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Happy 8th Birthday Eli!

It’s F-I-N-A-L-L-Y here! Eli’s birthday is tomorrow and it’s a day he’s been waiting for, counting down to, and asking about almost daily since his very first few weeks home. And now-it’s here!

Birthdays in the adoption community are yet another reminder of what most of us take for granted. Not just the cake, the presents, or the parties……but even the very day itself. Eli’s birth date is an estimation. All children who are found are given an estimated age. To simplify records, everyone is assigned a birthday on the 1st of the month.

In the last few weeks, I’ve found myself wondering:

“Was today the day Eli was really born 8 years ago?”

“Was it even 8 years?”

I’ve wondered about what it must have been like for his mother-whether she realized right away that Eli had a disability or whether she realized only months later. I’ve wondered if her heart is heavy as the snow melts and spring blooms. If I could, I would show her this video. I didn’t make it for her….I made it for Eli-who has watched Hannah’s birthday video so many times that he’s memorized it. I’d want his birth mother to see how much he’s grown, how much he’s learned, and most of all….how happy he is.

Happy Birthday, Eli! You are so very, very loved!


T-shirt fundraiser launched

While we anxiously await word from China, we’ve been busy! My family and friends in Frankfort threw us a beautiful adoption sprinkle and I’ll catch up this week with pictures. Just today, we hosted a shower for my newest nephew-to-be.  We’ve also been working on over a dozen adoption grant application-oh and working and keeping up with a very energetic sister-to-be. In the midst of this, there’s big t-shirt news! We’ve launched our first Booster campaign and could use your help. From the start of our journey to Eli, this quote has been meaningful to us. We finally took the plunge to make it into a t-shirt. Booster campaigns are a way to crowd-source t-shirts. We need to sell at least 20 to print but have set our goal to 50. We have just a couple weeks to meet our goals and then the t-shirts will be printed and shipped. Can you help us by sharing this link? To meet our goal, we’ll definitely need to widen our circle. We know so many people who live their lives with this intention so we hope it will be fitting for a wide audience.

Ready to check out our t-shirt?

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Here the link to our campaign: Join us in sporting this reminder to BE the change and please share this link with your networks. We cannot say thank-you enough…but we’ll try!


Amazon Store Now Open

Update: Since publishing this post, I realized that the footer widget doesn’t work well. Instead, I set up our own Amazon store. This allows me to add more of our favorite items and categorize them. You are actually shopping through Amazon….just with a link that let’s them know we shared the product with our recommendation. Visit our store here

Polishing the blog tonight in preparation of a few exciting things to come. It seems each day brings more items on our adoption to-do list. While still juggling our jobs, we’ve done something each and every day this week. On Friday, we got a few more items notarized and had our blood taken for our doctor to complete the last (fingers crossed) medical form. In addition to the paperwork, we’re also finalizing plans for additional fundraisers. Unfortunately, we were not selected for a grant that we’d been very hopeful to receive for a few months. The news was disappointing but just instilled a greater clarity that we are meant to pursue different avenues in our journey to bring Eli home….we were meant to be more creative, to reach out to more people, and to work harder. He’s worth it….and then some.

I’ll launch a couple of more formal items in the coming days/weeks, but I’ve also added a widget to our footer with a few of our current Amazon favorites. We *love* children’s books around here. My child psych background paired with Hannah’s love of reading since birth means we analyze enjoy a large number of books. Each week or so, I’ll share some of our favorites in the footer below. Some are related to adoption, disability, emotions, self-regulation, and learning about the Chinese culture. Other books and toys are just for fun-those are important too! The widget should be a fun way to share recommendations while also earning a small commission if you decide to purchase by clicking on our links.

Interested in checking out our first installment? There’s everything from bugs to our favorite Llama books! Just scroll d-o-w-n to check out the Amazon widget in the footer.

We wish you a wonderful weekend and if you are from the Midwest, hope you, too, are enjoying the great thaw!


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