What’s new with me? Oh, just about a million things.
June 29, 2018
Hello hello and happy... almost July, is it? How is that even possible?? 😳
It’s been awhile since I’ve posted, and that’s not because I haven’t had interesting things to say, but simply because I have not had a moment to say them. Who can relate to that? 🙋🏾♂️🙋🏻♀️🙋🏼♂️🙋🏼♀️🙋🏽♀️ #everyone #amiright 😏 In fact I’m stealing these moments now, as I wait for precious children to finally close their eyes and drift to sleep.
Beautiful Heart began in October 2017 with the inspiration to finally pursue a handful of my biggest dreams. Some of those dreams were work related, and some were personal goals. At it's roots, it started as a way to have a joint venture with my sister - Rodan + Fields for her and Younique for me. It quickly evolved into even more. I felt ready to act on long buried desires to lead a beautiful life... which for me translated into making a beautiful impact on others. I’m finally seeing this part of my dreams come to fruition.
First up - foster care. Many of you know that Brad and I went through the long process of becoming certified foster parents, and recently have had our first placements. The desire to provide foster care began for me in college. I was able to work part time in a foster home, and I saw firsthand the need for loving, compassionate, and empathetic foster parents. Brad’s career has been in education; he has seen the glaring need firsthand as well. I knew that this was a way we could pay it forward (for those who aren’t aware of why this is so important to me, check out https://www.teamvogelvscancer.org/) and make an impact. I feel like we have a pretty darn good thing going at our house, and we can share that with kiddos when they need it most. We can do our best to be there for them during the small window of time we have the opportunity to do so.
The first placement we had was an individual boy, who was a bit of a stinker if I’m being honest. But he had his own story, his own charms, and he left his mark on us in his own way. It was a good learning experience for us to see what it means to share our home with another.
We are currently with our second placement. This time, we have a sibling group of four kiddos (four!) which has been a bit more challenging in terms of the fact that I Never. Stop. Moving. Because they Never. Stop. Moving. With three of the little ones in diapers, I feel like I am constantly on the go go go. While it’s more physically exhausting, it’s also been an extremely rewarding experience. They are precious, my heart constantly squeezes with hope for their futures, and I know that my time to be with them and make an impact is very limited. I can only do what I can do, and so for now that means giving hugs, kissing owies, and taking a deep breath when they all run in a different direction and I have to choose which way to go. It’s not an easy job, and I am not flawless at it, but I am doing my best, in the hopes that it will make a difference.
Now for Beautiful Impact Part 2. A plan in motion that I have not shared with many. This is something that has been in my heart since we had Finnegan, when I realized how ludicrously lucky we were to have three beautiful, healthy children. I felt fortunate, and maybe even a little guilty, at how easily it came to us - knowing there are many whose dreams of a family are not so easily achieved. It was at that point that I began to research surrogacy, but with a career full plate, I never felt like it was something I was able to take on. I’m so happy to say the timing is finally right for me to pursue this dream! I’m going to be a surrogate/gestational carrier!
I’m working with a surrogacy agency and have been matched with a wonderful couple from France. Brad and I initially met the guys via Skype (at our agency), and then we were so fortunate to spend some time with them in person when they were in Oregon in June. They are wonderful people and we are so hopeful for the journey ahead. If all goes as planned, I will undergo an embryo transfer in November, and will deliver their baby in August 2019. There are so many “ifs” when it comes to IVF (which, I’ve learned, is truly an amazing science) so a superstitious little corner of me didn’t want to share this news until a pregnancy was confirmed. However, I am a strong believer in positive energy and the benefits of having a community of people behind you, and so it is in that spirit that I share this exciting dream. I can’t wait to keep you in the loop as events transpire.
That seems like plenty for one update, doesn’t it? So let me end with this. Regardless of what your day to day looks like, no matter what your goals, please always, always remember this...