Okay, so the vacation rental auction was a flop. No bids :( Such a shame for it to go unused. Would anyone participate in a raffle if it was one of multiple prizes instead?
Last minute we decided to do a bake sale at our church this past Sunday. My amazing bff and her husband are finalizing their domestic adoption of their Ukrainian born son and needed additional lawyers fees asap. Together, with another loving and amazing friend, we put together a bake sale for our 2 families' adoptions. Never did I think that a bake sale, particularly at our little church, would be so successful, although I had a "feeling" God would bless it. We raised over $700 to split between our 2 families! Praise Jesus!
We also have received a few donations since I've last posted!! How helpful and incredibly encouraging!! (thank you again!!)
Where does that leave us...it leaves us at about $1600 shy of what we need THIS WEEK to pay our agency fees and mail our dossier overseas for submission. (we could travel in May to meet the girls!!)
Please pray with us that God will meet the financial needs for this adoption.
I also want to make something very clear. My Pastor said something to the church the other day, and it made me wonder if people may have misunderstood not only him but even my blog and Facebook posts.All he said was that we needed funds...we were at the beginning of our adoption. True we are closer to the beginning than the end but unlike a Ukrainian adoption, where we would only be about $3,000 in at this point and not needing the remaining funds for a few more months, we will be over $14,000 into this adoption by the end of this week, provided we get the remaining funds for our agency. That's just over 50% of our total adoption costs...according to my pre-calculations. ;)
It is important for me that people understand that 99.9% of what we already have paid and still have set aside to pay was not donated to us, it was our own money. There's nothing wrong with having 100% of your adoption costs blessed to you, nothing at all, just in our situation for THIS adoption, we have committed these monies towards this adoption ourselves. I just feel like I want to make that clear as we continue to try and raise funds through various fundraisers, that we have not been looking for a handout from day 1. Again, I'm not knocking anyone who has started out needing funds, we've been there in the past, well after homestudy fees anyway but its just not the case for us this time.
Anyway, felt like I needed to publicly state that.
If you have any ideas for fundraisers, I'd love to hear them. I'm trying to balance doing my part and trusting God without spending my every waking moment trying to figure out how I can will this to happen. I know God has called us to these girls. I know that I could not have fathomed us having come up with $12,000+ at this point. I know that God has been faithful to give us what we need, when we need it every other time. I'm currently, actively, trying not to get stressed out about where the funds will come from this time. For whatever reason, I'm not as laid back about it as I have been before. Praying His will be done, in His perfect timing and our peace and acceptance of whatever and whenever that is.