At some point and time I PROMISE I will go back and update you on how we got from there to here, but in the meantime, we could not be more excited to announce that we’ve been MATCHED!!!! We are expecting a little one to arrive around Thanksgiving!
Announcing the adoption was the fun part.
The part that feels a little more overwhelming is coming up with the $39,000 we are going to need to pay for the adoption (believe it or not, we don’t have that much spare money just lying around). Everything we’ve been through has definitely made us a stronger couple, but also a couple with a lot less money!
We’ve been working hard and have already paid for and saved enough to cover half of our adoption expenses. We only have $19,000 left to go and we have 5 months to get there! We are both working extra jobs, selling anything we don’t need, applying for grants, but we’ve realized that we can’t do this on our own.
We are going to need help. Adoption is expensive. We’re not fundraising because we can’t afford take care of a baby; we’re fundraising to ALLOW us the opportunity to do so.
We hope that during our fundraising efforts, we’re able to become advocates for the option of adoption and can shed a little light on this long, complicated process. We are humbled by the, many friends, family members — even strangers — who have been walking with us along this unknown, scary path.
We’ve set aside our pride to ask and accept financial help.
It’s not easy.
So, if you are interested in helping out in any way, we will be sharing lots of opportunities on our blog and social media!
There are some ongoing things in the sidebar on the right that can be done at any time, like shopping in our Etsy shop, visiting and/or sharing our YouCaring site, donating through PayPal, or just sharing our blog and adoption journey!
Thank you for loving us; we could not get through this without you.
xoxo Michelle & Bill