You probably already know that adoption usually comes with a hefty price tag. Of course, to those of us adopting, it’s like those MasterCard commercials –priceless– but the reality is that building a family this way is expensive, especially for ordinary, middle-class folks like us. The type of adoption we’re doing is called an independent… Continue reading Fundraising
I read a post that really resonated with me the other day. It’s written by a couple who, a year ago, did what we’re trying to do: adopted an older child from Uganda. It’s encouraging, insightful and answers some of the questions we’ve heard so far about why we want to do this. Adopting an… Continue reading Thoughts on Adopting an Older Child
I’m Kari, he’s Donnie and we’ve been blessed with three amazing sons. Zach is 14, Eli is 10 and Jonah is almost 3. To lots of people, three kids is plenty. To many, it’s more than enough. To us, it’s just a really good start on the big family we always dreamed of having. We… Continue reading Our Adoption Story
To honor the generous donors who support our adoption, I’m making a painting for our daughter’s room. Every person who donates — in any amount — can choose a flower, butterfly or leaf to be painted on the tree, as well as the color of it. You can also ask me to include your initials… Continue reading A Painting for Pearl
We’ve gotten this question from a few people with whom we’ve shared our news. Oh, there are SO many answers to this question, and I plan to write about several of them over the next few months. But one of them is something I saw in a quote online today. It was written by David… Continue reading But…why?
I’ve had several people ask how we came to a figure of $12,000 for our fundraising, so I thought I’d write a post to explain how it all breaks down. Right now, we are waiting on the completed home study report from the social worker. Once that arrives, we have to file a petition with… Continue reading Breaking Down the Costs
One thing I am learning about this adoption process: ain’t nothing about it easy, except loving the little one you’re pursuing. It’s been a roller-coaster ride the past two days. Yesterday was our home visit from the social worker. It went fabulously well — SO much better than I imagined. She barely glanced around each… Continue reading Ten Percent!
This week, I’ve had the privilege of adding more money to our fundraising thermometer, and sharing THIS post about an absolutely lovely donation made by my sweet friend, Julie. I’ve also uploaded some other neat items to our Fundraising Store, and there’s even more to add soon. It’s been a good week. We’re also only… Continue reading The Next Steps
Apparently, I was confused about the home study process. I thought that I’d walk out of today’s meeting with the completed report in my hands. As one of my favorite old TV characters, Fred Sanford, would say, “You big dummy!” It isn’t as if the social worker misled us; it was all there in the… Continue reading Aww, Man!
I’m starting something new today: for the next 20 days, I’m going to feature one of the products in our store along with a reason that we love this little girl we’re adopting. As you know, on this site, we call her “Pearl” and she truly is more valuable to us than the world’s most… Continue reading Twenty Reasons: One