The most irritating thing throughout this whole process is the paperwork....There should be one universal set of forms that everyone gets a copy of. There are so many kids out there, special needs in particular that need homes and the process is so exhausting and sometimes just @#$%^& !!!!
We are trying to get to Milana b4 August due to the fact that our region's courts are closed in August. Visas are being processed, Home study done, compiling dossier...when BAM!!! Road block!!!
I sent our home study to be reviewed by our agency and got an email that day stating that they don't accept home studies by independent social workers. I have been through so much paperwork, I missed that sentence!!!
So my agency was willing to make an exception, and checked to see if Russia would, since she is special needs.........NOPE. That would be too easy.
So you can imagine my anxiety. I just cried. I know there is a reason everything happens. Maybe there is a reason I m not supposed to go to Russia the week that I was trying to go, I dunno. Sooooo, back to square one. Thank goodness Adoption Answers is willing to work with us. Hopefully they'll be able to update what my SW has already done and hopefully it won't break me.
Thank goodness I know without a doubt what I'm doing is right. You have to. You wouldnt make it through this process without total faith and persistence to keep going. That 1 little picture keeps me going everyday.
I'm sure it will all be over before I know it....I hope.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
It(fundraising) hasn’t been real easy. The other day I was looking at my blog and saw the same ole 785.00 that has been there forever- and for the first time I just lost it. I was looking at one blog where they needed more money and had already raised 20,000+ and she was getting down cause they needed more, and I found myself yelling at her(well, not HER, but her little picture sitting on the right side of my screen..)
I was angry, for the first time. Here Is this person, with 20,000+ dollars and here I am cant even break 1 thousand! I just broke down crying, hit my knees and prayed. I wasn’t mad at that family...They are just going through the same thing I was. I just asked my Heavenly Father to please help me figure out a fundraiser that will WORK. Help me get this little girl some donations so we can get over there and get her home! Even if it’s just a little bit, anything to boost my morale. I started working right away on some fundraisers. About an hour later I get an email from someone I havent seen or spoken to in over 15 years. He said he couldn’t stop thinking about our adoption since he heard about it, and had a strong feeling to donate and thought it was important to get this little girl home asap. (Amazing, right?)
He asked me what I needed to atleast get on the first trip, and get us to the second...He wrote out a check for 17,000 dollars and sent it to Milana's fund!!
I could go on, about this divine experience, and this family’s utter selflessness.
It is scary committing to adopt KNOWING you don't have 25-35,000 dollars to do it and having pure faith that that money will come.
Why wouldn't it,though? I mean , really??? Heavenly Father loves ALL of us. Of course if we follow his promptings, and do OUR half...He'll take care of the rest. It has been difficult through this process keeping morale up sometimes due to the lack of support or interest in some of those that are the closest to me. But I guess when you KNOW what you are doing is right, it is easier to keep faith that it will all come together.
We still have a little to go, but I know Heavenly father will continue to bless our family, those who selflessly give, and this sweet little girl.
It doesn't matter if it is 5,000 dollars or 5 dollars.... every donation that has been given, and will be given has amazed me.
Thank You..... Like I told this recent donor....There are no words.
Friday, June 10, 2011
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Ok, So this is the last week for this giveaway, 2.5 days left!!! All money goes toward our plane tickets and overseas expenses to R****a. We are getting soooo close to taking our first trip to see Mila. It just takes a donation of 10 dollars to enter. 10 dollars to help bring this little girl to a forever family that will absolutely adore her. We are so grateful for all the donations received so far. Every donation, big or small counts. If you'd rather make a tax deductible donation, you can do that on THIS page. For the purse giveaway, go to The JUNE GIVEAWAY tab at the top of this page and follow the instructions. Thanks so much!!!