We made some big changes to our lives in the last 6 months. We have felt for some time the need to relocate to Utah. It was a tough decision to make for many, many reasons. Dennis had a great job with people he loved working with, Audrey’s birth family was close and we were able to visit several times during the year, and my family lives in Arizona. Not to mention we owned our home and loved it. It was the home in which we suffered the most and rejoiced the most. It was hard to leave that sacred place.
After lots of prayer and discussion, we made the decision to sell our home and move. It would allow us to be a one-income family, and I could stay home with Audrey and be full-time Mommy. Dennis found a job near his hometown of Salt Lake City, and we packed up and headed North. It took a couple of months to find a place to live, but we are now settled in a lovely new home just outside Salt Lake.
Audrey is thriving. She’s smart, funny, active, and inventive. At 19 months, she’s healthy and hitting all her milestones. She is the light of our lives and we are beyond blessed. She loves climbing on things and learning sign language. She has a handful of words, both verbal and signs. She’s helpful and sweet, with a love of singing and dancing. Audrey is an amazing human. If you’ve followed us on Instagram or Facebook, you already know that 😁.
We are working on updating our adoption home study to hopefully grow our family. Preparing to adopt takes a LOT of work. There are background checks and home improvements and interviews and education requirements to meet. We are grateful to have such a supportive family that helps us meet these needs while raising a busy and active toddler.
In Arizona, we worked with Calli Tidwell. She was absolutely amazing, and we recommend her services to anyone in Arizona contemplating adoption, whether placing or adopting. She has been an amazing support to us and she has an incredible network of support for birth mothers. I mentioned her in our post about Audrey’s birth. She did an amazing job with Audrey’s birth parents and with prepping our finalization. She connected us with the county attorney who finalized the adoption at no cost. We are tremendously blessed to know her and work with her.
Here in Utah, we are working with Utah Adoption Specialists. We are excited to get to know them and grateful for their work on our behalf.
We will update again sometime when life allows me to sit and write 🙂 Thank you for your support and love!