Sunday, November 16, 2008

Different Trips To The Same Place...

Deciding to have a baby is like planning a trip to Australia. You've heard it's a wonderful place, you've read many guidebooks and feel certain you're ready to go. Everyone you know has traveled there by plane. They say it can be a turbulent flight with occasional rough landings, but you can look forward to being pampered on the trip.
So you go to the airport and ask the ticket agent for a ticket to Australia. All around you, excited people are boarding planes for Australia. It seems there is no seat for you; you'll have to wait for the next flight. Impatient, but anticipating a wonderful trip, you wait--and wait--and wait.Flights to Australia continue to come and go. People say silly things like, "Relax. You'll get on a flight soon." Other people actually get on a plane and then cancel their trip, to which you cry, "It's not fair!"
After a long time the ticket agent tells you, "I'm sorry, we're not going to be able to get you on a plane to Australia. Perhaps you should think about going by boat."
"By BOAT!" you say. "Going by boat will take a very long time and it costs a great deal of money. I really had my heart set on going by plane." So you go home and think about not going to Australia at all. You wonder if Australia will be as beautiful if you approach it by sea rather than air. But you have long dreamed of this wonderful place, and finally you decide to travel by boat.
It is a long trip, many months over many rough seas. No one pampers you. You wonder if you will ever see Australia.
Meanwhile, your friends have flown back and forth to Australia two or three more times, marveling about each trip.
Then one glorious day, the boat docks in Australia. It is more exquisite than you ever imagined, and the beauty is magnified by your long days at sea. You have made many wonderful friends during your voyage, and you find yourself comparing stories with other who also traveled by sea rather then by air.
People continue to fly to Australia as often as they like, but you are about to travel only once, perhaps twice. Some say things like, "Oh, be glad you didn't fly. My flight was horrible; traveling by sea is so easy."You will always wonder what it would have been like to fly to Australia. Still, you know God blessed you with a special appreciation of Australia, and the beauty of Australia is not in the way you get there, but in the place itself.
By Diane Armitage printed in the April 21, 1995 "Dear Abby" column.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

National Adoption Month

A big THANKS, to all those who helped out with the Halloween Carnival and those who came.  It was a big success.  We hope that with this kind of turnout we will be able to plan more activities like this one.  I hope every one had a blast!  


Don't forget National Adoption Month is this month, (November).  As we go throughout the month let us all reflect on the blessings of Adoption.   Here are a few great ideas to make this month special:

Create a new family tradition that celebrates your family and how you came together each year. 

Send an email to all of your friends and family about National Adoption Day. 

Reach out and share your adoption story with others. 

Talk to your place of worship about having a service that delivers a message on adoption. 

Create a family tree that incorporates both birth and adoptive family members 

Catch up on scrapbooking projects that celebrate your family 

Give thanks to those who helped you build your family by sending Thank You Cards. 

Write to your local and state representatives about adoption and issues that concern you. 

 We will be taking off a few months from activities for the Holiday's and such, but please come to our activities next year.  We will have some fun activities in the upcoming year.  We hope to see you all there.  We will keep you posted with any new happenings.  Have a great Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Family Halloween Carnival

Family Halloween Carnival
October 25th 2008
The Fort Lane Chapel
1402 N Fort Ln, Layton Utah

Another chance for your kids to wear their adorable Halloween costumes (and you too). There will be lots of fun activities for the kids plus lots of treats, prizes, and cotton candy!!
If you have any questions you can call or email Criscell at 801-556-4391 or Natalie

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Farmington Agency Moving to Layton

The Farmington Agency will be moving north to Layton and will now be known as the
LDS Family Services - Layton Agency
The grand opening for this agency will be in October with the Adoption side holding a grand opening on
October 20, 2008
The new address for the agency is:
930 W Hillfield, Suite A
Layton, UT
Feel free to stop by and say Hi and check out the new space!!
If you can't make it in Oct. thats okay...We will also be holding a special open house for adoptive couples soon!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

FSA Fireside

The Internet:
A New Era in AdoptionA Marvelous ToolWith the advent of the Internet, the world of adoption has been transformed. Computers and email reduce the time required to prepare and transfer documents. Birth parents seeking to place their child for adoption can go to dozens of Web sites to see profiles of parents wanting to adopt.
Day and night, the Internet hums with the activity of many people engaged in adopting. They meet online to ask questions, discuss issues and share their hopes and fears.
The Internet will not replace face-to-face meetings between birth mothers and adoptive parents, court dates to sign papers, nor travel to pick up your adopted child. Nor will it replace you adoption caseworker who counsels birth mothers, screens for potential fraud, prepares your home study, and provides post-placement visits.
However, the Internet is a tool that can help you to search for your child.The Internet has changed the way adoptions are done. More and more people are becoming reliant on the computer. Without the Internet, many families would not have found their children.
(quote courtesy of West Valley FSA Blog)
Adoption and the internet Davis County FSA Fireside
September 28, 2008
6:30 pm
The Fort Lane Chapel1402 N Fort Ln, Layton Utah
Come see the new "It's about Love" website and the new features available to FSA couples!!

Friday, July 11, 2008

FSA National Conference

The Families Supporting Adoption National Conference is fast approaching.

This year the conference will be held on Friday and Saturday, August 8-9, 2008.
We are lucky this year because the conference will be held in the Davis County Convention Center (right in our backyard!)

The FSA National Conferencee in a great place to learn about adoption, the process and journey. It is a perfect place to learn about things from improving your profile to managing your relationships with birthmothers.

You should not miss the chance to attend!

Here is the Conference Schedule

Here is the list of classes that will be offered this year

You need to pre-register for the conference so they can have a food total. You can register by clicking on the following link

We hope to see you all there. Dont miss this great opportunity!!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Movie Night Fun

What is better than popcorn and a good movie?
Popcorn and a good movie outside under the stars!!!

We had a wonderful time at the annual FSA movie night. The movie was GREAT and the fresh popcorn and yummy treats were enjoyed by all!

Everyone who attended had a fun time and it was great to see friends, old and new.
We missed those of you who could not attend. We hope you will plan on coming next time :)

Thank you to the activities committee for planning this fun party.
Here are some pictures from the night!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Welcome to the Davis County FSA Blog

Hello FSA Families,
We are excited to annouce the creation of the Davis County FSA Blog! We believe this will be another way to provide all of you with the most up to date information about the Farmington/Centerville, UT FSA chapters. This blog will also be resource for each of you as it will contain links to articles, ideas and inspiration about adoptions. Please add this blog to your favorites and check in with us often!

You are all in our thoughts and prayers as we all travel through this road of adoption.

With Love
Scott and Natalie Bradford
Farmington/Centerville, UT FSA Co Chairs