Thursday, August 11, 2011

The good, the hard, and the need

Let's get the "hard" out of the way. 

The last few months have been weighty. We are weary at times. I know that's not what I am "supposed" to say, but it's the truth. We both have had days where we are anxious and question if we should be pressing on.  

And then time and again, AWESOME things happen. "God things" that show us we are right where we were meant to be. 

So here's the deal..........

We found out about 18 month old boy/girl twins at the end of Jan who live in a baby home in Africa. 
We were told that they were "waiting" children and that all the paperwork would be done in a matter of weeks and then we could travel to bring them home. 
In reality, their case was more complicated and it took over 7 months to investigate their lives to be sure that international adoption would be the best thing for them. 
In June, we found out that they are probably 6 months younger than what we originally thought. We think they are about 18 months old now. 

The Good
  • We have been praying for someone to stay with our kids when we are gone. We have had folks offer to take a kid here or there, but what we really wanted was for someone to come in and live in our house and keep all four together. PRAYER ANSWERED!!!
  • We have been fundraising through yard sales, donations and selling t-shirts, coffee and necklaces. And we have raised $6,424!!!!
  • About three weeks ago, we got "the call" that the paperwork is done, we are officially matched with them and we can now petition the court for a court date where we will ask to be their legal guardians. We will then finalize the adoption here in the US when we get home. 

The Need

Stand with us in prayer. 
I know this goes without saying, but we would ask that you prayer specifically for some things. 
  • For the twins' health and safety. 
  • That the paperwork to be done quickly so that we can get a court date soon. We hope to go by the end of the year. 
  • For the process to move quickly once we are in the country. We are told to expect to be there 4-6 weeks. One of us will be staying for the duration and one of us will likely come home in between and then travel back to help with the plane ride home.
  • For the twins to attach to us quickly and easily
  • For the girls to have peace while we are away and in the transition when we bring the twins home 
  • For the rest of the funds that we need to make this happen. This is a difficult thing to discuss. It's very humbling to ask for help. But the truth is that we can't do this alone. 

How to help financially

We need to raise about 13k more to get the twins home. This includes our agency cost, our travel, transportation and housing while in country, visa fees, etc. 

There are several ways to help. 

Promise 686   has offered us a matching grant up to 6k and your donation is tax-deductible.

You can mail a check to :
Promise 686, Inc.
3600 River Ferry Dr.
Alpharetta GA 30022

Please be sure to put "Brown" in the memo line

You can also donate online on the side bar of our blog. 

We also have lots of items for sale in our adoption store. 

Thank you for all of your support and encouragement. 

1 comment:

Cindy said...

Happy that things are finally moving along. : -)