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18 months

Every Friday Dan and I have a little calendar event that pops up and says “Self Reflection!” I see the reminder and ponder to myself, how did I handle conflict this week, did I speak up for myself, was I able to show those around me that I love them, and did I make the world a better place. Yesterday I came home to a letter from our adoption agency and my heart ached a little. It was our “hey, it’s been 18 months and you still aren’t any closer to becoming parents” letter. I couldn’t even read past the first line which was some quote from an alumni trying to commiserate with how “awful” the wait is. Yes, it is awful, it’s sucks! And this has truly been the hardest thing we have ever done. For more than a year, every Friday I’d feel sorry for myself and my reflections spiraled out of context. I could feel my inner light flickering, and I realized I couldn’t let my fears and self-doubt change who I am, and what I’m still to become. 

So now, I reflect on this letter from IAC. I read past the commiseration to stand up to the knowledge that some brave soul is out there looking for us and we’re here with open hearts. Waiting to become a parent is hard, deciding to place a child is… shit, I can’t even imagine how difficult that could be. All I know is we don’t need to be rebranded, pay for a better spot on a page, get added to another website, or pay some ridiculous fee to get featured for 4 hours once a month. Dan and I are good people. We have loving families, the best of friends, a freaking amazing dog, and god, we have so much love to give. 

To the expecting mom out there who may stumbles upon our page. We’re down to earth people and realize family IS more than blood. There’s so much more to you than the child you carry, and there’s so much more to us than our required cookie-cutter-smiling-couple template you’ll scroll through. I know we’ll find each other someday and until then, Dan and I will continue to go on adventures and dream our dreams. Whoever you are, wherever you are, we’re here, we’ll wait for you, and we can’t wait to meet you someday.

With all my love and light,

Liss

Day 4: Life

LifeQuoteI’m approaching the word life, for this challenge, in more of an abstract way. When we think of life, we’d best describe ourselves as humanist. So, instead of a picture of us being us, we’re going to use a quote that simply states the words we live by.

Day 4: Siblings

Day4SiblingsDan comes from a large family, but I guess it’s kinda normal for Utah. Ha! He’s one of, six kids landing in the middle. Amy, Josh, (my man) Dan, Lori, Ben and Sam. It was easy to find pictures of his family cause we get together at least once a year for Kim, Dan’s mom to take a photo. My family is half the size. I’m one of three, and I’m the middle child. I have an older brother, Chad, and a younger sister, Karen. It was so hard to find a recent picture because my brother hates getting his picture taken. Seriously, most of the ones I found he’s covering his face or giving me bunny ears! It’s a few years old, but I found one good of all of us!

xoxo

Liss

Day 3: Our Favorite Place in our Town

Day 3: Our Favorite Place in our Town

Without a doubt, Big Cottonwood Canyon is our favorite place in SLC. It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, we always find ourselves spending time in this canyon. Whether we’re running, biking, hiking, rock-climbing, snowboarding or picnicking, the canyon is our happy place. We can’t wait to share our love of this canyon with our child someday.

Photo by Adam Barker
Photo by Adam Barker

Day 1: Us!

Dan And Alissa AdoptDay 1: Us! We’re Dan & Alissa Baird from Salt Lake City, Utah. Dan hails from right here in SLC, and I’m from Westerville, Ohio. We have been inseparable since the night we met at a Karaoke fundraiser over 10 years ago where Dan serenaded me with an impeccable Justin Timberlake impression. After a few years of working and globe-trotting, we moved back to beautiful SLC with our dog, Panda, to grow roots. Dan and I are perfectly matched, he’s my person! We like to challenge each other to fulfill our dreams, and are thrilled to take on one of the biggest adventures in our lives: becoming parent!

xoxo

Liss

60 Day Photo Challenge!

From time-to-time,  I peek at my fellow waiting families to see if anyone has good news. As I’ve browsed throughopingtoadopt60daysh pages, I notice that heck, “we all look the same!” But a few days ago, I can across something different that I thought helped families personalities really shine through… An Instagram Photo Challenge! Instantly, I knew we had to join the fun.  So here it is my friends, the Baird’s are throwing in their hat for the 60 Day All About Us Adoption Photo Challenge!!!

xoxo

Liss