We are Titus, Marissa, Avrie and Sebastian! Thank you for coming to “meet” our family. We would much rather sit and drink coffee together as we share our life stories, but this will have to do for now. Feel free to reach out with any questions! We are so excited to meet and get to know you, if you feel that you want to learn more about us!
We respect and appreciate you so much. We are humbled and so thankful that you would consider choosing us to love, parent, and raise your child. “Thank you” doesn’t feel like enough to say, but those are the words, 1,000 times over, that we’d like to express to you.
We have been talking about and praying to welcome another child as a family. We would love to extend our family to you, as well, sharing letters, photos, and in-person visits. We are praying for you specifically as you make decisions—that God will guide you and give you peace.
Expectant mothers who choose to make an adoption plan may qualify for some level of financial assistance during their pregnancy. However, each person's situation and specific needs are different. Your adoption social worker can help you determine what level of assistance you qualify for and deserve. Many expectant mothers qualify for financial assistance to cover basic pregnancy and living expenses, including but not limited to - transportation reimbursement, utility assistance for phone, water, and electricity/gas, maternity clothing and supplements, etc.
Navigating a pregnancy alone is never easy. Depending on your situation and location, you may qualify for financial assistance to help cover the cost of basic living expenses, such as food and groceries.
Receiving quality medical care during your pregnancy is vital to both your health and the health of your baby. If you choose to place your baby for adoption, all of your pregnancy-related medical expenses will be covered by the adoptive family.
Women who choose to place their baby for adoption may receive financial assistance to help cover the cost of rent and utilities. If you feel that you’ll need some help with these costs, it’s important to talk to your adoption social worker about it early in the process. Each expectant mother’s situation is different, and eligibility may vary.
In order to have a healthy pregnancy, it’s important that you have everything you need to lead a healthy lifestyle. Like food and groceries, the cost of some household items - like feminine and dental care items, along with prenatal supplements - may be covered during your pregnancy.
Placing a baby for adoption is a loving, but incredibly challenging decision to make. Many women experience an array of emotions during this time and find that counseling is very helpful in navigating those feelings. If you would like to receive counseling during or after your pregnancy, that can be arranged by your adoption social worker. The cost of counseling will be covered by the adoptive family or adoption organization.
If you need assistance with transportation, your adoption social worker can work with you to find the best solution. You may eligible for assistance with transportation costs or be connected with a transportation service to utilize during your pregnancy.
It won't cost you anything. If you choose to place your baby for adoption, all of your medical and legal fees will be covered and you may be eligible for financial assistance with other pregnancy-related expenses.
Yes. Even if you don’t know the identity of the birth father, you can still choose to make an adoption plan. However, every adoption situation is different. The adoption social worker you’re assigned to will get to know you and your story first, and then guide you through the process accordingly.
You can make an adoption plan at any point in your pregnancy, even after the baby has been born. But, it's important to start the process as early in your pregnancy as possible. Connecting with those resources will allow you to gain access to important medical services, including prenatal care, to help ensure a healthy pregnancy.
One aspect of your adoption plan is the "Hospital Plan" an outline of how you'd like your hospital stay and delivery to go. You can craft this on your own or with the help of your adoption social worker. But everything is up to you. You’ll be able to choose who comes to the hospital with you, who is in the room with you during delivery, and how much time you’d like to spend with the baby before signing the final papers.
As part of your adoption plan, you'll determine whether or not you’d like to have an open or closed adoption or something in between. Open adoptions may include phone calls, messaging (via social media, email, or text), and/or periodic visits each year. Closed adoptions may include no contact at all or annual updates provided to the birth parent(s) by the adoptive family. Each post-adoption relationship is different and can vary based on what an expectant mother chooses in her adoption plan.
