. I've got some ideas, but I am always willing to hear your ideas.... this is a joint effort, LOL!
  • Work on the Nursery -- I am ready to put this baby's room together! I walk past the designated room every day and my mind is flooded with hope and excitement. Initially, I planned to wait until the baby is in our care before I really went all out and decorated the nursery, but I've changed my mind. I want to at least have the basics in the room and I want to take my time picking out the right furniture (and the best deals on the furniture!) We've got something beautiful and gender neutral in mind and I'm ready to work on it!
  • Invest in our marriage -- Luke and I are in a really special time in our marriage. Adding another person to our family is going to change things forever, so I want to make sure that we cherish this time where it's just the two of us (and Buddy of course!). 
  • Creating our Summer Bucket List --We've been so focused on our adoption that I haven't even sat down to write one out yet. The time is now! (check out 2017's list here)!  

I hope you feel like you're in the loop! I love it when people ask where we are in the process, by the way. It shows me that you're invested and excited for us as we keep chugging along. So, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support and encouragement. Couldn't do it without my people. 

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Chosen

That's the word we've picked to focus on for our adoption.

It's a word that we're hanging on to reminding us that we are called to choose this path to start our family. 

To be chosen is a powerful idea that empowers and let's you know that you belong. That's exactly what we want our child to know and feel. We want him/her to know that they were always wanted and chosen. That he/she is so special and cherished. What better word to love and focus on than chosen?

Chosen

It's one of the best words that describes how God feels about us as individuals. God's love is so great and He chose to make the ultimate sacrifice and chooses to forgive us and love us unconditionally each day. It was God's designed plan and He chose to see it through; the ultimate picture of love. 

Recently I was reading in Romans and these verses stopped me in my tracks as I saw them in a brand new light: 

You did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear. Instead, you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out ‘Abba, Father!’ The Spirit himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children, and if children, also heirs — heirs of God and coheirs with Christ...
— Romans 8:15-17

We are God's sons and daughters, adopted into his family and loved as his own. He arranged it to be this way since the beginning of time. I wept as I read through this passage of scripture seeing it with fresh eyes about myself and our future kiddo. Adoption means I take you in as my own and I take care of you. You are chosen. You are mine. 

We loved what chosen means so much that we put it on a t-shirt.

Luke and our talented friends, Ethan and Leanna Manning, worked together to create 2 shirt designs that we hope will accomplish two things:

1. Put a smile on your face and remind you that YOU are chosen, valued, and cherished, and

2. Help us bring Baby Campbell home. 

There are 2 different t-shirt designs for you to pick from (or get both!). Each design has different styles and color options. Pick the one that makes you smile the biggest. We hope that you love these shirts as much as we do! 

This is a shirt with a front and back design and it comes in 4 different colors: black, cardinal, olive, and stone gray. 

Design 2 Chosen Script Style

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This shirt is front only in a lovely script. You've got more options for this one as it comes in a t-shirt, tank top, and youth sizes (t-shirt only). Lot's of colors to choose from! The most popular choice of t-shirt so far has been Ice Blue. I can see why!

If this post encourages you or you've already purchased one of our t-shirts, will you share this on your social media accounts? Every share is valuable and we'll owe you forever! 

Adoption Updates // Spring 2018

October 2016 - Luke and I made the decision to Adopt

December 2016 - We told our families

January 2017 - We told our closest friends

February 2017 - We attended our introductory info meeting at Bethany

October 2017 . - We publicly announced our adoption

February 2018 - We submitted A LOT of paperwork 

Needless to say, we've been talking adoption for quite some time now and you know what.... it's still overwhelming. It doesn't seem like that much time has passed, but here we are in spring 2018. 

Since our initial posts in October, we've been pretty quiet about where we are in the process and how we're doing. I'm ready to give you all some updates!

I don't know how 2017 was for you, but it was not my best year. Looking back, I was moving through the 5 stages of grief, but I didn't even realize it. Writing this piece about grieving infertility back in November was something I needed to do, and all of those words are still true, but I was still in the "depression" stage when I wrote it. 

---- The 5 Stages of Grief : Denial, Anger/Anxiety, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance -----

If anything, I wrote that blog post for myself, to help me deal and move on into acceptance.

It took us a whole year to complete the paperwork. In our defense, it was A LOT of stuff (background checks, drug tests, tax information, etc.), but it doesn't have to take everyone a whole year to get it all done. I didn't feel a sense of urgency to do work on it and I am so thankful that I listened to God. If I would've pushed through and just gotten it done to to, the timing would not have been right. I wouldn't have been able to go through the training while I was still in the first 4 stages of grief.

