Hey everyone, we are Dustin and Savannah! Thank you for viewing our story and getting to know us as prospective parents.
We’ve known each other since we were just kids! We hung out some in high school in large groups of friends, but didn’t start dating until four years later. At the time, Savannah had been hanging out with Dustin’s younger sister. One day they locked the keys in the car and Dustin came to the rescue. After that, we started talking on the phone and texting each other for a few days. Then we went out on a date, which led to many more! From there, it didn’t take us long to figure out we were meant to be together! We started dating in September of 2006, got engaged in December, and then married the following June 2007. We’ve been married almost 15 years now.
Our path to adoption has been a process. We waited a few years before trying to start a family of our own. After a couple years of trying to conceive, we were given the news we wouldn’t be able to have a biological child. We’ve always known we wanted to be parents and provide a child with a wonderful life full of unconditional love, so that has led us here!
Expectant mothers who choose to make an adoption plan may qualify for some level of financial assistance during their pregnancy. However, each person's situation and specific needs are different. Your adoption social worker can help you determine what level of assistance you qualify for and deserve. Many expectant mothers qualify for financial assistance to cover basic pregnancy and living expenses, including but not limited to - transportation reimbursement, utility assistance for phone, water, and electricity/gas, maternity clothing and supplements, etc.
Navigating a pregnancy alone is never easy. Depending on your situation and location, you may qualify for financial assistance to help cover the cost of basic living expenses, such as food and groceries.
Receiving quality medical care during your pregnancy is vital to both your health and the health of your baby. If you choose to place your baby for adoption, all of your pregnancy-related medical expenses will be covered by the adoptive family.
Women who choose to place their baby for adoption may receive financial assistance to help cover the cost of rent and utilities. If you feel that you’ll need some help with these costs, it’s important to talk to your adoption social worker about it early in the process. Each expectant mother’s situation is different, and eligibility may vary.
In order to have a healthy pregnancy, it’s important that you have everything you need to lead a healthy lifestyle. Like food and groceries, the cost of some household items - like feminine and dental care items, along with prenatal supplements - may be covered during your pregnancy.
Placing a baby for adoption is a loving, but incredibly challenging decision to make. Many women experience an array of emotions during this time and find that counseling is very helpful in navigating those feelings. If you would like to receive counseling during or after your pregnancy, that can be arranged by your adoption social worker. The cost of counseling will be covered by the adoptive family or adoption organization.
If you need assistance with transportation, your adoption social worker can work with you to find the best solution. You may eligible for assistance with transportation costs or be connected with a transportation service to utilize during your pregnancy.
It won't cost you anything. If you choose to place your baby for adoption, all of your medical and legal fees will be covered and you may be eligible for financial assistance with other pregnancy-related expenses.
Yes. Even if you don’t know the identity of the birth father, you can still choose to make an adoption plan. However, every adoption situation is different. The adoption social worker you’re assigned to will get to know you and your story first, and then guide you through the process accordingly.
You can make an adoption plan at any point in your pregnancy, even after the baby has been born. But, it's important to start the process as early in your pregnancy as possible. Connecting with those resources will allow you to gain access to important medical services, including prenatal care, to help ensure a healthy pregnancy.
One aspect of your adoption plan is the "Hospital Plan" an outline of how you'd like your hospital stay and delivery to go. You can craft this on your own or with the help of your adoption social worker. But everything is up to you. You’ll be able to choose who comes to the hospital with you, who is in the room with you during delivery, and how much time you’d like to spend with the baby before signing the final papers.
As part of your adoption plan, you'll determine whether or not you’d like to have an open or closed adoption or something in between. Open adoptions may include phone calls, messaging (via social media, email, or text), and/or periodic visits each year. Closed adoptions may include no contact at all or annual updates provided to the birth parent(s) by the adoptive family. Each post-adoption relationship is different and can vary based on what an expectant mother chooses in her adoption plan.
This was the very first family trip with Savannah's whole family. (When I say that I mean a trip where we get on a plane and stay in a hotel.) Savannah's little brother Seth his wife Shayna and their kid Hagen and Stetson. And her little sister McKenzie Her husband Lance their kids Sawyer and Tucker. And last but certainly not least her mom. We went to California so we could take the kids to Disneyland, Universal Studios, a MLB game, and the Beach. It was a week filled with laughter, some screams, tears, joy, love, and so many unforgettable memories.
Disneylands Jungle Cruise turned out to be a wild ride. The kids loved seeing all the animals. I loved seeing all the new things they added on since the movie came out. One of the other things we enjoyed about this ride is that it was in the shade and we got to enjoy some mist from the water. Turned out the week we went to California they had a heat wave so it was 95 degrees that particular day.
Uncle Dust and Aunt Nana are always being silly with our nephews. So while we were at Disneyland things got even more silly because of all the delicious sugary treats we all were eating!
