8/28/15

Our Adoption Profile Book. Take 2.

If you had told me 2 years ago that I would have to make not only one adoption profile book, but two, I would have told you no thank you. But MAN, I am so thankful the Lord knew better and interrupted our adoption process to bless us with Willow. But now that we are in the process again, a new updated book needed to be made.

I started working on this book in June. I spent hours going through our thousands of pictures to hand pick my absolute favorite or ones that really told our story. I had one goal in mind: TO MAKE IT US. I wanted it to be real, simple, authentic, clean and genuine to us. I worked on this book during nap times, in the late hours of night, in the middle of the night when I couldn't sleep, and even rose early some mornings to squeeze in some time while everyone else rested. With each page made, I prayed over our Birth mom and her child. More than not, this will be the first thing she reads about us. The first pictures she will see, and from it alone, she may choose us to be her forever family for her child. Soooo, you know, just a tad daunting to make. I really liked our last book. But when I started to brainstorm designs for this book, I noticed several ways to improve on it.

1. Our photo on the front. Last time around, I wanted our book to really stand out among the rest. This time around, you guessed it, I wanted it to be more us. Pictures of us being silly with our kids, because that's real life.

2. WAYYY MOREEE PICTURES!! There was way way too much text in our last book. I really wanted the pictures to tell the story in this second book.

3. Clean and Simple. So many books that I've seen are cluttered and overwhelming. I wanted ours to be easy on the eyes but still hold all the information our Birth Mom would need to know upon being introduced to us. I used some of the same layouts or ideas as our last book, but I just tried to improve upon them. There wasn't much I could salvage from the last book since we had so much to update, but whatever I could use, I reused to help save time.

 And without further ado... Our Adoption Profile Book.
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Josh's page was written by me and vice versa
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This page wasn't in our last book. To be honest, I contemplated over and over about adding this page in. I really wasn't sure if it was needed or not. And, I was scared that it might work against us. What if the BM doesn't like that we like something or our response turns her away? Obviously, I decided to keep it in the book and just trust the Lord. I pray it will help her feel even more connected to us and allow her a better look into our lives. It's hard to tell in this photo, but there are 19 questions on the left followed by Josh's response in blue and mine in pink.
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I made parts of this book with Photoshop and the other part using BLURB software. I also ordered through BLURB. I used them last time and was just really impressed with the quality and how easy it was to create it using their software. I highly recommend them! I ordered three books total. Two are required by our agency, and I wanted one to have at home for our kids and future adopted child to read through.

I included this on the post with our last book but thought I would re-share it here: 

If you are an adoptive family viewing this for tips and tricks, here are my few suggestions:

-Start on this sucker weeks in advance. Trust me. You'll need it.
-Photos, Photos, Photos!!! Choose photos that tell a story! Professional photos are great, but don't make them the majority. Pull out those grainy, but candid iphone photos that capture you kid at bedtime, or being silly, or going down a slide. I pulled so many of my IG photos for this!
-More images than text. Your BM will most likely go through so many books she will be exhausted of reading. Give her images that tell the story.
 -Use a design that really reflects your family verses just cute vector images or scrap book looks.
-Keep the book 20 pages or less. you don't want to overwhelm.
-Keep it crisp & use layouts. Collages of images can work, but make sure their is a theme to them.
-Use simple sentences and words. Keep it at a basic reading level.
-Don't use cookie cutter text. You can't tell, but we really let our personalities shine through our text, Josh joked around a lot, and I wrote like I was talking to her in person.
-Use relevant photos. Showing images of years passed could be confusing to the birth mother. Let them see what your life is like NOW.

If you have any further questions, feel free to email me! My info is on my contact page.






8/18/15

Willow is 10 months!

We are a short two months out from her first birthday. All the feelings happening over here. How is almost that time? I can remember posting C's 10 month update and realizing that time was moving quicker than I wanted. I think I posted his post yesterday. Seriously, it's unreal.




little girl, you are growing like a weed. This past month you've done so many new things. You are crawling like a pro, pulling up on EVERYTHING, walking when you hold our hands, saying dada, mama, bye bye, hey, and yeah. You love clapping and you LOOOOVEEEEE C. You play so well with him. You love your music table and baby dolls. You have three teeth and three more that are breaking through at once. Yikes. You wear 9mo clothes and size three diapers. I would guess you weigh around 20 pounds.  photo Wmonth10-001.jpg photo Wmonth10-008.jpgYou are sleeping through the night still and taking two naps a day. You nurse three times a day and take a bottle the other two times. You are also eating pretty much whatever we are eating. You still eat baby food some, but it's not your favorite. You enjoy feeding yourself.  photo Wmonth10-007.jpg photo Wmonth10-004.jpg photo Wmonth10-003.jpgYou are seriously so smiley and giggly all the time, but you when you do rarely get upset,  you don't hold back. When you get super excited you have your hands and twist your feet and make the cutest little noise. It kills me.  photo Wmonth10-002.jpg



These last 10 months with you have been the sweetest. I thank Jesus daily he is letting me be your momma. I can't wait to watch you grow. I fee like the luckiest mom in the world to have you and C. 

