A bit of an update as we move closer and closer to bringing our Hope home.
It seems almost unreal.
We have been so focused on paperwork and funding that the thought of that piece of the adoption drawing to a close gives me goosebumps. To know that Hope will be loved and taken care of very, very soon is an amazing feeling.
It is hard to forget the feel of her in my arms....I was prepared, but never prepared enough to hold my starving daughter in my arms. To feel her little finger wrap around mine. To look into her huge, beautiful brown eyes and to know we were leaving her again soon.
We could not have done ANY this without the incredible support and love that has surrounded us…..it's kind of crazy to know that people we will never meet have lifted us up with prayers and donations. Talk about humbling?!
So...here's the scoop.
Our second stage documents have all arrived in country.
Our I-800 has been approved and processed at the National Visa Center. We received our Article 5 and the MOJ signature will follow in about a week... which triggers a court date (however that is the unknown.....it can take quite a while) which triggers a finalized adoption!
Between home study fees, USCIS fees, fingerprinting and apostilling, and mailings etc. etc., agency payments, attorney fees and trip # 1 fees we have spent approximately $20,846
With the incredible love and support of family , friends, Warriors, and lots of hard work we have raised $17,284...thankfully this number is quickly rising.
We have one more agency fee of $2,000 due soon .We then will have travel expenses for our pick up trip..... airfare (Don will stay home with our kiddos....however I will need to bring someone [praying a nurse or doctor will volunteer!] with me), hospital stay in country, in country fees such as medical exams, passports etc.
Bottom Line financially?
To "catch up" we need another $3562.
Looking ahead we need another somewhere around $8,000
So if we could fundraise another $11,000-$12,000 in the next two months that would be a huge, huge relief. Therefore, our fully funded number is $24,034.
Sounds crazy? Yep...everything about this journey has been a crazy leap of faith.
Sweet Girl....soon. Soon. Soon your chains will be gone.
We love you Hope.