Friday, September 5, 2014

Bravelets for Conquering Infertility

Heads up.  I'm going to post about a fundraiser.

I'm only giving a warning because I know that fundraising in adoption is a bit of a hot topic.

Fundraising for infertility is in the same boat, I'm sure.  Personally, I've never heard about it before now.  But, someone very close to me is involved in infertility fundraising and I wanted to help this person out!

My loved one has partnered with Bravelets to raise funds to help cover the cost of infertility treatments.

According to the Bravelets Website:
"Bravelets™ is not a non-profit organization. We are a for-profit company with giving at our core. We believe in transparency. We believe in making a difference. We don’t believe in the phrase “a portion of proceeds will be donated….” What does that mean? Is a portion $.01? Is a portion 1%? That kind of giving is confusing and un-fulfilling to the purchaser. We want you to feel good about your purchase. We want you to know, when you look down at your wrist, that $10 was donated to your cause. We want you to know that you helped make a difference."
In my opinion, fundraising to afford unique family building options should be left up to the growing family.  If you're comfortable participating in a fundraiser, then go for it!  And if you have the ability, participate in fundraisers for other families too.  If not, then don't.  But leave it at that.  No need to express your opinion about something that probably already received plenty of thought in the decision making process.

If you don't agree with family building fundraising, feel free to skip over this post.

But, if you're willing and able to support a couple in need of assistance in building their family, then visit this page.  $10 of each purchase made will help my loved on on their way to growing a family!


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Web Browsing Wednesday

I found some really great articles around the Web this week.  Here are my favorites!

1) It's Their Day, Too.

"I did not check off many to-do boxes today, but my little ones did: learn, play, eat, sleep, read, and repeat. And I helped them do those things. If I measure each day by my list, they are not always very good, but when I look at each day like it is their day too, because it IS their day, too, well, then most days are better. A lot better."

2) 10 Things No One Ever Told Me About Having A Daughter

"The casual reader will likely hear in these only the saccharine. But those of us with daughters will also hear what is terrifying, vulnerable, disorienting... and sacred."

3) Me Too

"There's just something awesome about being adored by your kids.  They think that you make magic just by existing.  So I worked really hard at trying not to show the ugly parts of myself to my kids.  Even while battling postpartum and post adoption depression I tried relentlessly to make sure that my kids saw a happy mom who had her crap together.  I thought that's what they needed.  But one of my kids needed me more than she needed the facade."

4) For Moms Who Can't Lock Themselves In The Bathroom

"We all live in the real world though, and despite our best efforts there will be days when everything that can happen, will. I hate that dry and weary feeling. It’s the feeling that I’m lost in the middle of the wilderness with my babies and we need something more, something to bring more clarity and joy to our day."

5) Defending The Decision To Place

"Finally, the decision is made to carry this child and then to place this child with a loving and able family. Who would have thought having to explain your decision a thousand times would come next. At times, having to defend yourself and the choice you made for YOU and YOUR CHILD feels like a headache and heartbreak."

 6) Under A Microscope As A Transracial Adoptive Family

"I don’t let situations like these bother me. We are a family, we love each other and are proud to be a family."