My 2nd blogoversary is on January 26. I've felt like there's been little to celebrate. I began this blog near the beginning of my quest deliver a second surrobaby. Here I sit, moving into year three (and couple three), and I'm still technically no closer to accomplishing my goal than I was when I started. I could let that day continue to give me a reason to sit around feeling sorry for myself, but that's no fun. It's also unproductive.
I woke up this morning realizing that my moping was all a matter of perspective; I've been looking at the past two years from the wrong angle. I may not have been able to deliver a baby to either Mia and Urs or to Chance and Apollo, but there are many things that I was able to accomplish, thanks either in part or whole to this blog:
- helped Mia find an egg donor. Now, Mia and Urs have a beautiful 4 month old baby girl.
- helped educate five prospective intended parents and get them started on their paths.
- helped three surrogates find their way, two of which are currently pregnant and the third is cycling.
- facilitated a match between one of those IPs and one of the surrogates: niobe and Trish (betcha didn't know that, did you?), who are due in April.
- I'm currently matched with the lovely Miss W, who is also one of the five IPs I helped.
- hosted the first Sock It to Me, which was a huge success and a bright spot for many ALI bloggers (by the way, the 2nd Sock It to Me is now open and so far is up to more than 40 participants!).
I haven't accomplished my personal goal yet, but my efforts to help build families have not gone completely unsuccessful. Parenthood has or will find its way to six couples. What's not to celebrate about that?
As a blogoversary gift, help me continue to help parenthood efforts by helping Parenthood for Me. Many of you know that fellow ALI blogger Erica and her husband A.J. have been working hard to get their non-profit grant program off of the ground. For those who don't know, Erica and A.J. struggled with infertility and spent thousands of dollars in unsuccessful ART procedures. After much soul-searching, they shifted gears and pursued adoption. In 2008, they adopted a son, who is now the light of their lives.
Now, Erica and A.J. are dedicated to helping others find parenthood. Through Parenthood for Me (PFM), couples and individuals can apply for grants to help assist with some of the costly expenses involved with infertility treatments and adoption such as travel fees, attorney fees, medications not covered by insurance, and homestudy fees. They began accepting applications for grants on January 2nd, and the first grants will be awarded in June 2010.
As you can imagine, a rather large endowment must be built. So far, PFM has raised several thousand dollars. In April, Erica and A.J. are hosting the first Annual Family-Building Dinner and Silent Auction in Rochester, New York on April 10. This is the largest fundraiser to date and will really give PFM the wings it needs to fly. The cost is $100 per ticket, with over 50% of the price going directly to the endowment. Sponsors can also donate for various levels of recognition, from $3,000 Gold Sponsorship to donation of an item valued at $100 for the silent auction.
I would like for us, the ALI blogging community, to pull together and raise at least enough money for a $250 Table Sponsorship. A sign representing "us" would be placed on one of the tables at the dinner. What a powerful idea it is for us to be there in spirit, knowing that our efforts would go towards accomplishing someone, possibly one of us, achieve parenthood.
My goal is that by my blogversary of January 26, we'll have raised $250 (or more!) for an ALI Blogger table. To donate using either PayPal or a credit card, click the button below: