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Hi, we are the Weeds. We used to be 2 but now we are 4. One morning I woke up and realized it was time to end the painful routine of fertility treatments and procedures. It took all of about 3 minutes of signing on to an international adoption website with pictures of waiting children to know what we were meant to do.

We met with Swartz Adoptions and started the path towards fulfilling our dream of having a family. Although the paperwork seemed never-ending in just 7 short months we were on a plane on our way to Shymkent, Kazakhstan to meet our children.

Before we left I had read and researched everything I could to make sure we were prepared. In a book I read I remembered the writer repeating the phrase that adoption is not for the weak at heart. Our trip definitely proved this statement. It takes very patient, courageous and determined people to make a journey across the world to complete your family. Our trip was somewhat difficult and eventful, but I look back now and know that everything happens for a reason. We have a beautiful son Tristen Michail, 3 ½, and a beautiful daughter Teagan Anastasia, 1 ½.

Those first days together at the orphanage were just incredible. I take the time often to look at the pictures from our trip and they always bring tears to my eyes. The people we met in Kazakhstan became a part of our family, too. We have kept in contact with many of them and will make sure our children will always have a tie to their culture. We have come so far in just 6 short months of bringing these children into our family. They are now healthy, happy and extremely affectionate children. I can’t imagine a day without them. Thank you Swartz Adoption and especially Dawn our adoption coordinator for helping make our dreams come true.

Those first days together at the orphanage were just incredible. I take the time often to look at the pictures from our trip and they always bring tears to my eyes. The people we met in Kazakhstan became a part of our family, too. We have kept in contact with many of them and will make sure our children will always have a tie to their culture. We have come so far in just 6 short months of bringing these children into our family. They are now healthy, happy and extremely affectionate children. I can’t imagine a day without them.

Thank you Swartz Adoption and especially Dawn our adoption coordinator for helping make our dreams come true.


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