I will often tell people that “in my other life” I own a small business, am an Advanced Practice Nurse, or that I raise 11 kids. These worlds all feel very separate sometimes. Adoption advocacy bleeds into all of them. It’s natural for people in all of those arenas to ask about my kids. Their pictures are plastered all over my office walls. I practiced peds nursing in an Adoption Medicine practice. And, it’s pretty obvious when we’re out and about that they don’t share my DNA. People are curious. It’s a good opportunity to talk about adoption.
It’s a great opportunity to talk about China, to talk about the kids who still wait. Since last year, I have gotten to do this in an official (still unpaid though, I do NOT get paid for any of the work I do for adoption, just want to be clear on that) capacity. I began volunteering with a group of like minded moms whose goal is to shine a spotlight on kids who might not otherwise be noticed, kids who are currently sitting in institutions in China. I was given the opportunity to join the Administrative Team at Red Thread Advocates.
This was how I found our Gigi. And now, here she is. A total miracle.
This work isn’t always easy, but it’s so worth it. Tonight, I would like to celebrate the end of 2015, and ring in 2016, by highlighting all the kids who were advocated for by Red Thread who are now home with their forever family.
You read all about them HERE. While you’re there, why not request a password, take a look at all the amazing kids waiting for their forever, and see if maybe 2016 is the year that you could find your own miracle?
–FullPlateMom, who is waiting for the day that there are no more waiting.