In case it isn't obvious, I'm having a hard time blogging lately! Sometimes as moms- our time is all consumed with running a family and our time to actually create something to put out into the world takes a backseat. One little has a double ear infection and all three have just needed lots of cuddling as a result of mommy being at the Orphan Summit for a couple of days last week.
So- the Orphan Summit. Holy moly! It was amazing. Actually- amazing doesn't even begin to describe it. There is just something about being surrounded by like minded individuals who all have a passion for improving the lives of orphans all over the world. I learned a lot, cried a lot, met lots of super cool people, and came home with a renewed purpose. I'm not sure what carrying out that purpose is going to look like, but my cage has been rattled in a big way and I'm excited about all of the possibilities.
I'll be blogging about lots of the things that I learned in the weeks to come. I sat in on two seminars by Karyn Purvis (attachment and trauma guru) that absolutely have changed my life and the way that I relate to my kiddo from a hard place. I watched a panel of adult adoptees talk about what it means to be adopted into family of another race and how that played out in their lives. I soaked it all in as they gave their best advice to parents. I was mesmorized listening to Brian Fikkert (author of Helping Without Hurting) as he talked about the do's and don'ts of helping to alleviate poverty without hurting the people you are trying to serve. It was standing room only to hear Carolyn Twietmeyer from Project Hopeful talk about the role of advocates and adoptive families for the HIV+ orphan.
I got to speak as part of a panel on how busy moms can be advocates. I was blown away by the hearts and passion of the women who were on the panel with me.
I looked around the rooms and saw people who had fostered dozens and dozens of children. I saw parents who have adopted children that no one else would have taken a chance on. I saw people who were changing communities all over the world and giving those in extreme poverty a hand up. It was truly inspiring.
I've got a lot of processing to do before I even begin to blog about the sessions! In the mean time, I may just keep snuggling with the wild ones that I've been entrusted with. It's kind of been nice to just take a little time off to watch the Justin Beiber movie 3 times in two days with my daughter. And play a gobzillion rounds of Candy Land with the boys. And play words with friends with my peeps. And not get out of my pj's. And bounce ideas around with my husband about our future. So my email inbox and my house look like a trash heap, but who cares?! (well... actually, I care, but I'm trying hard not too!)
If you'd like to see what other bloggers are saying about the orphan summit in the meantime while I get my act together, you can check out the alliance blog HERE.