Hagen and Sawyer's first time on Guardians of The Galaxy- Mission Breakout. This is me and Dustins favorite ride in California Adventure. After the ride the kids were a little shocked with how the ride was. Me and Dust were laughing at not only the kids but Shay and Kenz during the whole ride!
Guardians of the Galaxy- Mission Breakout
Me and Hagen had to pick out some AWESOME hats to wear! I will always be a kid at heart and I'm not affraid to say it! And Dustin is the same way. However we are very responsible adults when we have to be! Haha
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad another fan favorite!
Universal Studios Hollywood. This was all our first time at this theme park. We all enjoyed it very much. However we didn't enjoy the L.A. traffic we had to travel in going to and from the park.
I believe this Minions name is Kevin. Dustin loves it when I tell him we are getting our picture taken with a character. But he's always a good sport and always does it for me.
The whole family overlooking the working studio part of the park at Universal.
Waiting to get on the Simpsons Ride. It was probably one of the longest rides we have ever been on. After we got off poor Shay didn't feel good at all.
Simpsons Ride. The waiting game.
One of my FAVORITE book series is Harry Potter! So this was a dream come true, to actually seem as though we are standing outside of Hogwarts.
Dustin and Mom thought it would be fun to get their picture taken with the Chucky doll! All I know is I was't getting anywhere near that doll!!!
Huntington Beach. We just happened to be there during the Pacific Airshow and it was so AMAZING! The things that pilots are willing to do with airplane and even helicopters blew our minds! And this also was all the little boys first time to the beach! I love experiencing all these first with all our nephews.
We love the smell of the ocean. Its always fun to explore new beaches. Traveling is something that will always be something that me and Dust will do a lot of. And we paid close attention to what it was like to travel with kids this time. And we really cant wait till we get to go explore new beaches with a child of our own.
Both Dustin and my family grew up LOVING baseball! If we weren't playing it, we are watching it. Now when it comes to what our favorite major league team is thats a whole other issue. But on this particular night we all came together to cheer on the home team L.A. Angels.
kiss because the home team won!!! Had such a great time at the game. Even the kids loved every minute of the game!
Angel's Game fun!!!!
Fourth of July didn't disappoint this year. We had Savannah's side of the family come over to our house to play cornhole and eat and watch all our neighbors light their fireworks!
4th of July Cornhole Tournament. We were all getting ready for a night of cornhole and a lot of fireworks. The 2 dogs (Boomer and Stella) even tried to get involved in the tournament a coulple times!
Bear Lake this year was so much fun. The first full day we were there we rented a 10 person boat and a wave runner. Almost everyone in the family was able to get up on the water ski's (even grandpa Rich)! Its amazing to me that even after all the time that has passed how your body always rememebers how to do certain things from when you were younger. We also paddle boarded and kayaked.
Savannah helping Kayla off a sandbar!
Chillin On the the boat. Fun fact they call Bear Lake The Caribbean of The Rockies.And its so true the water is so blue it looks fake.
Dust was thinking about knocking me over on the paddle board! So glad he didn't because the water was really shallow right there. We had so much fun with the one paddle board we bought on the way up to the lake when we got home we wound up buying another one so we could both have one. That's something I love about our relationship is that we love a lot of the same things.
More Bear Lake Pictures. This was a different side of the lake on a different day. We Drove our trucks out on the sand and Grandpa and Grandma Richins got stuck in the sand. Luckily we had a lot of guys to help get them out so we could enjoy the day.
One Last Picture from the The Richins Family Bear Lake Trip!
For as long as I can remember going to the Fiesta Days Rodeo was something we always did over the 24th of July. So keeping this tradition alive is something I'm so glad Dustin's family loves doing as well. Savannah's little brother was a PRCA bull rider. So rodeo is something we love going to watch. When its not 100 plus degrees outside we usually have our rodeo attire on but it was too hot this day at the rodeo.
The last two years we have been season ticket holders to the RSL soccer games. They are super entertaining and we always have a blast! Even in the 100 degree heat!
We always try to hit a couple Jazz games each season. No matter how good or bad they are doing we are always cheering on our hometown team.
Of course we have more Disneyland pictures... Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is one of our favorite rides. In this picture the ride actually got stopped and we were at the top of the mountain.
May the Force Be with you!
Dustin was able to see his favorite singer in concert (Eric Church). We bought the tickets over a year in advance and it was totally worth the wait!! We both came home with no voices and some mild hearing loss.
Eric Church Concert at Vivint Arena. BEST CONCERT EVER!!!!
Me, Dustin, Rich (aka Grandpa Richins}, Cindy ( aka Grandma Richins), Aunt Chelcie and Cousin Paizlie all took a last minute spring time Disneyland trip. We had a blast like always! Waking up early to be there to open the park all the way to closing time for four straight days and three nights. In Disneyland our favorite ride was Splash Mountain and in California Adventure it was definitley Gaurdians of the Galaxy.
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