Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Lottie Lee's Red Thread

We have been given the opportunity of a lifetime that not only will change our lives, but our daughter’s life. This opportunity can raise awareness about the adoption process and how it can be attainable for any family. Although we didn’t have the funds to finance our adoption, we certainly knew we didn’t want to jeopardize our financial situation by taking a second mortgage, or a high interest loan. We decided cutting back on day-to-day luxuries and possibly starting a side business to help finance our adoption, would be the best way for our family. We started Lottie Lee Photography, taking quality family portraits for a small donation toward our adoption. While looking for free advertising, I stumbled across a nonprofit company in the Austin area, and our journey took an overwhelmingly wonderful twist. We met with the founders of CoupAide, who after meeting with us and listening to our thoughts about adoption, decided to sponsor us and help with a fundraising campaign for Charlotte Lee's adoption. We were told that CoupAide will build a website in our daughter's honor to help raise funds for her adoption: for every gift certificate sold on the web page, they will donate 50% of the sales directly towards Lottie Lee's adoption.

We are speechless and cannot believe the opportunity that has been given to us. We hope not only to raise the necessary funds for our daughters adoption and possibly help provide surgeries of other children with cleft lip/palate, but also to make it a model for families to realize that although adoption is expensive, there are creative resources to help lessen the cost. With faith all things are possible! Special Thanks to Firas & Matt from CoupAide

"An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but will never break."
--An ancient Chinese belief

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Children's Hope International

What a momentous day! We have been accepted by our agency, Children’s Hope International, and could not be happier. It was a long road to this point, which seems ironic since being accepted to an agency is a first step in any adoption, but we were relentless in our research that included spending a couple of months interviewing various agencies and reading books that guided us on what kind of questions to ask, plus warning signs to avoid. Ultimately, it came down to our initial intuition. We listed all of our priorities, one being that we were looking for the most transparent agency, that was upfront and honest about the process and cost. In addition, we wanted to find an agency with a strong philanthropic model and one that gives back to the orphanages and children in need. We confidently chose our agency based on those priorities and look forward to building our relationship as we embark on this journey.