1. Yesterday morning, I opened my email and saw an email from Helen, a woman who works for our agency in China. She had sent pictures of our sweet Felicity Grace! It just made my day! Our paperwork is going slower than expected at this point and that, combined with other things, has made this week difficult. These pictures came at the perfect time to give me some more endurance to get through the next two months before we bring her home.
It is in full effect here right now. In the last few weeks we have had to buy a new refrigerator, get our dryer fixed (for the 2nd time in a month), and attempt to fix our leaky toilet. The tuition to the new tutorial is due in the next few weeks. The worst of it is that it looks like the transmission on our van (my car) is going (for the second time) and we will have to either get a new car for Pete or put significant money into his dying car. Two cars with significant work needed!!! All two months before the bulk of our adoption money is due.
I had been warned that things like this would happen during the adoption process. We have not had expenses pile up like this in years! I am stressing out a little, to put it mildly. I know it is all in HIS hands and in a few months, when Felicity Grace is in my arms, I will not think about the fact the Murphy has been knocking on our door (a lot) lately.
3. Going solo?
Because of Murphy's Law, we have been seriously praying about only one of us going to China (me). We had planned on taking the whole family, but financially, at this point, it just does not make a whole lot of sense. All 5 of us are getting our visas, so we can all still go, but we are also making arrangements so that I can go alone, if necessary. I have talked to others who have done it and said it was fine. There is a guide with you pretty much the whole time and the guide takes extra care of the parents that are alone. The boys are sad about the prospect. Joshua said he HAD to go to China because he wanted to be in the room the first time we meet Felicity! Andrew proclaimed that he will get off the plane and run to meet his sister right away. Oh, they knew just what to say to melt my heart. We will see what doors God opens and which ones He closes over the next two months.
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5. On fundraising, etc
I got my first negative comment on my blog a little bit ago. It was about our adoption and fundraising. I deleted the comment, but this person shared his/her disgust for the fact that we were fundraising for our adoption and how we clearly do not love, nor deserve our daughter.
I have lots of thoughts and feelings about that. I wanted to devote a whole post to it and talk about adoption expenses, how my hubby works and has always worked in ministry/for the church (read: does not get paid tons), how we live frugally, etc, etc, but then I thought that we do not need to explain our reason for fundraising.
Truthfully, I do not like fundraising. Asking people for anything, particularly money, is tough for me. I never want anyone to feel obligated to help us. Yet, many people have asked if they can help us. So we have set up an an AdoptTogether account. It works like a GoFundMe account, but all donations are tax deductible. For more information please go here.
*Just a note: I am more than willing to share about the adoption expenses; how much we have already paid, how much more we have to go and how we have been covering all of the expenses. If you are interested, please leave a comment and I will gladly write up a post about it. It has been an incredible experience . . . . I think similar to families who work so hard to get out of debt, you just find a way and are amazed how you were able to do it.
And since I overloaded you all with photos of our cutie, I am going to end at #6!
6. Little Flower Cuteness . . .
This is why I do the Run for the Little Flowers!
Have a great weekend everyone!! Thanks Jen, for hosting!