At the time we officially began our adoption journey, we had been married for 15 years. We had talked a lot about adoption over a huge span of time, and knew this would be the way we would have a family. During the first few months of 2011, we both lost our last living grandparents (our grandmothers) within two months of each other. It was at that point, that we really stopped to reflect on our life together and how much we needed and wanted a child in it. Finally, at this time, both of us were on board to precede full force into adoption.
Entering the adoption world was scary. Alicia was very unsure. She found a wonderful adoption advocate who listened, answered questions, and helped us to start the process. It was July 2011 when we signed up with an agency and started working on our home study. By the first part of October, we were ready to be shown. We literally waited for six months with no movement (it was a very small domestic agency.) We knew that we needed to broaden our horizons. We signed up with two more agencies. One of those agencies was A Act of Love Adoption Agency in Utah. We had two individuals both suggest this agency and we knew we needed to investigate to see if it would be the right fit for our family. The crazy part is that we had actually gone into A Act of Love a year or two prior as we were starting our research. At the time, we realized, we just weren’t ready.