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A decision to adopt

Updated on August 7, 2013

A decision to adopt - my friends' courageous journey

Thanks for reading A decision to adopt - my friends' courageous journey. Telling their story is an intensely personal thing, and I have the utmost love and respect for them for sharing it with me and for allowing me to share it with you. I'm sure you'll end up loving Anne and Eric as much as I do after hearing their heartbreaking story about trying to start their own family. I've been privileged to know these two people for over 20 years now - and, two people more in love might not exist.

Anne and Eric met when they were both very young, and the decision to marry came quickly. I remember thinking that they were too young to take the plunge. Little did I realize that they had a true love affair. A love affair similar to the one Anne's parents have experienced for over 30 years. A love affair my own parents experienced for over 65 years. A love affair that I'm lucky enough to have found late in my own life. A love affair that others may only dream about.

Please join me as I delve more deeply into the story about Anne and Eric coming to a decision to adopt a child. After many years of trying to conceive and the loss of three children, it's a decision that can become a reality with our help - introducing LittleOne Sweets, Anne and Eric's new baking business designed to raise funds to pay for the adoption.

Update July 2013: Anne and Eric just were awarded the NZMG Foundation Award Grant to aid them in affording an adoption. One step closer! Way to go, Anne and Eric!

All proceeds from this Squidoo article will be donated to Anne and Eric's baking business - LittleOne Sweets

Some good books on adoption on Amazon.com

Although I chose not to have children, I can still empathize with those yearning for a family of their own - those like Anne and Eric. The below books about adoption are all good reads and recommended for anyone considering adoption.

Note: I know it's not even close to the same but I have 5 adopted rescue dogs. These dogs, while not children, were all homeless and down on their luck. I've long realize how grateful adopted dogs are and can only image how rewarding adopting a child can be.

Anne and Eric's road to adoption

Some background on a dynamic couple

As way of background, Anne was diagnosed at age 4 with Wilm's tumor, the most frequent cancer that affects children. Her cancer was detected at stage 3B which is fairly advanced. Anne had her left kidney removed, and underwent 18 months of chemotherapy and a month of radiation to rid the cancer. Thankfully, she remains cancer free to this day.

Fast forward to Anne and Eric

Anne and Eric were married in 1996, when Eric was in the Marine Corps. As a young couple, they dreamed of starting a family and immediately set out to do just that. But, fate was not on their side...Eric was deployed overseas several times, creating long periods of time when the newlyweds were away from each other.

Three years later, in 1999, Eric was transferred to VA, and the word was he would not be deployed from there. But by 2001, conception was still out of their reach, so they started in on their quest to seek answer about why Anne was not conceiving - Anne was concerned that her childhood cancer was preventing a pregnancy. After many appointments with fertility experts, it was determined that there was no reason she couldn't conceive or carry a child. A large sigh of relief followed but, then again, nothing was happening still...

So, after undergoing further testing, it was found that Eric had a very low sperm count; a situation referred to as 'severe male factor'. Sadly, as much as Anne and Eric wanted a family, the odds were stacked against them conceiving naturally. In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) with Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) was their only choice for starting their own family. And, it was a very expensive choice.

I consider this Squidoo article the most important I've ever written. But, I have one other article that is now second most important. Please come read my article When death looms - the signs and symptoms of the last moment on earth.

IVF may lead to pregancy for some... - ...but not all

Depending on the infertility reasons, IVF may not be an answer to the dream of starting a family. But, the below books on Amazon may give you more information about this very expensive procedure.

More on the journey to the decision to adopt

Anne and Eric's epic continues

After Anne and Eric delved deeper into the costs involved with the procedures and medications necessary for a chance at a viable pregnancy, they felt that their dream of having a child would never come to fruition. Disheartened and feeling that they would never be able to afford IVF, they set aside the dream of having their own family for several years.

At the end of 2008 Eric was offered a temporary overseas position with his company. After much discussion about the risks involved, Eric accepted the position mostly because the additional pay would help fund the nest egg for a try at IVF. So, in January 2009 Eric went to work in Kuwait while Anne stayed in New Bern, living apart for 8 long months in the hopes of being in a better financial position to achieve their goal of having a child. Now, if you ask me, this was dedication to a cause. The fact that they put their own lives on hold to work towards attaining their dream of a family of their own tells me that these are the qualities that make wonderful parents. If anyone deserved a child, this couple did.

