I followed this blog through the adoption of thier son Silas from Ethiopia. A couple of years later they adopted a daughter named Olive, soon after that the blog went silent. The blog came back up in March, totally scrubbed of anything mentioning thier daughter. Does anyone know what happened to Olive?
June 27, 2012
I've been wondering about this for a long time. When she stopped updating her blog, she also defriended me and a bunch of adoptive families on facebook. I'm guessing they disrupted. Hopefully Olive is in a safe and loving home.
I dislike Amy for a few reasons. Right before her blog went silent, she announced they were adopting a teen boy from Kolfe (the boys' government orphanage). They also told the boy very early on in the process. On fb her family had professional pictures taken while holding a framed picture of the boy. They were fb friends with this boy and he even changed his last name on fb to their name. He would comment on all of their pictures, calling them mom and dad. I don't know if they decided not to/couldn't adopt him because of a disruption, but WHY would you tell this poor kid before everything is finalized?!?! Since then he's removed their last name from his fb page. I can't imagine being told you have a family when nothing is official and then your dreams are crushed.
At one point Amy started a sponsorship program with some organization that seemed legit. We were promised we could visit our sponsored kids either on our own or through a tour the organization was setting up. Since I volunteer in Addis every summer, I thought this would be great. I was told my kid was at one specific government orphanage and in his photo he is standing behind a wall with a unique painted mural. I sent her an email 5 months before my trip asking how I could organize a meeting with him. She never responded. After months of unanswered emails, she finally told me the organization didn't want any sponsors meeting the children. She also told me all of the kids were in a different orphanage that just happened to have the same name as the government one. I ended up visiting the government orphanage that summer through a different program and there was that unique mural from my sponsored kid's picture. Since she blatantly lied to me, I immediately cancelled my sponsorship. I'm not sure if the money was actually going to the children or not, but I do know Amy broke a lot of promises she made to people in that sponsorship program.
Tldr, No idea what happened to sweet Olive, but I think Amy is a bit shady.
April 29, 2013
I have wondered about Olive, too! We adopted our children from Ethiopia about a year after Amy and Josh adopted Silas.
I used to follow a bunch of adoption blogs, but I never found any I related to. We are not at all religious, and we adopted older kids before having a biological child.
I really hope someone here knows the story of Olive. I ache for the young man at Kolfe they didn't adopt. As people who had adopted twice already, they really should have known better than to tell him before it was legalized.
Thanks, GOMI participants, for the entertainment you provide me. I love it here.
Anyone know anything about Olive and the Bottomlys?
July 9, 2012
I'd never heard of these people but got curious and read what I could find (their blog is private). There was a video of them on YouTube talking about the adoptions and Amy seems a little…strange. Like dead in the eyes or something.
I hope that little girl is okay, wherever she is.
I agree about the older boy as well. I was so happy for him, when I saw that he was finally going to get a forever family, and I too noticed that he changed his last name to Bottomly and then changed it back. I just think it is wrong of them to have a blog for so many years documenting every step of their adoption journeys to then just scrub the blog clean of their daughters existence, without offering an explanation. Not that they owe me or anybody else one. But, to ask for prayers and to have so many people invested in their story to then just come back and say "So, yeah our family looks different". No kidding! Where is your daughter?
Amy always came across as very vain and a little superficial to me. I cannot think of a reason to give up a child that you went halfway around the world for. But, I seriously hope it was more substantial then the fact that their little daughter didn't fit her GAP kids ad, she had in her head.
So, Ayalew was adopted by a family in New Hampshire.