First, I want you to know that Kate didn't ask me to do this. It was my own idea.
Second, this is not something i've done in a year of blogging. But here goes.
Most of the GF community knows Kate Chan from Gluten Free Gibsmacked. I actually am proud to say that I've become good friends with Kate. She, Gluten-Free Steve and I are kind of "The Three Amigos," and we have a friendship that has moved off the blogs.
I actually first met Kate (and blogged about her greatness) when we had a little kerfuffle over at the Delphi Forums Group last fall. Kate trusted me for advice, and, well, we just bonded.
If you read Kate's blog regularly, you know that she and her love are in the process of adopting a baby. As she mentioned a couple of months ago, they are now knee-deep in the process, and we all hope that within the calendar year, their beautiful, loving arms will be filled with a baby from Seoul, South Korea. I can't wait for Katie to be the mommy. I know she, her love, and their pup will create a beautiful home for a little baby who needs someone to love him or her (they will know the sex of the baby before he or she arrives).
This week, this icon appeared on Kate's website, accompanied by this touching story. There's more to the story, as Paul Harvey would say, and let me say, that story convinced me to do this post today.
Kate, Stevie and I discussed this a bit over the past week, and we both encouraged her to tell her story. Now, you must know, Kate is a far more private person than I am (open book vs. wrapped book, actually). But she poured out their hearts into this post, and she explains the enormous cost associated with adopting a baby. It's a cost that she and her love have been literally scrimping for, for years.
I want to help. And I want you to help, too. I'm not good at asking people to give money, and goodness knows, I have very little myself right not to give. But in early fall, I'm going to have a cookbook sale, and I am going to donate what I raise from that sale (matched times two) to Kate's fund, from Randy, Jeffrey and me. Now I love my cookbooks, but I am willing to do this because my friend needs my help, and I can't wait for her to say, "This is Aunt Ginger" to a beautiful little baby.
Kate's good people, as we say in the south, and we all love what she gives to the GF community. This is me urging you to give back to her.
And stay tuned, because Gluten-Free Stevie and I are going to give her the biggest ever cyber-Baby Shower you've ever seen!
Kate, much love to you, but you already know that :-)