World Adoption Day. November 9, 2014.
Today is the first ever worldwide celebration to honor adoption.
If you are one of the fortunate few like I am, you have personally felt the culmination of how wonderful adoption is. If you haven't felt the effects of adoption, I would love to share a little of my personal story.
To me, being adopted is like winning the lottery-- with your life. A wonderful person or couple take a chance on loving you, placing you in their home, with or without thinking of the risks or ramifications of the outcome. Especially being adopted as a school age child like I was. With statistics that show adopted children only make up about 2% of the total child population under the age of 18, the odds of being adopted as a child over 5 and winning the lottery are virtually about the same. When I was about 3 years old, my biological father died as a result of an overdose. Soon after that my biological mother tried to take her own life in a very tragic way. I was placed into foster care and for the next 6 years, I lived in various homes until my adoptive parents foster-adopted me by the age of 9.
My parents that adopted me have shared that they searched through reams and reams of binders with pictures of children in them, before they stopped at my picture and wanted to bring me into their lives. I've always thought about this and what caused them to stop on my picture and story? What pressed upon their hearts that I was the one for them? I firmly believe in divine providence and that God placed that longing for another child in their hearts, and rested it on me.
My adoptive father was an only child, and always wanted a large family. He has stated to me before that he many times felt lonely as a child, always wishing he had a brother or sister. My adoptive parents ended up having 3 biological children of their own; then going on to adopt me, my biological brother, and another from the foster system. I am so thankful for the life that they gave me by bringing me into their home. Loving me as their child.
I can't imagine how my life would be, if I had not been given the life that I have.
What can you do to place your mark on adoption? How can you contribute and be apart of the cause of adoption? Even if adoption doesn't personally affect you or has touched you?
Everybody wants to be loved, to feel loved. To belong to something.
I want to share with you an incredible company that supports & helps create adoptive families through fashionable, affordable sunglasses: Subsidy Shades. The founder, Melissa Mugar, started the company as a way to fund her and her husbands first adoption. They were able to fund their entire adoption and have helped numerous others funding their adoptions. The company literally exploded and has had a gifting suite at the MTV Music Awards. Melissa and her husband are currently in the process of their second adoption, with the help of this wonderful company.
Subsidy Shades is locally, nationally and internationally an advocate for children and families joining together for the cause adoption. All proceeds are donated to families in financial need, to help create their forever families through adoption. Each pair of sunglasses are about $12-$24 a pair, which is an unbelievable price for a stunning pair of sunnies.
Subsidy Shades is changing the game of adoption fundraising. You can contribute to the future of a child. There is always free shipping and 100% proceeds are donated to adoptive families.
Join me in supporting Subsidy Shades and the extraordinary work that this company does. Check out their website at subshades.com and buy a pair today of sunglasses to support a family in need for their adoption costs.
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