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Hey there! We are Jacob and Anna Claire. Thanks for taking the time to read our profile and learn a little bit about us!
Our story began in 2013 when Anna Claire moved to Clemson to start college. Anna Claire had a thing for Jacob from the first night they met. After a year of building a wonderful friendship, Jacob decided to take the next step. He rewrote the lyrics to Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” and asked Anna Claire out with a song. Of course, she couldn’t resist! We dated for a year, had a six-month engagement, and then we were married in 2016. Life has been a fun adventure since day one!
We planned on trying for biological children one day but God put the dream of adoption on our hearts and we wanted to start our family in that way. We eagerly waited for one year until our precious Etta was born and, as God would have it, we found out Anna Claire was pregnant when Etta was 10 days old! Our son, Sojourner (or Soji, as we call him), was born 8.5 months later. Our two kids are the best of friends; running, talking, and laughing throughout the house from the time they wake up until bedtime.
We’ve seen firsthand how powerfully adoption brings love and joy into both the adoptive and birth families and makes lifelong connections between the two. Having children has been our greatest blessing and we are excited to grow our family with another little one through the beautiful journey of adoption!
Expectant mothers who choose to make an adoption plan may qualify for some level of financial assistance during their pregnancy. However, each person's situation and specific needs are different. Your adoption social worker can help you determine what level of assistance you qualify for and deserve. Many expectant mothers qualify for financial assistance to cover basic pregnancy and living expenses, including but not limited to - transportation reimbursement, utility assistance for phone, water, and electricity/gas, maternity clothing and supplements, etc.
Navigating a pregnancy alone is never easy. Depending on your situation and location, you may qualify for financial assistance to help cover the cost of basic living expenses, such as food and groceries.
Receiving quality medical care during your pregnancy is vital to both your health and the health of your baby. If you choose to place your baby for adoption, all of your pregnancy-related medical expenses will be covered by the adoptive family.
Women who choose to place their baby for adoption may receive financial assistance to help cover the cost of rent and utilities. If you feel that you’ll need some help with these costs, it’s important to talk to your adoption social worker about it early in the process. Each expectant mother’s situation is different, and eligibility may vary.
In order to have a healthy pregnancy, it’s important that you have everything you need to lead a healthy lifestyle. Like food and groceries, the cost of some household items - like feminine and dental care items, along with prenatal supplements - may be covered during your pregnancy.
Placing a baby for adoption is a loving, but incredibly challenging decision to make. Many women experience an array of emotions during this time and find that counseling is very helpful in navigating those feelings. If you would like to receive counseling during or after your pregnancy, that can be arranged by your adoption social worker. The cost of counseling will be covered by the adoptive family or adoption organization.
If you need assistance with transportation, your adoption social worker can work with you to find the best solution. You may eligible for assistance with transportation costs or be connected with a transportation service to utilize during your pregnancy.
It won't cost you anything. If you choose to place your baby for adoption, all of your medical and legal fees will be covered and you may be eligible for financial assistance with other pregnancy-related expenses.
Yes. Even if you don’t know the identity of the birth father, you can still choose to make an adoption plan. However, every adoption situation is different. The adoption social worker you’re assigned to will get to know you and your story first, and then guide you through the process accordingly.
You can make an adoption plan at any point in your pregnancy, even after the baby has been born. But, it's important to start the process as early in your pregnancy as possible. Connecting with those resources will allow you to gain access to important medical services, including prenatal care, to help ensure a healthy pregnancy.
One aspect of your adoption plan is the "Hospital Plan" an outline of how you'd like your hospital stay and delivery to go. You can craft this on your own or with the help of your adoption social worker. But everything is up to you. You’ll be able to choose who comes to the hospital with you, who is in the room with you during delivery, and how much time you’d like to spend with the baby before signing the final papers.
As part of your adoption plan, you'll determine whether or not you’d like to have an open or closed adoption or something in between. Open adoptions may include phone calls, messaging (via social media, email, or text), and/or periodic visits each year. Closed adoptions may include no contact at all or annual updates provided to the birth parent(s) by the adoptive family. Each post-adoption relationship is different and can vary based on what an expectant mother chooses in her adoption plan.
What a fun few weeks at the Richardson house!! Etta has been practicing her scooter skills and Soji has really started to get the hang of his tricycle. Park visits have been a very common occurrence and we’ve gone on some great family hikes too! Over the weekend we had a pancake breakfast - Etta and Soji got to help with cooking and showed off their new skill of sitting at the benches at the table like big kids. Recently they have loved sitting at the benches just like their mom and dad and helping bring all the dishes to the sink afterward. Now that Etta can sit still a little bit longer while she gets her hair done, we’ve been able to try some new hairstyles. Her current favorite is having bangs with a side braid. She holds onto her braid while she walks around the house and talks about it all day. Soji’s vocabulary is exploding as he is so eager to be able to converse with Etta. His favorite phrase right now is, “Thank you, Etta.” They are such sweet friends and it makes us so proud and excited to add another babe to our little flock. ...
We've made some amazing family memories in the past few weeks! Jacob officiated my cousin's wedding and I got to be her wedding coordinator. It was a blast and we loved getting to work together for their big day (and reminisce on our wedding day as well!). We had a super fun date night where we started by talking about all the things we are grateful for in this season of life and what a joy it is being parents. We then spent time over a coffee dreaming of the things we want to do with our family one day like the countries we want to visit and trips to Disney. Of course, we finished the night excitedly chatting about a future addition and talked about baby names! It has felt like we are nesting recently and we have really been getting things baby-ready around the house. We've been making extra meals to keep in our deep freezer, we pressure washed the exterior of our house, we set up a corner of our room for the baby we are so eagerly awaiting, and Jacob even did some little upgrades on the house. Jacob got two weeks off for Christmas this...
We had surprisingly warm weather this weekend which we thoroughly enjoyed. We went to a Christmas market and got to have lots of playtime at the park. Etta discovered her love for beautiful sunsets and was beyond excited to see a pink cloud! What a joy to experience the beauty of nature through the eyes of children.
We have been taking full advantage of the cooler weather by spending as much time outside as possible. This is one of our favorite times of the year! The last few days we went hiking, got fall desserts from our favorite local cafe, and went trick or treating. All of us are ending this weekend with happy hearts and full bellies :)
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