As some of you may already know, Brian (the hubs) and I were in the process of adopting a little boy from Russia. If you've been watching the news, Russia has closed off adoptions to American parents. We were about to get everything together and head over the water when the news came out. While we are very heartbroken, we are thankful we didn't look a little boy in the eye and make a promise we couldn't keep. Our hearts break for the kids who got caught in the political crossfire and lost a chance to become part of a loving family. Adoption is a very rocky, long road and will be one we hope to go down again in a few years. Perhaps we'll go the domestic route, perhaps foster, perhaps attempt international again. We aren't sure.
With the closure of so many adoptions, Russian orphans, particularly the disabled, are in turmoil. American's adopt the most orphans with disabilities from Russia and with Americans cut off from adopting them they're going to need extra care. An organization we love is iOrphan, http://www.iorphan.org/. Very transparent, honest and doing amazing work on behalf of those orphaned in Russia.
This experience has made a huge impact on our family and me personally. I've decided that starting in July 2013, all new signed contracts will receive a list of no more than 6 or 7 charities to choose from that will receive 5% of the subtotal from their wedding. This is a great way to shed light on some amazing charities who really need our support. I also feel like I need to take more responsibility in our local and global community, particularly as a small business owner.
If you know of a charity in the local Puget Sound area, a national, or even global charity that you think is doing amazing work, please leave a comment and I'll look into them and consider putting them on the list.
Here are a few photos from recent weddings that I STILL need to blog. Someday...
|The trusty antique Pepsi crate. Perfect for delivery and looks great in photos too :)|