Help Anne & Eric Adopt!
Eric and I adopting a beautiful baby girl from Ethiopia!!!
She is now a year and a half! She is from the region of Gambella, which has a rich culture but also, unfortunately, a lot of extreme poverty as does most of Ethiopia. After many years of filling out paperwork, waiting, hoping and jumping over many hurdles, we joyfully received and accepted her referral on March 5th, 2014--my birthday(!). What a birthday present!
There still many more steps to bringing her home--and so many more expenses. We are now waiting on our court date in Ethiopia, at which point we will fly there and meet our girl (!!!!) and then stay for a month or more as we work on all of the legal steps required to bring her home. I can't even imagine how amazing it will be to hold her for the first time! It will also be an exciting, wonderful, enriching experience to get to know our girl's country and culture, although we also know that it may be very stressful and anxiety provoking at times to be wrestling with legalities in another country. In the meantime Thursdays have become the most exciting day of the week because we get new photos and updates about her.
She is a beaming, bright delight, and other visiting families have been able to let us know how wonderfully well she is doing at the foster home we have her in where we know she is being cared for by loving staff.
We can’t wait to bring her into our loving home and wonderful community.
We decided to adopt from Ethiopia for many reasons, but one of them is that Ethiopia has one of the largest populations of orphans in the world: 13 per cent of children throughout the country are missing one or both parents. This represents an estimated 4.6 million children – 800,000 of whom were orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Currently there is a terrible drought bringing on another famine in Ethiopia, and the plight of children is increasing.
One of the big hurdles left in order to adopt our baby is funding. At this point, we still need to raise another $10,000 at least (!). Every single step in adoption has costs, some of them reasonable and many unreasonable but all beyond our control. Adoption is tragically expensive and complicated, tragic because so many families can't afford it and can't take all the complicated steps necessary to adopt here or elsewhere, and that leads to many parentless and homeless children. Due to red tape in Ethiopia, adoptions are taking much, much longer than we expected, which also means that costs are higher-- redoing and paying for required paperwork that goes out of date in both the US and Ethiopia, legal fees, monthly foster care fees, and we still need to raise enough money to get through the flights and many weeks of missed work. This all goes under the old moniker "no good deed goes unpunished". We wish that we could legally and safely post our girl's photo here- you'd immediately see why we are so motivated and why its all worth it!
Adopting her means one less homeless child, and Eric and I will become one less childless family! This is our dream.
All donations over $50 get a free CD if you'd like one as a thank you (let me know!). For donations over $500, I’ll write a song for you on any topic you like in almost any style or Eric will make you a beautiful hand turned wooden bowl (your choice!) All donations over $10,000 get to name the baby…just kidding…but just let us know if you'd like any of the other thank you gifts.
We may also be in need of baby clothes/furniture/strollers/car seats etc.
If you are able to donate frequent flyer miles to help us get to and from Ethiopia, please let us know!
If you are knowledgeable about internation adoption grants, we are eager to hear from you :-)
If anyone would like to host a fundraising concert at their home, please let me know! More info about the music I make: www.anneweiss.com
Eric is also selling his beautiful hand made wooden bowls as a fundraiser. His work is incredible! Take a look at: http://www.nwfinewoodturning.com/. To order a bowl, please get in touch with us directly through this gofundme site. He'll even make one to your specs! Thanks!
Please share this with as many people as you can…sometimes it takes a village, or several villages, to adopt a child!
Thank you, wonderful people!
Anne and Eric
OK, we can use some jokes! Several families from our agency have gotten the green light and are in Ethiopia at this time, which is great, but we are not one of them...yet. This has become a marathon adoption...who knew we were going to have to walk backwards carrying one hundred pounds of paperwork on our heads to Ethiopia to get our beautiful girl?
...In uplifting news, she continues to look happy and healthy, and reports from visiting families are that she is doing well. We are sure to get her before she turns 21 (trying to joke here...!). Unexpected expenses continue to roll in as documents expire and have to be redone, (did you know that your FINGERPRINTS expire in the U.S.? Often??) foster care expenses get extended, and so on. Thank goodness for all the fundraising concerts-- not only have we raised quite a bit through them but the baby gathers eager new fans and family members at each one as we share her story and more and more people connect to each other through these wonderful, heart-full events! Thank you EVERYONE who has been involved so far--concert participants, musicians, community members, food cookers, organizers, online donators, in-kind donators, through the mail donators, people who send notes of encouragement who have no money-- you keep us going! Now please send good jokes to get us through this last part! We still need money but we might need humor even more :-).
love to all, happiness and peace to all...and families for every child!
Anne and Eric
Hi All! Eric's gorgeous bowls are for sale as a fundraiser. As he has been recovering from his bad fall, he has gotten busy creating some stunning and useful art! Some example below, or you can go to his site where there are many more examples (you can order something similar!) http://www.nwfinewoodturning.com/.
Also big thanks to everyone who was able to make it to last Sunday's fundraising concert- a wonderful time was had by all and it truly helped us make a dent in some of the ongoing expenses.
Our girl has the most remarkably delightful smile ever- we still get updates every week-- we can't wait for you to see that yourselves just as soon as our case finally moves forward! Several other families in our group have gotten the green light-- hopefully we are next! It can happen quite quickly, which is ironic-- after wait wait wait, it'll be go go go!
With continued gratitude and love and hopes that your life is full and good
Anne and Eric
Hi Eric and Anne, Even though we have never met in person, I think of your family often. I learned of your adoption story and family through Rachel Altmann. My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you go through this long journey. My hope is that you are able to bring your daughter home very soon. Sending you all my best...Dianne Ploetz
Very good news, my friend. And I'm also happy to hear Eric is doing okay!
Anne, talk to me if you want to arrange a benefit concert in the Bay Area...could be at my house or elsewhere.
I love you Super Joie.
Anne-- I would happily donate some Wild Money book sets for your auction. Just let me know where to mail/drop them off-