You all know how closely we hold infertility and adoption to our hearts, and after devoting a whole week of posts (start with Jenna’s introduction here.) to the cause, we we found one more layer of a way we could help those looking to adopt. We have partnered with Sage & Harper and Pound the Pavement for Parenthood for a very special project which we will be sharing first thing next week. But, for today’s Fryday we wanted to hand the reigns over to a very special mother and someone we were each deeply touched by recently. Someone who knows the strains of infertility and adoption better than we do, and someone who never gave up the hope of creating her family. Jamie came into our lives and her story had us in tears almost instantly. Please welcome, Jamie!
“I have always known that adoption would be part of my life, even when I was young. My dad was adopted and I have always been grateful for my grandparents in bringing him home. We adopted our daughter Zoe from Rwanda three years ago when she was two years old. Before we met her she had never smiled or even talked. After we had been with her for around three weeks, we saw both a smile and heard her beautiful voice. I know she felt our love for her and it made her come alive. Now all she does is smile and giggle as she is filled with love from her family. Every time I see that smile my heart is filled with so much gratitude for how lucky I am to have her in my life.
In the middle of October we returned home with our 5 month old daughter Evie from Ethiopia. It has been an amazing experience to be able to go back to Africa to bring home another daughter. It took over 21 months and two visits to Ethiopia to receive a referral and bring her home. She was very sick and malnourished when we met her (four pounds at twenty days old!) and we were worried she wouldn’t even make it. Now she is home with us and thriving. We have been so blessed to have these two girls in our lives. Having a family on our own is a blessing that many of us do not have. Adoption can make it possible for families to be together. Many people do not understand just how difficult adoption can be. You must prove that you can be a good parent and the costs to do this can be staggering. I am so grateful for Sage & Harper in supporting adoption and helping families who could not afford the costs to be able to bring their children home. My family would not be complete without my daughters.”
Thank you so much for sharing a bit of your journey with us, Jamie! We’ll back first thing Monday sharing this new venture with Sage & Harper. Have a wonderful weekend!
Locals! We will be co-hosting a launch party with Dear Lizzy for the Fairy Birds book we featured last week on November 16th! It is shaping up to me a really fun afternoon for you and your kids. Check it out!