Saturday, September 24, 2005
I've been in Utah since Thursday night. What a busy two days! I came out to interview for an elementary education advisor/mentor position with a university. I had five interviews from 10:30 am until 4:00 pm yesterday. I'm so excited about our baby that everytime someone asks me if I have children, I tell them no but we will have one in February. They immediately look at my belly having not noticed that I'm pregnant. I quickly explain that we are adopting. Well, on the four-hour flight from Atlanta to Salt Lake City I sat beside an older lady who had been the host family to nine different birthmothers through the Latter Day Saints. Then, yesterday I met another lady who was a birthmother two years ago. She was so excited to hear that we're adopting. It felt good for me to be able to explain to her how much it means that a complete stranger is willing to carry your child for nine months, endure the pain and suffering that accompanies pregnancy and labor, and then give you a child. I'm sure most of you understand that adoption is very expensive. However, the birthmother gets a very small portion of the expense for her living expenses/medical care. The lady I met has two older children, just like our birthmother. She's also Hispanic, just like our birthmother.