Thankfully, Eric returned unscathed from his overseas duty, and in April 2010, Anne started hormone injections to prepare her body for an egg retrieval and, fingers crossed, an embryo transfer. Shortly thereafter, two gorgeous, 8-cell embryos which the cytologist deemed perfect were transferred to her womb.

After celebrating a positive pregnancy test two weeks later, it looked like the tide had turned. The dream was about to be realized! And, the dream got even better when the first ultrasound revealed that twins were anticipated. However, after carrying the twins for 16 weeks to the day, Anne experienced some bleeding and landed in the ER where it was found that the fluid surrounding Baby A was decreasing - a dire situation at best. Just two days later, Baby A had passed away and their hopes for a family shifted to Baby B.

It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons. ~Johann Schiller

Information on miscarriage

Couples who suffer a miscarriage are frequently not given the support we'd give to parents who lost a child. A loss is a loss, regardless of if it's a miscarriage, stillborn or the death of a child.

The hopes for a family of their own dwindles

During Anne's ER visit, a UTI was diagnosed, but it wasn't just a UTI; the UTI was affecting her one remaining kidney. And, devastating news was received the next morning when Anne miscarried both of their beautiful twin boys, Byron and James. Anne and Eric were not only in shock, but their dream of a family seemed even farther away.

After a period of emotional and physical recovery, and with the financial help of Anne's parents and a personal loan, another try at IVF was performed in February 2011. And, two weeks later, right on their 16th wedding anniversary, the news came that Anne was pregnant again. This time, the pregnancy was going along like clock-work; right by the book - they were thrilled!

A sigh of relief was issued from husband and wife as they passed the 16 week mark - 1 week past when they had lost dear Byron and James. A nursery was prepared, and newborn clothes were purchased with anticipation of bringing baby Mason home one day.

And then, again, devastation and more heartbreak loomed.

At 21 weeks 5 days Anne's water broke. She was immediately rushed to the hospital where they were told that baby Mason was still doing well and, with extensive bed rest, the fluid around the baby should replenish. Regardless, preparations were put in place for a premature birth.

After just three days of bed rest, the tide went out again along with their hopes and dreams - Anne and Eric learned that Mason's umbilical cord had prolapsed, and baby Mason was gone - he had joined his siblings Byron and James in Heaven. Anne and Eric decided to induce labor, and Anne delivered a gorgeous stillborn baby in the early hours of Saturday July 9th. Pictures were taken, they told him they loved him and would never forget him, and goodbyes were said. The extent of their grief cannot be put down in words - it was bone numbing, and continues to be to this day.

Fast forward a few months...

Time heals all wounds so the saying goes. Soon Anne and Eric found (and continue to find) ways to deal with the numbness of losing their child. Their grief exists to this day but, as their strength grows, they've learned to deal with the loss the best way they can. And, the incredible urge to be parents never died. There are still some good days and some bad days - days when Anne and Eric's pain is visible on Facebook as their friends and family follow their story.

Eventually, the question was raised: could they risk another loss of a baby? A tough decision for sure and a courageous decision was made to forgo any further IVF and turn their hopes to adoption. And, that's where they are today.

But, similar to IVF, adoption is a very expensive process; a real shame considering the amount of homeless and unwanted children in the world. The end result was that Anne and Eric still had to raise funds for an adoption. What could they do to raise the $40 or $50 thousand dollars needed? A plan was hatched...

littleone sweets
littleone sweets

Enter LittleOne Sweets

It's been well known amongst Anne and Eric's circle of friends and family that they love to bake and give away their homemade creations. My 95 year old Mom and I were the happy recipients of 3 different types of truffles earlier this year when the couple dropped in for a night. And, can I just say that the Oreo Truffles they make are amongst the easiest and best cookies on earth?

So, on November 7, 2011, Anne and Eric decided to start their own baking business and LittleOne Sweets was begun. Anne and Eric have a unique marketing plan for their new business - instead of setting prices for their homemade baked goods, they only ask for donations. Whatever you wish to pay, you'll receive your order right in the mail or, if you're lucky enough to live by New Bern, NC, you might get a personal delivery.

