Erin Loechner

Juggling an active Internet career with writing, speaking, designing, and styling, Erin Loechner can be found daily at DesignForMiniKind.com, a one-stop resource for loads of pint-sized inspiration, the latest-and-greatest products, and a daily dose of mom-friendly design. She also pens DesignForMankind.com, an art/design website honored by The London Times as one of the top 50 design sites in the world. Her latest project? A newborn daughter nicknamed Bee -- her favorite design yet. Erin lives in the midwest with her film-editing husband, Ken, two adorable pups, and of course, little Bee. Follow Erin on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest.

6 Questions We Considered Before Adoption

This is part of our ongoing adoption story; read last week’s post right here!

Indeed, Pinocchio said it best, “Always let your conscience be your guide.” Yet sometimes, our conscience needs a bit of poking, prodding. Prompting. As was the case with our adoption, I wanted to be sure my head and heart were as in sync as possible, so I spent many hours researching, reading and pondering whether adoption was the right decision for our family. (I’m happy to report that it, 100%, is!)

Whether you’re supporting a friend going through adoption or are pursuing the path yourselves, I thought it might be helpful to share a few questions we considered before taking the leap!

Our First Holiday Season with Baby

Pre-kids, I was never one for the holiday hustle and bustle. The idea of braving traffic, snowy roads and frenetic crowds seemed more messy than merry and – year after year – we opted for a quiet holiday season at home. A crackling fire, mug of cocoa, and stack of Christmas movies pretty much capped off the extent of our celebratory traditions.

And then, along came Bee. And almost instantaneously, the holiday season was suddenly that much more special. That much more memorable. That much more magical.

Our Road to Adoption: International vs. Domestic

This is part of our ongoing adoption story; read last week’s post right here!

Since sharing our decision to pursue domestic adoption rather than international, I’ve received a few inquiries about what the main differences are between the two paths. Does it take longer? Is it more expensive? Is it “safer”? While every family’s adoption circumstances are different, I’ve included a few key distinguishing factors between international and domestic adoption processes. I hope you find it helpful, whether pursuing your own adoption story or supporting someone else’s!

The Road to Adoption: Why We're Choosing Domestic

This is part of our ongoing adoption story; read last week’s post right here!

Last week, I shared that we had a few setbacks in our early pursuit of adoption. The two countries we felt increasingly compelled to adopt from (and to commit to a continued relationship with) were closed for international adoptions. So, we began to look a bit closer to home (quite literally!) and settled on the pursuit of a domestic adoption right here in the U.S…

The Road to Adoption: Our Second Curveball

This is part of our ongoing adoption story; read last week’s post right here!

As I mentioned last week, we experienced a curveball after realizing our first choice of country was closed for international adoption. I’d felt unsettled and discouraged, until I received the opportunity to visit Africa and came home with a renewed sense of purpose and direction for an Ethiopian adoption. We were well on our way to navigating the process when we reached our second roadblock…

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