I'm Dawn-Marie, or just Dawn, I go by both. My husband Brad and I have been married for 12 years. We have 2 kids we have adopted through foster care. Emma is almost 7 and Braxdon just turned 5. We want to add baby #3 to our family!
Brad was born and raised in Wyoming. He is the second youngest of 6 kids. I was born and raised in Las Vegas. I am the youngest of 2 kids. We both grew up in the LDS (Mormon) Church. We actually met at church in December of 2003.
We were friends for a few months before we started dating. We got married May 14, 2004 in the Las Vegas LDS Temple. We decided to try for kids right away. Little did we know it would take a while.
A few months after getting married we decided to move from Vegas to Cedar City, Ut. We've been here for 12 years now and love it!
We had been married for 6 years before adopting our first little one, Emma. We finalized Braxdon's adoption when we had been married for 8, almost 9 years.
We did foster care for several years and had 7 kids all together, including the 2 we ended up adopting. We decided this time around to not do foster care, but try to adopt a baby from birth! This will be a new adventure for us. Emma was 4-months-old when she came to our home and Braxdon was 10 days shy of his 1st Birthday. We have an open adoption with both their birth families and have loved these experiences so far!
We are so excited about adding a new baby to our family! The kids keep asking when "baby brother" (or sister) is going to arrive. They are fighting over who's room the baby will sleep in and who will get to pick out the baby's name!
After finalizing Braxdon's adoption we were done with having kids. Adoption, especially through foster care, is such a grueling process. We had our minds set, we were done with 2. I was totally fine with that. Then one day it all changed. I found myself sitting at my cousin's wedding with the overwhelming feeling that baby #3 was on the way. The first thing I felt was shock. No, we are done, no more kids! I remember as we were walking out of the wedding I was bawling and I told Brad and one of my cousin's the feeling I had and how I don't want another baby! Once the shock wore off, I was excited with the idea. Then I was curious, well, how exactly is this baby going to join our family. You always hear of couples that magically get pregnant after adopting. Or would we somehow change our minds and adopt again?
Needless to say 6 months after getting this feeling I got a long awaited hysterectomy, meaning I will never be able to have children of our own. I was fine with that and still convinced I was done with 2 kids. It wasn't until recently that I once again felt that there is another little one out there that is meant to join our family! So, here we are once again adopting! I am so excited about the idea of adding another little one to our family!
As excited as we are to add another baby to our family Brad has given me a deadline to make it happen. I have until he turns 40, so just under 5 years to make it happen. So please help us find our little one ASAP! <3