Africa’s Daughters

19 Jun

Why Uganda? Why a girl? Watch this video to find out more about the reasoning behind our decision.

Video Version of our Zine

12 Jun

This is a video version of the zine we created a couple weeks ago. It explains some of our reasoning for adopting from Uganda, and a little more about us. Click here. Enjoy!

Lisa Turns 26!

10 Jun

Lisa turns 26 in ten days, and we are hoping to have at least 300 people donate just $10 toward our adoption to celebrate! Please CLICK HERE to donate, and share this event with as many people as possible. Thank you!

Zine

8 Jun

The fruit of our PhotoShop labor. Please read and share!

Posters

7 Jun

Our time creating posters has come to an end, and we are excited to start sending them out to the many people helping us bring our daughter home. These posters represent the heart within a beautiful young girl waiting for us in Uganda. We know her heart is full of love. We know she is likely alive at this time, because we are not adopting a newborn. It is about 6am in Uganda as I type, and I can’t help but hope she is sleeping comfortably and she is well. We hope for her safety and well-being often throughout each day. All we can do at this point is remain patient while paperwork is being completed. In the meantime, we are looking to others for support. Purchasing a poster for $50 is certainly one of the ways in which you can do so. With the purchase of a poster, you are not only helping us, but you are instrumental in helping us decrease the number of orphans (2.5 million!) in Uganda. Please click the ‘Buy Now’ button if you wish to purchase a poster. If the cost of a poster is not affordable at this time, we are grateful for any amount donated.

Screen Printing Snags

5 Jun

This process has taken much longer than we originally intended. I think we overlooked some of the most important aspects of screen printing- particularly the best type of ink to use. We needed to restart this project so many times, but the worst part was the ink. We used a water-based ink that dried much too quickly in the screen. After a day of frustration and scrubbing the screen relentlessly, we were forced to take it back to have the screen professionally cleaned and burned for a second time. Despite the snags along the way, we have some beautiful posters to sell. We are going to add a detail or two before we show the full image and start this fundraiser for real.

Plan and Visit

1 Jun

Monico crafted a brilliant letter we could send out to family and friends that explains why we chose Uganda. When we read it together, we both decided it would be a good idea for us to put all of the information together in a zine that we could distribute to more than just family and friends. This week has been dedicated to doing just that. We spent a total of 30 hours creating our masterpiece in Photoshop. It was my first experience with such an involved project in Photoshop- I am thankful for my teacher (Monico!). Our goal with this project is to not only raise awareness about the heart-wrenching number of orphans in Uganda, but to also have another keepsake we can eventually share with our daughter. Every step in this process is intentional. We want her to know that we are thinking about her each time we sign a form, or meet with someone from our agency. Each decision we make in this process is for her. Our hearts and home are ready for her.

In other news, we had our first home visit with our social worker today. We thought it went well, and we really appreciate how supportive she was. Completing the visit today means we are just about finished with our home study. Yay!

Poster Prep

25 May

We start printing posters tomorrow!

Questionnaires

18 May

We have both spent many hours staring at word documents containing pages and pages of questions today. Our first questionnaire was not as involved as the second one, but pretty lengthy. The second document was an entire 18 pages of extensive questions. This did not sound appealing to me at first, but as I started to sneak peeks of Monico’s responses, I found myself feeling more and more excited. I know we still have an arduous process in front of us, but I could not be more appreciative of the person I have in my life to do this with. Not only is he incredibly thoughtful throughout our paperwork process, but he is already talking about putting night lights in our daughter’s bedroom. What a man!

First Fingerprints

16 May

Today was productive. We took our chances on a teeny tiny local fingerprinting business, and we are glad we did. The gracious woman that took our prints made sure each print was perfect- she even had an incredible magnifying glass to examine each print carefully. We could not have asked for better service. She also wished us luck with our journey. After our prints were perfectly pressed onto our fingerprint cards, we filled out all of the appropriate paperwork and shipped everything off to CYFD. One more task in this exciting process checked off the list!

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