Joshua & Stephanie
The Universe, Earth

Joshua & Stephanie are your typical, American couple. He has his side of the bed, she has hers. He plays video games, she stumbles upon things. He’s a graphic designer, she’s an admissions counselor. He’s a musician, she’s an archaeologist. Yada, yada, yada. You get the picture. So… why make a blog? Interesting question! For starters, the quirky couple have made an official decision to step out of their comfort zone, say goodbye to all their belongings, and embark on a grand adventure near the end of the year. Where are they going you might ask? The first stop is Barcelona for a few weeks, and then it's on to Shanghai, China! They decided to make a blog to document their travels, and some of the exciting things leading up to their departure, and when they finally get their feet on the ground in Asia. So sit back, relax, laugh along, and follow these two lovebirds as they show you how easy it is to fulfill the wanderlust in all of us!

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Circle Egg Donation

By on June 6, 2016

Let’s talk Circle Egg Donation. No, I don’t mean chicken eggs. I mean my lady eggs, the one’s that I’m supposed to use to make children. The only problem with that is I’ve never wanted my own children (Josh and I are still debating this topic). I sometimes think of all the orphaned, unloved, unwanted children in the world and it breaks my heart. The way I see it, why make more children when there are already so many who need love? I know that creating your own child and watching it grow is the most fulfilling thing for most people, but I’ve never felt that need. I respect parents of every kind, you make the world go round. But for me, showing unloved children that they are, indeed, loved is my goal.

Circle Egg Donation - Egg Donation

When I heard that I could donate my eggs to families who aren’t able to have their own children, I thought, “Why not?”. I’m not going to lie and tell you that the money I was given in return wasn’t a huge factor in this decision, but it certainly wasn’t the only one. Just because I don’t want to have my own children, doesn’t mean I can’t use my eggs in a fulfilling way. I like helping people, its a condition of being an Aquarius (I just felt Josh and several of you roll your eyes, but I’m serious!). Since I’m not going to use my eggs, why shouldn’t I give them to a couple who does want to start their own family? Just as I don’t want my own children, many couples with fertility problems don’t want to adopt, either. This is where my eggs come in to play.

Circle Egg Donation - Family

So I did my research and finally settled on Circle Egg Donation. I really like their thorough screening process; before you can even get started, you have to fill out an application and be selected. Not everyone is chosen to donate. Once you are, you make a profile and wait for a family to choose you. From there you undergo health exams, genetic profiling, and a psychological exam. Donating your eggs is not an easy process. I thought I’d go in, get put under, and wake up with more money in my bank account. That was not the case. It’s a long process that requires multiple blood tests, ultrasounds, and self-injections. I also had to take off a lot more time at work than I was expecting.

Circle Egg Donation - Adoption

When it was finally time to do the actual procedure, they flew Josh and I out to California (Circle Egg uses two clinics and the family chooses which is best for them). Since my family lives in Lancaster, CA, I used the free time to visit my dying grandmother and I’m so thankful I was able to do so. Anyway, one giant injection in my back later, it was time for the procedure. They put me under and the next thing I knew, it was time to go. Some people feel a little sick from the anesthesia, and I certainly did, but that was the extent of the side effects. It really was a very easy procedure, for me, anyways.

Circle Egg Donation - Expecting

Nine months later I received an email from the family, with pictures of their beautiful baby girl. Not once did I question my decision to donate my eggs but I didn’t know, in my heart, that it was the right decision until I saw the tears streaming down the father’s face as he held his daughter in his hands. That is why I donated my eggs, and that is why I am doing it again.