A gigantic THANK YOU to all who have helped us with our puzzle fundraiser and with raising the funds for our adoption in general. We are so excited to announce that our puzzle has been fully sponsored! Beyond that, we are also happy to announce that we are fully funded for the whole adoption as it stands now. God has provided for this adoption through our friends, family, and community and we want to let you know how grateful we are to each of you for being a part of this calling.
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.
*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:
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!
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!
We have two more meetings with our case worker, and then we’ll create our family profile. After that – we wait!
First: so sorry it has been so long since we last updated the status of our adoption process. There has not been much to report on until today. This morning we received an e-mail from Bethany letting us know that they have received all of the reports they were waiting on for our file, that we have been assigned a caseworker, and that we should expect to hear from her in the next few days!
Even better, this afternoon we received another e-mail, this one from our caseworker. She wanted to set up a date and time for our first home study visit. This is the visit where she will come to our house and make sure we have things like baby gates, fire extinguishers and the like, as well as start to get to know us.
Our home study has been set for February 2nd. We are very excited to be moving forward in this process. We would greatly appreciate your prayers as we prepare for this meeting and through every step in our adoption journey. I look forward to the day that I can post that we are officially waiting.
Lastly, I just wanted to say that now that I’m out of school and B’s classes are starting to pick back up, you will be seeing more and more posts from me.