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Fundraising help needed

Many of you may have already seen this, but I wanted to post here, too, with a little more information.

Now that we are waiting on paperwork, we have some time to start fundraising to cover some of our adoption expenses.  Currently, we are organizing an online auction and are in need of donated items for the auction.  We are looking for any items that would be good in an online auction such as: gift cards, homemade items, gift packages, etsy shop items, home-based business goods, handmade jewelry, etc.  Basically, anything that anyone would like to donate would be cheerfully accepted! 

The auction will take place at the end of June and we will need to have the items set by mid-June.

Please share this information on your blog, facebook, etc.  Email me at: katiepetko (at) yahoo (dot) com with questions or to donate an item.

What I did not expect

Our adoption journey has taken on such different meaning now that we have been matched.  And I have had reactions that I did not expect.  Once matched, I did not expect . . .

That the orphan crisis would take on a new meaning.
I have wanted to adopt since before I was married.  I have prayed for these children even more so over the last several years, but I did not expect that my heart would break even more for these little ones.  The first few days after accepting Felicity's referral, I was happy, but even more, I was sad.  I would look at her face and cry.  I wished that she did not need to be adopted.  I was sad for her and for all that she had gone through in her young life.  For her abandonment and all the brokenness in the world that had caused her to need to be adopted.  The fact that there are over 147 million orphans in the world took on a whole new meaning when I had the face of a child in front of me that is my daughter and an orphan.

My heart would break for Felicity'…

7 Quick Takes - More pictures of our little girl and a few adoption details

1. Our agency had a team travel to Felicity's orphanage a few weeks ago.  At the begining of the week, I got a zip file of about 30 photos of our cutie. I will spare you all and only share a few.

2.  What's Next?? Truthfully, I do not know all of the details.  I am in a few different adoption groups on Facebook and the acronyms that fly around after PA are foreign to me.  They make my mind boggle a bit.  I am just trying to focus on the next step, which is whatever our social worker tell us to do.  I am totally relying and trusting her. We LOVE our agency and social worker so much that I am completely confident she has us covered. 3. Care package What I do know is that we can send a care package to this little cutie.  I have yet to read the care package instructions, but, if you were me, what would you want to put in it?

4. When do we go to China? Most likely October.  Which seems so close, yet so far away (Am I the only one with the cheesy Hall and Oats song stuck in her head r…

Her name (and a photo too)!

The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake.After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.  1Kings 19:11-13
I often look to this scripture when I want a sign from God.  I am one of those ones who would love the clouds to part and to hear the big booming voice from the sky say, "This is the way, walk in it."  Yet, at no time in my life have I had that happen.  I try to remember God is in the gentle whisper.  And that is how He showed up in our adoption story once again.

Although we were certain that we would accept this little girl into our…

When the phone rang. (Our adoption journey, Part 2)

We released the little boy’s file on a Thursday afternoon, and by Friday morning I was anxiously awaiting the phone to ring again.I knew it could be MONTHS before it rang again, but since the first referral happened so quickly, I thought, I was hoping, it would happen sooner.I knew that the shared list (a list put out monthly by the Chinese Child Welfare office of the adoptable children) would be coming out the following Monday night (Tuesday morning China time), so I hoped we would get a call Tuesday morning from our agency.And since the phone did not ring Friday, I put my hope in a phone call on Tuesday. So, that is why I was a little surprised to see our agency’s name on our caller ID on Monday morning.I answered the phone, hoping for good news.Our amazing social worker, in her sweet southern tone, said that she had a file for us to review.The agency had just started a partnership with a new orphanage and this referral was from that orphanage.Our social worker began to share that th…

Our adoption journey continues . . . (Part 1)

For those of you who are friends with me on Facebook, you already know some of the developments, so bear with me. :-)
I need to start from about two weeks ago.  Our paperwork was on its way to China and we were waiting for the coveted LID (Logged in Dossier).  Once you are LID, you can be matched with a child at anytime.  We had had a conversation with your social worker.  She prepped us that we were close and she wanted to know, more specifically, the special needs we were willing to take, the age range we really wanted, etc, etc.  In that call, she reminded us that we would probably get a little boy since we were open to a boy and most people want to adopt a little girl.  So we would get a cute little boy and we were excited for more little boy around the house. On Tuesday, April 22nd, I was sitting in the bleachers at the local pool, watching my boys swim in their swim lessons, and my phone rang.  Lifeline showed up on my screen.  I knew it.  This had to be our LID call.  I answer…