It’s been 10 days since I wrote a blog post, and there’s a reason for that.
There really isn’t a lot to report. Pardon the analogy, but it’s like we’re in that 8th month of pregnancy, when everybody’s kind of bored with it, and a little uncomfortable and just ready for the baby to arrive. All the clothes are bought, the bed is being put together, and the primary activity of every long, long day is simply the act of waiting.
The lawyer has been sent the last bits of paperwork and we’re expecting to hear a court date from him any day now.
We’ve had more funds donated, which, as you can see, fulfills the fundraising thermometer we first created for this site. (Big bear hugs and air-cheek-smoochies to all the fabulous people who’ve helped us out!!)
But as I explained to a few friends, independent international adoption is quite a lot like building a house. You have a budget, and a time frame, but neither really end up mattering a lot in the long run. Because it almost always takes a lot more money and a great deal longer to accomplish than you ever could’ve imagined at the onset.
And that’s where we are. When we found out Donnie has to go to Uganda as well, to appear in court, the last proposed budget just flew out the window. I’ve also learned of more little “hidden” fees and expenses that I didn’t know to budget for initially. One thing I totally neglected to include was the cost of our immunizations. I thought they would be covered by insurance, but they aren’t. And I’ve had some issues with getting approved to receive the required yellow fever shot, a situation that, by the time it’s said and done, will have added several hundred dollars in doctors’ visits that we didn’t initially account for, bringing the total shot fees for the two of us to almost $800.
So, even though the thermometer appears fulfilled, we’re still a few thousand dollars away from having all our expenses covered for this trip.
I truly do NOT have the heart to create another thermometer, or reset this one. I wasn’t even going to post about it, because I didn’t want anyone thinking there was something fishy going on with the funds. But it is what it is, and if this blog is about anything, it’s about being open and transparent regarding our journey to our daughter.
In a few days, I’ll post the link to our online silent auction. I’m really excited about this — we have some GREAT stuff that hasn’t yet been added to our online store. So check in again soon for the link to that event!
We just ask that you continue to remember us and our sweet girl in your prayers. I know God’s got this; He’s had it from the beginning. I don’t know how He’s going to wrap it up — all we can do is keep plugging along, working as though working hard is all we have to depend on, and praying as though that’s the only way to get her here. It’s so wonderful to have a loving Father God to trust, knowing that He loves me even more than I love my babies and wants the best for us all.
Oh how grateful I am for Him, and for all the loving, wonderful people He’s blessed us with, whose presence, presents and prayers have meant that we don’t face this journey alone!
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” -1 Peter 5:6-7