I just thought I'd take the first part of this post to update you on where we are at in our adoption process. We received about $1800 in donations so far and were able to start our Home Study this week. This is huge and the very first step in our adoption process. We are so thankful that God provided the funds to get this started so quickly. It gives us hope that this really is going to happen and our son will be home with us soon.
We also had our Noonday Collection Trunk Show. We along with the Dewberry Family will each receive 10% of sales from that show. Although the show was on Friday night, Kristin is still holding the show open for orders until Sunday (tonight) night at 8pm. You can get details about that here.
Thank you to everyone who came or placed an order. Thank you Kristin for the Trunk Show. The products are really beautiful. You should check them out.
Our next big fundraiser is going to be this coming Friday, February 3rd from 6:30 - 8:30pm. It is at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church at 1288 Mt Pisgah Church Road Apex, NC 27523. Dinner will be available for $5 per person or $20 per family. If you live locally we would love it if you can come. If you can't come we will be taking bids online. I will have a dedicated blog post about this and all the auction details later.
God has been providing some really great auction items including 3rd row seats at a Carolina Hurricanes Hockey game and a bunch of restaurant & store gift cards and handcrafted gifts. There will something for everyone so don't miss this event. The auction benefits adoptions by 3 families. Our family, the Dewberrys and the McCoys. All together 4 kids will be adopted. So save the date and check my blog soon for a list of items to bid on. You can find a sneak peak here.
We do have a few prayer requests:
For Andriy to be healthy and safe. That his hope for his future would not diminish. That he would know we love him and would just hang on.
For the New Horizons for Children interview team. They are currently in Latvia interviewing children for the summer hosting program. Soon they will go to Ukraine to interview kids there. Please pray for safety and traveling mercies. Pray for their wisdom as they interview and pick children. Pray for the children to not be afraid to be interviewed and for the orphanage workers to be positive about the program.
Please pray for Nicole and Joe Dewberry (my sister and her husband). They leave for Ukraine on February 6th to adopt Sergiy. Please pray for safety, traveling mercies and that the process would go as smoothly as possible. Please also pray for Sergiy. This is a huge step of faith for him. He didn't think he would ever be adopted (he is almost 16) and emotionally this had been a little hard for him to process. He wants a family but is scared. He has been let down so much in his short life. He is such a precious young man and deserves to have a forever family. Joe and Nicole are also very short on funds for this adoption and only have a few more days to come up with the money. But God can provide. Please pray that funding sources will come through so they can leave on the 6th as planned.
Please pray for us. We wish Andriy was home yesterday. Being patient is hard. We are just starting this process and know we have many months of paperwork and fundraising ahead of us. We don't want to get discouraged. We need patience and endurance. This is a monumental task and we want to finish the race.
Thank you all so much for your prayers and words of encouragement. We know we can't do this alone and we appreciate our friends and family.