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Pieces and Pieces and Stuck

We have had our completed home study in hand for a little over a week now, and we are now waiting for the government to schedule our biometrics (a fancy word for fingerprinting) appointment.  Once that is done, Homeland security will send us our last form needed to complete our dossier!  Our paperwork pieces are coming together.

We will then mail all of our paperwork to our agency to be sent to Ethiopia.  Of coarse they are going to also want money.  That means we have to pay:

  • Sending Dossier to Ethiopia: $150 RAISED
  • Translation/Authentication $800 RAISED
  • Second Installment of Program Fee $1,700 RAISED
  • Post Adoption Deposit $1,000 RAISED

I wasn't sure until today when the next fee was due:

  • 1st half of International Program Fee $4,500

It turns out that it is due with our dossier submission as well!  So if you good at math, you can add up that we need to send a $8,150 check with our paperwork.  

The good news is that we have well over half of that raised already, and we have been busy making fundraiser signs all weekend.  The better news is that God is in control, and I know he is going to provide every penny we need to write that check.

I am humbled by all of the many families and individuals that have contributed to our adoption in some way or another so far.  As they've donated and given, I have been adding their names to our puzzle pieces.  When I look at those pieces with friends and families names all in a pile, my heart is full of appreciation and hope!

I also know that God is never surprised by the details.  We are talking about the God who overflows cups and gives abundantly.

"You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows."  Psalm 23:5a

"And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work."  2 Corinthians 9:8

I have faith that our pieces to our money puzzle are coming together as well.

Yesterday I found out that Netflix just added the documentary Stuck to their streaming movies.  So James and I decided it was movie night with the kids.  I've been wanting to see it since the summer, and I was so excited to finally get to watch it.  

As we turned it on, Lucy jokingly asked how long dad thought we could go without tearing up.  It turns out we made it about 1 minute.  It was so amazing to see the footage of Ethiopia!  I can't wait to go there.  It even showed the court process in Ethiopia for two families.  Gah.  I was verklempt.

I assumed that the movie would be a huge encouragement to me, but the truth is that after watching it my heart is so heavy.  My heart not only hearts for my little guy in Africa, but for the millions of orphans all over the world, especially those in orphanages.

Stuck is a must watch.  It very well produced and extremely eye opening.  If you have Netflix streaming, you must watch it soon.