Thursday, April 9, 2015

For my friend

So, I know we've had this conversation before but I think it's worth repeating. Adoption is hard. We often don't hear about the hard parts because those who have the guts to go back again and again  tend to be tough...or stubborn...or just really courageous and brave...and they keep a lot of the hard stuff bottled up inside. So with that in mind, meet my friend Jamie.

Jamie is on her 3rd adoption in three years and will be bringing home adopted kiddos number 4 and 5 around the time Cliff comes home. This will make a total of 8 kids for her family! Somehow she finds time to homeschool, cook amazing meals, and fundraise her tush off for her boys who are waiting. As if all of that isn't enough, she also welcomes her friends into her home anytime and makes them feel like they've always been there. She's a great person, and I'm lucky to call her friend.

In true tough adoptive mama fashion, Jamie won't tell you how rough things are right now so I'm going to do it for her. She had a loss in her family, she's not only in the middle of moving but fixing up her current house to put it on the market. I'm not talking touching up paint but like installing flooring and cabinets and hard labor! Did I mention she has 6 kids? Homeschools? Half of them have Down syndrome? She is a beast, right?! Well unfortunately the list doesn't end there. One kiddo had surgery yesterday and is thankfully doing great, but another little one, her tiniest (size wise) is having major open heart surgery next month. Obviously with all of this going on fundraising is going to be hard, and that's where I could use some help. 

I want to see her fully funded. I really really want to see that burden lifted as she deals with everything else going on. She needs roughly $10k more and I know the number is scary but I've seen it happen before. Yes it's typically right at the end but this is kind of a unique case where you have a hardworking mother who has lots going on that is out of her control and it would just be really nice to see the community rally and get this done and show her that we care, because she has shown time and again that SHE cares. She cares about the kids she's bringing home, the kids others are bringing home, the waiting kids, and Reece's Rainbow as a whole. She donates when she has needs herself, and this is a person who would truly give you the shirt off her back.

She will protest but I don't care, but until
Her boys are funded I'm putting half of my sales into her FSP, and half will go towards Cliff. God provides, I will get funded, I'm not concerned. I love her kids like they're my own so Evan and Raymond are a priority for me as well.

Please search your hearts, drop in $5 or $10 and get her closer to the finish line! Here is her FSP where you can make a donation and I'm going to get an auction set up and 1/2 of the proceeds will go to Jamie too, so check back for that announcement!