Garage Sale Fundraiser

By Kristin

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Today we had our second garage sale fundraiser.  It was a huge hit!!!

We had a constant flow of people thanks to all the advertising and great weather.  We had tremendous help thanks to a family that won’t quit until we have our girl.

In the weeks leading up to the garage sale we asked friends and family to donate gently used items.  We had an amazing response and had more than enough items to sell.  We are so thankful to have supportive friends and family, this made our fundraiser successful.

Why is fundraising so important and how do my donations help?

This topic may make some people squirm, but I look at it as an opportunity to educate those on the adoption process.  It is no secret that international adoption is costly.  We are currently fundraising to help fund our adoption program fee.  This is the largest sum we must save for throughout the whole process and you’ll see why in a second.

The adoption program fee helps cover the cost to facilitate the adoption in our child’s birth country. This includes costs for personnel, administrative overhead, training, education, legal services and communications, working with government and agency authorities, legal fees, and passport and U.S. visa fees in the child’s country.

This fee also covers costs related to the care of our child prior to adoption, including food, clothing, shelter, medical care, foster care, orphanage care and any other services provided directly to our child.

To all those parents out there, imagine the cost of living for your child up to the age of three.  Think about the hospital delivery, diapers, doctor appointments, food, baby gear, clothing, etc.  Now imagine paying for that all at once!  Crazy right!?!

Well, welcome to adoption!  This is what many adopting families take on.  So when we say we appreciate everyones help fundraising and every single donation, we truly mean it!

We’re so blessed to be supported on this amazing journey to our little girl!!!

Thank You!

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New Editions

By Kristin

We’ve been adding a few more items here and there to G’s room.  We’re buying items that children need no matter what the age, and a few fun ones too!  It makes the wait a lil easier knowing we’re creating the space she’ll call home.

On instagram, I follow Davi Jo Vintage, run by two gals I went to high school with.  They thrift, junk, paint, and create amazing items.  So when they posted this dresser they were selling at Junkstock, I thought it was adorable, but I didn’t get my hopes up because I was out of town and couldn’t attend.  A few weeks went by, and I decided to ask about it.  Luckily they hadn’t sold it!  When I saw it in person, I knew it would be great for G’s room.  It even had my hometown’s name stamped on the back.  I mean how perfect is that!

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We also ordered a play kitchen from Ikea, which finally came in the mail.  I’m not gonna lie, it took a while to put together.  My mom also found this sweet vintage doll highchair, which goes perfectly with her new kitchen set and doll.

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Dim Sum For Everyone

By Kristin

With our Dossier in China and it being logged in with the CCCWA, we’ve had a few reasons to celebrate lately, so we took the family out for some Dim Sum!  Dish after dish came out, and at one point, the table was full of yummy bite sized little foods. Everyone went around the table saying their favorite item.  No one left hungry!

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And oh, the fortunes!  We can’t forget about the fortunes!  They were so fitting, especially since we have an appointment with our agency on Monday to talk about the matching process.

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