A friend shared our story with the local Fox 11 affiliate; one thing lead to the next, and we pretty soon received a phone call saying they would like to interview us ... within the hour :) Some make-up was slapped on, some ketchup-stained shirts exchanged (not mine!), and off we were to our friends' Katie and Ryan's house, where the news crew was already waiting. They interviewed us from 5-6pm last Sunday night ... and the story was on the 10pm news that night ... and all things considered, they did a pretty good job :) You can check it out here
I've had some mixed emotions about all the publicity our story is receiving. For obvious reasons, it has helped our fundraising efforts, and for that we're very thankful. Beyond that, I also feel that the situation of orphans around the world ... as well as the hurdles prospective adoptive families face during the long international adoption process are not things that are nearly talked about enough, and we're glad to help raise awareness. At the same time, I'm fighting the urge of putting on a large pair of sunglasses and a baseball hat whenever I'm out and about out, since all the attention is making me just a tiny bit uncomfortable :) And there have also been times when it's been hard dealing with such a big and private struggle in such a public way.
Above all, however, we continue to be simply blown away by the outpouring of love and support we've received and we will never be able to thank you enough. We've received quite a few anonymous gifts, and if you are one of those anonymous givers, please know that your support and kindness were so deeply appreciated. Friends we haven't seen or talked to in a long time have reached out to support us, or people we don't even know ... and it warms our heart every single day. The fact that we are in all reality getting close to raising $10,000 ... simply through my blog and Facebook is simply unreal. It literally blows my mind. I want you to know, friend, that because of you, our adoption is able to move forward. And if you are still reading this blog when our new son finally joins our family, I hope you will remember that YOU were part of bringing him home.
So yes, things are slowly progressing forward ... and even though it involves an insane amount of work, it's work we gladly do. Our new agency finished the review of our complete file and came back to us with a list of documents that will need to be updated. Thankfully, the list was shorter than we had feared ... and we got to work right away. We were very thankful to learn that after our agency director and social worker conferred, they were able to determine that our home study could be updated with an addendum only, and not a full home study update, which will save us both a huge amount of money and time. The even bigger piece of good news was that after our dossier was transferred to the Ethiopia offices of our new agency in Addis Abba, and after reviewal there, it was determined that our dossier could stay in country, and we could just submit all the changed documents (after they go through the state and federal authentication process, of course) as a dossier update. That is really good news, because it will save us a lot of time, and most importantly, we won't lose our "dossier in country" status.
Thanks for walking this crazy journey with us, our friends. We still have a long ways to go .... but one thing is for sure, we are a whole lot closer to bringing our son home today than we were 5 weeks ago, and for that we are so grateful.
P.S. I just want to mention that both the news clip and the newspaper article include a couple of less-than-accurate details :) For example, the amount of money we lost (not accurately quoted in either piece) just keeps getting bigger and bigger :) I've worked in news before, and I know how that happens ... But just in case you know the full story and are scratching your head thinking: I didn't know that's what happened :) - it's because it didn't.