Our Biggest News Yet...

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Candy corn cupcakes Don't like icing? Get Angel food cake mix, separate into two bowls. Make one orange and the other yellow with food coloring. Layer, bake and add just a little white icing!
Fall Cupcakes: Candy Corn

Just a few weeks ago, I had a routine ultrasound for a procedure I am suppose to have done in December. They had a hard time "finding" my left ovary. Here's a really "fun" ovary story for ya. (Guys, DON'T stop reading...there are better things to come, promise).
The conversation with the ultrasound tech went a little like this:
Tech: Do you have both ovaries?
Me: Uhm. Yes. Unless one fell out and I didn't realize.
Tech: Hmm. Well I can't find your left one. Oh wait...I see a tiny little bit of it.
Me: What????
Needless to say, my left ovary is not exactly where it is supposed to be and likes playing hard to get.
A few days later, I get a call directly from my doctor. She says to me:
Well, Deja, we found a large growth on your right ovary.
My heart sank. NOT MY ONE GOOD OVARY!
Sure, growths are pretty common, and amazingly, in all my issues down there, I've never had one. I asked her if she was concerned. She said not really, but that it did look a little "abnormal".
I hung up the phone in a little bit of shock. You see, I NEED MY OVARIES! I need them badly if there is any hope of me "conceiving" a child through IVF. I haven't, to this day, cried about it and I'm trying hard to just let it be. I scheduled an appointment for another ultrasound a month out, but the doctor called me back and said she'd actually like to see me sooner. That appointment is next week. Needless to say, I hope ovary L comes out of hiding, and ovary R is rid of all things abnormal. Again, did I mention, I NEED AT LEAST ONE GOOD OVARY!

Onto better things. MUCH better things...
We found out this morning, OUR SURROGACY AGREEMENT HAS BEEN APPROVED IN COURT!!! In a late night session yesterday, our contract was approved. NO home study. NO questions. Just a go! I cannot even tell you how excited I was this morning when I got this phone call! Our wonderful lawyer said, "I've never had a case get through the courts this fast, I'm in shock!" Lucas and I prayed, literally right after giving the go to submit our papers, that the court would move fast on our case. Prayers are answered! It brings tears to my eyes, for month we've been saying, "As soon as the legal stuff is done..." Well folks it's done!

What does this mean?

We are totally, 100% ready to start the medical process of this whole thing. Just as soon as we reach our financial goal (did I mention, we are SO close), we begin the medical process! We are beyond thrilled, it has been the BEST DAY EVER!!! Once the medical stuff starts, we are just 8 WEEKS away from implantation! Can you believe that???

We are in the process of moving to Salt Lake, to be closer to our surrogate (my awesome sister) and be closer to OUR baby. HOLY MOLY, our baby! It's so close to being a reality that I can't even focus!

We need just two things from you, our incredibly supportive friends and family:
1. PRAYER. Prayer that I will get good news next week, and my ovaries will be normal..
2. A final donation. If you can, please consider donating to our puzzle campaign, we are so close and every little bit could help. You can go donate by clicking here:

Our dream is so close to becoming our reality, because of all of you and your generocity.
We love each of you and thank you dearly for your love and support.

P.S. We will be holding a special online auction on Saturday November 29 where you can buy unique items, as Christmas gifts, and 100% of the proceeds will go to our baby fund. Stay tuned for details and email me at deja.powell@gmail.com if you have something to donate. Thanks to all of you who have already donated!

Fall Update: Sign, Sealed, Delivered!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Yesterday was a BIG day...
We signed our official gestational carrier contract, all 22 pages of it!
Thanks to our sweet friend Torrie, the notary, for notarizing this sucker for us.
My sister laughed at me for taking picture, but any step closer to making this reality, is exciting to me!
Ambree signing it.

Derek signing it.

Lucas signing it.

Deja signing it.

Torrie notarizing it.

We hand-delivered the contract to our lawyer today, paid our court filing fee, and now we wait for a court date!

I couldn't stop smiling all the way home from Salt Lake. We are so excited!

And in case you haven't heard, we are getting insanely close to our goal; we are LESS than $5,000 away from our goal. If you have it in your heart, and/or wallet, to donate a puzzle piece we will hit our goal before Christmas, maybe even Thanksgiving.

Total raised as of October 6th: $15,070

You can follow our progress on our Go Fund Me Page:

Happy Fall to Everyone!

Lucas and Deja