I really don't like talking about money. It's just not my favorite subject. It's awkward and personal. That being said, we wanted to be as transparent as possible when it came to the fundraising and "money" part of this adoption. So many of you have supported us financially and we felt it only right to update on where we are with our goal.
So far we have done two big fundraisers. A HUGE yard sale the day before my birthday, October 1st and a t-shirt fundraiser that just closed up. Both of which were very successful. It was amazing to see people dropping off items to donate and people we didn't even know donating items! It was incredibly humbling. My bosses allowed me to use our parking lot for the sale, which made it an even bigger success because we are on the main street through town. We had everything including a kitchen sink! It was overwhelming. Some shoppers even donated their change to our adoption when purchasing. I keep saying it was humbling and it really was. Even still, just now, when I'm thinking about it I have tears, because of all the generosity of folks from our town and beyond, we were able to pay for our entire home study and our first two payments to our agency. It was incredible!
This day, according to my Fit Bit I walked 10,000 steps before 8:00 AM! It was a very tiring but hugely successful day!
We had friends who helped sort during the week and price items. They also showed up at 4:00 am on Saturday to help us get everything set up. We will forever be grateful to those people.
Our next fundraiser just finished. Oh my...what another huge blessing it was! We sold 134 of these t-shirts!!! I couldn't believe it! That is awesome!! Everyone who bought a shirt...THANK YOU!! Jason and I designed these shirts and we are so humbled by the response. God has truly blessed in this effort. We both thought this verse fit in so many aspects. We also are adopted by God, if you are a believer. He came for us. Now in His timing, we will go for our sweet China baby. We will come. We will not leave that child as an orphan. Thank you, Heavenly Father, for not leaving us as orphans! (No..I won't preach...but I could!) :-)
We aren't done yet, obviously, we have a ways to go! But, so far we have raised about 35% of our total goal which is $35,000. And we have had to pay about 20% of that total so far, for some "main" things, which includes agency & home study payments and such. That total doesn't include all the documents needed that we have had to order, passports and various expenses that we have taken care of. Luckily, it is not all due at one time and we are really working hard to do this debt free. We are feverishly saving money and cutting corners. Once our home study is complete, which we are hoping by the end of the month it will be, we can start applying for grants. We are working hard to be good stewards of our money, time, gifts and donations. Every penny donated is going towards bringing our little China baby home. People have already asked us, "Why does it cost so much?" The simple answer is that all babies cost a lot. But one thing we've reminded ourselves is that we are not "buying a baby" we are paying the people to help us get a baby. The agency, the home study, the Chinese Consulate, the orphanage, everything involved and every paper we have to sign costs. That is just the way this works. And our biggest comfort is knowing this is what God has called us to. We are reminded everyday that "He will supply all of our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19 And He has already proven that to us.
Our hearts are so full!! THANK YOU! xiè xie - 谢谢