Our outreach efforts have truly given us so much hope. We're very inspired by the support we've received and are thankful to have friends and family helping us to spread the word. I know some people have truly gone out of their comfort zone to help us share our story.
Within one week, our Facebook page received 184 likes and was shared by at least 30 people. (https://www.facebook.com/#!/ThompsonFamilyAdoption) I wish that if you liked the post I made, it automatically liked our Facebook adoption page, too, because I noticed some people liked my post, but not our page. Oh well! The important thing is getting the word out!! Our adoption website has had over 200 new hits. It's encouraging to think that more people are aware of our desire to adopt, and will hopefully mention us if they know of someone considering adoption for their child.
We've received emails and posts from other adoptive parents giving us encouragement. The common thread: It will be worth it!
The hope we've been given through our outreach came at a time where we really needed it. Jamie and I are so thankful, it's put a new spring in our step. Hope is a beautiful thing. Knowing that many are rooting for us warms our hearts.
We've had some additional excitement, too. Some "I know someone stories" that maybe could come to fruition? And this, too: My AMAZING sister-in-law posted our adoption Facebook page on her site (with some very sweet comments), one of Jamie's friends from Dawson saw it. She did some additional outreach for us and the next day WCCO called to see if we'd be interested in doing a story!! We are still working out the details, but there's a good possibility that they will come out next week to interview our family. It's been an emotional week--in a very good way. No matter what happens, we're thankful for the opportunity to tell our story to others...for two reasons: I hope to bring more awareness to that nasty disease called infertility as well as bring a baby to our family. I believe that we'll find the perfect match--a birth family and child that we're meant to share our life with.