Figured it was time to update everyone on the adoption.
The home study was approved and now all we have to do is get some forms notarized, and submit the $7,000 and the family profiles. We have a meeting with our case worker on the 18th to turn in the photo books and the check! We are still a few hundred short so we are waiting until after Joe's pay date (12/15) to pay the pre-placement fee.
We are hoping to apply for a loan for $15,000 after the holidays to cover the remainder of the cost. EXPENSIVE! But we know it will be so worth it when this new little one makes their way into our hearts and lives. Please pray with us that the funds continue to come in.
Once we pay the $7,000 we will be placed on the list of active families. We are also working on our online profile we will put on Bethany's website. We hope and pray that God will bring the right baby at that right time and that He will provide for us.
However, until we have the loan procured or the cash raised, we will still not be eligible for placement although we are eligible to be selected by a birth parent (Does that make sense?) So, we have to have the the funds available before we can complete placement of a child. Things have been especially tight with the holidays, and many unexpected expenses such as car trouble, medical/pharmacy bills, and travel. We are trusting God to provide and we are trying to be good stewards with our funds. We are hopeful that after the new year, we can afford to take out a moderate private loan to cover the remainder of the costs.
We are still looking for fundraising ideas. Please feel free to pass on suggestions! Currently, a friend is hosting a Scentsy party for our adoption and he is donating his commission from all sales to our adoption. This sale ends Saturday if you are interested. Check out my FB page for more info!
I can also bake pies ($12), Cookies (Sugar, cherry, coconut, chocolate chip etc) ($12 - 18 cookies), Muffins (Chocolate, chocolate chip, blueberry, lemon poppy seed, apple cinnamon etc ($8 dozen), or Breads (Banana, Pumpkin, Zucchini, Carrot, Apple/Cinnamon ($8 loaf).
So, this is where we are....Still waiting. Still saving.
Thank-you for your continued thoughts and prayers!