Tuesday, June 16, 2015

95% done

Don't let the title mislead you.  We're not actually 95% done with the adoption, but we are 95% done with the dossier.

As a refresher, the dossier is the official documentation on us that we send to China for their approval to adopt.  It contains the following (and I'm sure I've forgotten something):  our home study, initial approval to adopt from U.S. Citizenship & Immigration, birth certificates, marriage certificate, employer letters, financial statement, medical documentation, police clearance letters, letters of reference, copies of our passports, photos of us and our house, and some other random things.

Basically at this point, I have all of the documentation I need to send to the Secretary of State's office for authentication.  I have two other documents left before official submittal to our agency -- one letter and one document I need notarized -- but that's it.  Finally.

(Oh, don't think that that's a final finally...there's some additional paperwork to complete after this, but it's not as critical as the dossier.)

So here's how we could use your prayers.

1)  Pray that the Secretary of State's office doesn't have any problems with our documentation and is able to quickly process our paperwork.

2)  Pray over some fundraising ideas for us.  Most of our agency fees are paid in full -- and if they're not, we have the money in the bank to finish it off.  We have money left over to help cover a bulk of our orphanage donation.  And then there are the travel expenses.  We will have at least two flights -- one getting there for the two of us and one coming back for three or four of us.  We will most likely have one or two domestic (China) flights too, plus hotel, transportation, and food expenses for two weeks.  I'm not yet sure what this will cost and I'm not overwhelmed by it even though it will be expensive.  We have asked God repeatedly for a fully-funded adoption and I have every belief He will deliver - but quite frankly, I think we need to make an effort too.  We'll continue saving and putting aside money wherever we can, but we have a variety of other fundraising ideas -- the idea being that we don't want to inundate everyone with fundraising requests -- and we're just not sure what to do at this point.  Instagram auction?  T-shirt?  A quilt fundraiser?  Ask for straight-up donations?  Something Christmas-related?  A benefit dinner?  Puzzle?  It's just kind of a question mark at this point.

Thanks, friends.  We so appreciate your support -- in prayer, simply in asking about our progress and encouraging us, and financially.

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