The summer has been busy with many fun and crazy things happening.
9 months ago THIS happened . . .
It is so hard to believe that it has already been 9 months! Felicity is doing amazingly well! She had her palate surgery in January and is currently going through speech therapy. She is saying more and more, but I think we may be the only ones who truly understand what she is saying!
The boys are doing well. We have had fun adventures in Harpers Ferry and vacation in Cape Cod. They all swam on the swim team and Andrew made his first B meet!!
In June we were rear ended (badly), our van was totalled. Thankfully, the worst of the injuries seem to be me, but thankfully Physical Therapy is helping a bunch. Thanks to my father who spent countless hours looking for a vehicle for us and found us a new (to us) Town and Country! We love it.
On the adoption front . . .
We are getting so close to being done with our home study. We really thought the process would go more quickly this time, but it is not. It looks like we will probably travel in March, which will be great. My one struggle with this adoption was that it was not on my timeline (because, you know, my timing is more perfect than God's . . . . ) I had really hoped that we would get matched with a child late summer/early fall so that we would travel over the summer and it would not interfere with the boys' school. Yes, we do homeschool and are flexible, even with being a part of a tutorial. But, I really did not want that for the boys school year to be disrupted again this year. But, as our process with Thomas gets longer and longer, there is a high likelihood that we will travel right around Easter which would be perfect as the tutorial we are a part of does not meet for three weeks around Easter!
Just two weeks ago, a family from AL, who adopted a little boy from Felicity and Thomas' orphanage, were in China to get their son. They took a care package from us to Thomas and were able to get a bunch of photos! We think he is just the cutest and cannot wait to get him home!
Now that there is a paperwork lull, I am beginning to work on fundraisers. I will be honest, this adoption is tough in many ways. First. we walked into this adoption knowing we could not pay for it, but knew that God was calling us to it. Second, truthfully, I am burned out from fundraising for Felicity's adoption. Add on to that that I have a toddler in the home that takes up 98% of the time I used last time for fundraisers and you get one adoptive mom who is not totally prepared to handle fundraising $30,000 (because the second adoption is no less expensive than the first!).
Right now, I have a few smaller fundraisers planned. I am making bracelets which will be sold on my Facebook page. I you are interested, please like this page or follow me on Instagram @runningwithboysandagirl for more details. Some of the bracelets have really beautiful crucifixes and medals. I have loved making these because I do not get a lot of time to do something creative, and this has been a great outlet.
After that, we will be hosting a virtual run called Run for One(less). This will be in place of the Run for the Little Flowers (the run for LF will be back next year, there is just no way I can take on raising money for LF this year, when we have our own mountain to move). I will post details about that in a few weeks.
Beyond that we have nothing definite planned. We have talked about a fundraising dinner and/or pancake breakfast, but those are still just in the "thought" stage. Surprisingly, I am fairly at peace with it all. I have NO IDEA where all the money will come from for this adoption, but God is calling me to a deeper trust and I am working and praying hard to walk in that trust as we walk this road and as the larger checks will need to get written.
Have a happy week everyone!!