To date, Anne and Eric have made delicacies such as cakes, cupcakes, cheesecake, pumpkins rolls, fudge, cookies and the list goes on and on.

The cake in the picture is their very first character cake. You can see by the quality that they've found their niche. Please come friend LittleOne Sweets on Facebook or visit their website (in the process of building) at LittleOne Sweets.

You may contact Anne by clicking Anne's email or, to contact Eric directly, click Eric's email.

Here's your chance to have your say - A poll for my readers

4 layer German Chocolate Cake
4 layer German Chocolate Cake

I'm always curious as to if I get through to my readers. Anyone may answer this poll - you don't have to be a Squidoo member to vote.

Will you order goodies from LittleOne Sweets? BTW, the picture is of 4 layer German Chocolate Cakes...did I tempt you?

See results

The rose cake

This is one of my favorite treats made by LittleOneSweets! The inside is chocolate and vanilla cake with icing in the form of roses. Just beautiful for any occasion.

Pictures from LittleOne Sweets - Click any picture to enlarge and see the description

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Pumpkin log surrounded by luscious trufflesEric decorates sugar cookiesChocolate cake with buttercream frosting - this one didn't make it through the door.Chocolate chip cookies3 Layer, Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake with Sticky Toffee Buttercream5 layers of swirled white cake & lemon cake with lemon curd between each layer then covered in a swiss lemon meringueGingerbread Men cookies with icing and sprinklesGingerbread Snowflake cookies with icing and sprinklesOreo truffles on the move
Pumpkin log surrounded by luscious truffles
Pumpkin log surrounded by luscious truffles
Eric decorates sugar cookies
Eric decorates sugar cookies
Chocolate cake with buttercream frosting - this one didn't make it through the door.
Chocolate cake with buttercream frosting - this one didn't make it through the door.
Chocolate chip cookies
Chocolate chip cookies
3 Layer, Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake with Sticky Toffee Buttercream
3 Layer, Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake with Sticky Toffee Buttercream
5 layers of swirled white cake & lemon cake with lemon curd between each layer then covered in a swiss lemon meringue
5 layers of swirled white cake & lemon cake with lemon curd between each layer then covered in a swiss lemon meringue
Gingerbread Men cookies with icing and sprinkles
Gingerbread Men cookies with icing and sprinkles
Gingerbread Snowflake cookies with icing and sprinkles
Gingerbread Snowflake cookies with icing and sprinkles
Oreo truffles on the move
Oreo truffles on the move

Please leave me any comments you may have about this article. Every comment is mulled over thoroughly! And, with your support of LittleOne Sweets, we all hope that Anne and Eric's long held dream of parenthood will one day become a reality.

Thank you so much for reading Anne and Eric's Story

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    • mariacarbonara profile image

      mariacarbonara 4 years ago

      Thank you so much for shring your friends story.

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      sheriangell 4 years ago

      So thrilled I found this lens (through Unusual Date Ideas for Valentines Day). You are such a dear friend for creating this tribute for Anne & Eric. I'm excited about discovering LittleOne's Sweets too. I will be ordering from them very soon... Squid Angel blessed today!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @CruiseReady: Hi CruiseReady! Thanks for reading our story! You can follow us on Facebook for updates and to see all of our sweet creations. Please feel free to share our story also. :)

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      Oh my goodness. What a touching story. Will you please keep us updated on Anne and Eric's story?

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      Showpup LM 5 years ago

      What a wonderful lens. Thank you for sharing their story. I love the idea of their business selling sweets so they can afford adoption. I hope to one day soon come here and see a happy update!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @lizholy: Thank you lizholy!! We hope to be as blessed as Hanna. ;)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @bossypants: Thank you bossypants!! Lori did a fabulous job writing our story and we hope our dream is fulfilled soon. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Pennyseeker LM: Thanks Pennyseeker!

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      VillaDejaBlue 5 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      lizholy 5 years ago

      I believe perseverence pays. I salute Anne and Eric's strength, may the Lord hear their hearts and answer them with a bundle of joy the way He did for Hanna in the bible (1st Samuel, chap1).

