With Great Celebration: We’re Adopting!


February 2, 2015 by CassieCravings

For nearly 3 years I have poured out my heart about our journey in wanting to grow our family. You have shown unimaginable support. You have given me strength when I didn’t have it for myself. You have grieved losses with me. You have celebrated the hope of fertility treatments and have prayed over me when they failed. You cried with me at my diagnosis of “infertile”. It has been a long, long journey. There was always hope. You reminded me when I forgot. I carried that hope, fragile as it was, so carefully.

Today I am pouring out my heart again. I have been giddy with anticipation of announcing what is next for our family! It is with great celebration that we are shouting form the mountain tops: We are adopting!


The path of adoption is a new one. It will hold its own trials and its own joys. We are stepping into the new journey with great hope and with great faith. We aren’t sure about how the details will work out, but we know that they will.

Personally, I have never been good at asking for help. I am proud to be the one my family and friends come to for help, the dependable friend, the reliable family member. But with adoption, I know that we can’t do this on our own. Today I lay down that pride and humbly ask for your help to complete our family through adoption.


Hopeful Piggy-Bank: Ortiz Adoption at gofundme :

“Nearly eight years ago, the Ortiz family began a journey. There has been grieving. There has been rejoicing. There has been waiting. Today, with great humility, we ask for you to join us on this journey and we ask for your prayers throughout this process.

Seven years ago, I found out I was pregnant with our first child. Several weeks later, I miscarried that baby. We were devastated. Unsure and broken hearted, we continued to hope for a child.

Six years ago, we lost our second child. In that moment, I wasn’t sure how my physical heart still had the will to beat. Yet it continued, one palpitation at a time, and within months we were pregnant again.

Four years ago, I gave birth to a son. He is curious and wise. He is joyful and adventurous. He is miraculous in so many ways.

Three years ago, there was another miscarriage. Then another. And another after that. And still another. Within five years, I had carried seven children. I moved from doctor to doctor, but no one knew how to help me. There were countless specialists, countless tests, and countless unanswered questions. I was diagnosed with a blood clotting disorder and began to suffer from cysts that left me infertile. I carried seven children, but I will never carry again.

Two years ago, Juan and I began to prayerfully consider adoption. We studied different types of adoptions, researched our options, and began meeting with agencies. There has been prayer without ceasing, confirming to us again and again that our family is meant to grow through adoption.

One year ago, our son, Elijah, began to pray for a sibling, faithful and thoughtful prayers filled with hope. He continues to pray with expectancy every day. His faith was unwavering. When I mentioned finances, our four-year-old’s answer was simple: “God knows we need money. God knows the desire of our heart. He sees us. He hears us.”

Encouraged by Eli’s faith, we ask for your support to make our family complete.

Thank you,
The Ortiz Family
Juan, Casi, and Elijah”


Show your support by commenting, sharing, or donating: Hopeful Piggy-Bank: Ortiz Adoption 





62 thoughts on “With Great Celebration: We’re Adopting!

  1. April says:

    I just teared up reading your beautiful story! Good luck to you and your family on your adoption adventures! Your little boy is a sweetheart and you are clearly doing something right!

  2. eagles374 says:

    I am so happy for you, Casi and your family. I am sure you will see this child will bring you the satisfaction as if they were your own flesh and blood. This is the road God has hoped you would find and you are fulfilling your purpose in this world. To find that is a blessing. I wait to see if it is a boy or a girl or both! I wish I could help out with more than hugs, blessings and prayers.

  3. larva225 says:

    Crossing every finger and toe that this process goes smoothly and quickly for your family! Whoever he/she will be, that child is so lucky to have such an awesome family just waiting to welcome him/her home!

  4. kyrstalenon says:

    I’m so excited for you and your family! I have a couple friends that have adopted children and it’s so neat to see God’s blessings through the process and how He brings things together to add a new member to the family! 🙂 I hope all goes smoothly with your paperwork and home visits and all that jazz!

  5. Jenna Pace says:

    I’m so happy to hear this! I’ll pray for you and your family throughout this process. You are a wonderful mother and I’m so excited to see your family grow!

  6. Orlando says:

    Congratulations on experiencing such an amazing adventure as you continue expanding your family!! 🙂

  7. whitneymaeve says:

    WeepIng with excitement for you and your family! Will be praying for direction for you and for the perfect new addition to your family 🙂

  8. jmsabbagh says:

    Delightful post.Its a blessing to have children in our lives.Be blessed

  9. Sarah says:

    You know I love ya woman!! I am so happy for you guys and can’t wait to follow you all through this wonderful, exciting journey!! ❤

  10. mamamrsme says:

    Lovely news! Hope it all goes smoothly x

  11. OUTSTANDING Congratulations friend. What a grand feeling 🙂

  12. Victoria says:

    I’m so happy for you. I suspect that’s where we will end up eventually! Good luck!

