Its a new year which means time for resolutions, looking ahead and hoping for great things in the year to come. But before I can look forward I must look back. This last year Bryan and I made an important decision to start the adoption process. Already we have faced happiness and struggles; we have seen God’s hand in everything, and been blessed by friends and family. This past month we were blessed by so many at our first fundraiser event. On December 13th we had a Holiday Bazaar. The bazaar was an event that started out small and gradually grew to something that we never imagined. We had 32 vendors, chili and drinks that were donated for concessions, a silent auction with some incredible items, a bake sale, tshirts, and many other items that benefited our adoption. So the number one question, how much did we raise…. nearly $3500! We are nearly ⅓ of the way to our goal amount. We have also continued to receive words of encouragement and financial donations from people, some that don’t even know us but have heard of our journey. So thank you so much for everything!
So what’s next: We are in the process of completing our home study application which entails; physicals from our primary care physician, lots of paperwork, references, more paperwork, financial statements, autobiographies and did I mention paperwork? Once we turn in our packet of paperwork we will have individual interviews and a home visit from our counselor. This step can be very overwhelming but our goal is to have this step completed in the next few weeks.
New to our blog: I am going to add a timeline link to our blog in order to keep everyone up to date on the steps we have completed throughout the adoption process. There are also two other links. One link to an ETSY account that was set up by sister Deanna and I of things we have made to sell. Also, we still have shirts that are available for purchase for $15. All things purchased from the ETSY account as well as shirts go the adoption fund.
Psalm 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.