We are safe! Praise God! Our area got hit very hard by the hurricane, but our neighborhood is very well built and we sustained very little damage besides trees down in the neighborhood. Titus and I are both nurses so we stayed at the hospital throughout the storm taking care of patients. We ended up being there for 52 hours straight! My parents were awesome and had a sleepover with the boys while we were gone! We'll never forget the memories we all made. Because our house and vehicles are ok we are free to help others and have been busy helping pick up branches and shingles for others. Days I'm not working at the hospital, I have also been collecting clothing from my neighbors for our church to distribute. I have been blown away by how much our neighbors have donated. I've already taken over two trunk fulls! (See photo) I already loved our neighbors and neighborhood but this all has just solidified how great they are!! Also, so grateful for a church that's so involved in the community and already reaching out to those in need! As I drive around and see the detestation, I am so grateful for...
My scrapbooking buddies are a little more distracting than helpful but I love it! I'm finally working on my 2022 Scrapbook and it looks good so far. I'm finally caught up to June and enjoying re-living our summer vacation as I arrange and paste on all the photos. Feeling grateful for our family and hopeful for its growth one day ❤️
I love to bake! So it's no wonder I get excited at all the new recipes in each season! It seems like there is pumpkin spice and apple cider everywhere! Can't wait to eat these homemade pumpkin spice muffins and drink some warm apple cider while enjoying our family time together tonight!
Look at my little nephew! Isn't he just the cutest? My brother and sister in law just announced that they are expecting again!! I'm so excited because this means that between November and March we will have three new neices/nephews to love on (two of my other sisters in law are due in November and March)! And whenever the Lord blesses our family with a little one they will be SO surrounded with the MOST cousin love ❤️❤️❤️
You know how sometimes a verse just pops out likea little hidden gem? Well, this was the one for metoday. It never ceases to amaze me that a high, holy,and eternal God would care to come down andrevive a contrite and lowly me or us! Praising God for this today.
One of my patients bought me flowers this weekend and it made me smile! Reminded me that even the little things we do like smile at some one in the grocery store, pick up something they dropped, or hold the door for them, can make a difference! Small acts of selflessness can make an impact on someone else's day!
I love our backyard! It's probably one of my favorite parts of our house. We already had papaya, mango, banana, pineapple, and guava growing. But we added a cherry bush and grape vine today! Can't wait until it's time to go out there and start picking!
Just finished working a couple shifts! Titus and I love being nurses and wouldn't choose any other career for ourselves! Thought I'd share a photo I took at the height of the pandemic modeling full gear! One of our pastors asked if we'd share about our experiences being on the COVID floor on a podcast recently... it was a very interesting experience and WAY out of our comfort zone. Check it out here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/here-at-home/id1557553426?i=1000574964597
We had our Michigan summer family reunion this week (we do two Michigan reunions a year). What fun! One family wasn’t able to make it with their 5 children. But the other 15 cousins were all present and had a blast! I was trying to think of how to describe our reunions… Have you ever been to summer camp or to grandmas house for a week? Well these lake-side reunions are like all the good parts of both of those combined! There were board games, card games, group games, treasure box time with grandpa, good food/desserts with grandma, water balloon fights, puzzles, naps, walks to the park, rides on the four wheeler or golf cart, four square, boat rides, tubing, biking, chalk drawing, and much much more! The kids ages range from 16 years to 5 months old currently and two families also recently announced they are pregnant again! All the families (except ours) have 4-6 kids. So every cousin seems to have a playmate and there is so much happening all the time between all the different age appropriate playing going on! Titus is one of 7 boys and this is his family’s reunion. So all of...
We had so much fun this weekend. Every year we spend a weekend with my (Marissa's) parents and brother's family. My brother and his family couldn't come this year due to the hurricane and travel logistics. But we decided to still go with our boys and my parents. And we had a great time. We went to the beach, the pools, the tennis court, pickle ball court, and walked around the neighborhood. We also had so much fun trying all new food places. It was so nice to spend some quality family time! Now we are looking forward to Titus' family coming to Florida next month!
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