8/11/15

Adoption Update

The Kubler domestic adoption is still very much under way. I realized it's been a while since I updated my blog with where we are in the process. I keep other social media outlets updated but this ole blog got the shaft on accident.

We are OFFICIALLY on the waiting list again!!!!!! Physicals are done. Paperwork is done. Profile book is done (and ordered). Home study is done and done and done!!!!!! I'm so thankful. So thankful!

It's crazy to think that two years ago, almost at this same exact time, we were being approved the first time around. To celebrate our homestudy being complete last week, we recreated a pic we took the first time around:



 I'm just so in awe of the Lord's timing. I constantly think back to two years ago when all of this was new and fresh. I so desperately wanted to be placed with a child asap. I thought about it daily and it often consumed my thoughts. Every phone call had me on edge hoping it was our social worker. and the three times our profile book was viewed by a birth mother, I was lost in the nerves and anxiety. I was so ready to add to our family and to be honest, I struggled with it being an idol in my life. So many friends were getting pregnant and I had just miscarried. I was begging Jesus to multiply our crew through adoption. But he knew so much better. He gave us Willow. In fact, just days after writing a blog post and crying to some friends about how I was just so ready for our next baby to come home, I found out I was pregnant. And Jesus in his grace reminded me that I can not control this adoption journey or my life. Man, I'm just so thankful for his provision. I couldn't imagine life without my Willow girl. She is my constant reminder of his goodness and seriously the most perfect addition to our family. So this time around, I'm finding myself so much more calm and trusting in His will and plan. I don't want to constantly think about the future and what ifs. I want to be in the present, loving on the two beautiful babies I have and soaking up time as a family of four. I don't want this adoption to rule my thoughts or give me anxiety. I want to rest in His provision and meditate on his Word. I'm so thankful for how the Lord has orchestrated this adoption journey. I can't wait to see how it will unfold this time around. Maybe we will have a baby by christmas, maybe we will have one by next christmas, or maybe we will be pregnant and have to put the adoption on hold again. I don't want to wish one way or the other. I just want to want His will more than my own. I know our adoption will happen in His timing. I know our future adoptions or fostering or whatever He calls us to will happen in his timing. I just want to be found faithful in the waiting and always having my "yes" on the table.

So here's to the waiting. May we be found faithful in it. Would you pray for us and more importantly for our birth parents? We are praying for an open adoption and a great relationship with both the birth mother and birth father.


 And here's a small sneak peek of what's happening inside our profile book.  Our agency will receive their copy this week (it was rushed) and we should get our copy by the end of the month. So excited to share this labor of love.


and just to be real, my son is currently taping my entire body with scotch tape and I'm letting him because it gave me 5 minutes to type this up. Amen.

7/31/15

July Recap

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Started my month off right by snuggling this little man while his parents went on a date day! 
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Trips alone to target are a serious vacation.
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I swear I could stare at her sleeping all day.
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Revision's night at the food pantry! photo IMG_5792.jpg
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They have the most fun together in the bath. On this particular day, they stayed in the bath for a full hour.
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Snuggles while brother naps
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helping me edit photos... more like destroying my desk. ha.
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Crazy to think our time in this cafe is coming to an end. In september we will be moving to a school theater/auditorium and we are SO excited!
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Date Day with one of my besties. Coffee and shopping. My days with her are too rare.
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Family date to get physicals for our adoption! The kids weren't as excited as we were clearly.  photo IMG_5947_1.jpg
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I told you I could stare at her sleeping all day...
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Big girl standing at her table!
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He made this "train" all by himself. I was pretty impressed with this 2 year olds skills.  photo IMG_6101.jpg
Being a dork in my new sunnys
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being a cutey in her winter pjs, in july.
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SHE'S NINE MONTHS!!!
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Cousin play date
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She's growing too fast. can't.handle.it.
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He's just a tad excited about his new spider man mask from mudgy
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 It's like she knew I was about to go out of town so she gave me the best going away present ever... sleepy snuggles.
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Girls Revision Trip 2015 was a huge success. This is seriously the ONLY Picture I took the whole weekend. We had way to much fun to even think about capturing it. We drove up Friday morning to Franklin to shop and eat. That night we went to Maggianios for dinner. Then we stayed up late talking at the pool. And Saturday we spent the whole day shopping at the Opry Mills mall before heading home. It was such a great weekend with almost all my favorite ladies! photo IMG_6610.jpg

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When the babies nap and husband works from home so you can feel like a person and put on normal clothes and shop and get your licenses renewed. ahhh a for real SAHM vacation
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this kid. always has his nose in a book.
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Weaver family ice cream and playground date.
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looking straight up like her daddy in these
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the difference was 5 seconds
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Oh July, you were real real real good to us!