Well, after Jenn's wonderful introduction, here's my side:
I'll start with how we got to where we are now:
Marc an I got married five years ago. I was 33 when we got married- so I already felt very old! After we were married for about two years, we figured great, let’s have a baby! It ended up that I wasn’t given the full story about the medications I was on (for complex reasons that I won’t go into here). I did not know that I would not do well off of them after stubbornly trying- trying everything, to the point of making myself sick- so long story short I could not be pregnant. The realization of this came slowly, I thought I could still do it and continued seeing doctors. Last summer Marc and I started pursuing other options. We thought about adoption, as we have friends who are adopting. We thought about fostering (foster to adopt) and went to an orientation meeting. We realized our need to have a *biological* child was too great and overshadowed these other options. We started researching and looking into surrogacy. In January the time was right to seriously put ourselves out there by actively seeking a GS and I put up some ads on various bulletin boards. We felt that if we were supposed to have a child via surrogacy, that God would bring the right person to us. That doors would open. I joined TOSS, and introduced myself. The same day Jenn e-mailed me. And the rest is history(for now as our story (Mine and my husband’s, with Jenn and her family’s) is just beginning to be written. Jenn starts her meds next Monday, and I'll start the Monday after that.
I have no idea what is ahead for us. I don't know what taking the fertility meds will be like (which is in the forefront of my mind now) or what having my eggs aspirated will be like. This is definitely a lesson in taking things one step at a time, steps of faith for us, trusting that God will hold us up each step of the way. On the other hand I am super excited to get started! We have waited so long, and I feel like all my life I was just meant to be a mom.
"Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 37:4