For the next month while I help out with the end of the year activities as Kindergarten Homeroom Mom at my children’s school, I will be featuring fellow Philly Social Media Mom bloggers. Today I have the pleasure of sharing a post from Kelly Raudenbush of The Sparrow Fund and My Overthinking.
I remember the day we decided to adopt.
When I first brought it up to my dear husband, he thought I was crazy. We had 2 kids under 2 at the time, and our hands were full.
But, 2 years later, and a third baby later, Mark came home from work, came in the back door as I was cooking dinner, and looked right at me and said, “I think we need to do it. If we don’t do it, I think we’d be disobedient.”
And, so the paperwork began and the doctors’ appointments made and the background checks ordered and the checks from our bank account written. And, only a couple months later, the hardest part started–the wait.
And, wait we did. One day short of 3 years after that day my husband walked in our back door and told me we were going to be the parents of 4, we met our daughter Lydia in a smoke-filled office that was miraculously transformed into holy ground.
And, a funny thing happened.
We were changed.
We knew her life would change entirely. She was an orphan living in an orphanage in a room with 40 cribs cared for by a staff of rotating ayis or nannies. She knew the noise of a busy city but lived in a building only a short distance from cave dwellings where families made their home. She was leaving her home country, the language she knew, the babies who were as close to a family as she knew, everything familiar.
Yes, her world changed. But, ours did too. And, nothing has looked the same since.
6 months after Lydia became our daughter, my husband told me he had an idea. He proceeded to tell me he felt called to do something big, way big, like start-a-nonprofit-from-nothing big, an organization to serve adoptive families. He told me how he believed adoptive families needed more support, that he wanted to make sure as many families as possible got the help they needed both before and after they adopted. I smiled, thought it sounded awesome, and thought there was no way we could do it.
About 6 months after that, The Sparrow Fund officially launched.
Since April of 2011, it’s been quite a challenge figuring this non-profit thing out. But, all the late nights, computer time, and paperwork somehow becomes not that big of deal when we see pictures like this.
That’s Mazie. And, we got to play a small part of her coming on home to her family.
She’s one of 11 children whose families we helped through a grant in 2011.
11 children whose lives have been changed. 11 families who have been changed.
Now, that’s something to celebrate right there.
It’s now May, 5 months into 2012, and we’ve awarded 10 grants already, 10 grants for 10 families bringing home 15 children.
This past month, we’ve seen something else amazing happen–59 small businesses learned about what we were doing and decided they wanted to be a part of it, and they have chosen to do that in a significant way this month, giving 10% (or in some cases more) of their total sales to The Sparrow Fund so that we can give grants to adoptive families so that they can get the help and support they need and provide quality training to help families in every season of their adoption journey.
Would you please check these places out—find some new fave shops. Schedule a portrait session. Buy your mom a gift. Buy yourself a gift. Share your favorite items on your online spaces, and get the word out that these places support adoption. And, thank them for stepping out to do that in such a significant way. It’s a pretty big deal. I’m a bit wowed by it all—it’s hard not to be.
Forever changed by their experience of adoption, Kelly is a stay-at-home mom/manager to 4 children and a professional juggler, juggling her calling as wife and mother with editing professionally, administrating a website for adoptive family support, and serving adoptive families through The Sparrow Fund. You can learn more about their adoption story, how they’ve been changed, and what life for them looks like on her personal blog, My Overthinking.
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