January 30, 2014
Today was the day we have been waiting for!! The last six weeks have both flown by and seemed like this day might never come! The last time I wrote, our paperwork was winging its way to Eastern Europe and today it finally made it to the final destination! Finally, our paper work was submitted to the governmental agency in charge of adoptions in Zach's country for review. As long as things go well, hopefully, we will be given an appointment date to get the official referral. So, now, we begin waiting...again! Sometime in the next 4-8 weeks we will get the exciting news that our appointment date has been set. Until then, what are we going to be doing while we wait?
We have begun getting Zach's room ready, we have done some painting and still have more to do! And of course we have linens and all of those fun things to buy, too! We have not chosen a specific theme or anything like that, since we would like for him to be able to choose what he likes and help to make it his own.
We are also still fundraising. As you can see by our thermometer we have made some great progress, but we still have a ways to go. Our shoe and clothing drive is set to wrap up here in a couple of weeks and we are praying that we make the 15,000 lb. minimum in collections so that we can maximize our profit and make it a worthwhile project for the 4 families that have been participating. It has been a much larger challenge than we anticipated! We knew it was going to be hard work, just not this hard! If you live in the Houston area, and have some shoes, clothing, linen's, etc. that you would like to donate let me know before February 15th!
Our T-Shirt fundraiser was a great success! That made a good dent in our goal. Many of you have expressed that you missed out on getting one and would like the opportunity to purchase one; so we are going to be re-launching that site in the near future so you can get one of our awesome shirts! There may also be another design option available, so stay tuned!
We have a few more fundraisers coming up including another online auction, and a Valentine's Day Giveaway!
Kevin and I are so thankful to all of you for your continued love and support! Our families and friends gave us some amazing gifts over the Holiday's that were beyond generous and unexpected and we are truely grateful and humbled. The Lord is providing and we continue to trust in Him as we follow his leading and timing (waiting!) in this crazy journey.
"Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you." Psalm 37:5
Please continue to pray for us! We have had some hard days in the last six weeks and your prayers for us and for Zach are so precious!