It was silly, really, or so I thought. I found out about a baby with a rare special need through a series of blog links, and I thought, "We could handle that need. I'm going to ask about her." It has been our heart's desire all along to be a family to a child who might be harder to place. So I sent an email, and read a little story, and sent another email asking if she needed a family and expressing our willingness to find out more. I thought nothing would come of it. I think I'm still in shock that something did. But we are thrilled, and we are honored, and we are over the moon with joy. While we can't believe that we were chosen to parent this little girl (even though, several times before we found out if we would be her parents, I turned to Jarod and said, "I really feel like they just need to know that we're awesome, and then they'll tell us that of course we should be her family"), we are jumping in with both feet for a little girl who has stolen our hearts.
Elvie was born with a rare and serious birth defect that affects the lower half of her body. There were scans and X-rays done in Ethiopia and evaluated by a surgeon here in the United States, but he was unable to tell much from what was sent. She needs to be here to have the scans done properly before a surgery plan can be made and her prognosis will be more clear. Though the surgery cannot be done until she is six months old, it is imperative that we get her here so that we can begin the process of medical evaluation. We also feel that it is in Elvie's best interest to be able to have some time to bond with us as a family and get comfortable with her new surroundings before she has serious medical procedures done. So we are getting the paperwork done as quickly as possible, and the agency's representatives in Ethiopia are working closely with the Ethiopian courts and the US Embassy in Addis Ababa to streamline the process.
Because this has happened so much more quickly than we anticipated, we are scrambling to come up with adoption fees and travel funds. We are applying for several grants and will then move on to loans. Whatever it takes to get her home is what we will do. Which brings it around to you. If you have considered giving to our Give It Forward program, but were waiting for an opportune moment, now would be an excellent time to do it. We are still committed to paying back all we are given to charities and adding our 10% as interest. The 10% will be matched, so your gift not only will help bring Elvie home to us, but will grow by 20% as we pass it on to organizations that are doing good work around the globe. There's always a Donate button in the upper left corner there, but I'm adding one below as well.
PayPal does take a percentage of what you give as a fee, so if you would prefer to donate by check and ensure that all funds go directly to bringing Elvie home, arrangements can be made for that. Please email us by clicking on the email link on our left sidebar, and we will tell you where to send the check.
One last thing we are looking for help with is finding an airline that can help us get our daughter home in a comfortable and discreet manner. Elvie's birth defect is something that may be a curiosity to some, and we would like to protect her privacy and ensure that she is as comfortable as possible as she makes the journey from her home in Ethiopia to her home in the United States. Any suggestions or research done on our behalf will be welcomed and appreciated.
Please spread the word to anyone you know who may be interested in helping out. We could use as many blog posts and retweets and Facebook mentions and social-media-whatevers as possible. Let's get this little lady home.