Well, first of all….we are NESTING! Maria and I cleaned out her entire room, every nook and cranny–she is kind of a sentimental hoarder, so it was kind of a thing. It was amazing. We bagged up all the clothes she is just flying through, she is growing so fast, and divvied it up to so many friends welcoming hosted little girls from orphanages this summer. Things that were donated to us, now passed on to others in our same shoes, to more little girls given a chance and the love they so deserve. It was so, so fun to do! She was begging to share a room with her sister, but I told her it would be best to be separate so sister can nap and early bed, and her focus is being a student right now, she needs to be able to do school work, have access to her desk and books. She understood, and told me she could just play with her, always when she is awake. 😉
She and I are working hard this summer to get her up as close to grade level as possible, she is eager and so willing to make it happen with me helping. Such an awesome girl, pushing through so much. She was never properly educated in her past, everything is new, yet she continues to press on, work hard, not discouraged. She was never pushed to try before, but we see how smart she really is.
Also, can I just brag for a second about what happened here? This is for language arts, in a language still so new to her. Ok, sorry, I’m done now 🙂
Classic beginning of adoption: It flooded under our house, and our dishwasher broke, flooding our kitchen. We borrowed a dehumidifier, cleaned everything up and it was all fine. We watched YouTube and fixed the washer ourselves, ’cause we can’t afford a plumber. All that means is we get to learn new skills, our motto is to always find the good.
Where are we in the process? Are we just starting, are we…?
Last week, we finished our homestudy! The same day they mailed it to us, we overnighted it to USCIS, yay!
Our social worker was amazing. He came over on a weekend and just hung out with us at first. We were doing play dough with the kids, making Elsa, Anna and Olaf. He just kind of stood there for a while until he said, “This is my free therapy.” He explained he worked for CPS during the week and spends his time taking children out of terrible situations, and works with adoptive families on the weekends. “I need this weekend work, it’s good for my soul.” He said most of the kids are ready to just leave when he shows up on behalf of CPS. We had such a good conversation with him, awesome guy, knowledgeable and kind.
Yay! Goodbye homestudy! Godspeed!
It was so different this time around, we knew just what to do: Call and make medical apps. first for all of us, and we went that day to get our finger prints done. THEN we switched homestudy agencies, because we found one with immediate email responses, then had to re-do the fingerprints…it was still worth it 🙂 We had to tell our old agency we were breaking up with them for that reason, sorry, but baby girl is waiting! No hard feelings, but each month in the orphanage es no bueno.
Last time, I remember we geared ourselves up for the fingerprints for a week, and lost all hope (dramatic) at how much they cost, what are we doing!? we kept thinking. This time they were done the same day, and we moved onto the next thing. (Side note, should we write an e-book for sale, cheap about adoption stuff to help as a fundraiser, lemme know if you’d be interested)
This means, we are moving SO FAST, which is everything we could hope for, but it also means we are at a place where we are in huge need of quick fundraising. We’re not losing sleep over it, yet, but we need to move fast. I took a poll on our fb page and we are ready! God called us to this child, and we will hold nothing back to be able to provide her with the family, and life and love that she needs. We will sacrifice and work to make it happen.
If you would be willing to donate to our little girl, you will forever be a part of an orphan’s life change. You will be the connection to creating an entirely different future for her. It’s not the kind of investment that most financial planners would recommend, it’s a different kind of investing, the one into a life, an investment of love into the world, one less forgotten little girl. In return, we will love her, provide for her, have so much fun, ensure her best education and life. Forever: http://www.youcaring.com/adoption-fundraiser/bring-little-c-home-/186162?utm_source=widget (You can change the amount towards the site from 5% to 0% if you would like!)
-Maria has decided between her two extras, she would do only piano, no gymnastics for now. We will be doing surfing for free as a replacement this summer. “It’s just temporary, honey,” I told her.
“It’s ok, mama, I want baby sister home!” she told me, helping me feel better about it.
-What better way to take our garden hobby, and turn it into something real. We have researched and found ways to harvest our own seeds so we don’t need to buy them. How to save on water and yield more crops. Right now the goal is to eat mostly from here, and who knows, maybe sell crops as well. We were very inspired by this incredible documentary: Back to Eden. It was about gardening, but it actually even put my heart at rest about fundraising as well. It’s pretty cool.
We are thinking about setting up a trade co-op with other homesteaders. Friends from our growth group just gave us two chickens as a gift, they are so cute and fit right in.
Here is what we are planning now: As we prepare for the big cost of $11,000 in the next two weeks so we can get our travel dates:
-A poker night, Come one, come all, live music and fierce competition for a cause!
-a Cluck Fest here, and we will explain all the details of back yard chickens to everyone in our community for a small fee.
-making and selling organic avocado seedlings to sell from our own avo seeds
-having a market place here of things with items we believe in that can help us fund our adoption; essential oils, etc.
-DIY Kombucha kits to sell so you can start up your own batch on your own, it will be self sustaining after you start. Bring on the heath and share it.
-You can shop handmade, unique jewelry made from artisans being lifted out of poverty here: Noonday Collection, which will help artisans and our adoption, plus nothing is cuter or more beautiful. Anyone local who would like to host a trunk show, email me! Super fun.
-Andrew is willing to pick up nights and weekends IT work for any personal or small business user, local or anywhere. He can help ANYONE in the world and fix your computer issues remotly big or small, forget about geek squad, just email us. We’ll fix you up in exchange for an adoption donation. He’s the best: Contact Him Here – www.buddyit.com/contactus.html
-If you are a business or blog looking to boost your readership/sales, we are willing and able to sell advertising space for a very small fee. We hope it will help you as well as our little tiny one. Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org or click the advertise link for more info. Click Here to see how!
– I will do photography sessions for local families for a donation.
-We will help you set up garden boxes so you can get going on free food at you home for a donation. Boxes, soil, drip lines, veggie planning and best tips, you know you want it! Hit us up! The kids can play as we get you going.
-Savvy Spaces: It’s my secret dream to be a personal organizer. I love cleaning out people’s rooms or houses and making it look peaceful, calm and easy to relax and find things in. LOVE IT. If this is a need of yours, gimme a call, I’ll trade the work for an adoption donation.
– we’re coming up with maybe the coolest give-away ever, like I wish I could win it, stay tuned. We’re hoping it will target even people who could care less about adoption, orphans, poverty, etc. Break it open to all and any!
We’ll hug your cat for you, if you need.
Please share this. We would love for this adoption to benefit more than one little girl. You may not need photography or garden beds, but your sister, aunt, friend or neighbor does, please share! We hope to help and bless others as we work hard to bring home our daughter out of an orphanage.
Thank you friends,
So much love from our family.
P.S. Which of these offerings would you be most interested in? What should we add? We would so love your thoughts, ideas and inspirations.