Monday, March 3, 2014

.Joining our army.

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind. 
We've submitted our referral paperwork and it was all correctly filled out, signed and notarized!  Eek!  We checked, double checked and triple checked everything but I was still a bundle of nerves at the post office.
Our hearts are overwhelmed with joy over our boys.  I wake up in the middle of the night just to look at their pictures on my phone.   Checking to make sure it wasn't all a dream, assuring my heart they were ours and whispering a prayer for their health and safety has become a nightly routine. 
We pray for Gabe's brothers with him multiple times a day and he is asking for them by name and wondering when they'll get home.  Having no concrete date we just tell him soon and then we pray and ask God to bring them home as soon as possible.
It's hard not knowing how long this part of the waiting will take.  So many of the details and much of the timeliness of getting the boys home depend on other's competency.  It's hard because no one works as hard to get their children home as their parents.  Trusting another person with the passion to get our children home is nearly impossible. 

As we wait for all of the paperwork to be completed and court dates to be set up on this side of the wait, we are preparing our hearts and home to bring the boys home.  We are making plans for Gabe's care during the times we will have to leave him in Ohio and travel to Ethiopia to meet our boys and then bring them home. 

As we make these plans, we are also trying to get creative.  Creative with funding this last part of our adoption.  Y'all know adoption is not cheap and neither is traveling to Ethiopia.  To offset some of these expenses we are hoping to have two or three fundraisers before we travel to meet our boys.  Not knowing when we'll travel complicates things a little bit. 

Our first fundraiser is going to be an online auction via facebook.  Not on facebook?  Make a dummy account and join just for our auction.  So far we have some really great items.  We've been overwhelmed with the generosity of those both near and far.  To make this the best, most enticing auction we can put on we are still looking for items to auction.  If you own a business, are in direct sales or know someone who would like to donate, please let us know.  We would be so grateful for your generosity.
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"It may take a village to raise a child but an army to free one"

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