Recently, we have gotten lots of questions from others about where we are in our adoption progress. I hesitate to even write this because I don’t want people to stop asking questions. We LOVE questions about our adoption -- how things are going, how much longer, how we are feeling (most of the time -- a little overwhelmed about the money, rather sad about the length of time, joyful to be experiencing both of those emotions if it’s part of the journey of bringing our child home), etc. Questions show us you care, that you want to know us, that you are invested (even if it’s a tiny bit) in our story. Sometimes, it feels a little lonely taking this course. It is definitely not the “typical” way of bringing home a baby (I laugh at myself at how hard I thought it was not knowing EXACTLY when our first two kids were going to come into our world … nine months or less seems a lot less broad now). So, in our desire to share the journey (and we are so grateful that you want to) … here is the “predicted” path (the red is what we have finished, the underlined blue part is where we are currently) … though as we are learning, not much is predictable in adoption.
*Submit application 1
*Submit application 2
*Work on government paperwork (Dossier) and raise $5,000 so we can submit it
*Wait and wait and wait for a referral (information and pictures) of our child (the wait is anywhere between 6-14 months) And in the meantime work on saving and raising lots of money!
*Receive referral (after accepting the referral we wait 3-6 months before we go)
*1st trip- Meet child and go to court to finalize adoption (about a week long trip)
*Leave our child there (return home and wait about 6-8 LONG weeks before going back)
*2nd trip- complete an Embassy appointment and receive child's visa (1-2 week trip).
*Bring our child home with us!!!
As you can see, we are currently in a holding place. We can’t move forward until we have the next installment of $5,000. We have debated over and prayed about how to raise this next payment, and we finally have a few ideas.
So here are our current fundraisers:
PARENT’S Pre-Valentine’s NIGHT OUT!
The details: Ben and Beth Edfeldt are hosting Parents’ Night Out. The children (3 months to 5th grade) will enjoy a Valentine craft, pizza dinner, and more fun! Space is limited. Sign up soon! ALL PROFITS will go to our adoption fund!
When: Saturday, February11th, 2012 from 6-9 p.m.
Cost: by donation
Click here to register
(be sure to put how many kids and ages)
Painting a Month
The plan is to put a painting (by Beth) up for auction once a month. Many paintings will probably have something to do with our adoption journey. Most of the paintings come with a story… free of charge :). Each month we will put the painting on our blog with a link to ebay where they will be for sale.
*Let me say, I am really impressed and grateful that you made it all the way here to the last line of this very long blog entry.