Monthly Archives: April 2010

Fundraising . . . trusting in our Great God

This adoption has been marked by a noticeable lack of worry, and this is such an evidence of God at work.  This is remarkable since I remember worry and fear consistently troubling me throughout our adoption of Fikadu and Tigist.  I worried about their health, I worried about the adjustment to our family, I worried about their past, but mostly I worried about how in the world we were going to get the needed funds to complete their adoption.   While we are in a position to care for and provide for 2 additional children we have not been able to save the necessary funds to pay for this adoption upfront.  However, we felt despite this we were to move ahead in faith that the funds would be provided as we needed them.  I believe that seeing how amazingly our first adoption was provided for gave me hope that God would work in equally incredible ways to provide for this adoption.  We have already seen Him provide in amazing ways and are so grateful!

We are however in a position that we are asking our friends and family to consider making a contribution to help us cover the remaining expenses of bringing two new children home.  If you are interested in contributing in a financial way please let us know.  We are in the process of setting up a fund that will allow people to contribute via a licensed 501c3 organization and receive a tax-deductible receipt for your charitable contribution.  There are also other costs though that we will need to pay out-of-pocket for such as travel and visa fees so if you are not in need of the tax-deduction we also would be very grateful for any personal donations, and promise that every penny will be spent directly in helping bring our new children home.

We are in the planning stages of a fundraiser to hopefully be held in late May.  This will be a pancake breakfast with silent auction and raffle give-away.  If you are gifted with planning skills we could definitely use your expertise as we seem to lack in this area.  Also we’d like to organize regional Fun-runs to raise support in June.  If you would like to head up a Fun-Run in your area please let me know and I’ll give you some ideas of how I thought this might work.

Also please check out our Funding Our Adoption page for current information about when fees are due, and where we are at in the process.  And as an end note. . . we need another vehicle once our children are home, since our 4 person Neon just won’t fit a family of 6!  We are looking for a Suburban or Van in decent condition.  If you know of someone wanting to give one away (it possible, right?!), or find a ridiculously remarkable good deal on something like this please let us know.

And as always, thank you.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts that you would consider giving to bring two children into a forever family.  When we told Fikadu and Tigist about their new brother we asked them what they would like to say to him.  The first words out of Fikadu’s mouth were, “Welcome home!  You have a family!”  How incredible. . . from a little boy who only 16 months ago was without a family, he knows the best words an orphan can hear.  What a day that will be when we can embrace two children and say, “Welcome home.  You have a family!”

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Referral #1 Received!

Friday was a wonderful day here in the Taylor household.  Although I have not been as diligent keeping up with posting, much has been going on here.  We officially finished up our homestudy visits and paperwork collection a few weeks ago.   AWAA (our adoption agency) has been reviewing our file and has been in conversation with us about what may be the best fit for our family.  We are so excited that our request to adopt a positively precious 5 year old little dude from the waiting child’s list has been granted!  In the next few weeks AWAA will also be seeking to match our family with one other child in the 0-4 year old range. 

This adoption process has gone so much quicker then we expected, and while many “bumps” may still lie ahead there is a high potential that we will travel to Ethiopia in July to meet our son and potentially one other child.  We will be in Ethiopia for about 1 week while we meet our children and attend a court hearing to give our intent to adopt and parent these children.  We will then return to the US for a period of anywhere between 6-12 weeks while the rest of their paperwork is processed at which point we will be told we are able to return to bring our children home.

We have updated the “Funding Our Adoption” page on our blog with when different fees are due.  We are applying for grants this week, and hope to have a fundraiser in the works soon.  Thank you for praying for us and walking through this with us.  Please continue to pray for our family as we raise the rest of the needed funds to bring these children home.  Please also pray as we prepare our home and Tigist and Fikadu for their new siblings.

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