This post was due yesterday. Top Ten Tuesday. I feel like the white rabbit from Alice's adventure–late. Actually, I feel more like the Mad Hatter, but we'll save that post for another day.
Not only am I tardy, I'm also cheating. The topic was supposed to be 10 Things About Me You Should Know. Yawn. So, let's chat about adoption instead. Here are some of the FAQs along with their answers.
Yes. We are dead-dog serious. Right now we are requesting two siblings, ages 0-6. The possibility of adopting three siblings has been the talk of the house for the past month, but we are settled (for now) with our request for two. As time goes on, we might change our request, but God will have to be really clear on that one. You can read our updated answer to this question!
We know that 1,200 square feet isn't huge, but all four of us are agreed that we have plenty of room to share!
They are excited. When I ask them what they are thankful for each day, Simon always pipes up with a, "I'm thankful for the kids we are going to adopt!" Elijah claims that he will be more than happy to boss two more siblings around (and I think he's only half-joking).
The short answer: no one knows.
The long answer:
We are hoping and praying that our dossier will be ready to be submitted in December. We're at the mercy of a lot of other people (who probably don't have the same crazed urgency we have). Once our dossier is submitted, it will be translated. Then we wait.
Right now the referral time for siblings ages 0-6 years old is 30 months. Things are backed up in Colombia right now, though, and it could be longer. After referral and all that jazz, we should (hardy har-har for those of you who've ridden the international adoption ride and know what I mean by should) get to travel within 8 weeks. Then our estimated time in Colombia is another 8 weeks. Then home.
But God is writing this story . . . not us. And we really don't know what the time frame will look like.
We don't know. We don't care. We could get two girls, a girl and a boy, or two boys!
We are making our way through the hoop jumping, red taping obstacle course. Right now our home study is being written, and we are also gathering documents for our dossier.
By the grace of God.
When we started (first week of May), we had enough to pay the application fee. As you can see, we've paid about $4,400. That means $4,100 came from somewhere. $4,100 that we did NOT have. God has been good. Friends and family helped us raise $1,300 by selling bracelets. We've had friends donate. We've had Homeschool Share fans donate. We decided to offer advertising spots on Homeschool Share to generate some extra income. We've cut back on a few things (maybe a future post). I started selling cookies every week at our local Farmer's Market. Copywork for Future Heroes has brought in some income, and all the affiliate monies from this blog and Homeschool Share go straight to our adoption fund. I sold a bunch of books and curriculum we weren't using and raffled off The Giraffe That Walked to Paris. We have two more raffles coming up soon (one next week!).
We are so blessed and humbled and overwhelmed by all that people have done for us already. We have a long way to go, though, and we hope you will stick with us for our entire story!