Thursday, February 10, 2011

Needs vs Wants


First of all, THANK YOU to those who have already began helping out. Your donations and prayers are so appreciated. I have had a few people inquire about the cost for the I800A application. It has gone up a little from our last adoption and the current fee is $890.00.

Well, as you can see by the chip in button to the right, our fundraiser isn't going so well. As a matter of fact, we are in the hole by $65.00. The gift cards are NOT being donated, we are paying for those out of our pocket, so, we at least need to raise the $400 to cover those.

Yesterday we FINALLY, after almost 4 months received our updated home study. It is signed, sealed, and ready to be delivered, but is still sitting on our kitchen counter. Things have come up that have required us to use money we had set aside for Keliah's adoption and because of that, we do not have the funds to send off with our I800A application. I wish I could go into more detail, but right now, I am just asking for prayers and He will know what you are praying for.

Our faith is what has gotten us through the last three adoptions, and we are certain it will be our faith that will get us through this one. Keliah's middle name is Faith for that very reason. God has show us time and time again that He is in control and that He will provide.

Our original goal was to have Keliah home by late summer, but with the delay in getting Matt's physical, we are now looking at fall before we may travel. I am really hoping and praying we don't have to wait any longer than that.

We have some videos of Keliah and she desperately wants a family, she want to come to the US, she wants to have many siblings (older and younger). But putting aside her wants, she NEEDS a family, every child needs and deserves a family. She NEEDS to know the love of a mother and father. She NEEDS to know the feeling of bedtime hug and kiss. She NEEDS and family.

Please help us by donating, spreading the word, or by praying that everything will come together and we get to bring this little girl home where she belongs. Please help us by not only providing her with her wants, but her needs as well.

I am working on another fundraiser that I hope you will ALL love. I am really excited to get it launched, but need just a little bit more time to get it together.


Jessica said...

do you mind me asking how much do you need to send in with the I-800A?

Alyson said...

I really feel for you...we are adopting for the first time and wow this is a huge leap of faith. We don't have money sitting around to adopt either. We're hoping to travel in the fall, too. (hopefully) I've been really touched by the older adoption. I posted some info I found (a few days ago) and I learned so much. Your daughter is beautiful. I will be praying for you guys.

Suzanne said...

Hi Mandi
I've been following your blog for some time now, actually since you were working to bring Drew home. I've been helping a couple families with their fundraising. Send me an email to if you'd like to chat about perhaps me helping you with your fundraising.