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Today is the day. My first GIVE of 365 days of giving. I am somewhere between excited and terrified. My first GIVE to launch this journey is in honour of my son, Nicolas. I am starting today because it is Nic’s birthday. He has turned the ripe old age of 3 and he is the greatest gift I have ever received in my life.
We adopted our son. My husband and I tried for many years to have children naturally and were soon told by a fertility doctor that our chances of getting pregnant naturally ranked up there with the small miracles in the world. After many months of conversation, research and soul searching, we decided, as a couple, that adoption would be the path right for us.
We had just moved to British Columbia and we knew that there are thousands of children here in Canada that needed a forever home (as it is called in the adoption world). Our adoption story is a wonderful one, I like to think of it as our own personal miracle (the details are ideal for an adoption blog). Very shortly after starting the long adoption journey with the Ministry of Children and Family Development, we were blessed with a beautiful baby boy who was born on this day and came home at 11 weeks old.
This GIVE is to honour our son and children all over the world that don’t have a forever family. Millions of children are in desperate situations and need all over the world. Millions are born with no identity and no family. They don’t know where they came from, their birthday or who their parents are. So today, as my first GIVE, I am giving a child his own identity.
What a great name – Ethical Giving. There is a name for everything to do with giving now. What is Ethical Giving and how can you incorporate it into you life? Plan Canada has a definition on their site.
“Ethical gift giving is about giving a gift that truly matters, a gift that brings with it hope and change. Ethical giving is taking real dollars going to real projects that change real lives.”
A number of years ago my entire family made a decision to stop giving gifts at Christmas. You will see why, let’s do the math.
1 husband + 2 sets of parents + 2 in-laws + 5 siblings + 5 spouses of siblings x 1 kid x 2 nephews = 20 gifts x $30.00 per person Christmas Total $600 (if I’m lucky)
It’s not just the money. You add up the time, the gas, the stress of getting it all done and Christmas is no longer about giving but everything it was never meant to be.
I am starting to understand what it means to be a writer. Finding those moments in your life that tie together and give you the inspiration to put some words together that make sense.
My inspiration for this post came to me through the brilliant women in my life recently. I had a great conversation this week with a women who has been” giving back” through her business since her early twenties ( she is now in her early forties). We chatted about how women had changed over the past 15 years. Fifteen years ago the climb to the top was a tough one. Every stepped had to be earned and sometimes repeated. Now we are women of power. We are the women of Sex in City. Brilliant, strong, sensitive. We can do anything and we want to do it all.