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Can You Afford Adoption?

While there’s nothing you’d want more than to welcome a child into your life, you’re worried the cost of adoption will prove insurmountable. Even if you feel financially secure, raising a child is a big financial undertaking – so you might not have the money to spare for adoption fees and other costs associated with adopting a child. However, most adoption situations can be managed with the right help so the prospective parent or parents can give a child a home.

Schedule an Appointment with a Support Center

There are ways to reduce the cost of the adoption process, and the workers at an adoption support center would be happy to show you how. For example, you’ll qualify for a federal and possibly state Adoption Tax Credit, which will offset some of your costs. There are also sponsorships and fundraisers that can help you raise the money, as well as long-term, interest-free loans that will let you defer the full payment.

So long as you have a steady income and a manageable amount of debt, don’t let finances hold you back from welcoming the newest member of your family. There are adoption support workers waiting for you to reach out to them so they can help you reduce the cost of adoption.

Make Your Wedding Guest Book Special

A couple’s wedding guest book can be so much more than just a book that people sign their names as some type of roster sheet to know who attended the wedding. A wedding guest book can be a special place in which friends and family leave words of encouragement and support for the bride and group along with signing in that they were in attendance. How much more special would that be than a plain list of names.

It also doesn’t have to be just a regular book. You could have your guests leave messages for the you in or on something other than I book. For example, how about having everyone sign a picture of the bride and groom. A picture is something you could have framed and display in your home and remember the special day each time you walk past it in your home. I know I personally would see a picture hanging in my home more often than I would dig out a guest book in a box somewhere in the attic.

If you want to go with a more traditional guest book there are many styles that you can choose from to coordinate with your wedding theme and colors. I bet you could even have a guest book custom made to match all of the other decorations. Just remember that the wedding guest book can be for more than just a list of guests in attendance.

Hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is when we’re suppose to give thanks for the blessings of the year. Well that’s something we all need to do every day.  I sure do.  I’m so thankful for my daughter and my wonderful family.  I just don’t know what I would do without them and don’t want to find out either any time soon.

As I’m sure you have figured out, my grandmother is my most special person in the world (after my daughter.) She’s my rock and life just wouldn’t be the same without her so I am so thankful she’s still in my life and hope and pray she will be for many, many more years.

Here’s hoping you have a wonder Thanksgiving.  Just a little humor to help make your day better a little better.

Options To Consider When Celebrating A Unity Ceremony

bride and groom (free clip art)

bride and groom (free clip art)

The unity ceremony is something that symbolizes the joining of two individual bodies into one. This could be solely the bride and groom into one flesh, or could go even further and represent the families of each party involved joining into one big supportive family of the newly married couple.

A unity ceremony can be performed in multiple ways. A candle unity ceremony uses two tall tapered candles to represent the individuals. These candles are usually lit by the mothers of the bride and groom. The bride and groom then each take their respective candle and light a pillar candle known as the unity candle. The unity candle can be decorated with an inscription or monogram. It can also have a picture of the bridge and groom. Some couples keep their unity candles and relight them each year on their anniversaries.

The other way to perform a unity ceremony is to use sand. Instead of tapered candles the bride and groom use colored sand from individual containers. They pour the sand into one vessel that represents the union of the two into one body. Some couples elect to use classic black and white sand while others opt for colors that reflect the colors of the wedding theme. Often times a different color of sand will be used for each member of the family and everyone will pour sand into the vessel, this is especially true for unions involving children.

No matter which unity ceremony you decide to go with you can be sure to find candles or sand that will fit your wedding theme.