During that time, I would see people LAP us in their adoption journeys. My competitive nature wanted to push through because others were "beating" me (that's SO silly!), but I'm so glad that I essentially kept my eyes on my own work. God was helping me realize everyday that this is OUR journey not anyone else's. I was confident that I would know when we needed to push and complete our paperwork and that's exactly what happened! 

So now, I'm happy to report that I'm in the acceptance stage! It took me a one year, which is totally normal, and I am able to confidently switch my thoughts off of my grief and onto our child which is EXACTLY where you need to be when you move forward into the training/home study process..... which is where we ARE! We're in training! 

We have 30 hours of comprehensive training to complete. 15 of those hours must be completed before our Home Study process is complete. We're chipping away at our materials. In a couple of weeks we'll attend an all day training event and I. AM. SO. EXCITED. We both are!

We'll be finished with our first 15 hours before we know it and ready for our Home Study. That means we are a giant step closer to bringing our child home. That also means that we have GOT to get busy fundraising! 

We've got a lot of fundraiser ideas on paper, now we just have to get them going. Soon, we'll have a t-shirt fundraiser, so we'll definitely need your help. Right now I'm focusing on hosting a Scrapbooking Day on April 14th. I'm looking for 10 people to come and Scrapbook with me! I'll have everything you need except for your pictures. All you have to do is pay $40 and show up! 

Thank you all so much just just being interested in our adoption. We get questions all the time and that is just the best. Thank you for being invested in our family! We've got a long way to go and we want you to come along with us! 

 

 

Your Brokenness is Beautiful

First off, thank you for all of the kind words, messages, comments, etc. on the blog post I shared earlier this week. You guys are incredible. The way everyone has rallied around and encouraged us has been phenomenal. It's a beautiful thing when honesty is reciprocated with kindness, encouragement, and a real sense of "me too". 

I am truly grateful. 

Now, here is my response to the responses I've received since last Wednesday. 

My brokenness is beautiful.

That phrase has been rolling around in my head for the past few days. I think it's been so prevalent because of public and private messages from people who responded with things like, "you have no idea how much I needed to hear this" and those who shared bits of their own stories dealing with infertility. It's more common than you expect. Beauty in brokenness doesn't mean that when you're going through issues you have to "happy your way through it." It means that big things can happen when we bring our broken state to God, expect him to help, and are willing to share our struggles with one another. 

As someone who's been a Christ follower for a long time, the idea of brokenness is not anything new. Type in "bring your brokenness before God" into Google and countless blogs and articles pop up about how God redeems our brokenness and makes us whole. 

I think about the old Shane and Shane song "Beauty for Ashes" (an incredible song on an incredible album that got me through high school). 

And then, there are so many beautiful scriptures about brokenness. 

"The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise." - Psalm 51:17

“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30

I could go on.

But the thing is, I know this stuff, but do I believe it? Do I carry myself in a way that reflects the phrase "your brokenness is beautiful"? It's easy for me to see others that way, but what about myself? 

Do I truly believe that my brokenness is beautiful and wanted by God? Do I know deep down that I'm not counted out or disqualified because something about me is off? This is one of those phrases that's easy to say, but hard to believe day in and day out. It's one thing to know something, but actually believing it is where it counts. 

This is something I really struggled with months ago when I was coming to terms with my fertility issues. I can confidently say that there are more days I believe it and live it out than there are days that I don't. It's also easier to extend that grace to others than to myself. I think that saying one thing to someone, but not really believing it for yourself is pretty normal for people though.

I don't want to be contradictory in this area, or anything really. If I talk and counsel someone about how their brokenness is beautiful (I work at a church and get to hear people's stories all the time and I love it so much), but then don't do that for myself, the truths don't line up. Why would they believe me?

So here I am now believing that my own brokenness is beautiful; that I can be used; that God can and will be glorified through my story; that I am not discounted or disqualified from a life filled with joy and purpose; and most importantly I'm letting God remind me that my brokenness is beautiful. He reminds me daily that I can trust Him and that He wants to do more in my life than I can imagine. I tell him back that I'm up for the challenge. That I am willing to put forth more effort, trust harder, share more, listen more, and ultimately being willing to believe His truth about how much he loves me. 

And now, I say the same thing to you. 

