Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Inspiration or Marketing, it's a thin line

Awhile ago, even before we had committed to adoption, we stumbled across a blog by a woman who is an adoptive mother of 2 and whose husband is an adoption caseworker. Because both of her adoptions are very open, she has guest posts by her two birthmothers. Some of her posts are fascinating to read. Anyway, on one of her posts she has an offer to adoptive couples.

As a staunch adoption advocate, she had been doing some presentations around her community and stumbled across 2 resources who said they would help spread the word about couples hoping to adopt. She has an open appeal for individuals to put together and send her a "press packet", if you will, and she will forward it on.

I have been reading and re-reading a talk given by a leader in our church about patience. His words keep coming into to my mind:

"...I learned that patience was far more than simply waiting for something to happen-patience required actively working toward worthwhile goals and not getting discouraged when results didn't appear instantly or without effort.
There is an important concept here: patience is not passive resignation, nor is it failing to act because of our fears. Patience means actively waiting and enduring. It means staying with something and doing all that we can-working, hoping, exercising faith; bearing hardship with fortitude; even when the desires of our hearts are delayed. Patience is not simply enduring; it is enduring well."
-Pres. D. Uchtdorf, 2nd Counselor in First Presidency

So decided to do some math: blog + talk = our kit.

I'm not a graphic designer. Nor a photographer. Nor a marketing expert. But here is what I put together. Let me know if you want our "press packet" to pass along to someone OR if you will just keep some of our pass along cards in your car, wallet, or office. We are in the process of getting our packets out into the community. If you'd keep some of our pass alongs it might be easier to just hand one over when a conversation inspires you.
Now if I can just muster the courage to hand these puppies out in all the random places Mrs R tells us we should.


Elizabeth said...

I carry mine around with me all the time. Kalani too, glad you sent them.

Lauren in GA said...

I think about your family patiently waiting all of the time...and I have, "my eyes peeled" as they say. I have my pass along cards at the ready at all times, too. They turned out great, by the way.

On a completely un-realted note...I love the new template. And on even more of an un-related note...thanks for your sweet comment on my birthday post. I laughed at how you said you, just stumbled on to my blog. Yeah, you just found it by coincidence. Remember how it was the week of Thanksgiving and I was harassing you several times daily to help me figure it out?

Jenny said...

Stacey told her mom about who told a social worker friend in AZ.