Our Little Family

Our Little Family

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

That Dirty Little Word

"FUNDRAISERS"!!!!   And now comes that blood curling scream from horror movies!!  Oh the very word makes your skin crawl and makes you want to hide under your bed!

Seriously though, I wanted to address this and be completely up front with you all.  You will be seeing quite a few different fundraisers coming from us over the next few months, but this is in NO way a pressure thing from us on to you!!  We love you all so very, very much and would NEVER want to pressure anyone!  We aren't sitting here looking over our list of family and friends and seeing dollar signs, I promise you!

The point of these fundraisers is two-fold.  First, with a fundraiser, you can have a lot of people do a little and have it accomplish much!  For example, I may think that by my giving $10 to someone who needs $20,000, it is just pointless!  I mean $10 is hardly a drop in the bucket!  BUT if I give my $10 knowing I am 1 of 100 people giving $10 for a goal of $1000, well then I feel like I'm actually helping my friends to see a difference, to bring down that gigantic number $1000 at a time!  Does that make sense?  I am not kidding when I say that every dollar really does count!

The second point to the fundraisers is that we are now up against a time crunch.  Within the next three months, we need to have the full $6700 to pay for all of the Phase 1 paperwork and fees.  While we have some of this, we still need to raise a bit to complete it.  It is just super easy to take this $6700 down in little chunks at a time!

Let me be super real and raw with you all for a moment.  I genuinely wish that I had $20,000 just sitting in my back account, or that we made $1000 extra each month.  But the fact is, we don't.  I honestly think it is crazy and ridiculous that it costs $20,000 to adopt one little girl!  But it does.  There are thousands upon thousands of orphans around this globe and a very real financial barrier between them and a forever home.  And I gotta say, I'm not okay with that!!!  Every child deserves a home, and every family that longs to open their home to a child should be able to do that, without wondering how in the world they are going to be able to afford it!

So, even though on paper it doesn't look like we should be able to "afford" to adopt one little girl, we are willing to fight, to save, to raise the money, to stand and believe that it will come, and to know that it will not be because of us that it happens.  It will be because of MANY that one little girl is given the gift of LIFE!

I hope that when you see those fundraisers come up over the next few months, that you won't have to run and hide or hope that we won't think badly of you if you don't give.  I hope that you will do exactly what your heart tells you to.  If that is giving, great!  If that is sending us some encouragement and words of support, PLEASE do!!  If that is praying for us as we go, bring it on!!  This is a road that is easier to travel with many companions along the way!

We love you all and are so thankful for each and every one of you!  Thank you for being a part of our journey and for partnering with us to bring our Ezra Faith home!

Monday, September 24, 2012

It's open!!! It's open!!!!

That's right folks, the country program is open!!!  Our application is in for the Thailand program, and we are officially on our way!!!  In case you couldn't tell by all of the exclamation points, I am SOOOOO excited!!!

So, if you are anything like me, you are sitting there reading this and wondering, "okay, so what does it look like from here?"  Good question!  Once our application has been approved for the Thailand program, we will start our Home Study and paperwork, shortly followed by our Dossier paperwork.  Once all of our paperwork is in and sent to Thailand, we are put on the waiting list to be matched to our little girl!  But first, lots of paperwork and fees!

And speaking of fees, we are doing a celebratory fundraiser!  As a way to celebrate the country program opening and our process officially beginning, we would like to give away a $100 Target Gift Card!!

Iconic Puppy GiftCard
We will do a drawing one week from today on October 1, 2012, and pull the name of the lucky winner!  But you are probably wondering how you get your name in the drawing for this $100 of free goodness!  It's super easy!  A $10 donation will put your name into the drawing one time.  A $20 donation will put it in twice, and so on!  We are hoping to get 100 people to donate $10 each, thus raising $1000!!  Will you please help us?  To donate, simply click on the donate button to the right on this page or mail a check to the address listed on the right of this page.

Thank you a million times over for all of your support, love, prayers, encouragement, financial support and excitement for our family!  We honestly couldn't do this without you all, and we can NOT wait for the day when we get to introduce our Ezra Faith to each and every one of you!  Here we go!!!