Saturday, September 12, 2009


Shouldn't there been some sort of a support group for sewing junkies?

Hello. My name is Valerie. And I love making Olive dolls.

And all of the other weirdos like me would nod their heads in support, and say, "Hi, Valerie".

Here's our latest cutie. I can't tell you how excited I was to churn this gal out, especially since she would be going to a very special baby girl.

As most of you know, my son is from Guatemala. It seemed like the longest journey to bringing him home, especially since our adoption process hit some nasty snags, and there were so many points throughout that we wondered if he would ever truly be ours. As difficult as our journey was, it was nothing compared to my friend, Stacy's journey. Not even close.

In the adoption process you find a lot of your support comes from people you've never seen or never met and may never meet in person -- people from the Internet also going through the process. Stacy was one of the gals I "met" over the web, and it just so happened that we would be down in Guatemala at the same time. She was in process to adopt an older child, a beautiful little girl. And she was doing it all by herself, as a single mom-to-be. Talk about strong.

That was back in 2006, when we first met. My son came home with us that spring, but Stacy never got to bring her daughter home. She fought that battle bravely for the next few years. That's the part of international adoption that I loathe -- the greed and the corruption that can creep in.

Fast-forward to now, 2009, four years since she started her first adoption process -- and Stacy got word that she gets to travel very soon to pick up her gorgeous baby girl from Ethiopia. (And I do mean GORGEOUS.) I couldn't be happier for her!


The Busters said...

This post made me cry. I am so happy for her and how wonderful of you to make an Olive doll. Thank goodness for the support of all those adoptive moms out there that we may never "meet" but feel such a connection to. Thanks for sharing her story.

@nnie said...

well, i'd say you need a 12 step program, but no doubt little sweeties out there need Olives. So keep it up, addiction and all. I can't help but connect your addiction with your heart for adoption.

Heather said...

hello there! I'm sorry to hear you were feeling bad the other weekend--- that is no fun! And I appreciate your not sharing it ;)

I cant even imagine the ups and downs that go with the adoption process. How hard it must be to have so many people's signatures and agendas put into something that means so much to you. I always thought if I adopted internationally, I'd adopt from Russia.

kara said...

super, super cute olive doll! i'm inspired by your doll-making and your heart for adoption.