I’ve been thinking a lot about Vladik and Igor lately.
We haven’t talked to Igor since he got back to Ukraine. He can use his roommate’s phone to Skype with us, but he hasn’t. I know better than to take it personally. Life is just unfair.
I love that kid. Despite everything, I love him and I will never stop. I’ll never forget the way the top of his head smells, just like one of my own children.
I still haven’t changed the sheets on his bed.
We went in his room this week. It was weird and sad. It’s hard not to expect to see him there every time we walk by the closed door. It’s almost as if he’s died.
But, moving on, as hard as it is, has to happen.
That tiny little dude on the right.
This situation with Vladik, this hosting group (World Children Hosting) is utterly amazing. Unlike the other group we hosted with, where we were going to host Max and then he couldn’t come, WCH has a very close relationship with Vlad’s orphanage director. It’s all so clear and open–no secrets, it’s not done for money.
They communicate with the director often. We can rest secure in the knowledge that Vladik will be able to come for hosting, barring major catastrophe like unexpected severe illness or something.
They have an entire plan to benefit Vladik’s development, created by professionals. Activities for us to help build skills in areas where he’s lacking are planned and will be presented to us.
They carefully document how each child improves after hosting, then update their plan to figure out what they need to further improve on for the next hosting session, when they next get one on one attention from an adult.
It’s pretty much the most awesome hosting program I have ever come across.
I am SO EXCITED to join this team. (They have a bunch of kids available for hosting, you can check out their Facebook page…)
Of course I’m still stuck on the fundraising. Argh.
I’m trying to come up with new fundraising ideas. Winning the Powerball didn’t work out like I’d hoped.
Yeah, I’m still sad about that. ;)
Of course nothing that amazing would happen to me.
I did think of one easy fundraiser though!
We have a YouTube channel, as you may know. I post videos from it all the time. Well a few months ago I monetized our channel to get ad revenue.
A few videos on their have gone semi-viral, but they’re just old videos. Two specifically–one of Ada’s placenta after being born, and another of a chicken laying an egg.
I know, what the heck?
From mainly these two videos in the past few months I’ve made about $92.
Hey, that’s almost $100 towards hosting fees!!
That got me thinking–if I can make that much off of two videos, what’s to stop me from making more money off of our other videos?!
My kids watch YouTube all the time. They are unhealthily obsessed with several channels on there. Probably the same one a lot of your kids watch. Minecraft stuff, Jace’s Corner I think is another one, Daily Bumps…
If that many people watched our videos (somehow) then we could easily fund hosting! We could donate to adoption funds for others!
IT’S LIKE DONATING MONEY TO US, BUT WITHOUT SPENDING ANY MONEY!
This is probably the best fundraising idea I’ve had because anyone can help with it, you don’t have to have money to give.
Ok, so here’s my problem: I don’t know how to get more views on my videos.
I think the way you make money is just when people view the ads that play before the video. The videos become more popular in the “suggested videos” section when you watch YouTube based on the watch time, how many minutes people spend watching your videos. The more total watch time you have, the more frequently your videos show up in searches and suggestions on YouTube.
But how do these people like The Daily Bumps become so popular?
I need a YouTube mentor.
I’ve noticed they post daily. (Hence their name!)
It’s hard to post daily because sometimes I just have nothing to make videos about. I need good ideas.
Anyway, here’s our latest video. The more people who view it, share it, subscribe, etc. the better we can do on YouTube to add to our hosting funds. So consider it a fundraiser of sorts. :)
Also, Ada is totally ridiculous and would love to be a YouTube star. LOL. Those are fake glasses she picked out at Target. They were only $5 and she had to have them.
We still have our YouCaring fundraiser, and the option to make a tax deductible donation directly to World Children Hosting for Vladik, but I’m perfectly happy earning fundraising money through something like YouTube if I can just figure out how to do it successfully…