Adoption Update: The Homestudy

After being on a high of excitement announcing that we are planning to adopt, and receiving so many words of encouragement and support, we slowly came down to reality again and entered a new phase of our journey to adoption…

The Home Study.

We are so thankful to have found a Social Worker who is so easy to work with and allows us to work through this next phase at our own pace, but has always been accessible for all our questions and needs.

The way I look at this phase of adoption is like getting “certified” or “pre-qualified” to adopt.

Completing a home study is not hard, it is just time consuming.

 

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There are multiple forms that need to be submitted from financial history records, FBI background checks, State background check, fertility medical reports, requesting letters of recommendation, a long detailed questionnaire and a few others I can’t remember right now.

I thought that the questionnaire would be the easiest to complete, but surprisingly enough, it has been the most time consuming (especially for Hailame, who isn’t a fan of computers).

Answering questions on what Hailame and I enjoy doing together, describe the make up of my family, how do we resolve conflict, what kind of discipline did our parents raise us on, how we plan to bring up our children, do we have health benefits, describing in detail the home our child will be raised in, the community we live in, etc. etc. etc.

After submitting all the necessary paperwork, our home will be reviewed by our Social Worker to be sure our home is “baby safe,” and after we bring our new baby into our home, there will be a follow up visit from our Social Worker as well.

We are close to completing our home study.  So close.

With our Home Study, we are each required to complete 10 hours of Adoption Educational Learning.  We can read books, watch videos, and complete online learning courses.

If you know of any good learning resources for us to look into, we are open to any and all suggestions, so please feel free to share your insights!

Happy Wednesday! Enjoy some spiritual enlightenment here!

love, hannah jane

Something about the beach…

There’s something about the beach that brings out the good news in our relationship!

So to start off this month of Thanksgiving,

and to keep the tradition going…

We are…

overjoyed.

ecstatic.

thrilled.

humbled.

delighted.

happy.

blessed.

THANKFUL.

and so excited to share

that the most prayed for little baby is currently growing in our hearts, and will be growing our family.

May 2019

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looking forward to sharing more details…

but until then please commence with celebrating like crazy with us!!!!

love, hannah jane

“Our Heavenly Father does answer prayers in HIS own time and in HIS own way.” Thomas S. Monson

 

 

How I Halloween.

If you know me, you know the picture below is a big deal!

This is the first time in our marriage of 4 years that we coordinated a costume, or even dressed up for Halloween.

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Best Walmart purchase I’ve made in a long time.

I am not a big Halloween person.. I’m more of an October person.

Scary Movies… no way, I’m good with Hocus Pocus.

Reese’s Pumpkins….ABSOLUTELY!

Haunted Corn Maze/Houses/Psych Wards/Anything Scary… no thank you.

Caramel Candies….YES!!

Pumpkin carving.. Yes I’ll do it, but I’m not a regular carver.

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY!….YES!!!!

Fall Colors…I would be all for the month being longer!

Dressing up… Only if I’m obligated to.

Sweatshirts… not as common in sunny St. George but I’m all for them.

I imagine that I’ll “Halloween” more when I have a cute baby to dress up of my own, because that sounds like so much more fun!

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2018 Leniola Tua’one Halloween Party… I forgot to grab my costume for the picture!  I’m so out of practice!!!!

However, if by some chance, I do ever become a true “Halloween-er” (is that the correct term?)… I’ve now seen the standard in which I’ll be aspiring to.

The hubby’s parents.

Nola and Leni

#relationshipgoals #parentgoals #grandparentgoals

 

The Mask of Zorro and Elena.  Amazing, right?!?

Happy Halloween!… Goodbye October… Hello THANKSGIVING!

love, hannah jane

 

Temporary Hoarders

As we have seen time and time again, we are so thankful for the ongoing support we always receive as we prepare ourselves for adoption!

For the last 2-3 weeks, we have been receiving LOADS, copious amounts, a plethora, an overabundance, a superabundance (do you get what I’m trying to say?) of donations for our Yard Sale and we are so HUMBLED by the generosity of loved ones, friends, and even acquaintances.

Our current status of our home is a STORAGE UNIT.

We feel like hoarders.

I’m not even joking.

There is a continuous path throughout our home so we can get to the back door (front door is blocked by boxes), bathroom, our bedroom (which is the only room that we have room to sit in at all), and a path to the kitchen.

Last night we ate dinner in the garage at a table that was donated, because our kitchen table is covered with donation boxes.

My expectations for the amount of items we would have available for this Yard Sale has been exceeded about ten times.

We are so thankful and so blessed, and so ready to have this Yard Sale and Bake Sale (which I need to start baking like yesterday…)!

Please spread the word!

See you this Saturday!

love, hannah jane

“Rummage Sale: Nothing alive or gross, please!”

