Thursday, October 20, 2011
Hero Mom Contest
I have four children and I think I am pretty heroic. Depending on the day of the week, I might tell you that I am an all-out Wonder Woman, but the mom that I think who deserves to win the most votes in this contest is not me. She is not even my amazing mother or mother-in-law. She is my cousin. I haven't seen her in person in about six years, but since the last time I saw her I believe she has added at least 10 more kids to her family.
My cousin DeAnne Walker and her husband Doug just got home from China where they say that they finally completed their family. Yes, they are finally done with numbers 15 and 16. They are truly an inspiration to me and so many others. They have motivated and assisted many with stateside and worldwide adoption. Check out DeAnne's blog appropriately called It's a Wonderful Life.
They have grown their own family biologically but more through adoption. Each child is as precious to them as the other. I can't imagine how huge their hearts have grown as they have made room for one child after another. DeAnne has one of the biggest momma hearts that I know. She can't stand the thought of any child being without a family or without a home. She advocates for every child of the universe in word and deed. She has children with every ethnicity and from the whole spectrum of capability. She knows all there is to know about bonding and caring for children with special needs.
I just personally don't know how she does it. I think I would be pooped after just one meal. I can't even think about the laundry or the taxi-ing that is required much less the time to love each one individually, but she does it. She also doesn't claim to know how to do it either, but I am sure her 16 children will have some of her secrets if you were to ask them.
Go and vote for DeAnne. Pretty please with sugar on top. $2,500 could give DeAnne's wonderful family one heck of a Christmas and I soooo want that to happen! It just takes two clicks. The link that says go vote and then all you have to do is scroll down and find my photo with a brief write up about DeAnne. Hit the vote button on the left. You can vote every 24 hours until November 4th.
You can also invite your friends to this facebook event started by DeAnne's daughter, Sereen (the bride in the photo), to encourage more voters.