Rosie the Riveter and me, we’ve got some history together. As a retired military wife who endured my husband’s multiple deployments — including a year in Iraq — Rosie inspired me when I reached those discouraging moments.
If she could do it…if all the women she represented could do it…*I* could do it, too.
An ugly, discouraging moment came yesterday, when we learned that we won’t be receiving a grant to help us finish funding this adoption.
I’ll admit–I spent a bit of time battling some anger over their decision last night. Our daughter qualifies as a special-needs adoption because of her age. Sad, but true — very, very few people ever adopt kids her age, a fact that hurts my heart. So I really thought this ministry’s support was a sure thing, especially once they heard that we only needed $3,000 to complete our fundraising.
But the answer was still “No.”
After an evening of pouting, my inner Rosie emerged and I thought, “You know what? We don’t need no stinkin’ grant! We can DO this!”
So I found a cute image generator online, added my statement “Will Work for Daughter” and that is exactly what I’m going to do. What WE are doing as a family.
Not that we haven’t already been doing that. I’m not ashamed to admit that this past year of fundraising has been exhausting. I’m already a very busy, part-time-working, full-time-homeschooling mom of three. Everything adoption-related has been like adding another part-time job to my already overbrimming schedule. I cringe a little inside every time I ask anyone for money or post something about it on Facebook because I find it terribly uncomfortable to do that. Seriously, I am TIRED. And it was that tiredness that made me hope so hard for that grant to come through.
But the fact that we didn’t get it makes me mad. And anger energizes me!
I’ve got a gorgeous, not-so-little girl waiting and hoping and praying for her new family on the other side of the world, and that means I don’t have the luxury of wasting time on getting tired or being angry.
So come on, y’all — let’s DO this thing!
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I wanted a grant because I wanted a break, but you know what? Breaks are for sissies. We’re able to do this work, and we will do it, because we only have $3,000 left until we can set a date to get our girl! I talked to the lawyer yesterday and he said that once we’re ready to go, he can set a court date one month later.
Even my 3-year-old walks by her photos and says, “We need to go get ‘Pearl’!” (Of course, he says her real name, but it is SO cute!) “Mama, go get on the ay-plane and get Pearl!”
We CAN do it!
Will you help us?