Friday, August 27, 2010
The past two weeks have flown by for us! We decided this summer to homeschool our kids. This new venture as well as the paperwork process for our adoption has kept us spinning!!!! (In a good way of course) We will be meeting with our social worker on Sunday for our final homestudy meeting! We have also chosen our agency and they have recieved our paperwork. The next step for us is going to be lining our our docier paperwork. This will take a couple of weeks to get everything typed out, notarized, and sent off. Once that process is complete, we will be fingerprinted and wait for the INS to approve our paperwork! From that point, our documents will be sent to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to be translated. Once they are submitted, we wait for a court date. There is a lot to the process but it's all well worth it! Our next financial obligation in this process is going to be a $5200.00 agency fee. This is going to be due within the next 6 weeks, however we know that God is going to provide! For those of you reading that haven't already, please prayerfully consider making a one-time donation of $20.00 to help us reach this goal. With the amazing response over the past 3 weeks, we were able to pay for our homestudy and agency application fee. Praise God!!! We can't thank all of you enough for making this dream a reality for our family!!! Please continue to pray for us.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible. T. E. Lawrence - This is a very fitting quote for our family right now. We have a dream!! Adoption. Our eyes are wide open and we are moving forward daily. We personally want to thank each and every person that has partnered with us prayerfully and financially. In just over one week, YOU have given $1450.00! God is so good! The response has been tremendous! These funds will allow us to complete our homestudy and we will be on to the next step which is going to be our agency fee. This is going to be about $5000.00. For those of you possibly reading this for the first time, please consider a one time gift of $20.00 to help us reach this goal. There is a donate tab at the top of the page. We understand that not everyone can partner financially so we ask that you keep us in your prayers. Again we can't thank all of you enough for helping us live out our dream!
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Well here goes!!!! We are officially kicking off our "ADOPTION ADVENTURE"! That's right, we ARE adopting!!!! Even though we have two beautiful biological children, we knew in our hearts that our family was not complete. We have prayed for God to reveal His will to us and after seven years, we are beginning to see our dream come true. It is so amazing how God works things out! Though it is still very early in the process, we have found a special little girl in Ethiopia. It's hard to keep our hearts and emotions in check because we are so excited yet we know this will be a long and potentially rough road. So, having given the backdrop, we need to FUNDRAISE, FUNDRAISE, FUNDRAISE!!!!! Adoption is very expensive and we need your help!!!! The total cost of this process will be about 23K. This cost is all inclusive from the beginning homestudy through bringing the child home. Our immediate need is $3700.00. This money will be to complete our homestudy and pay for the first installment of our agency fee. We have done the math, and if we can get 700 of our friends to give a ONE TIME DONATION OF $20.00, we will have $14,000.00!!!!!!! That would put us at over 60% of our goal! We will also be applying for grants, doing yard sales, and whatever creative things we think of along the way. Please prayerfully consider a one time donation. If you can't do $20.00, we will be grateful for whatever you can give!!!! If you are not in a position to give at all, we absolutely understand and ask that you remember us in prayer. That is just as important. We will update you each week to let you know how we are doing in the process. We are SO excited about this journey and can't wait to meet our new addition!!!!! To donate, go to the top of the page and click on the DONATE button. You do not have to have a paypal account set up to donate but will have to create a password.
Rick, Amanda, Devyn, and Taelor Flores