This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Wendy’s. All opinions are 100% mine.
Throughout my childhood and into adulthood, my mom told me stories about how I came to join our family. From hearing about when she first realized she was pregnant, to feeling me kick in her tummy, all the way to the day she delivered me. By the time I was grown, I knew all the stories. I learned that my name was going to be Leah Michelle until the day I was born. My dad walked into the room and said, “I know, let’s name her Leah Nichole, and we’ll call her Nikki.” Knowing these stories has given me roots and a connection to my family. They gave me purpose and history. It’s because of these stories that I know I have a forever family and that I’ll always be loved.
The stories I tell my son will be very different. I’ll never be able to tell him about the day I found out I was pregnant, or when I felt him kick in my tummy. He won’t get to hear about the day I went into labor and delivered him. Despite our best efforts, Tim and I would never bear our own children. But that sad twist of fate led us to something incredible. Something amazing that has blessed our lives immensely. Adoption. Because of adoption, I’ll get to tell my son about the excitement I felt the first time I met his birth mother. About the time I was cooking spaghetti and she called me because she was in labor. I’ll get to tell him about how I was there when he was born and I held the hand of his birthl mother as she delivered him to us. I’ll get to share with him how we chose his name, and the story behind the name his birth mother would have given him. These stories will give him roots, and a connection, and purpose and history. He will know he has a forever family.
There are many children out there who have not yet found their forever families. That’s why I’m proud to be partnering with Wendy’s to help spread the word about the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. As an adopted child himself, Dave Thomas knew the importance of having a family, which is why he started this foundation in 1992. They worked closely with Wendy’s to create the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program. And all throughout the month of November, Wendy’s will be showcasing the artwork of four children who were adopted, on their beverage cups. They will bring to life the power of foster care adoption and highlight their first memories of having a family. Moments that maybe, we take for granted now and then.
Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Program focuses on children who have been waiting the longest to find homes. They hire special recruits to take on caseloads of children and give each one of them the attention they need and deserve. Taking into account each child’s personal story, they search tirelessly to find them a new loving home. To date, they have helped over 4,500 children find their new forever families. In fact, a child who is referred to Wendy’s Wonderful Kids is three times more likely to be placed in a loving home.
The first thing I did when I found out about these great cause cups, was watch the videos that accompany each one. Each of the four children who were selected, illustrated a video of their first memory with their new family. They are beautiful, and touching and a great reminder that there are many children still searching for their family. See the videos here: Wendy’s adoption page.
I’m honored to have been invited to highlight this wonderful cause. I hope you’ll take some time to check out their artwork on the Wendy’s cups, and to watch the short videos. Maybe, like my husband and I, foster care adoption is something that you’ve been considering. If so, I hope this helps you move in the direction that feels right for you. Or maybe you know someone who could benefit from knowing about this great foundation. If so, I hope you’ll pass it along.
Adoption is something that has been near and dear to my heart for a long time now. Without it, we wouldn’t have been given the great blessing of becoming a family. Big shout out to Wendy’s and all the work they are doing. It’s a great cause and I’m proud to be a part of it.
What about you guys? Has adoption touched your life? I’d love to hear what kind of special family memories YOU would put on your beverage cup? Please share in the comments, or tag me on FB.