Today I had to make a lot of first contacts with people to get the correct information as well as deadlines and everything too. I contacted Children’s Home Society of Florida to find out what we needed to do to get the ball rolling with the home study, and was only able to leave a message around lunch time. I didn’t hear back for the rest of the day, which was kind of a bummer. I emailed back and forth with Emily at Holt making sure she didn’t need any other information from me for the application we have to do with them, from what I can tell, and what I gathered from my conversations with her….our application looks great, once she receives our previous 3 years tax information she’ll forward our file to the Ethiopia program at Holt. Then I kinda hit a wall, where is all this money going to come from? What are we getting ourselves into with all this, as far as money goes? We don’t have a lot in saving’s, we aren’t millionaires. I scoured the internet for fundraising ideas, some are so cheesy. I looked at grant options as well, and most of those don’t give you any money until after you’ve completed the home study. We’re trying to decide, to we send out a letter to friends and family? Is that weird to ask other people to help pay for your child? We know this is right, we know we’re supposed to be doing this.
I happened to turn to James the other night when I was reading my Bible and the whole first chapter was perfect…it was titled “Faith and Endurance”. Seriously. ”God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him”. James 1:12
Tomorrow afternoon we have a webinar, that focuses on adopting from Ethiopia. I’m so excited to hear what it’s all about!