When you are adopting and waiting to bring your child home you spend a lot of time on-line. You are obsessively checking your emails for any communication from your agency, you are hoping to hear from USCIS, you are toggling between Google translate and Baidu looking for pictures of your child, and you are checking your FB groups and message boards a gazillion times a day. It is in these groups that you will start to find out who is on the same time-line as you, you compare notes, you get excited for each other as you get PA, and LOA, and TA and you obsessively follow their blogs as they travel and in the end you have made friends across the USA (and overseas sometimes too) with women you have never met, but you all share a common bond through adoption.
As we were going through the process 2 years ago I "met" Johanna, she was on a similar time-line and her family ended up traveling a couple of weeks before we did to bring their daughter Tahlia home...hers was one of those blogs I was obsessively following! Fast forward 2 years and she is now waiting to bring a second daughter home from China and I have been following along every step of the way. They are currently waiting for their Letter of Acceptance which will get them one step closer to traveling this summer. Travel expenses are a huge expense when adopting internationally.
Last night I was designing a new printable and starting thinking how can I use it for something good. The last chalkboard style printable I designed was Pinned and re-Pinned hundreds of times so I decided to design one that would compliment it. I thought of Johanna and reached out and asked if she minded if I offered it for a small charge on Etsy with the proceeds going to help bring their daughter home. She gave her blessing so here it is...
And here is what it looks like printed at 8.5x11 and hanging in Chen Chen's room, I used a wood hanger and a little pom pom yarn around it because everything is better with pom pom yarn :)
If you would like to purchase the printable to help bring Johanna's daughter Gia home, you can find it here. I am offering the instant download for only $2, once your payment clears you will recive the file at the email address associated with your Etsy account. You can print it at home or have a photo or copy shop print it for you.