Speaking to my Gilmore Girls fans out there… do you remember the episode when Lorelei volunteers to host the town’s “Rummage Sale” at her house?

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The Gilmore house is covered with bags and boxes, and Lorelei refuses to give up anything of hers, claiming she wears every single thing in her closet!

–> Need a reminder? <–

(Yes, I am a huge Gilmore Girls fan! #teamlogan)

Before we had officially announced that we were going to adopt, in the back of my mind, I wanted to have a yard sale to help cover the funds for adoption expenses.

I know that a Yard Sale won’t cover everything, but every little bit helps!

I told Hailame over and over again that I wanted to do a Yard Sale, and never made a move on it.

Part of the reason I was holding back was because I knew we didn’t have enough items to sell/Hailame wouldn’t give up items I did want to sell (Hence the Gilmore Girls Connection)!

The other part was that I didn’t know if our neighbors, friends, or family would be willing to donate their unwanted belongings to us.

With a leap of faith, I sent out a message to all our friends, neighborhood and family that we were looking for donations for our Adoption Fundraising Yard Sale, and within a day or two, we had donations coming through our door.

Our second bedroom is loaded with bags and boxes full of donations. I’ve had to stuff some of it in the closets and pile it up everywhere and anywhere to make room for visitors at our home, and we still have about two weeks until our yard sale, and we are still getting text messages asking if more donations can be dropped off.

We are so loved!

If you are in St. George, Utah save the date.

November 3rd 🙂

love, hannah jane

 

 

 

 

The Honey Moon-a-versary

Our anniversary was on a Wednesday this year, and rather than waiting to celebrate on the weekend, Hailame and I splurged a little and decided to take the day of our anniversary off and spend the day together.

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***QUICK SIDE STORY***

One thing that Hailame is very good at is listening for the little things that I say, and when I completely forget about them, he surprises me.

While we were engaged, I mentioned that I always wanted to stay in a hotel room that had a gigantic Jacuzzi in the main room, not the bathroom area.

I didn’t really think anything of it past that small mention, but he took the time before our wedding looking for a hotel room that had a gigantic Jacuzzi in the main area of the hotel room.

It was the most wonderful surprise walking into our hotel room the first night as a married couple!  The Jacuzzi was gigantic and beautiful!

***BACK TO OUR HONEY MOON-A-VERSARY***

On the night before our Anniversary, Hailame told me not to make dinner, and to grab a change of clothes because we were going out for dinner and staying in a surprise hotel room.  He wouldn’t say where, but he said I would love it!

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When we were on our way to the hotel, he said that he didn’t realize the location of the hotel until after paying for the room… only to find out we were about 3 blocks away from our house! Haha!

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I didn’t even mind, staying in a hotel room is always fun no matter how close or far from your home!

We pulled into the Best Western Coral Hill, and sure enough he reserved the Honey Moon Suite, and this time the Jacuzzi was heart shaped!

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It was most the most wonderful room I had ever seen!  We had such a good time relaxing in that room.  We had our own private balcony and spent a good hour sitting out there enjoying the beautiful fall evening and laughing that could almost see our home 🙂

The day of anniversary was spent with no schedule, and just doing as we please.  We decided to go and spend majority of the day in Cedar City, and it was nice to get out of St. George.

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We went to Deseret Industries Thrift Store (of course), watched the movie Venom (which I surprisingly really liked) and then went to a quaint restaurant for dinner just outside of Cedar called Rusty’s Ranch House. 

It was the perfect day, and was one of my favorite anniversaries spent with Hailame!

Here’s to many many more!

Happy Married Life!

love, hannah jane

P.S Happy Weekend!

Enjoy some spiritual enlightenment here!

 

 

Happy Four Years My Love

***LATE POST DUE TO A MUCH NEEDED SOCIAL MEDIA FAST***

Dear Hailame,

It’s October 10, 2018.

Happy four years my love.

Anniversary

Happy 1,424 days full of memories with…

laughter, learning, forgiving, spontaneous road trips, hats laying around the house

lazy Saturday mornings, Thrift Store date nights, playing pickle ball, car dancing

Tongan singing lessons, banana bread, Temple dates, Netflix nights

spoiling our nieces and nephews, praying, swimming at the lake

late night walks around the temple, $5 movie dates, family functions

growing from trials, celebrating the little victories

praying and yearning start our family

enjoying the little moments together

and having an absolute blast.

Wedding Anniversary

 

Thank you for your endless positive outlook in seeing the good in life.

You are the cheese to my mac., the peanut butter to my homemade strawberry jam

the chocolate chip to my cookie

my best friend and the love of my life.

Ofa Lahi Atu.

Happy Anniversary.

love, your wife