Maybe it’s because of my disdain for being the center of attention, something which seems to be unavoidable when everyone knows it’s your birthday. Perhaps I can chalk it all up to a couple of traumatic experiences in my adolescence… I still remember my 13th birthday when my family took me to my favourite restaurant and the waiters forced me to stand on my chair wearing a goofy hat while they sang and the rest of the restaurant stared. Traumatized. For. Life. Then there was the year I turned 15 while away at camp and they made me stand in front of everyone for what felt like hours while they sang and I desperately pleaded with God to make me invisible.
Whatever the reason, I like to keep my birthday a secret and am quite happy when I make it through the day without anyone (outside of my family of course) finding out. Back in April however, my friend Julia celebrated her birthday in a way that made me reconsider. To celebrate her birthday, Julia invited all her blog friends to donate to a family who was working hard to bring their child(ren) home. I loved Julia’s idea so much that I’ve decided to break my vow of silence. So, here goes…
There, I have officially let the cat out of the bag. Now for the fun part… If you want to help make my birthday an especially happy one, then I invite you to donate to one (or more) of the grant funds below. Give $5, $20, $100, whatever you can afford and then let me know you donated by commenting below or e-mailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ve already seen what a big difference that grant money makes. Andrey found his family on the same day that his grant reached $20,000! That’s why, as much as I hate the thought of announcing my birthday to the world, I’m doing it anyway. I would do anything to see my kids in the arms of their forever families. Help me celebrate my birthday by donating to their grant funds and maybe next year we can celebrate all my angels being at home with their families!