Happy New Year Everyone,
Hopefully some of the New Years Resolutions are sticking. It’s been a while since we last updated you all on the process. We crammed to get all our documents and paperwork in before the holidays, and we almost did. We were late by just 1 day, so we had to wait until mid-January to hear back from our agency. We hear from them this last week and we are officially active! This means that our profile will now be seen by potential birth mothers. The hard part is over – well kind of. This feels like a huge, momentary sigh of relief. We started the process about 4 months ago on what we hoped to finish in 1 month (yes, we are both fairly ambitious).
This last month we were forced to take some time to slow down and celebrate because the agency was closed for the holidays. This time became a blessing – like hitting the pause button on a stressful movie. We didn’t realize how fast we were moving and how stressed out we had become with this process. The break gave us space to process our situation. For us that means taking time to go walk on the beach, having surf days on the weekend and spending time with friends and family. I feel like it has given us time to stop, look at each other and just smile. It is extremely easy to take the gift we have in each other for granted. For me, this last month is always going to hold a special place in my heart as a time with just us before the baby.
Yet we say our relief is momentary because now we wait, pray and prepare.
Now we fundraise. So, far we have raised… wait for it… $20,000! TWENTY THOUSAND DOLLARS! This is simply unreal. I can’t thank everyone enough for all the t-shirt campaigns, the family from Homes-for-good who donated a percentage of their commission for their home, Holly for throwing us a fundraising party, the adoption community, our church and our friends and family. Many of you have stood beside us, asking for nothing in return. You have all been so supportive even before the adoption process began. Ryan and I speak often about how the love and care of our community has mirrored the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives over the last 4 years. You have held our heads up when we have been weak, brought us flowers, just listened and mourned with us. Thank you is not enough. You are helping us bring a child home for good (or 2 or 3 kids). I am still throwing that out there in hopes that we get more than one 😊
We are still in the process of raising $25,000 more. I feel like we should be a little more worried, but we aren’t – it seems weir to me. Yes, a miracle is needed. Yet, seeing what we have already seen gives us peace. We are continuing to work as best we can by doing the following: applying for grants, t-shirt campaigns and holding an Instagram auction. Still, we have peace through it all. If you have any fundraising ideas, please let us know. We have a tax-deductible giving campaign open now as well as go-fund-me.
We’ll keep everyone updated with our fundraising opportunities. For now, here are our donation pages.
Go Fund Me Page:
Adopt Together (Tax-Deductible)
-Kim and Ryan