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A New Beginning

This past Saturday was the New Beginnings Tampa Bay Fertility Conference.

It was a lovely morning at the Hilton in Tampa. The sessions covered a span of topics from Fertility 101, Genetics, Third Party Reproduction, Adoption, and even Fertility Yoga.

In between sessions, attendees could get to know the speakers and vendors at the tables set up in the lobby. The tables were set up around a delightful spread of refreshments. Nothing like coffee and snacks to keep your mind awake for information!

A Day at the Park

Saturday the 17th was our annual Adoptive Family Picnic for Tampa.

We all gathered at Ballast Point Park.  We were nestled in the perfect spot, between the playground, the Gazebo and the bay.  It was an wonderful location with the nice breeze and a view of the horse farm just across the street.

Once we spread out the sandwiches, snacks, and goodies, families started to arrive, and it was time to begin the fun!

Love: The Heart of Adoption

Love!

 

When I think of love many different and wonderful adoption stories come to mind. However, there is one story that really stands out. I had the opportunity to work with two adoptive fathers from Hawaii.

My Own Son

Coming from a big family, I’ve always liked kids.  So when I started dating my future wife, it was just fine with me that she had a 3 year old son.   We got to hang out quite a bit, because his dad left before he was born. This poor little kid never had a dad, and his mom was busting her butt to support him.

 

Everyday's a Gift, Especially a Birthday

My oldest son Zackary and I have a very special bond, because we were both adopted.

Yesterday was my son's 18th birthday!! Like most parents we can't believe how fast the time has flown. Zack had an amazing day hanging out with friends and doing what he loves best, FISHING!  We let him miss another day of school after a long Holiday break, because who wants to be in school on your 18th birthday.

We ended the day with a wonderful dinner with family and friends. Then we headed home to do something we had waited 17 years to do.

New Service Being Offered! Your Adoption Finance Coach!

     It’s an exciting time here at the agency. Being the beginning of the year, we take the time to reflect on the work we have done in the last year, the families we had a hand in helping to grow, the annual photo cards we receive that show us how big children have gotten, but also, we take this time to reflect on what families have asked us for and how we can offer them more or make things different in the coming year.

A Complete Family For Christmas

My favorite holiday adoption memory comes from a few years ago. I don’t play favorites with my families (they are all so amazing!), but the couple I want to share about today has a special place in my heart. I was able to work with Paul and Cindy from start to finish on both of their adoptions.

Paul and Cindy had worked with us for their first adoption, and when it came time for them to adopt a second time, they were so excited to begin the process.

Sylvia's Favorite Christmas Morning Recipe

I wanted to share my favorite Christmas morning recipes!   I make it the night before and pop it in the oven before everyone wakes up.  The smell throughout the house is so yummy.  Then we get the coffee brewing and dive into French Toast Bake (Compliments of Pioneer Woman)

Enjoy!

PREP TIME: 15 Minutes

DIFFICULTY: Easy

COOK TIME: 1 Hours

SERVINGS: 8 Servings

French Toast

The Best Gifts Come in Small Packages

Earlier this month, we put up our Christmas tree.  As we were pulling out all our ornaments, we found a small wrapped box. Since the box was wrapped, we thought it was a gift from last year that we had forgotten to open. We opened it to find a precious surprise.

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