There are some people and families you meet that you feel a connection, a draw to, so to speak.
Alice has been one of those people for me.
I "met" Alice during their first adoption. They did an adoption fundraiser with us and she was so upbeat, happy and grateful the entire time! She was a joy to work with. Alice was my first Alaskan customer and her favorite things were our sari items. (Who can blame her?) I think she's pretty smart for preparing with purpose for the cold of her environment!
As we were working on completing our adoption process, I learned that the Waarviks were adopting again - two sweet boys from Uganda! We did another fundraiser with their family, which was another wonderful experience.
Since bringing our son home from Haiti, I have felt mostly like my head has been detached. They say adoption is not for the faint of heart and I'm here to tell you how true that is. This process, this process of healing, of becoming family, is one of the hardest things I have ever done. I have thought of Alice many times. She was very honest in telling me about their process, about the adjustments of "becoming family". It helped tremendously. I've always been inspired by her attitude of hope and grace.
Last week was a bit of a break for our family. Our son was more open, more settled. I was able to think again and I thought of Alice and wondered how their process was going. I checked on her and found that they are currently in Uganda working to bring their children home. But, as with any adoption process, things are not just cut and dried. They aren't simple. The Waarvik family has sacrificed so much to bring all their kiddos home. They have exhausted every resource because they believe they have been called to adopt these children. But, resources are low. Take a listen to Alice's heart....
Our boys are amazing and we
are so excited to have them in our family. We have been working on
adding to our family through adoption since 2011 and have made
considerable sacrifices to save the money needed. We moved from
Tennessee to a remote Arctic village in Alaska in order to get a higher
paying job that enabled us to adopt our son Jonas from Uganda in 2013.
While in Uganda, we met "Emerson" at an orphanage and had an instant
attachment to him. We decided to remain in the Alaskan Bush to continue
saving money so we could return and adopt him.
Emerson was born
without legs, has a short tongue making him unable to speak, and has
other major medical needs. He needs surgery in the US to hopefully fix
his tongue and the other issues. Life for people in Uganda with needs
like Emerson can be very difficult, as no assistance is available to
them and they are shunned by their families and society. We have had
Emerson in our home for several weeks and have watched him flourish
with the love and attention he gets from our family.
While our intention was to adopt Emerson, for almost a year it seemed
like adopting him would be impossible. Since adoption and Uganda
were still on our hearts, we accepted Granger's referral. Months
later we found out that we had been chosen to adopt Emerson. And once we
said yes to Granger, there was no way we were going to change our
While Granger does not have the extreme medical conditions that Emerson
has, he suffers from past abuse and severe malnourishment. We have not
been able to keep Granger in our care as the court system is moving
slowly. While the orphanage where Granger resides cares for their kids,
funding is difficult. Granger's hair is yellow, a sign of a dangerous
protein deficiency. Just as much as Emerson, he needs a loving family
that can provide for him.
Besides making financial sacrifices to
save up money for our adoptions, we have also done a lot of fundraising,
but we have been able to raise all the money required to get us to this
point in Uganda with all of our agency fees and most of our travel costs
paid. However, we still have thousands of dollars in travel costs and
in country fees remaining, and we have nearly exhausted our personal
accounts. We've also exhausted our loan options. We are here on the
profound belief that God will provide for us on the final steps of this
adoption and allow us to bring these boys home, just as He has provided
for us every step of the way.
Lots of people question fundraising during adoption. I get that. Most people do fundraisers with us to communicate a message - that fundraising can help people. They want to raise awareness for fair trade and raise money at the same time. I love that purpose!
But, since bringing our son home, I'm realizing that fundraising is a way to build your community for after adoption, too. Community is so essential. We have met the most beautiful people through our adoption process. People who understand and want to listen. And I'm realizing that lots of different people can meet lots of needs, uplifting the spirits and hopes of the adoptive family.
So, let me boil this down, finally. :) Let's help them! For the next 3 days, we are offering this awesome promo! We're selling Alice's favorite item - our sari scarves - and 50% of the cost will go to benefit the Waarvik family. No increased cost to you. Just a way to help, not only our artisans, but this awesome family, too. We only have 6 pictured scarves left, but never fear, we have 60 MORE on order!!! If you purchase the "Sari Scarf - We'll Choose For You", we will send you a note when the scarves arrive and you will be able to choose your favorite - no fear of the unknown. :)
Let's see what we can do, as a DFC community, for this family! Thank you!!!!
Join us? Go shopping here and support our artisans and help bring this family home!