We held our 2nd yard sale yesterday at the home of Steve and Jan Hunter. They were so gracious to offer their yard and their help in many ways. Many people donated items for our yard sale. Thank you to everyone who donated something, whether a little or a lot. It all helped! We made a little over $1400 dollars. This will make a big difference as we will have to pay Homeland Security in the next week or so and our next payment to our adoption agency will soon be due as well.
After 2 sets of fingerprints, my suitability letter finally came back. If I remember correctly, we had to do two sets of fingerprints last time, too. We also received a financial gift of $1500 which went straight into the adoption savings account. It was a very special blessing! I was able to have my physical completed, and Jeff's physical will be completed in the next 2 weeks. So, we just continue to check the boxes and get paperwork that is needed for the dossier completed.
We have identified a baby girl who is in foster care in China that we are inquiring about adopting. I can't tell you much about her due to privacy issues, but she is about 4 months old at this time and has basically the same eye problem as Kayleigh. Please pray that God will direct and either open or close doors if she is "the one." Unfortunately, it will probably not speed up our process any to be matched with this particular baby. On our current time table, we would travel to China about this time next year, although that is only an estimate. It could be sooner (please!!) or later......:(
Several folks have asked about helping financially. We will be setting up an account with AdoptTogether soon. This is an organization that helps families with fund raising. Through AdoptTogether, donations made to our adoption fund are tax deductible. We cannot set up this account until our home study is complete, and we can send a copy of it to them. This will probably not happen for several weeks. So, if you are one of those people who has asked us how you can help financially, please check back here periodically for the information on how to donate.
I (Cheri) will be participating in a vendor night at FBC, Huntsville on October 23 from 6-9. I will be selling Ugandan Magazine necklaces and earrings and Haitian earrings. Half of the money goes to the artisans of Uganda and Haiti and the other half helps us fund our adoption. This would be a great time to start Christmas shopping!
Over the last 2 months, my job situation became a little tenuous. Things have finally worked out and it was all God's timing; however, we were really forced to evaluate our financial situation. We have determined that in order to never have to worry about whether I have a job or not, we are going to sell our house. It was a heartbreaking decision at first because this is our dream house. We spent countless hours working on this house night after night, day after day, but it is just a house and having to worry about whether we can afford it if I did lose my job is not worth it. We expect a sign to go in the yard this week. Please pray that it will sell quickly! We know it is not the best time to sell a house, and it is not a seller's market right now, BUT we know God has a plan and that He is a big God, and He can sell this house in a matter of days.
Thank you all for your love and prayers and keep watching for updates.