Monday, June 20, 2005

College Scholarships

Do you plan on going to college?

Women who proceed with an adoption plan through Lifetime Adoption Center can easily qualify for college scholarships through Lifetime Adoption Foundation. The scholarships can assist with tuition, books, and other expenses.

If you are pregnant and exploring your options, please call Lifetime's Hotline today to speak with an adoption coordinator at 1-800-923-6784.

Saturday, June 18, 2005

A Cherished Experience

It was a warm, sunny spring day. My window was rolled down, allowing the wind to blow through my hair and whip the strands in my face as I zoomed home from school. A catchy tune was just ending as I turned into the driveway. I killed the engine, grabbed my purse and trotted up to the front door, searching for my house key and humming the chorus from the song I had just heard.


I snatched the mail as I burst through the front door. "Wonder if anythings for me?" I asked myself as I rifled through the letters, bills and junkmail, searching for my name. A rectangular envelope caught my eye, as it bore the label: Heather Vickers. I glanced at the return address to see where it was from: New Mexico.


I tossed the rest of the mail on the blue bench by the front door and sprinted down to my room to change. After I tossed on jeans and a t-shirt my attention again turned to the package on my bed. I carefully tore the seal and withdrew pictures of my daughter and a note from her adoptive mother. As I gazed at the image of Bethany with her parents, my memory wandered back to her birth.......

To read the rest of the story, please click here.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Special Needs Children

Did you know that there are families out there ready to open their hearts to any child? Even those that have special needs, like Downs' Syndrome, Dwarfism, and any other medical or emotional condition.

You can begin by viewing families open to special needs here:

Special Need Families

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Free Magazine and Gift

Are you considering adoption? Here is something that can help as you evaluate your plans and make your decisions regarding your pregnancy.

Lifetime Adoption is offering a free magazine and gift to women who are considering placing a child for adoption. Call anytime, 24 hours a day at 1-800-923-6784 or visit Lifetime Adoption.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Pregnancy Calculator

Nor sure when you are due?

Here is a great link for a Pregnancy Calculator.

Enjoy!

Saturday, June 04, 2005

For Devin...

Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.

Devin, I came across this quote tonight and thought of you. Talk to your girlfriend openly and honestly. Decide together if two 16-year-olds are the ideal parents for this baby in a world where two educated parents have a difficult time making ends meet. Should you decide that you want more for your baby, please consider blessing a family through the miracle of adoption.

Q & A from a young man

Dear Mardie,
I have a quick question. I think my girlfriend is pregnant and she has told me that if she is, she wants to keep the baby. She thinks we can be a family. We are only 16 years old tho and I'm not cool with that now. I don't even think I'm ready to be a dad now. I'm still in school. Do you know if I have to pay child support if I'm only 16? I mow lawns when school is out but don't make enough really. Thank you for any help. Devin.

Dear Devin,
I would suggest that you talk openly with your girlfriend about the realities of life. Ask her things like "Where will we live?", "Where will we get money for things like diapers, food, clothes, even cell phones?", and "What can we really provide for a baby other than love?" These are things that any parent needs to have good answers for if they are going to provide a safe, stable, and loving environment (and future!) for their child. At your ages, please consider if their is someone in your family who will consider adopting your baby, perhaps there is someone struggling with infertility themselves.

Or, consider an adoptive family -- there are many loving families out there willing to stay in contact with you and your girlfriend through letters, photos, and even visits! Here is a great site that you can view families who are very open in their committment to keep in touch with the birthparents:

Open Adoption - Waiting Families

Best of luck to you Devin!

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Q & A from someone considering adoption

Dear Mardie,
How do I get started to find a family to adopt my baby. I live in a small town with few resources. Leslie

Dear Leslie,
The internet is helping us in SO many ways, especially with adoption. I encourage you to look for families offered by an established adoption professional. You want screened families and the opportunity to state what you desire in your adoption. There are many families available here: Lifetime Adoption.

I take care to carefully screen all of the families I work with. I want to be sure that they are stable, secure, and prepared to welcome home the child they are hoping for. I hope you are able to get started there. Thanks for writing!
Mardie

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

The Gift of a Song

A friend of mine wrote this song after he adopted a child. It is beautiful for anyone involved in adoption, especially young women when considering their options and seeing the promise of hope for the future. Click the triangle below to listen. I hope you enjoy!


(Thanks Rick, for sharing your song!)