Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Surreal Is Such An Overused Word


Where's my thesaurus? Too lazy to go on-line right now. Today is a monumental day in my life. I sat at my desk and wrote checks for the first grants to be distributed from Parenthood for Me.

If I was not paying attention, it could have felt very business-like. We send the money directly to the adoption agency or medical facility. Writing the grantees name in the memo line was the best part. I composed a brief letter to enclose with the check, and it's official. Fellow adoption and infertility comrades are able to move forward with plans to have the family they desire. Unbelievable.


The moment was surreal. Over the top. Hard for me to put into words what has been accomplished by so many people in such a short amount of time.


As the founder I am very personally invested in the non-profit. There are many goals that I hope to accomplish at certain points in the next five years, ten years. We continue to work very hard raising money for the endowment. One of my biggest dreams at the moment is to get national publicity in print or on TV. This coverage would help put PFM in front of millions of people. Even though there have been more informative articles and attention paid to the devastation of infertility, there have many just as many set-backs allowing the misperception of ART, IF, and adoption to dig further into the societial psyche.


There is so much work to be done.


Today was a good day. We are one step closer to making the extremely difficult experience of infertility and all it entails just a little more bearable. I wish I could have wrote a thousand checks today. Wouldn't that be great?


Progress will come. I am sure.

13 comments:

Hal said...

Congratulations to everyone who played a role with getting this started. Fantastic!

Pixie said...

Congratulations on such a monumental achievement! Keep pushing forward. It's important to remember what a little contribution in time, money, or effort can mean for adoptive families everywhere. Great work!

Pixie said...

Congratulations on such a monumental achievement! Keep pushing forward. It's important to remember what a little contribution in time, money, or effort can mean for adoptive families everywhere. Great work!

Alex said...

Today is a great day! Congratulations - this is a huge accomplishment!!!

Geochick said...

Yay!

Another Dreamer said...

So fantastic! Congratulations!

Kelly D said...

Congratulations Erica. You are doing great things for couples dealing with infertility.

Kristin said...

Huge congrats! Hopefully there will be a small donation coming your way from the people behind The DivaCup.

DaisyGal said...

my eyes teared up thinking about how amazing this is...how much PRIDE and LOVE was put into this.
I am soooo proud of you and so amazed at how BIG this got.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

Essie the Accidental Mommy said...

Congratulations- it must feel SO great. I know when we were in the process of doing our adoption I was just shell shocked with expenses. Everything, and I mean everything, was double or triple the cost we had been told. It felt like we were getting jacked at every turn and people were inventing things to charge us for!

chicklet said...

Congrats. This is awesome.

Lisa said...

What a full circle you and this incredible cause have completed.
I use the word "circle" and "complete" loosely as I understand there is so much more you wish to do....so many more goals to reach and dream up!!

Good for you ~ a personal dream realized will hopefully become someone elses ( or several someones) happily ever after.....

Ann said...

Congratulations! I just found your blog and was really happy to read many of your insightful posts. We are prospective adoptive parents and just started our own blog at http://babyadoption.wordpress.com. I find it is helpful to write about the journey. Best of luck, Ann

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