  13. blubecca7 says:

    Reblogged this on Losing Weight to Gain a Baby and commented:
    Such a beautiful, heartbreaking, and inspirational story. I am sharing with the hopes of being able to help out this family. ❤

  14. blubecca7 says:

    This is so beautiful, inspirational, and heartbreaking all at the same time. I am so excited for you, and I know you have an amazing journey ahead of you all. I am praying for you and your family.

    And your son is just precious!

  15. cdaggett08 says:

    Beautiful! I will pray for you to grow your family! It is precious the way your little guy sees things, it is great to see such a young guy have such great faith!

  16. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I’m so excited for you that you’ve chosen the adoption path and look forward to following that journey. We just went to our first information session at an adoption agency a couple of weeks ago, actually. I don’t know when or if we’ll move forward yet, but I feel very hopeful about it. Much love and luck to you!

    • mamacravings says:

      Glad to do it! Thank you so much! We’re very excited 🙂 We went to several different information meetings and orientations before finding the right timing and the right agency for us. Thank you so much! We appreciate it ❤

  17. Cami Hall says:

    WOW! This is such an incredible story! Adoption is very special in my heart, one of my little nieces was adopted and I couldn’t imagine our family without her! Praying for you and your family!

  18. I suffered from infertility after chemotherapy for breast cancer. We made the decision to adopt and I couldn’t be happier that we chose this path. It is now 15 years later for my son and 14 years later for my daughter. Your son is very wise for a 4 year old!

  19. What a wonderful thing! Good for you. I’m so pleased that you’ll have a most-wanted child and a child who so wants a family will get one. Also, that handwriting on the chalk board is exquisite!

  20. Anna Fiares says:

    I couldn’t contribute more than $20, but I hope it goes a little way towards your goal! All the very best! xx

    • mamacravings says:

      Anna, you are such a treasure! Thank you so much! It goes a very, very long way ❤ ❤

    • Anna Fiares says:

      OK, I am! Mostly from that lovely series of pictures, I’ll have to say – what a beautiful boy you have and no doubt he’ll be the most amazing big brother and I hope that happens soon! I have a son who is ten (I’m divorced) and sadly – unless his Dad and stepmum decide to have kids – he won’t have siblings, something he has expressed regret at. Having sisters/brothers is a blessing (I have three brothers and a sister and believe me, I know how blessed I am) and sometimes it really hurts to think my son is missing out, given how I know how he has always wanted that, however circumstances have meant this hasn’t been the case. I’m sure my boy will continue to be happy regardless, but if I can do my (little) bit to ensure that wish comes true for another little boy that will mean the world to me. Be sure to let us all know how it goes!! I’m crossing all I have and sending all good vibes and prayers I can! xx

      • mamacravings says:

        I have a big family too. I have 3 brothers. I always thought I would have 4, but I don’t think that’s in the cards. Adoption is so expensive. This will most likely be our last child. I will definitely keep y’all updated. This is y’all’s journey as much as it is mine. Thank you again ❤

  21. I can’t imagine going through what you have! You’re story is incredible and i love that you’re allowing God to see you through! You will be in my prayers, through this adoption process! I’m beyond excited for you!

  22. wannabemamab says:

    Congratulations on expanding your family! I cannot fathom the loss you have experienced but know that sharing your story is helping so many women who desperately want to be mamas, too. I sincerely hope that your new addition brings you nothing but joy!

    • mamacravings says:

      Thank you so much! We are really excited to expand our family through adoption. The losses were very, very hard. I have found that sharing helps myself to heal and helps others to heal. Thank you so much for the well wishes! We really appreciate it ❤ ❤

  23. KPadgett says:

    Congrats! What an awesome way to extend your family.

  24. What a strong and courageous woman you are! I don’t know you, but I’ve been reading through your blog. I send you prayers and well-wishes on your adoption journey. The child you adopt will be blessed to have you as a mother.

  25. I wish you the best of luck on your adoption endeavors. I’ve been friends with many amazing adopted people, and I trust that you and your family will allow your child to become an incredible person.

  26. […] family. A toddler gave us affirmation of hope. Our journey through infertility became our path to adoption. It will be through adoption that love will grow our family […]

  27. What a generous person you are sharing your story with the world. Good luck to you and your family on your adoption adventures! x

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