Look what I got in the mail:
Isn't it the cutest thing?! It is a Congolese Flag Blankie. So I though that it was only appropriate that I take its picture with Mile's bear that the kids named "Congo". I can't wait to wrap it around Miles! It is made out of just about the softest material I think I've ever felt. The lady who make these blankies is super talented. She can make the flag from any country. She is in the process of bringing home her gorgeous little daughter from Ethiopia. (oh how I wish I could show you this little girl's picture- she is bee-u-tee-ful, but alas, that is totally against the law in Ethiopia, so you'll just have to take my word for it!) Now, I know that this blog is read by LOTS of adoptive mommies who have adopted from LOTS of different countries all over the world. How cute would your little one look all snuggled up in their flag? It's a great way to help preserve your kiddos birth culture. Plus- the very best thing about these blankies is that all the money raised from the sale of these blankets, goes to help that sweet, precious little girl come home from Ethiopia. These cute blankies can be bought online at http://www.etsy.com/shop/mamaenat
Y'all- it is expensive to adopt a baby. So that's why for our 6th day of Christmas Kindness, we made donations to two families that are fundraising the money to bring their little ones home. I believe that when someone feels the calling and the pull in their heart to adopt a baby, that we are ALL involved in that process. Sometimes that means helping them pray for direction, praying for their children, helping them logistically, financially, or physically. The process is long and it is draining and we want to do what we can to help other people going through it. We have been surrounded by an awesome community through this whole process. We also realize that we are crazy lucky that my husband works for a company who believes in adoption and is willing to help with expenses. This has been a huge blessing for us. And while it doesn't cover even close to the cost, it does help free up enough resources to take care of the rest. We also recognize that this is RARE. Most employers don't do this, so while our contributions were small (oh how I wish I could give more!) I know that every little bit helps when you are trying to bring a child home to their forever family. If I ever win the lottery- look out!- I'd be the person who went bankrupt in a year because I gave all my money away. Thanks God I am married to a financial advisor, right?!
Have a great weekend folks!