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Fundraising Update

Our paint party fundraiser went well (thank you Amber at Creativity Junction! & Maribel at Buffalo's Cafe) & so did our home study visit.  

There is still an opportunity to have your donation to our adoption matched.

We have been approved for a $1,000 matching grant through Lifesong for Orphans! You can use this link to make a tax-deductible contribution to our adoption. The first $1,000 given will be matched, and $450 has still not been given toward that matching.  So the next $450 given through their webpage will be matched.

We need to raise $8,014 more to pay all of our adoption agency fees for "A"'s referral. The rest of our goal covers our estimated travel costs.

I started gathering dossier documents to send to Ethiopia this week.  There are 24 documents we need to gather, everything from new copies of our birth certificate to a letter from our bank.  I worked on gathering as many as I could this week.  I still lack 8 documents.  Pray for us as we complete these tasks.  Every single document needs to be mistake free and notarized.  I need prayer for endurance and a good attitude!

We are having another garage sale tomorrow, and I am making wooden signs to sell at a booth at Whistle Stop Trade Days in Clarendon on March 3rd & 4th.  

We are getting so close to being in the "waiting for a court date" stage!

Fundraising update & Matching Grant Link

Yay! Yay! Yay!  We are almost to $20,000!

I mentioned in the last post that we had received a matching grant.  Here's the low down.

We have been approved for a $1,000 matching grant through Lifesong for Orphans! You can use this link to make a tax-deductible contribution to our adoption. The first $1,000 given will be matched! We need to raise $8,380 more to pay all of our adoption agency fees for "A"'s referral. The rest of our goal covers our estimated travel costs.

We have our home study visit this weekend and our paint party fundraiser tonight.  Please pray for our family as we continue to fundraise and finish paperwork. And pray for "A" in Ethiopia!

Fundraising Update

Our garage sale was a success.  We were able to raise $870 for our adoption making our current fundraising total $10,708!  (Only $17,167 to go!)

We had tons of great garage sale items left, so we have decided to have it again on Saturday, weather permitting.

I'm also planning a paint party with Creativity Junction.  We will earn 1/2 of all money paid for the paint party for our adoption.  I think that's extremely generous.  The party will be on Thursday, February 9th at 6pm, Buffalo Cafe in Canyon, TX.

As we continue to fundraise, I will be excited to see the 1/2 way mark!  Only a few thousand dollars till that happens!

Thank you to everyone who donated all the wonderful stuff to our garage sale.

 

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Fundraising Update

We are past $9,000!  Specifically $9,086!  Only $18,789 to go.

Right now we are working on having a big garage sale at our church's warehouse (so we can be out of the cold.)  We've asked friends to donate stuff they are getting rid of to our sale, and we've started a pretty good pile of stuff.

I'm also listing things for sale on eBay and making crafts to sell.

We still have a few donations from our video trickling in.  I'm so grateful every single time I see one.  I'm honestly over-the-moon grateful when we get a donation from some stranger who doesn't even know our family.  It's humbling and exciting; it makes me so optimistic about the world.  Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our adoption!  We are just past the 1/3 mark!

Fundraising Update

Our bake sale plus gift wrapping fundraiser was a great success.  Praise, Jesus.  We raised $595!  That with a few donations-to-the-cause brings us to a total of $ $8,533.  Only $19,342 to go!

We are finally under the $20,000 mark, which mentally feels so much better.  The other morning I woke up with the sweats because I had this fear that I had done the math wrong and we had just gotten under $30,000 and we still had $29,000 to go.  Dear morning brain, please quit it.  Get behind me, Satan.  We are in the teens!

I am overwhelmed with gratitude for our friends, family, and even strangers who have given to our adoption.

As I write this, it is Christmas Eve, and I've written about the great joy we are celebrating today on the blog.  Give it a read.