Your brokenness is beautiful. 

It is! You might not be able to see it yet, but it is. The beauty is there. The beauty lies in your response. Will you invite God in and let him start chipping away at your broken state? Will you let him use it for His glory? Will you see your brokenness as a diving board instead of a roadblock? Will you let him use you to spread His message of hope? I think you can. I know you can. 

It's easier to throw a pity party, call yourself a victim, and stay stuck. Belief and change take real effort. Don't take the easy way when it comes to your own brokenness. Let the disappointments be jumping off places for you and God. You never know what can happen when you decide to believe God's truth that he really does "heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds.” (Psalm 147:3). Believe that we really do have a high priest who is able to sympathize with our weaknesses. (Hebrews 4:15-16). It's going to take work and time, but you can do it. We can do it together. 

If you have a story you'd like to share about your brokenness, I would love to hear it. Encourage someone today like you've encouraged me. 

Grieving Infertility

The other day I was sitting in a coffee shop and a grandmother walks in with a little blond boy, her grandson.  He was probably 2 years old and smiling from ear to ear as he toddled around in the main room.  

And I lost it. 

That's what grief is like. It comes out of nowhere, steals your joy, derails your thoughts, and makes you cry in public. 

So I'm sitting there pretending to focus on my computer and letting the tears sting my eyes as I grieve the thought of the child we have not been able to conceive. 

In the initial post announcing our adoption, I slipped in this little bit of information,

"Q: Were/are you dealing with infertility?
A: Yes, but that's another story for another time." 

Now feels like a great time to share that part of the story. 

We started trying to get pregnant 2 years ago. We started talking adoption a year ago. Our road to adoption started out like many others, infertility issues. It took not being able to conceive to actually open my heart and mind up to adopt, and I am very thankful for that. 

I always thought adoption was cool and thought that other people's adoption stories were so beautiful, but I honestly never thought about adopting in my context, in my family. After a time of prayer and a series of God-sized confirmations, Luke and I knew that our family would include adopted children (1, 2, or however many God wants us to have).

As excited as I am about adopting (and you can trust that I am outrageously excited, we both are), grieving your own infertility is a beast of an issue that must be dealt with.

Coming to terms that a biological part of you is "broken," or "messed up" is hard and oftentimes lonely. It's not something you want to talk openly about. If you're anything like me you want to avoid feeling the painful things at all costs, so another reason not to talk about it. Everyone has an opinion about what you should do and to be 100% honest, I didn't want anyone's opinion on this subject. More importantly, I didn't want anyone to feel sorry for me or be disappointed with me. So I kept it to myself.

Before letting our families in on our adoption plans, when it was just Luke and me dreaming about what our adoption journey would look like, I gave myself MONTHS of time to grieve my infertility. I gave myself time to come to terms that I might never conceive a child. 

I invited Jesus in to help me face the worst thoughts about myself, help me "release" desires and plans, and grow in my faith. 

Together, we released the desire to have a child that naturally acts or looks like me.

Together, we released the desire to have a child that's blessed with Luke's natural musical talents.

Together, released the desire to have a child that has both of our family's genes.

Even though I'm writing the phrase, "released the desires" those desires have not magically gone away. What's different is the hold that those desires had over me and what they mean to me now. I'm not paralyzed with sadness or shame anymore, but instead channeling those desires into a deep commitment to teach our child the best things we know. After all, an adopted child is not a replacement. All children are worthy of love and a family no matter where they come from or what they look like. 

So yeah, I've come a long way. Jesus and I have done a lot of work together, healing this deep shame, protecting my optimism for the future, and blowing my heart wide open for this child who is going to come in and change our lives forever.

I'm happy to report that the grief doesn't sneak up on me that much anymore, hardly ever really, but I let it happen when it does. I let the sadness and grief come in because I KNOW that in a short while those grief feelings (sadness, anger, disappointment, shame, etc.) will be replaced with the peace that passes all understanding. I know it won't be long until Jesus confirms that adoption is a part of his plan for our lives, that we'll get to love and raise a child and point others to Him throughout the whole process. Even right now as I'm sharing this part of my life with you my desire is that you get an overwhelming sense that God is capable of big things and wants to work in your life like he's working in mine. And yes, that comforts me. 

So how is infertility Affecting me now?

I'm not completely hopeless in the fertility department. I do have PCOS (hormone imbalance) and that alone makes getting pregnant difficult, the excess weight isn't doing me any favors either. For the better part of 2017 I was working with a doctor, and taking fertility medication, but have recently decided to press pause on the medication and take a more natural approach to healing my body and get healthy. 

