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Wish Upon a Hero February 18, 2009

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I found a great website that I wanted to share with you all. It’s called Wish Upon a Hero. Basically, you make a wish, and others can answer it!

Wish Upon A Hero was first conceived by founder Dave Girgenti shortly after the September 11th attacks on New York City. From his home in NJ, Girgenti watched as thousands of people posted pictures of missing loved ones throughout the city. He thought there had to be a faster, more organized way to connect people in need. That was the moment in which the idea was born.

Less than five years later, Hurricane Katrina created a similar catastrophic event in New Orleans where hundreds of thousands of people needed immediate help. This time it wasn’t just about locating loved ones. Hurricane victims needed everything from healthcare services, food, fresh water, clothing and shelter.

Working under the mantra of “No wish too large and no hero too small,” Girgenti created, which launched in September 2007.

It is completely free to its users, allowing everyone who registers the opportunity to cast up to three wishes at a time. Because Wish Upon A Hero is designed to help everyone, wishes can be big or small, elaborate or simple, based on financial need or just asking for a simple favor.

All of us, from our nation’s most powerful corporations to individual philanthropists, and those with limited financial means, can be someone’s hero:

  • A man who buys uniforms for his town’s little league team.
  • A plastic surgeon brings his skill to the aid of an uninsured breast cancer survivor.
  • A national appliance retailer that donates a refrigerator to a single mom with a newborn.
  • A groundskeeper at Yankee stadium who helps a woman fulfill her father’s lifelong dream of throwing a single pitch across home plate.
  • A group of 8th graders that rally behind a fellow student whose home was lost in a fire.
  • A woman who writes to a man in Seattle to say, “I think I’m the sister you’ve been looking for since we were separated 21 years ago.”

Once a wish is granted, the hero can choose to remain anonymous, or be formally recognized on the Wish Upon A Hero website.

So I posted our wish for a baby on the site (you never know), and I’m also scanning to be a hero to someone else. Nothing feels better than giving, so I hope I can find someone who can use my skills, knowledge, or something that I don’t really need, to help their wish come true.

Please check out the site…you may be able become someone’s hero!


Adoption Update

Filed under: Uncategorized — My Dysfunctional Life @ 8:36 pm

Well, it’s been a pretty quiet for the last couple of months on the adoption front. I have gotten more involved in the adoption support group, and have made a website and facilitated a waiting families meeting. It has really helped me by getting more involved; it helps to pass the time while we’re waiting to be matched with a birthmother.

Although the wait (almost 9 months now) has been very difficult, I have met some wonderful people and have had some great experiences. I wouldn’t trade that for the world. I have also crocheted about 10 blankets, made a quilt, and made 3 or 4 scrapbooks! That’s ok…our baby will use them all, I’m sure.

Hopefully we will be matched soon…keep those bracelets on girls, and keep those wishes coming!


A great day!

Filed under: Uncategorized — My Dysfunctional Life @ 8:29 pm

Well, I have finally finished a work project that I have been working on for the last three months, and it feels so good!

It was perfect timing, actually. For Valentine’s Day, I got us a couples massage…basically a regular massage for each of us, but your in the same room. So after I put the PowerTeacher project to bed today, we went to the spa. Ahhhhhhh! Complete and total relaxation. I only get a massage about once a year, and man was I due. It was David’s first massage, and he is now in love with the masseuse, and leaving me for her.  Just kidding. 😉

Another nice thing is that I’m off on Friday to go hang out in the town where I grew up. I’m actually going to a memorial servcie for Mr. Rennie on Saturday, but I’m going to hang with some of the crew from high school on Friday night. There is an annual celebration that started in HS after two friends passed away in a train accident. A holiday was created called the “Holiday of Life” (I think by CaryAnne and Cristina?), and it’s on the 19th of each February.  Basically, it’s a rememberance of those who have passed, and a celebration of lives current and future. This year, the celebration is on Friday, and I’m happy to be able to be a part of it.

So, now I am unburdened, relaxed, mellow, and have a short work week. Pretty flippin’ sweet.



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Need I say more?

Need I say more?


Waiting Families Class

Filed under: Adoption — My Dysfunctional Life @ 9:01 pm

Well, I told you guys a while back that I joined the advisory board of our local adoption support group called SOFIA. Last night we had our first clss, which I facilitated, for our waiting families.

It went really well! Most of the attendees are just finishing up their home studies so it was nice to talk to discuss their concerns, fears, excitement, etc. We had 10 attendees…three couples, two single moms (one brought her sister for support) and one who came without her husband. It was a nice crowd. There was one couple who have been matched and their son is due next month! How exciting! You could tell that they really gave hope to the rest of the group when they told their story.

Some people exchanged info so they could have a support buddy…that was a wonderful idea from Catherine, SOFIA’s Co-President. We discussed things along the lines of  “how to keep yourself busy” when you are waiting. We talked about making profiles, blogging, talking with your partner about all of your hopes and fears so you stay on the same page, revisiting your grid periodically, etc. what a profile call is like, etc.

I think everyone walked away with a positive feeling, and not as concerned about the waiting process as they were when they came in. Overall, a success!

It really helped me as well…we are still a waiting family, so their excitement and optimism rubbed off on me. It’s a good things! These last 8 months have been so hard, and it was nice to have renewed confidence.