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      bossypants 5 years ago from America's Dairyland

      A generous lens written with much love for your friends and their family-to-be. Beautiful photos of the delectible goodies, too! I came upon it on Squidoo's front page, so congratulations to you and well wishes that Anne and Eric will get the attention and support they need to fulfill their dream!

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      MaryQuinlin 5 years ago

      Best of wishes to them and for continued perseverance.

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      harubel 5 years ago

      of really awesome !thanks for sharing.

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      harubel 5 years ago

      of really awesome !thanks for sharing.

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      jeremykim2011 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing. Wishing all your friends the best.

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      GeekGirl1 5 years ago

      A really touching story, I am happy that your friend is no longer affected by cancer. This is a true example of what love really is. There cakes are really awesome. Thanks for sharing!

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      WorldVisionary3 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your story!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      It is tough. I have had friends struggle with getting pregnant and then there are those who have lost babies. Good luck to your friends.

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      CatJGB 5 years ago

      A hard story to read, we had our own stillborn baby boy at 28 weeks, just a few months ago. I can't imagine losing 3, one was hard enough. I hope they reach their adoption goal, my best wishes to your friends.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @MissCat: I love your story MissCat, thank you for sharing and for your support!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @mumsgather: That's wonderful mumsgather!! So happy for you all and thank you for reading our story!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @amkatee: We have Amkatee and right now it's not for us but we are keeping that in mind if anything changes or if we would like to adopt again in the future. Thank you for your support!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Merstarr: That's wonderful, congrats to your friends! Thanks for your support Merstarr!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @WriterJanis2: We do too writerJanis!! Thanks for reading and feel free to share. ;)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @hamshi5433: Thank you hamshi5433!!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      All of my best to your friends. How wonderful of you to help them out and tell their story. I hope their try to have a baby comes to a happy ending soon.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Ruthi: Thank you so much Ruthi!! Feel free to share our story with your family & friends. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @katiecolette: What a great idea katiecolette, thank you!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @luvsdragonflies1: Congrats on your baby girl and thanks for reading our story!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @sarahburges: Thank you so much for sharing sarahburges!! We are ready and willing to wait and can't wait to be parents! Thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @designsbyharriet: Congrats on your son designsbyharriet, what a great decision to adopt! Thank you for reading our story!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks Kelly!! Congrats on your healthy daughter Katie!! We firmly believe that family is not made by blood but by love. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @secondhandrose lm: We hope so too secondhandrose!! I am so sorry to hear that your hopes of adopting have ended. Feel free to send me an email if you need someone to chat with. After everything we went thru with our 3 boys I understand losing alot of money to medical bills. Congrats to your brother & sister in law!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @bananaorangeapple: Thank you so much for your support bananaorangeapple! We would love to ship something to you in Australia and get our sweets out all over the world, the only we would not be able to ship that far are refrigerated items. We recently purchased some vacuum seal bags so that our sweets will arrive fresh. ;)

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      bananaorangeapple 5 years ago

      I hope Anne and Eric get their dream. Being a parent is the best thing I have ever done.

      I would totally buy a cake, but you did not give the option in the poll for those who live far far away. No chance of mailing a cake to Australia!

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      secondhandrose lm 5 years ago

      I hope they can raise enough money to adopt. My husband and I are unable to have children and our hopes of adopting have ended several times. Each time we had enough money, something happened healthwise and we were forced to use the money we saved. My brother and sister-in-law were loaned money from her parents to adopt. They have a beautiful little girl and we all love her dearly.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I could get pregnant but not stay that way. I lost two babies, then my daughter Katie (now 8) was born extremely prematurely and with a lot of problems. She transcended these beautifully and is now a third grader, a Tae Kwon Do brown belt and a gifted student. We adopted our daughter Gabrielle from foster care last year. She too was a micropreemie with a lot of medical problems, but now she is almost three and I wouldn't trade her for the world. She and her sister are the best things that ever happened to us, and whether you adopt your children or have them in a more traditional way is going to be completely irrelevant to how much you love them.

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      Harriet 5 years ago from Indiana

      My son is now 40 years old. I adopted him when he was two days old and never looked back. It was a hard decision for us to admit we would probably not have a biological child, but I have the greatest son in the world and I would not trade my decision for anything.