I know that sometimes it takes a long time to get pregnant. It's a miracle for it to even happen it all. I can confidently say that we are not giving up on the hope of getting pregnant, and that does not affect our desire or plans to adopt.

We will adopt even if I get pregnant. Our agency's policy is that if we get pregnant during the adoption process, we have to wait until our child is one year old, then we can pick the adoption process back up. And if that happens, that's what we'll do. Adoption will shape our family and I am confident that it will happen in God's timing.  

That might be too much information, but it's a big part of our story, and who I am as a woman. I've grown up in a lot of areas this year because of walking through infertility and it's what led my heart to the possibility of adoption. For that, I will always be grateful. 

 

 

Adoption, DiaryJJ Campbell
We're Facebook Official, so now What?

Earlier this week Luke and I broke the news that we are on the path to adopting a baby. I don't think I've ever seen such an outpouring of support and excitement from family and friends. We were in tears watching the congratulations posts roll in.

So what happens next?

Our application was accepted by our agency, so the next order of business is turning in our paperwork to apply for our Home Study. Easier said than done. That paperwork includes background checks (local, state, and federal), physical examinations, records to track down, as well as a few other things that put you at the will of other people. 

Hopefully, we can get our part done in the next 2 to 3 weeks. Because we're so new at this, I'm not sure if 2 to 3 weeks is a longshot or totally doable, we'll just have to wait and see! 

Once the paperwork is submitted to our agency, then they will schedule a Home Study. Again, not too sure what the turn around time is between receiving the paperwork and scheduling the visit, but hopefully we'll have the Home Study completed by the end of the year. I'm dreaming big! 

In the meantime, after we do our part to complete the paperwork, we'll start working on Fundraisers and putting our Adoption Profile Book together. The scrapbooker in me is really excited about making it!

We have some fundraiser ideas in the pipeline, but if you have any suggestions on fundraising, please let me know! We're ALWAYS looking for good ideas!

Our first fundraising goal is $2,000. That money will go toward the fees we have to pay in our paperwork and applying for a home study. You can click here to check out our YouCaring profile. 

We cannot do this alone. It's going to take a village, a big village. We're inviting all of our friends and family and future friends to join in with us as we bring our child home. Help us reach our goal!

If you have any insights about domestic infant adoption, preparing for Home Studies, or filling out the paper work, please connect with me! I'm always happy to listen to good advice. Stay tuned for our next update! 

You can click here to read our announcement post along with some FAQs.

We have an Announcement

Attention all friends and family: 

We have some news.

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Cue the fanfare and confetti because we're adding another member to
Team Campbell!

This has been a long time coming and we're so excited to share this great news with everyone. 

Luke and I are ready to start our family and we are 100% confident that we are called to adoption. We're hopeful and confidently trusting in God's timing. Adoption is a difficult and bumpy journey filled with highs, lows, and mountains of paperwork, but we know that there is a child out there (or will be a child out there soon) who is meant to be in our family. 

We need all the prayer and support you can give! 

We don't have a ton of answers right now, but here are some highlights: 

Q: Are you adopting domestically or internationally?
A: We are planning to do a domestic infant adoption.

Q: What agency are you using?
A: We are working with Bethany Christian Services. They're amazing! 

Q: Were/are you dealing with infertility?
A: Yes, but that's another story for another time. 

Q: How long will it take?
A: Honestly, that part is pretty up in the air. It could happen really quickly or it could take a while. There's a lot of factors at play like how quickly a birth mom chooses us that fits into the parameters we have decided on, if we are a good match and decide to move forward, how far along in their pregnancy they are when they choose us, etc...

Q: Are you already matched with a baby?
A: Not as of this entry being published. At this point, we are just getting started.

Q: How can we help?
A: You can help us by praying for us and helping us fundraise! We've set up a YouCaring account and every dollar and cent donated will go towards our adoption. 

Q: Are you super excited to get working on the nursery?!
A: I am! I've already picked out a theme, but will not start setting up the nursery until he or she is legally in our care.  Designing a nursery will be SO FUN!

Thank you so much for your current and future love and support. They say it takes a village to raise a child, but in our case it will take a village to get a child. We're inviting you to be a part of our village. 

I'll be posting adoption updates as well as my usual ramblings here on my blog, but don't hesitate to reach out to me and ask questions. So here we go!