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Accepted Match

Ricky and I are thrilled to announce that we have accepted the match from yesterday’s update. This family from Michigan has 6, day 6 old blastocysts. Two of the 6 were vertified (newer technology) and 4 of the 6 were slow frozen. Our fertility clinic reviewed all the information and felt this was a good match for us. We will begin phase 1 of contracts this week. We cannot start the medication to prepare for the embryo implantation until the fertility clinic has received a signed parenting agreement and a signed consent for the transfer and store of the embryos.

Our fertility clinic is hoping we will be able to try to implant in January 2015, and then baby Pease would be due in September 2015!!!

It is a little scary, exciting and surreal all at the same time. Ricky and I are having a little celebratory dinner tonight with home made apple pie and a meal that our dear friends Matt & Maja Carpenter introduced us to called “food on toast”.

We are praying that the legal process goes smoothly and quickly! We will keep you updated as we move through the process.

Blessings,

—Ricky and Angela

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Another Match

Ricky and I had our second match yesterday! We were matched with a family in Florida who have 8 2PN embryos (if you want more information on 2PN embryos you can google this term). The matched seemed almost perfect. They wanted a picture of our future child/children once a year :).We had our fertility doctor review the report from the embryologist to ensure that it was a good match and that we had the best chance to be successful. We got a call this afternoon from the fertility clinic that because the embryos were frozen so early (in the first 16-18 hours of conception) that they would need to be successfully thawed and then allowed to mature prior to being implanted. The other barrier to success was that the embryos were “slow frozen”. There is newer technology called vitrification that is now the preferred method of freezing embryos. (Again feel free to google these terms if you want more information on the process) The doctor shared with us the difficult news that they believed only 1 or 2 of the 8 embryos would survive the thaw and then we would have to wait and see if they matured. They felt there was a better match out there for us. We emailed Snowflakes this afternoon and declined this match and shared more about what our fertility doctor recommends for a successful embryo transfer. They recommend day 5 blastocysts that have been frozen using vitrification instead of slow freezing. We have learned so much about IVF and how embryos are frozen.

Thank you for your continued prayers. Ricky and I feel so encouraged that we have been matched for the second time since September 5th! What a huge blessing that things are moving so quickly. We also feel blessed that we were able to make a decision about this match so quickly! We were matched yesterday, able to have our fertility clinic review the information they received only this morning and hear back the same day. We know that God has the right embryos out there for us to adopt and have a part of our family.

Thank you again for your love, support and prayers.

—Angela and Ricky

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Second Match

Ricky and I had our second match yesterday! We were matched with a family in Florida who have 8 2PN embryos (if you want more information on 2PN embryos you can google this term). The matched seemed almost perfect. They wanted a picture of our future child/children once a year :).We had our fertility doctor review the report from the embryologist to ensure that it was a good match and that we had the best chance to be successful. We got a call this afternoon from the fertility clinic that because the embryos were frozen so early (in the first 16-18 hours of conception) that they would need to be successfully thawed and then allowed to mature prior to being implanted. The other barrier to success was that the embryos were “slow frozen”. There is newer technology called vitrification that is now the preferred method of freezing embryos. (Again feel free to google these terms if you want more information on the process) The doctor shared with us the difficult news that they believed only 1 or 2 of the 8 embryos would survive the thaw and then we would have to wait and see if they matured. They felt there was a better match out there for us. We emailed Snowflakes this afternoon and declined this match and shared more about what our fertility doctor recommends for a successful embryo transfer. They recommend day 5 blastocysts that have been frozen using vitrification instead of slow freezing. We have learned so much about IVF and how embryos are frozen.

Thank you for your continued prayers. Ricky and I feel so encouraged that we have been matched for the second time since September 5th! What a huge blessing that things are moving so quickly. We also feel blessed that we were able to make a decision about this match so quickly! We were matched yesterday, able to have our fertility clinic review the information they received only this morning and hear back the same day. We know that God has the right embryos out there for us to adopt and have a part of our family.

Thank you again for your love, support and prayers.

—Angela and Ricky

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Our First Match

Ricky and I wanted to update you that we had our first match on Friday! We were matched with a family in Texas that has 4 boys. They had their first two children genetically and then they used an egg donor and had twin boys! They had 7 embryo’s to donate to us (which was more than we ever hoped for). We were thrilled! Then the ups and downs started. We read through the information provided by the adoption agency about the genetic father, the egg donor and the children. One of the twins had needed surgery as an infant so we had some questions about that. The couple we were matched with had some unique personal questions that they wanted us to address, which we did but there continued to be back and forth and it seemed like they wanted the exact perfect answer from us. Ultimately we decided to pass on this match and wait for snowflakes to re-match us. So we are back to waiting.

It is has felt like a long 5 days since our first match and it was not filled with peace. We have a lot of peace in our decision to pass on this match and we are so excited to meet the children God has planned for us.

Thank you for all of your continued prayers and support. There could still be a Pease baby in 2015 :). We will continued to keep you updated.

Blessings,

—Angela and Ricky

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