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      sarahburges 5 years ago

      My family can relate to Anne and Erics story. My parents adopted me when i was 4 months old. They went through the IVF process and had miscarrages. They decided to adopt and they picked me.

      Adoption is a long process, but out there waiting is a little girl or boy. A little one that unknown to them has Anne and Eric writted on a little invisable tag. Good luck.

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      luvsdragonflies1 5 years ago

      I had a transplant at the age of 19 and I now have a beautiful baby girl who is 21 months old. God Bless.

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      katiecolette 5 years ago

      What a heart-breaking story. I am wishing Anne and Eric the very best! Hope they will be able to adopt a baby very soon. Opening an Etsy store will probably be a good idea if they would like to get more exposure for their business. There are a few very successful Etsy stores selling homemade goodies. And they can always include business cards with their orders and promote their main website.

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      Your generousity and compassion for your friends is evident in this wonderful lens. Anne and Eric's story has truly touched me and I wish them their dream of becoming parents come true. An angel blessing for their journey.

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      hamshi5433 5 years ago

      I wish them both the very best..I hope they have a happy and blessed life with the new one..God bless them.

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      Merstarr 5 years ago

      Best of luck to Anne and Eric!! I know a couple who had a similar story and theirs ended very happily indeed. Last year they adopted sisters age 3 and 5 and my gosh are the four of them ever happy now. Beautiful lens :)

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      amkatee 5 years ago

      Have they looked into foster adoption? Often the cost is minimal. I can sympathize because we lost our dear Christopher almost 2 years ago when I miscarried at 19 weeks. We have two beautiful children, but I would definitely consider adopting a third in the future when they are a little older. I have my hands full at the moment!

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      mumsgather 5 years ago

      My brother and his wife adopted a little girl. They love her very very much and so do the rest of the family.

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      MissCat 5 years ago

      I was adopted... and love baked goods, so this lens resonated with me. I was adopted a long time ago. They didn't have the options then that they have now as far as helping induce a birth.

      My parents made me feel so wanted I never even asked about who, what some kids mistakenly call, my 'real' parents were. I don't even remember when I was told I was adopted. When I talked to my mother about it she said that she had just told me that she couldn't have me herself, so god made it so we could be together anyway. I believe in fate, and that it draws people together. Adoption is a wonderful wonderful thing. I am planning to adopt.

      This is a wonderful lens, and its great they are getting this added exposure.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Rhidawn: Thank you so much Rhidawn!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @baby-strollers: It's already an interesting journey baby-strollers, lol! Thanks for reading, please feel free to share our story. ;)

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      Rhidawn 5 years ago

      Such a beautiful lens. I wish Anne and Eric much success with their adoption and business. THanks for sharing!

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      baby-strollers 5 years ago

      From adoption to tasty treats, an interesting journey to be sure!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @seedplanter: Thanks for taking the time to read our story seedplanter!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @pianolessongirl: Thanks pianolessongirl!! Feel free to share our story, every little bit helps!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @miaponzo: Thanks miaponzo! We are willing to ship outside of the USA as long as it's not a refrigerated item. ;)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Shana rios Chavez: She is an excellent friend srioschavez! :) Thanks for your support!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @JoanieMRuppel54: We hope so too jsr54!! Thanks for reading & feel free to share our story. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Joan4: Thank you so much Joan!!

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      Joan4 5 years ago

      I know Anne and Eric's dream will come true -- and just look at all the lives they are blessing while they wait!

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      Joanie Ruppel 5 years ago from Keller, Texas

      I hope Anne & Eric's dream comes true one day - thanks for sharing.

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      Shana rios Chavez 5 years ago

      great lens and your a great friend

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Thank you so much for sharing this with us! I would definitely order if I were in the USA :) Blessed!

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      pianolessongirl 5 years ago

      This was a beautiful tribute, great job! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Awesome. Great job.

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      seedplanter 5 years ago

      Beautiful...touching...heart-twisting. Thank you for sharing something so important and meaningful.

