Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Adding More Kinky to the Kinky Gazpacho Family...and a Giveaway Too!

Okay, Meltingpot readers. I've been kind of dropping big, obvious hints about this for awhile, so it may not come as much of a surprise to my regular readers. But we've decided to take the plunge and add another female member to the Kinky Gazpacho family. It's been a long process to figure out how we'd make this happen, but we made the decision and it feels right.

We are adopting a little girl from Ghana.

Wow, it feels huge to put that down in print. It's been our special little secret for awhile and now the whole world knows.

The Meltingpot will not become a blog to track our adoption process, but I'll probably mention some of the highlights of our adventure. We are really only in the beginning phases of it all and Ghana is relatively new to the international adoption scene so the timeline is very unknown. We have no idea when our "baby sister" will join the family, but obviously we'd like it to be sooner rather than later. We don't know how old she'll be, only that she'll be between zero and three.

I will use another post to explain why Ghana. And to answer any questions you may have. In fact, please send me any questions you'd like me to answer about our adoption plans (or comments) and you'll be registered for a giveaway to win a signed, first edition, hardcover copy of my memoir, Kinky Gazpacho. That way, you'll know everything about my life, not just the adoption part.

In the meantime, check out this very fab blog about all of all of the "yummy goodness of Ghana." It's called Ghana Rising. Note, yummy goodness does not refer to food.

Peace!

14 comments:

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

I already have your book but wanted to say CONGRATS!!

This is so exciting. I look forward to hearing more about the process.

Regina said...

Congrats! I look forward to reading about your family and the fun that will happen when you add a baby girl to the mix!

My question is: why adoption?

erin michelle said...

HOW EXCITING!!! I absolutely cannot wait for the details. I follow your blog regularly and really appreciate your insight and all the new things I read about here.

When I get of age, I plan to adopt from Haiti. So of course I ask, why Ghana?

I totally hope that I win the signed copy of Kinky Gazpacho!

Todo lo mejor a usted y su nueva familia!

*erin

Lovelyn said...

Congratulations! That's such exciting news. I can't wait to hear more.

Christina said...

Congratulations! My husband and I have been looking into the Ghana program for a while now, so my question is: which agency?

Dee said...

You seem like the kind of person who would adopt...only my guess was Senegal, but Ghana is still in Africa so it's all good. Whoever the lucky girl is, she'll be part of a wonderful family! By the way, have you ruled out having any more biological children? Not that I'm saying you have to, but I'm just curious.

I would LOVE to meet you and your cool family! We're both on the east coast, which helps. I'm a few hours north of you, in Jersey. Maybe I'll see your at your next book fair!

If I come off as stalker-ish, I don't mean to. But I would LOVE an autographed copy of your book. I enjoyed Hair Story very much and I want to add your other book to my collection as well!

jen_woo_hoo said...

Congratulations on this fabulous news, Lori! I always wonder with international adoptions if/how adoptive families will help the children stay connected to the cultural roots of their homelands. Do you and the KG fam have any plans on that front? Congrats again! :)

Shuggie said...

Congratulations on your upcoming addition! After 2 boys, I'm sure it'll be a nice change to have a girl.

My questions that I'm really curious about are "Why Ghana?" (and specifically, of the many countries in Africa, how did you decide to target that one?)

Also curious, "Why Africa, as opposed to a child from either you and your husband's respective birth countries, America or Spain?"

Lastly, in the initial stages of deciding to pursue adoption, did you and your husband have any thoughts on deciding whether to get a mixed race child like your own children (assuming the child you receive from Ghana is not mixed)?

Would love to receive the book

ieishah said...

i already have your book, as well, just wanted to say congrats. can't wait to hear more details!

Waiting for Zufan! said...

WOW WOW WOW!!!!!!!! Congratulations. That is so exciting!

Emerson Zora said...

Congratulations!!!! You must be super-duper excited!!! I, like the rest of the readers, would like to know how you all decided on Ghana as your adoption site. I would also like to know how you preparing your sons for their new sister. I look forward to reading about your family's journey through this process. Congratulations, again, Lori and family! :)

-Emerson

Miriam said...

That's amazing! What incredible news.

Lori said...

Ragazza,
Thanks!

Regina,
We chose adoption for the simple reason that we wanted another child. We wanted a girl child. And we didn't want to go through pregnancy again. Adoption seemed like the obvious answer although it took a long time to feel comfortable with the idea.

Erin,
Thank you. See my post for today on why Ghana.

Lovelyn,
Thank you.

Christina,
I'd rather not tell you which agency we are using as we've just started working with them and I really think everyone should find the agency that works best for them. That being said there are really on a small handful of agencies that work in Ghana and you can read about them all on RainbowKids.org. Good luck.

Dee,
Biological children only if El esposo can birth them!

Jen,
It was very important to me that whatever country we adopted from, that we felt a connection to that place so our child would feel at home in our home. I am not an expert on Ghanaian culture, but I feel a connection to the culture as a Black American. see today's post for more on this.

Shuggie,
Thanks for your questions. I hope to answer them in today's post.

Ieishah,
Thank you.

WFZ,
It is exciting isn't it? You know you've been one of my greatest inspirations.

Emerson,
I am superduper excited. And nervous!

Miriam,
Thanks

ykw said...

i knew a girl was in your future.