There are many people who can do big things, but there are very few people who will do the small things. ― Mother Teresa
As anyone who has adopted can attest, adopting these two kiddos from Bulgaria is a huge undertaking.
There are documents that need to be scared up (usually ordered in triplicate) and documents that need to be notarized and documents that we forgot to bring the first time so we have to go back and get them notarized and documents that need to be scanned & emailed and documents that need to be sent in the original form because somebody needs to see a real signature and documents that need to be sent in because somebody needs to see the notarization & needs a money order (because a check won't do) and....it goes on from there.
Then there is the fundraising. There is begging for donations and calling back to speak to the right person about begging for donations and calling again to see if they have decided to donate and going to pick up the donation and there is arranging the space for the silent auction and gathering information on the items for the silent auction and writing up bidding sheets for items at the auction and buying paper tablecloths for the tables at the silent auction and there are items to gather and store for the ginormous tag sale and then rearranging the stored items to fit more items in the space.......
Maybe most importantly there is the moral support that is needed. Someone needs to remind me that this process will not all go down in a fiery ball of bureaucratic flames and remind Kim that just because some people think we are destroying our lives and the lives of our children and the lives of our pets by adopting that this is not really reflective of reality but is their delusion and their problem, plus assure both of us that the turmoil in the Bulgarian government will all just blow over (and even if it doesn't we can't do anything about it anyway so why fret?)
So there is plenty to do and Kim and I definitely couldn't do it alone. We have had help and support from so many people - those we are related to, those we've known for years, those we've never met. People have donated time and energy and ideas and money and goods and service and tons of moral support - I know that without the moral support - especially early on - this would have been a much more difficult task.
So I have to say a huge HUGE "Thanks" to everyone out there who has done something or given something or told someone else about this or prayed or told us it was something that needed to be done. We are all carrying this load and working together to do this and you are truly appreciated.
I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things. ― Mother Teresa