Puzzle update

Update 3/27: 317 pieces ($634) sponsored!

Update: 61 pieces ($122) sponsored!
Thanks to the Wilson, Lopez, Bower, Fausset, and Kulas families!

If you’d like to know how to help us complete the puzzle, see this post.


Puzzle Fundraiser

*UPDATE 3/27* 317 puzzle pieces have now been sponsored. We only have 183 to go! Thank-you to all who have donated so far!

*UPDATE 3/13* 111 puzzle peices have been sponsored so far. Thank-you to all those who have helped with this!

Kicking off our first fundraiser! We need a total of $14,300 for our adoption. Right now, we only have $1,800 to go – because Jehovah Jireh is awesome and our friends and family have shown us amazing love and support. If you haven’t been able to contribute yet – or if you’d like to do more, here’s how you can help:

“Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” - Matthew 19:14

We’ve got this 500-piece puzzle which we’d like to hang in our home to represent Jesus’ love for children* (and His love for us as adopted children), but we won’t put any of the pieces together until they’re sponsored. Our goal is to raise $1000 with this puzzle, so each piece represents $2 from a partnering donor. You can sponsor just one piece or as many as you’d like, and we’ll write your name on the back of each. We’ll put the finished puzzle in a frame with a transparent front & back to represent the support and love given to our new child.

To sponsor, just click on the PayPal button and donate $2 for each piece you’d like to sponsor. Alternately, you can donate in person or send us a check. Thanks to all of you who’ve been on this journey with us and to those who are joining us now!

*The image in the puzzle is also special to us because it echoes how envision our precious Charity Kay, who we miscarried last year – hanging out joyfully in the arms of Jesus!

Home Study

We had our first home study visit today! Our case worker and her intern arrived this afternoon and we started off by introducing everyone and giving them a house tour. Through discussions with other adoptive families, we’d heard that the home study is really not a big deal; that we could expect for them to chat with us a bit to make sure we’re not weirdos, make sure we’ve got childproofing equipment, check our smoke detectors, see that our firearms are properly secured, and confirm that we have fire extinguishers. That was very true for our visit today. However, it was more enjoyable than I had expected. Our case workers are very friendly and they loved EJ. After the tour, we spent time lounging in the living room while they interviewed us (our family and our housemates) about our neighborhood, household dynamic, parenting practices and philosophy, church, community, work, aspirations, and plans. As she is shy, EJ took a while to warm up to them, but by the end of the visit she was a ham!

Next steps:

We have two more meetings with our case worker, and then we’ll create our family profile. After that – we wait!