Monday, May 25, 2009

We are the Haymans

Hello FSA members and friends! As co-chair of Indiana/Kentucky FSA chapter, I'd like to introduce myself and my family. My name is Sara Hayman. My husband Jared and I have been married seven years. Our daughter Emerson or "Emmie" is 2 years old. She came to us through the miracle of adoption and has blessed our lives every day since we first met her. My husband and I met as undergrads at Purdue University where I studied elementary education and Jared studied business. We moved to Terre Haute for a few years where I taught second grade and Jared obtained an MBA from ISU. We are back in West Lafayette and are happy to call it home.

We started the adoption process in August of 2006 and finished our paperwork that December. By the middle of February, we were contacted by our daughter's birth parents through Parent Profiles. Her birth mother had only three short weeks before she was due when they chose us to be adoptive parents. We had expected at least a year long wait, so this seemed too good to be true. Emerson was born in Kentucky where state law requires a 30 day waiting period before a hearing is held to relinquish birth parents' rights. It was a trying time for us wondering if at the end of a 30 day bonding period, we would be able to take little Emmie home. But her birth parents were resolute in their decision to place her with us and for that, we will always be grateful. Adoption has changed us for the better. It has increased our faith in the Lord. We know that he has a plan for everyone. He wants us to have joy in our lives; especially that joy that only family can bring. He answers prayers and he cares very much about His children. We admire birth parents' selflessness and bravery and speak of them with reverence. We hope that our story touches others in some way and changes some misconceptions about adoption.

We are excited to be part of FSA. We look forward to meeting you and learning about your journey, experiences, and families. We pray that whatever stage of life you are in, that your families will be blessed.

Please check the FSA blog weekly! We will update it often with upcoming events and activities, great articles, and spotlights/success stories. It is a great way to stay informed and in touch with other adoptive families that have adopted or are hoping to adopt soon. We welcome your feedback and hope to hear what you would like to see on the blog. Feel free to make comments and contact us any time!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Special Fast on Mother's Day

We currently have many couples ready to adopt in our Indiana/Kentucky area. This Sunday we are holding a special fast that everyone is invited to participate in on behalf of these couples and the birth mothers in our area that are making decisions. We know that as we all join our faith together in fasting and prayer we will see miracles happen for the adoption work in our area.
Happy Mother's Day!!!