This is pretty much going to be short, sweet and to the point. Many of you know the struggles we have had these past few months in bringing Drew home and many of you have stepped up and helped us out. There is no way that Matt and I can thank you enough for all your thoughts, prayers, and donations. We are truly blessed to have such wonderful support from friends, family, and some we have never even met.
If you are new to our blog you can go here to read how God opened our hearts to adoption once again.
I am once again calling on you, my family, my friends, and my fellow adoptive parents to lend a hand. I am in the process of putting together a fundraiser for Drew to help with the remaining costs to bring him home. Unfortunately, like so many other adoption fundraisers, we simple don't have the money to offer elaborate prizes such as cameras, laptops, or gift cards. So, that is where you all come in. I have been contacting several Etsy shops and have been surprised at just how many are willing to donate and help us out. As of now I have about 10-12 great prizes for the fundraiser. But, I want/need more. Since we are not able to go all out, I want several prizes for people to get excited about. So, if you have a talent, a hobby, or know someone that does, please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am hoping to have the fundraiser blog up and running by next week. I should probably also mention that payapl no longer allows raffles to be used, so the wording will be a suggested donation. And this time, each suggested donation of $10.00 will get you one entry, or you can get 3 entries for $25.00. And as always, you will get bonus entries for 1. posting about our fundraiser on your blog, and 2. for leaving me a comment. Oh, and if you do happen to donate something, well that will also automatically get you an entry.
Just to let you all know where we are in the process of bringing Drew home, the only thing we are waiting on now is our Article 5 and our TA. Thankfully (and I cannot believe I am typing this) Chinese New Year starts Sunday which means most of China shuts down for about 2 weeks. Why is that a good thing you ask? Well, as much as I want to get on a plane and fly to China to bring Drew home, we simply don't have all the money we need. I have estimated that we will probably receive our TA sometime in March and am really hoping to travel the first two weeks in April. One reason is that since we are taking Blake, his spring break falls during the first week of April. The second reason is that there is a trade show in China beginning on April 13 and the hotel costs are more than double during those three weeks. There is no way we will be able to travel during then so please, say a prayer that 1. we are able to raise the amount needed and that 2. we are able to travel BEFORE the trade show.
Happy weekend to everyone. This is going to be a busy weekend for us. Saturday Emma makes her First Reconciliation, then Saturday afternoon we are having Mylee's birthday party (I can't wait for you to see the cake). Oh, and lets not forget that Sunday is Chinese New Year and Valentine's Day.