Envelope Fundraiser Kickoff...

OUR HOME STUDY IS COMPLETE!

We are so excited to share that our home study is done, y'all!  At this time, we are now 99% of the way done with our clearances and paperwork before we can become "Active".  We have one more clearance/fingerprinting process to go through for the state of Texas and we hope that will be complete soon.  

In addition, our printed profile books have also arrived. We absolutely love how they turned out and we hope that any birth mamas who look through our book feel not only our love for her, but God's love as well as we celebrate her choice in choosing life for her child. 

Our next step and current goal is to get our financing in place and have 100% of our funds available in a short amount of time, in case things progress quickly.  As many of you know, we have a budget of $38,000 and we are applying for grants and a loan in addition to dutifully scrimping and saving. We have already saved $5,000 on our own and paid for all our costs up to this point with that savings in addition to the $900 we raised through our garage sale and $200 in online donations from three dear friends.

Many of you have asked if you could help in some small way and we now have a really great opportunity for you to get involved and become a part of our little "village'.  But first, we want to share something from our hearts... Please know that we don’t take this lightly. To be asking you to contribute and sacrifice, we feel a great responsibility to honor you in the way we are spending our money. We are pretty thrifty as it is but we are being even more thoughtful about the dollars being spent every day. We are also allotting every dollar that is given, or raised, to go directly into a checking account that is STRICTLY for our adoption expenses. Anyway, we know we are asking a lot, but we are stepping out in faith believing that God will provide and we are humbled and honored by those of you who want to join us in this journey.  With that being said, we hope you'll consider praying about, and for, our envelope fundraiser!

We are super excited about this fundraiser because we have heard from so many other adoptive families that it works and it's a great way for many people to become involved.  With this fundraiser, we have the potential to raise over 2/3 of our financial goal! That's huge, you guys!  We have been diligently praying about the fundraiser since it's conception and we are so excited to kick it off! Visit the link below for all the details...

We Have Been Approved! What is next and what we are up to right now...

Hi everyone! We are so excited to share that we have been approved with the consultation company we chose to walk us through the adoption process. 

Over the last month, the Mr. has worked countless hours in overtime, we've been dutifully saving, selling donated items online and I've opened an online store.  We are already a little over halfway towards our first goal of $3,500.

A few of you have asked us some questions that I thought I would address here, in case others of you had the same questions...

Why did you choose a consultation company and what do they do?

After months of research and talking with many, many agencies around the country, we chose to use a Christian consultation company out of Georgia.  This company is run and administered by multiple women/families who've adopted themselves.  They're going to walk us through the entire process. We pay them a one time fee and they will help open our doors to placement agencies all over the country reducing our wait time from years to possibly just months. This is opposed to us choosing one agency who may only work with 1-5 birth mothers a year and have a list of 20+ waiting families.

Have you set up a GoFundMe page?

We have not. The reason behind that is because GoFundMe collects around 9% of the donations made. That's expensive. 

So at this point, we are accepting donations through the donate button on our website (this is only a 2.9% fee) and accepting donations of items made to us for the purpose of us selling them in a garage sale or online. If you'd like to make a personal donation by check, you can contact us for our mailing address.

What is next?

Now, we move towards our homestudy! We will hire a company who will complete this service for us.  In addition, we are going to begin heavily fundraising and starting to fill out grant applications that we hope to turn in after our homestudy is approved. 

As always, we will continue to ask for you prayers and support.  We are so appreciative of each and every one of you. If you have any additional questions, please leave a comment below or contact us.  Love you all!

 

 

 

 

WE ARE ADOPTING!

Many of you know and have shared in our infertility struggle. When our miscarriage happened last year, I really struggled with why it happened. Now, with adoption so heavy on my heart, I realize that had we not lost our child, we may never have opened our hearts to the possibility of adoption. God has really worked in our lives and opened doors for us that we never expected, like the ability for me to work from home... He has been so good and so faithful to us.

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