Early in our marriage, we would talk about adoption, but it wasn’t until 2005 that we felt the time was soon. We moved to Kansas City in June of 2006, and we began to learn more about the process. In November of 2006 we decided to move forward with domestic adoption. We started our home study in December of ’06 and were home study ready by the end of Jan ’07. In just a few short weeks we got a call that a birth mom had chosen our family to adopt her baby girl that was due in April.
Elia Jane Loux arrived early, on March 7, 2007 and our lives have been forever changed.
In January of 2008 Tracie began to work as an adoption consultant helping guide, educate, and lead others through their own adoption journey.
In August of 2008, we became aware of a little boy named Aiden who would turn 3 on March 1, 2008. Aiden was an orphan in Eastern Europe at the time. We completed our home study for Aiden’s adoption on October 21st, went through the approval process, and returned home with him on March 24, 2009.
We prepared our paperwork to allow us to adopt a 2nd child from Ukraine if there was one at the orphanage that needed a family. We met Emma, and we returned home to the US with her along with Aiden on March 24, 2009.
In October of 2010, we welcomed another child into our family through domestic adoption. Matthias was born with Down syndrome and faced numerous medical complications during his life. Mattie spent the first year of life in the hospital and had multiple surgeries during that time, including a tracheotomy and 2 open heart surgeries. Mattie graced our lives with love and so much joy for nearly 4 years. He was thriving and growing and loving life when a sudden onset asthma attack took his life on August 21, 2014. We deeply mourn his loss.
Thank you for taking time to share in our adoption journey. We continue to move forward educating others about adoption, helping couples through the adoption process through Tracie’s work as an adoption educator and advocate.
For questions about adoption, email Tracie at firstname.lastname@example.org
And feel free to visit my professional blog at http://www.thespiritofadoption.wordpress.com