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      MomTips 5 years ago

      Thank you!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Scarlettohairy: Thank you scarlettohairy! We try to make them look good but as long as they taste good we're happy. ;)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Kailua-KonaGirl: Thanks KonaGirl!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @BunnyFabulous: Bunny, it's Anne again. When you get a moment would you please contact me privately at anne@littleonesweets.com. Thanks bunches!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Ann Hinds: Thank you so much for your support wordstock!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @SquidooMBA: Thank you SquidooMBA!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @daphnedangerlov1: You are an inspiration daphnedangerlove! Thank you so much for sharing and that is something we are looking into. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Mariajomith: Thank you so much mariajomith!! We look forward to hearing from you!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @jimmyworldstar: Thanks for your support jimmyworldstar!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Virginia Allain: Thanks vallain!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Nancy Hardin: Thank you so much nancycarol!! We are truely blessed to have such a great friend in Lori!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Julia Morais: Thanks Julia!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @chezchazz: Thank you so much Chazz!! We are eternally grateful for your support! We are shocked by the number of people we have met that have walked this sad road but we are so grateful for their guidance towards the future.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks Sis! We love you lots!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @BunnyFabulous: Thank you so much for your support Bunny!! Eric & I wish you and your husband only the best with your future adoption & IVF!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks Yolanda!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @BuddyBink: Thanks Buddy! It's not so easy living it but we must move forward if we want to realize our dream. Your support is much appreciated!!

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      BuddyBink 5 years ago

      This is a heart wrenching story. But, you are such an awesome friend for telling it and supporting Anne and Eric. Thank You

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a touching lens and what a great friend you are. :-) I wish them all the luck, they deserve happiness.

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      SquidooMBA 5 years ago

      What a fantastic lens. Thank you for putting this together and telling/sharing the story.

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      BunnyFabulous 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm so thankful that Anne and Eric allowed you to tell their story. You've done it in such a kind, compassionate and thoughtful manner. My husband and I have lost several babies, have been through IVF and are now in the adoption process (embryo adoption) ourselves for a second child. My heart hurts for them in having to go through losing their sons. I'll be praying that their adoption process goes as smoothly as possible. I know the child who'll get to have them as their forever family will be very blessed. Wish I was a squid angel so I could bless this lens too. If I get that honor, I'll be back to do just that. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This story is about my brother and sister-in-law who are two of the most amazing people I know. I am so thankful to have a brother like Eric and for him to have found such an awesome wife in Anne. May God bless them with a little bundle of joy to call their own...they are two very deserving people.

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      Chazz 5 years ago from New York

      A heartwarming story. As someone who, with my spouse, has been through multiple miscarriages, I especially wish Anne and Eric the best for their family. Blessed and featured on "Wing-ing it on Squidoo," our tribute to some of the best lenses we've found since donning our wings.

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      Julia Morais 5 years ago

      Anne and Eric deserve the happiest life. They're gonna be such great parents.

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      Ann Hinds 5 years ago from So Cal

      My husband is adopted and we adopted our grandchild. It is a trying process that brings incredible blessings. I can't imagine my life without my grandchild who keeps me young. Angel blessed for sharing this story. My heart goes out to Anne and Eric but they will triumph in the end and some very lucky child will find a forever home.

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      jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

      That's a heartbreaking story. There's many children who need loving parents so that's something to consider when you want to have a baby.

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      maria 5 years ago

      thank you for sharing this, and i can't wait to order from them.

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      daphnedangerlov1 5 years ago

      I am also an adoptive parent--I adopted two children out of the foster care system and have cared for many more. I highly recommend this option when it comes to adoption. I am unable to have children of my own, and was deeply blessed to have these two child find their way into my home and my heart.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Frischy: Thank you Frischy! I am so sorry that you and so many other women know this kind of pain. While at times life is a struggle we are so hopeful and excited about starting the adoption process.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I'm on my way to their FB site. You are a beautiful person for your compassion and your efforts to help them. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      June Parker 5 years ago from New York

      Well done, my dear. I do hope that everything goes well for all of you! *Angel Blessed*

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I wish them well in their business and in fulfilling their dream of becoming parents.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      What a sweet tribute to your friends. The baked goods look delicious!

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      Frischy 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      As a mother who has experienced infertility, miscarriage and adoption, this article brought many tears to my eyes. Adoption is another rollercoaster, but if you ride it out you will end up with a child. Happy to talk with anyone about international or older child adoption. Best wishes to you on your adoption journey!