Act. Love. Walk. Thank you!

Happy New Year! We are incredibly thankful for the tremendous outpouring of love and support we have received over the last several weeks. The encouragement has been downright amazing – y’all are awesome! And it’s really neat to see that opening up about our struggles and journey toward adoption has prompted conversations with people that may otherwise never have happened.

There are a lot of unknowns that come with adoption, which is hard for us to come to grips with. Knowing that there are so many people who are now walking alongside us, motivates us to press on, confident that the best is yet to come.

One of the difficulties of adoption is coming up with the funds to pay the fees. An adoption costs about the same as having a baby the old fashioned way; however, it’s not covered by insurance. And most fees are due upon match, not over a course of time (in addition to the expenses of the home study and visits, background checks, traveling, etc). So that is really scary, because most people don’t have huge chunks of change laying around with no purpose. We certainly don’t.

For quite a while, we have saved on our own, rearranging our monthly budget to account for adoption related expenses. We are trying our best to be good stewards of the money we earn. This fall, Colin taught a night class at a local community college to make a little extra income that goes straight to our adoption fund (and he’ll have two classes this spring). We are also making things to sell, such as wooden cutting boards, hand-painted signs, and possibly jewelry. These are all small steps that will eventually come together to help us reach our goal. There are some neat fundraising efforts in the works, so stay tuned for more information!

One way that many people have already gotten involved is through our t-shirt campaign. We launched the day we shared our news, and the shirt we designed was available for three weeks. It was very successful – we raised right at $1,000! Thank you to everyone who chose to support us in that way – family, friends, co-workers, even people that we’ve never met (how cool is that?). Not only did a portion of every shirt sale come to us, when you wear your shirt, you may have the opportunity to tell someone else about our story, or at least talk about adoption in a positive way. Here are some pics of you sporting those arrows!

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In addition to people purchasing t-shirts, we have received some generous gifts. It is humbling to know that there are people in our lives who have a real desire to be a part of bringing our family together. So, we are on our way in our fundraising efforts! We still need to save and raise a lot of money, but we trust that God will provide – for he is “able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20).

Still, it is not easy to put oneself so out in the open, to expose our struggles and fears. Thank you for being a part of this journey and for praying with us as we continue on this path. We are so very grateful for the encouragement, and humbled by the gifts we have already received.

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